23 Thought-Provoking Chess Riddles for the Competitive Mind

Chess riddles are a unique and challenging way to improve your chess skills and strategize your moves. These riddles present a specific chess position and ask you to find the winning move or sequence of moves. They are a great way to train your analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities, as well as enhance your knowledge of chess tactics and endgame techniques. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced chess player, these riddles will test your skills and keep you on your toes. So, put on your thinking cap and see if you have what it takes to solve these mind-boggling chess riddles.

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Chess Riddles With Answers For Kids

1. A knight leaps over a tower and the tower vanishes. You did not imagine it and you are not hallucinating. Where could this have happened?

A chessboard

2. How did the king lose his home?

A horse took his castle.

3. How do you know when your pawn is doing a good job?

They get promoted.

4. I am the weakest in chess, but the strongest in checkers. The hat that rests upon my head is of great value. What am I?

The king

5. In a riddle whose only answer is chess, what is the only word that is prohibited?


6. The eight of us go forth, not back, to protect our king from an attack. What are we?

A pawn

7. What cannot a queen do that every other piece can?

A queen cannot capture a more valuable piece or deliver a discovered check.

8. Why can you not make chess pieces out of bread?

It would be a stalemate

9. Why can’t you make chess pieces out of bread?

Because it would be a stale mate.

10. Why did the chess player offer a draw?

They are not good at painting.

11. Why did the chess players bring their crayons?

In case there was a draw.

12. Why didn’t the other pieces come to the king and queen’s barbecue?

Because there were too many forks and skewers.

13. Why wouldn’t the cowboy play chess?

He didn’t want to lose his horse.

14. When kings, queens, knights and bishops go to war?

Chess Game

15. What kinds of men are always above board?


16. What did the chess player say to the waiter?

Check, please

17. War fought with pieces on a board.


18. Two men are playing chess. They play five games. Each man wins three games. How is this possible?

The men were not playing with each other. It never said they were. They played chess with other people, and during the five games, each man won three of the games.

19. There are 5 sisters in a room: Ann is reading a book, Margaret is cooking, Kate is playing chess, Marie is doing the laundry. What is the fifth sister doing?

Playing chess with Kate

20. It is where kings, queens, knights and bishops go to war together.

Chess Game

21. I am a homograph for something used to measure, the weakest in chess but strongest in checkers. Upon my head is a hat of great value. What am I?

A king

22. All five sisters are busy. Ann is reading a book, Rose is cooking, Katy is playing chess, and Mary is doing the laundry. What is the fifth sister doing?

She is playing chess with Katy.

23. A horse jumps over a tower and the tower disappears. It’s not an illusion or a dream. So where could this happen?

On a chessboard

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