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Chess Challenges for Clever Minds

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This is a 23-stage logic puzzle game for chess players where you must checkmate the red king in a specified number of moves on each level.

  • Start with the tutorial and then select blocks from the tower to beat the associated puzzle and blow up its block on the tower.
  • Easy puzzles are small, have a single character on them, and can be beat in a single move.
  • Medium puzzles require 2 moves.
  • Hard puzzles require 3 moves.

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Chess Challenges for Clever Minds Game for Kids Game Play Instructions

How to Play

Checkmate the king within the move requirement on each level to beat it.

  • Starting the Game
    • The game automatically loads with this page. Click on the TUTORIAL block to begin the game.
    • After beating the tutorial you can play other levels in any order.
    • Your web browser automatically stores your game progress.
  • Game Controls
    • Desktop
      • Use your mouse left click to select a puzzle you wish to play.
        • The number of pieces shown on the puzzle equate to it’s relative difficulty level & how many moves you have to checkmate your opponent.
      • Use your mouse left click to select a piece. This will highlight the potential movement locations.
      • Click on the square you want to move the piece to.
    • Touchscreen devices
      • Touch the screen with your finger like a mouse.
    • The level select screen has a Chess Rules button in the lower right corner.
    • The top left corner of the level play screen has a button to go back to the level select menu.
    • The top right corner of the level play screen has a sound control button.
    • Across the top center the game tells you how many moves you have left.
  • Game Play
    • Levels
      • This game has a tutorial and 22 other levels, consisting of:
        • 6 easy levels where you must beat them in a single move
        • 12 medium levels requiring 2 moves each
        • 4 hard levels requiring 3 moves each
      • After the tutorial all remaining levels can be completed in any order.
      • The number of pieces shown on the level select screen indicate the level difficulty and number of moves you have to checkmate the red king.
      • When you beat a level that square blows up from the tower.
    • Dying
      • If you lose a level it shows a TRY AGAIN button in the center of the screen.
      • You can play any level an unlimited number of times.
      • If you get stuck on a level you can use the back button in the upper left corner to play another level.
      • Levels you have played but did not beat have markings on the associated tower stone.
  • Chess Rules
    • Chess is one of the oldest games in the world. It was probably invented in India more than a thousand years ago.
    • Each player controls an army of pieces which are set up at the start of the game as shown. The aim of the game is to use your army to capture the enemy king.
    • This capture happens when the king is under attack and unable to avoid capture. In that case we have a checkmate and the game is over.
  • Pawn Movement
    • Pawns only move forward.
    • On the first move a pawn can move one or two spaces. On the next turn it can only move one space forward.
    • Pawns move diagonally to take opponents.
  • Pawn Promotion
    • If a pawn reaches the opposite side of the board, it is promoted to a higher piece (except king).
    • There is no limit to how many pawns can be promoted.
  • Rook
    • Rooks are the second strongest pieces of our army and move in a continuous line forwards, backwards, and side-to-side.
  • Knight
    • Knights are the only pieces that jump off the board. Unlike other pieces the are not blocked if there are pieces between them and their destination square.
    • To make it easier to remember how a knight moves think of an L. Two spaces in a direction forward, backward, or side-to-side, and one space at a right turn.
  • Bishop
    • Bishops move in continuous diagonal lines in any direction.
  • Queen
    • The queen is the strongest piece of all and moves in continuous diagonal and straight lines forward, backward, and side-to-side.
    • Each player starts with one queen but it is possible to obtain more by promoting pawns.
  • King
    • The king can move in any direction, one square at a time.
    • A king can’t move to a square that is under attack by the opponent.
  • Castling
    • Castling is the only move that allows two pieces to move during the same turn. During castling a king moves two spaces towards the rook that it will castle with, and the rook jumps to the other side. The king can castle to either side as long as:
      1. The king has not moved.
      2. The king is not in check.
      3. The king does not move through or into check.
      4. There are no pieces between the king and the castling-side rook.
      5. The castling-side rook has not moved.
  • En Passant
    • En passant is a special movement for pawns attacking pawns.
    • It only applies if your opponent moves a pawn two spaces, an its destination space is near your pawn. You can take the opposing piece by moving forward-diagonally to your pawn’s attacked square.
  • Check
    • A king is in check when an opponent is in a position that can attack the king. A player must move their king out of check, or block the check immediately.
    • A player cannot move their king into a check.
  • Checkmate
    • Putting an opponent’s king in checkmate is the only way too win the game.
    • A king is in checkmate if it is in check, cannot block the check, and canot move to a square that is not under attack.
    • In the image above the red queen has the blue king in check, and all of the spaces where the king can move can be attacked by the queen. The king cannot take the queen, because the knight is protecting the queen. The blue bishop cannot block the queen. This is checkmate.
  • Stalemate
    • Simply put, a stalemate is a tie. It is achieved if there are no legal moves for a player to make.
    • On this board it is red’s turn. All spaces around the king are being attacked, but the king is not in check, therefore it cannot move. The only other red piece, the pawn, is blocked by the king. Because movement is impossible, the game is a stalemate.
    • If red had another piece somewhere on the board that was not blocked, it would have to move. The game would continue.
  • Target Audience
    • People who like chess should like this game.
    • There are no adult themes in this game.

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Free Online Chess Challenges for Clever Minds Game for Children & Adults Screenshots

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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support

This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.

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