Another way to develop visualisation skills is to try to solve some chess mazes.

These puzzles were created by Bruce Albertson and they are good fun.

In each position, White has only one piece apart from his King and Black is not allowed to move.

White’s task is to check the Black King in as few moves as possible. However, he is not allowed to put his piece en prise, not even when giving check. White can take as many Black pieces as he wants, but he must never put his piece in a position where it can be captured by an enemy piece.

Oh, and Black is not allowed to move. Did I mention that?

Here is one position. White can check Black using his Rook in six moves. What are those six moves?

Steven Carr


Author: Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.