Chess Puzzles: Torture or Teacher?

“Chess has long been the game of geniuses, philanthropists and other gifted people. This has formed an incredibly wide misconception around the word that ONLY geniuses and gifted people can play the game and it is strictly designed for them.

The reality of chess is different – it actually is an incredibly beneficial pastime, because playing chess results in better brain function, improved memory and cognitive abilities, strategic thinking and attention improvement.” ~

Long before my cancer and brain injury were diagnosed, I used to play chess frequently and solve (or at least attempt to solve) chess puzzles regularly. During my therapy, I enjoyed challenging myself with the occasional chess puzzle, but I had a lot of difficulty understanding the puzzles.

Recently, I stumbled upon a chess puzzle while researching a different post. I have chosen to share the puzzle because it may help the people who actually try to solve it. All you need to solve the puzzle is a basic understanding of how chess pieces move, patience, and a willingness to exercise your brain. The player on the white side is the next to move.

2014-1214 Fascinating Chess Puzzle

Click here to view an interactive version of the puzzle.


Click here to read another Beyond Injury post.

Thanks to Chessity for describing the benefits of chess; for providing the puzzle; Google for helping me find the puzzle; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

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