Checkmate in six moves!

by Arne Kaehler
6/11/2020 – Stuart Rachels is not only a former chess prodigy and great writer, he also made some beautiful chess puzzles. We are happy to showcase four self-mate riddles which are worth looking at. They are creative in a way, that the white king has to be check-mated in as little moves as possible, on a certain square.

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Chess puzzles by Stuart Rachels

We recently had an interview with Rachels about his new book. He was kind enough to share some of his unique chess puzzles with us. They are construction tasks, and even if you aren't too big of a fan of such puzzles we highly recommend to look at them nonetheless. They are very creative!

Construct a chess game that ends in...

 
 

As you know you can move the pieces on each of the diagram boards and try to construct games that end in the way specified.

Construct a chess game that ends in...

 
 

In problem three the white king simply has to move to his queen's square and await a painful checkmate. In problem four, for a change, the black king will be checkmated in the corner. That he gets mated by the white king is indeed special.

Congratulations to any reader to find the solutions. These problems are very hard to solve!


Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.

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