Chess Puzzles

Want to get better at chess, improve your concentration and  learn some tricks? Here’s a collection of hand-picked chess puzzles just for that. Most of the positions occurred during famous games between Grandmasters.

Click on the “Play now” link or on the puzzle image to play and solve the puzzle online, or click on the Solution link for details about the puzzle and the players. From there you can select a FEN string and, if you have the full version of SparkChess, you can paste it in the Board Editor to play from that position. All puzzles have solutions (hidden by default). Don’t forget to comment if you found an alternate (or better) solution!

Use the links on the side (or at the bottom on mobile devices) to see more puzzles.

Paul Vaitonis vs. Reuben Fine

The end game Paul Vaitonis and Reuben Fine , Stockholm 1937 ended in a victory for Fine who won in 3 moves.

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Solution & Comments

Géza Maróczy vs. Heinrich Wolf

An endgame between two chess masters having two different playing styles, Géza Maróczy with his defensive style and Heinrich Wolf with an aggresive one.

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Wilhelm Steinitz vs. Albert Hodges

Play this on line puzzle which illustrate the position strategy adopted by Wilhelm Steinitz against Hodges. He has sacrificed his Queen but won the game.

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Johannes Zukertort vs. Adolf Anderssen

Play this online puzzle to see how the chess game between two chess masters of the19th century has ended.This is one more step to sharpen your mind.

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William Evans vs. Alexander MacDonnell

Solve this chess puzzle to sharp your mind and learn more playing online this end game.

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Benhard Horvitz vs. Howard Staunton

Improve your chess skills solving online the end game between Bernhard Howitz, a fine analyst of the endgames and Howard Staunton, an adept of positional play.

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