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 any puzzle for details. From there you can solve the puzzle online or select its FEN string and, if you have the full version of SparkChess, 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.
Siegbert Tarrash vs. Max Kurschner
This is the endgame between two strong German chess players, Siegbert Tarrash and Max Kurschner, Nurenberg 1893. With a surprising sacrifice, white won in two moves. Can you find Siegbert’s way?
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.
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?
James Mason vs. Georg Marco
Georg Marco with black defeats James Mason in a game, Leipzig 1894.
Johannes Zukertort vs. William Norwood Potter
Johannes Zukertort, with white, mates in 3.
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.