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Chess Puzzles
For many centuries different chess puzzles which use a traditional chess board and different chess pieces are known and well researched. Here I'd like to present a collection of chess puzzles of one particular type. These puzzles use specially shaped chessboards (mostly, of small sizes) with some sets of standard chess pieces which are moved exactly as in the traditional chess, except that no pieces attack or take each other, and there's no need to alternate moves of black and white figures, unless otherwise is stated.

Puzzle of this kind have a very long history, and among the oldest of them are two well-known chess puzzles with chess Knights on a 3x3 chessboard. One of them with
four Knights, two white and two black, which should change their places in the corners of the board, is often attributed to Paulo Guarino (Guarini) di Forli (1512), but, actually, it's even older - for more than six centuries. Another chess puzzle dates back to the 13th century, and its object is to place on 3x3 chessboard seven Knights performing this in a slightly tricky manner.

Like for other manipulative puzzles with
moving pieces, your goal will be to reach some predetermined position of your chess pieces as posed in the starting instructions. Also, try to do it in the least number of moves or steps..
Eights Knights in the Seven by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
Eight Knights in the Seven
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Eight chess knights, four white and four black ones, are placed on the 7-like chessboard and are going to swap their position. Can they do that in exactly twelve moves, counting a consecutive series of leaps of a knight as one move?..
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G-Knights Exchange by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
G-Knights Exchange
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Eight chess knights, four white and four black, placed on the special G-chessboard should exchange their position. Counting a consecutive series of leaps of a knight as one move, can you swap the knights in exactly eleven moves?..
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Last Updated: October 14, 2008
Posted: October 14, 2006
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