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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Puzzle #49: Black to Play; A Tinue in 3 Parts

Good evening, everyone!

So, I've been posting these puzzles for a while now and just realized that I don't really explain what Tinue is or how to answer. I know this isn't an issue for regulars, but it could be very confusing for new visitors.

Because of this, I will now try to remember to include a brief paragraph before each puzzle post defining any unusual terms and explaining how to answer the puzzle. Here's my first shot:

For the purpose of these puzzles, Tinue is defined as a board state in which no matter what the opposing player does during their turn (White, in this instance), a road win will be awarded to the other player (Black) on their next turn. If you are familiar with Chess, Tinue is very similar to Checkmate.

I named this puzzle A Tinue in 3 Parts not just as a nod to Rothfuss, but because I have set up 3 levels of difficulty to offer some choose your own adventure variety.

Part I - List the moves leading to a Black Tinue in either PTN or by posting a link to your solution on

Part II -  Find all 3 Tinues. Post in PTN or via a link with gruppler's new branching function. Which is your favorite, and why?

Part III - Rewind the game back to White's move before the puzzle started (turn 23). What could White have done to prevent these Tinues?


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Puzzle #48: What is Black's Best Option?

Happy New Year!

I thought for the first puzzle of the New Year, we could take advantage of u/gruppler's new update to his software ( This board state puts Black in a tough situation. Your task is to figure out which option is best and why. You can use the updated to explore the different branches.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Puzzle #47: What is White's Best Move?

Hope everyone has a good New Year!

Trying to vary the puzzles a bit, this one is not a Tinue puzzle, but a test of your board evaluation skills. What should White do in this scenario and why?


P.S. Even if you do not answer the puzzle, let me know if you like this kind of puzzle or want me to try something different.

P.P.S u/gruppler on r/Tak has just updated/upgraded I hope to take advantage of it with next week's puzzle. Go check it out and let him know what you think!