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Not so obvious the secret notes of a chess genius, is it? Need a little help deciphering it all?

No worries. You're in the right place πŸ˜‰
Each puzzle is broken down into several levels of clues to help you progress through the game without necessarily spoiling you or giving you the answer all at once.
Come on, be courageous. Don't give up ! πŸ’ͺ

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

In chess, this is called a gambit or opening.

A chess game always starts with the movement of white pawns, not black. This is a basic rule of thumb.

Which one is it?

HINT 2 - Because we're nice πŸ˜‰

Have you looked at all of Agnes' notes? There is a document about openings.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

1. d4 f6 2. ...

This gambit may well put you on the trail of a city...

(Please note that this is not a 100% accurate notation. The more purist among you will have noticed that the name of the piece is missing in the notation used. This was done on purpose to simplify things for the more novice πŸ˜‰No panic then, there are no mistakes)

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

1. d4 f6 2. c4 e5

Pawn on d4 - Knight on f6

Pawn on c4 - Pawn on e5


This is the Budapest gambit. So the agent of the secret organization is hidden there.

To your liaison officer, transmit the information without capital letters or special characters: budapest 

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

The pieces are not arranged randomly.

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The coordinates of each room are very important.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

The position of a piece on a line gives a letter.

HINT 4 - Well come on, the real last one 🀐

For example: line 1 --> letter D, etc.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

Word spelled by the white pieces: DECAF by the black pieces: BADGE 

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

The chess boards will put you on a track. Find out what they are hiding first.

HINT 2 - Because we're nice πŸ˜‰

One of the chessboard spells out two words. Find these two words and read the paper carefully.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

Classified ads are full of information. Could there be a street name and directions to a particular building hidden in these ads?

HINT 4 - Well come on, the real last one 🀐

There is a Victor Hugo street in Budapest. Now find the number of the building that is described in the other ad. Walk around with Google Street View to find a lion holding a key on a building next to an outdoor parking lot.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

Budapest, Victor Hugo Street, 19

To your liaison officer, transmit the information without capital letters or special characters: budapest / victor hugo / 19

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

There is a note found at the agent's home that might help you understand this spiral.

HINT 2 - Because we're nice πŸ˜‰

Take a closer look at the chess booklet found at the agent's home.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

The fool. The elephant. The bishop... Find all the names that refer to the same piece, circle them in the spiral and try to form groups.

HINT 4 - Well come on, the real last one 🀐

Over the centuries and in different cultures, the fool's piece has been referred to in different ways such as: the fool, the elephant, the hunter, the bishop, the turtle, the camel/dromadary, the runner. If you circle the corresponding drawings from the center, you get 7 distinct groups (1 group can be made up of only one piece). Count the number of drawings in each group and you will get a phone number.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

2411533

Starting from the lighthouse in the center and following the spiral, here are the drawings to collect in order:

2 : elephant + madman

4 : hunter + bishop + turtle + dromedary

1 : camel

1 : bishop

etc.

To your liaison officer, transmit the information without capital letters or special characters: 2411533

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

You need a phone number before you can understand this note. Look next to the spiral.

HINT 2 - Because we're nice πŸ˜‰

Give the number to your liaison officer.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

The message on the voicemail is pretty close to the words on the note. Close enough, but not quite right...

HINT 4 - Well come on, the real last one 🀐

The words that differ between the voice message and the list form pairs. These pairs give you all the information you need about the operation.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

February 3rd

England, Rochester

07h20

Agrocorp Warehouse

Yellow Building


To your liaison officer, transmit the information without capital letters or special characters: 03/02 / england / rochester / 07h20 / agrocorp warehouse / yellow building

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

It's strange, it looks like the letters have been typed randomly. Or not?

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The typewriter found at the agent's home may help you.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

Find a standard "QWERTY" keyboard and put the letters in the right order : j = h / p = o ...

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

homescapehome.com/pages/operation

Follow this URL and find out what might be hidden there.

Who knows, the plans or the name of a secret operation for example?

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

Do the symbols on this chess clock mean nothing to you?

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In the newspaper, there is an article that gives the schedule of the games.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

A note found at the agent's home specifies a particular order of matches for the tournament.

HINT 4 - Well come on, the real last one 🀐

Imagine that the clock gives the time. Each time in the tournament gives a combination of two signs. These two signs then give you a number thanks to the table in Agnes' diary.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

0625

This is the code to access the URL of the puzzle described above.

Look carefully at the name of the operation at the top of the document... This may be useful.

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

"Close" the chessboard.

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Imagine that you fold the chessboard in half. Follow the line it draws. 

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

The line starts with two arrows/triangles. Then it goes to a circle. Find where this circle reappears on the other side of the board.

HINT 4 - Well come on, the real last one 🀐

As you follow the line, it crosses numbers and letters. This gives you a part of the movement to perform.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

D4 D5

This is only the first part of the move.

Find the second part to know the full name of the opening to be performed.

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

Fold or try to imagine that you are folding the board 3 times. The drawings guide you.

HINT 2 - Because we're nice πŸ˜‰

Fold the board in such a way that one piece "eats" another one each time, thus making 2 rows disappear each time.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

C4 E5

This is the second part of the movement. The first one is given by the puzzle above.

For more explanations on how to solve this puzzle, click on the video below:

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HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

The first chessboard gave: D4 D5

The second chessboard : C4 E5

What is the name of this move?

You can use Google

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 = Albin countergambit

This is a black gambit in response to the white Queen's Gambit.

To your liaison, transmit the information without capital letters or special characters: albin countergambit 

HINT 1 - Just a nudge πŸ‘

You must first find the move to play against the tournament player in Paris to understand this note.

HINT 2 - Because we're nice πŸ˜‰

In his escape, the player left two notes behind.

HINT 3 - This time it's the last one 😱

Overlay the notes to form letters.

ANSWER - Since we have to... 😭

RUE DE L'ECHIQUIER 16

To your liaison officer, transmit the information without capital letters or special characters: rue de l'echiquier 16