# Puzzles

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Solving puzzles is a very good way of becoming a stronger player. Solve as many as possible! And feel free to post your own puzzles here.

## Piet Hein's puzzles

See article Piet Hein's puzzles

## Claude Berge's puzzles

See article Claude Berge's puzzles

## Bert Enderton

### Puzzle 1

Red to play and win.

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### Puzzle 2

Red to play and win.

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### Puzzle 3

Red to play and win.

This is a very difficult puzzle whose complete solution is extremely complex.

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### Puzzle 4

Red to play and win.

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## Eric Demer

Despite their small size, the following five 5x5 puzzles are quite difficult: ​ They come from computer brute-force search of sparse 5x5 positions via a tablebase, specifically aiming for the hardest puzzles from such positions. ​ For each of them, the player whose turn it is has exactly 1 winning move.

### Puzzle 1

Red to move.

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### Puzzle 2

Blue to move.

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### Puzzle 3

Blue to move.

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### Puzzle 4

Red to move.

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### Puzzle 5

Red to move.

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The next two puzzles are based on positions from games.

### Puzzle 6

Red to play and win.

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### Puzzle 7

Blue to play and win.

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### Other

Eric Demer also has a worst-move puzzle.

## Other authors

### Puzzle 1

By John Tromp. Blue to play and win.

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### Puzzle 2

By lazyplayer. Blue to play and win.

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### Puzzle 3

By David J Bush. Taken from a game on Playsite in 2003. Red to play and win.

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Source: this Little Golem forum thread.

### Puzzle 4

Designed by Door1, helped by David J Bush. Inspired by a game on Kurnik in May 2005. Blue to play and win.

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Source: this Little Golem forum thread.

### Puzzle 5

By Ryan B. Hayward. Red to play and win.

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Note that this position is equivalent to the position with the pieces at a5 and a6 removed. This could arise in response to the winning opening move a4.

Source: Ryan B. Hayward, "A puzzling Hex primer" (https://webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~hayward/papers/puzzlingHexPrimer.pdf).

### Puzzle 6

By Hexanna. Red to play and win.

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