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.

Roberto Grau vs. Edgar Colle

The confrontation between the Argentinian chess master, Roberto Grau and the Belgian chess master Edgar Colle ended in a victory for white after a 3 moves including an unexpected sacrifice.

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Alexander Flamberg vs. Oldrich Duras

This is the end game between Alexander Flamberg and Oldrich Duras from their meeting at Opatija in 1912. Duras, with the black pieces, obtains a victory against Flamberg just in two. Can you figure out his strategy?

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James Mason vs. Georg Marco

Georg Marco with black defeats James Mason in a game, Leipzig 1894.

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Edward Lasker vs. George Alan Thomas

Try to solve this online chess puzzle. It is a difficult one. White to move and wins after an unusual 8th movement.

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Ossip Bernstein vs. Alexander Kotov

This online chess puzzle recreate the endgame between Bernstein and Kotov. Will Berstein do a sacrifice to gain a strategical position and win the game?

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