Brewood Chess Circle

Any age. Any ability. Please view the joining the club page for details.

Puzzles page for juniors

Welcome to the puzzles page for juniors section.  Although it should be stated that parents can have a go at these as well.  This page aims to give problem positions to be solved.  The puzzles get a bit more difficult the further down the page we go. 

 

Basic Checkmates

This might seem strange that the puzzles page will start with the end of the game but learning the basic checkmates is probably the most important thing to master.  If you know the correct technique than any of the positions below can be won 100% of the time, even if you happen to be playing against the current world champion. 


King & Queen v King

For starters, this technical endgame is the most essential checkmate to know.  It is also the easiest to learn how to complete.  In the puzzle below there are three different moves that can be made to get a checkmate in one move.  See if you can get all of them. 

 

The correct technique is to get the opponent's king to the edge of the board.  Further details of how to get the opposition king to the edge of the board can be explained at the club. 

 

King & Rook v King

Unlike the queen, the rook can not move diagionally.  This means that the checkmate is slightly more difficult.  In the puzzle below it is a similar position to the King & Queen v King checkmate shown above, but because the rook can not move diagionally there is only one possible move that leads to checkmate.  See if you can get it. 

 

Again the technique is to get the opponent's king to the edge of the board.  Further details of how to get the opposition king to the edge of the board can be explained at the club. 

 

Pawns can turn into queens

More accurately is that pawns can be promoted into queens.  Therefore even if you only have one pawn left, you can still win against a lone king.  The diagram below shows you how you could do this. 

 

Again further details on how to do this can be explained at the club. 

 

Would you like to learn more?

The good news is that you would be very welcome to come along to the club.  There may be some children reading this thinking they we have not mentioned anything about bishops or knights.  Don't worry that is included at the club as well.  So why not come along?  

 

See the joining the club webpage of the website for more details on how to join the club:  http://brewoodchess.webs.com/joiningtheclub.htm