How do you play Solitaire Chess?

  • Move the chess pieces in accordance with the established guidelines. A piece must be captured after every move. Prepare and think through your moves!
  • If there are still two or more pieces on the board, start over with the challenge.
  • You win if there is just one piece remaining on the board!

Movement Rules: 

  • King captures after moving exactly one square horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The challenges are designed such that in the solution the King will never be captured.
  • Queen captures after moving across any number of vacant squares horizontally, vertically, or diagonally
  • Knights capture after moving in an “L” (or inverted “L”) with two steps in one direction, a 90° turn and one step in the new direction. Knights are the only pieces that can jump over other pieces. They capture only the piece that occupied the final square
  • Bishops capture after moving across any number of vacant squares diagonally. Bishops always remain on their original square color.
  • Rooks capture after moving across any number of vacant squares vertically or horizontally
  • Pawns capture after moving diagonally up one space. Pawns can only move upward. Unlike regular chess, pawns are NOT promoted when they reach the top row.

Solitaire Chess Strategies

Solitaire Chess can be challenging! But as you play, you will get the hang of it and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your skills improve. When playing, here are some solving strategies that might help you.

  • Seek out a piece that is uncapturable. Then, since this item needs to be captured at some point during the task, you can proceed backward.
  • Watch for a capture "sweep," in which one piece completely captures all surrounding pieces. The Queen, for instance, might seize every piece.
  • Because we've built the challenges to function in this way, you can always tell when the King is present in a challenge that it will be the last piece on the board.
  • Look for "unnatural" plays, such as capturing the Queen first, if you are an expert chess player.
  • Give the Knight a thorough inspection. Due to its L-shaped movement, it is one of the most difficult pieces to comprehend.
  • Thoroughly and methodically examine each potential capture on the board. Make sure you don't overlook any opportunities... Every problem does have a fix, though!

How to play

Take and move any piece with a mouse (or finger on mobile)

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