Play and learn how the pros handle complex chess positions. These interactive chess puzzles help you to get better at chess, improve your concentration and learn some new tricks. Most of the positions occurred during famous games between Grandmasters and demonstrate tactical ideas encountered in actual play – no computer analysis here. Careful study of these positions will help you improve your skill in finding good moves and combinations in actual games. You will also learn a great deal about the planning and execution of combinational chess.
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. They are sorted in levels to allow everyone to improve their skills.
Chess puzzles are best for when you are idle and bored. They provide a good way to pass time and also improve your concentration, even if you are a beginner or Olympiad master. Learning how to solve these puzzles will improve the knowledge of beginning chess principles – seeing the right move in a position that your opponent overlooked. Our collection of interesting chess positions for online play or trainer mode is unique in that it includes mistakes that were made by top players. Everyone makes mistakes, and studying these common errors is a great way to learn about what not to do!
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.
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.
William Evans vs. Alexander MacDonnell
Solve this chess puzzle to sharp your mind and learn more playing online this end game.
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.
Ilya Rabinovich vs. Grigory Levenfish
Play online this chess puzzle, the end game between two well known Russian grandmasters, Ilya Rabinovich and Grigory Levenfish, Moscow 1927.
Adolf Anderssen vs. Ernst Karl Falkbeer
White to move and win in 3. Can you solve online this puzzle from 1851 between Adolf Anderssen and Ernst Karl Falkbeer?
Paul Morphy’s problem
Play online Paul Morphy’s famous chess problem. White to move and mate in 2. How quickly can you solve this puzzle?
Emanuel Lasker vs. Frank Marshall
Put your skills to the test with this chess puzzle from Emanuel Lasker vs Frank Marshall. White to move and mate in 3.