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Paul Simon's
"Catch the King"
(Chess For Elementary Schools)


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Weekly Puzzles & Trivia

*Puzzle page will not be updated until September 9, 2019*

April 1 , 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #645

In the above position it is white to play and checkmate in one move. Can you find the move that will "Catch the King"?

April 1, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #645

It is white to play and mate in two moves in the the above position. Can you find the final moves that were used to "Catch the King"? Hint: Look at the Level One puzzle.

April 1, 2019 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #645

On which square(s) would you need to place the black king in order to turn the above position into a checkmate?

April 1, 2019 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #645: Who was the first American to win an official world chess championship?

Solutions will appear on September 9, 2019.

Registered schools are invited to send in their solutions before September 9, 2019.

Last Week's Puzzles & Solutions

March 25, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level One - Puzzle #644

In the above position it is white to play and checkmate in one move. Can you find the move that will "Catch the King"?

Solution: Black is checkmated after, 1. Rd5-b5#!

March 25, 2019 - Chess Puzzle

Level Two - Puzzle #644

It is white to play and mate in two moves in the the above position. Can you find the final moves that were used to "Catch the King"? Hint: Look at the Level One puzzle.

Solution: It is always a good idea to first examine all of the captures and checks that are available before deciding on what move to play.  In this week's puzzle White has a number of these possibilities available and it turns out that one of them just happens to be the right course of action.  While it is true that it does take some patience to examine all of these choices, it turns out to be well worth it in the end as White has a forced mate in two moves, 1. Qf7-d5+!, Kc6-b6  2. Qd5-b5#!

March 25, 2019 - Math Chess

Level One - Puzzle #644

On which square(s) would you need to place a black king in order to turn the above position into a checkmate?

Solution: The above position would be a checkmate if a black king were placed on f4 or g5.

March 25, 2019 - Weekly Trivia Question:

Q #644: What is the first known display of a living chess?

Answer: The first known demonstration of living chess, with people taking the part of chessmen, was in 735 in the court of Charles Martel, Frankish ruler of Austrasia.

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