Whether Christmas is approaching or not we present this section with christmas trees problems, ie. problems with the pieces arranged in such a way that they resemble a christmas tree. If you spot one somewhere, that fits under this section, we would be glad to include it here.
- (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) submitted by Panagis Sklavounos.
- (7), (8) composed and submitted by Don French.
- (9) composed by Paul Steiner and submitted by Don French.
- (10) submitted by Panagis Sklavounos.
- (11), (12), (13), (14) composed and submitted by Armando H. Marroqumn.
- (15) composed by E. Papadrosos and submitted by Panagis Sklavounos.
- White or Black mate in 5 moves
- Christmas Tree Problem
Retrograde Analysis Problems:
- White to move and mate in 2 moves
- N.A.Macleod "The Problemist", 1973
- A.C.Reeves "The Problemist", 1966
- C.S.Kipping "Chess Amateur", 1923
- B.P.Barnes "The Tablet", 1961
- C.Vaughan "The Problemist", 1966.
- A.Townsend "Gentleman's Journal", c.1870
- Upside down mate in 3 moves
- White to move and mate in 4 moves
- White to move and wins twins
If a player cannot move any of his pieces including his king, and at the same time his king is not exposed to an immediate check, then this is called a stalemate. When a game is almost lost, it is desirable to achieve a stalemate situation and sometimes this is helped by the use a brilliant combination!
Help-mates are special chess problems in which the black and white co-operate in order to reach a mating position. When a problem states that white helpmates in 2 moves, both white and black make moves which will lead white to a mate in 2 moves. They usually have more than one solution.