I'm pretty new to this site but I've been around the SE network for a while. I've always liked the Programming puzzles and Code Golf site and I was thinking about doing here something that I've seen there for a while: a weekly challenge.

What I mean is posting a diagram asking for the best move in that particular position.

Are those kinds of questions allowed or would be closed as too broad?

EDIT: I've posted an example question: Chess challenge #1: Mate in one

EDIT 2: As it seems that the question has been well received I'll keep posting challenges on a regular basis. I will post tactical and strategical challenges and I won't post another one of the same kind until the existing one has been solved.


Just to close the loop on this...

The question referenced in your first edit looks pretty good. I posted an opinion about this a few years ago as well, and though the site has grown quite a bit since then, I think that the basic idea is still the same.

If it's a simple tactic that becomes obvious after you see the solution, without any redeeming qualities (i.e. nothing about the position makes it worthy of discussion), then it's probably not a good fit for the site. As an example, an easy tactic from the lichess.org tactics trainer is probably too simplistic.

On the other hand, if a position creates discussion or has some novel idea (that would be worthy of discussion), then it's a better question. The mate in one puzzle that you posted has some nice tries and the various pins are instructive IMO.

The previous discussion for reference: What's the policy on brain teaser/puzzle questions on Chess.SE?

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    Whether a tactic becomes obvious after you have seen the solution depends entirely on the playing strength. And Adolfo's puzzles haven't sparked many discussions so far. – BlindKungFuMaster Dec 2 '15 at 11:07
  • This is Chess SE not a tactics trainer site. I don't mind seeing the very occasional puzzle if it is genuinely interesting but not a puzzle of the day or even puzzle of the week. – Brian Towers Mod Aug 10 '18 at 17:02

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