Chess Puzzles

Here we list the latest chess puzzles and game positions. Click the “Play now” link or on the puzzle image to play and solve the puzzle online.

Click on a FEN string to select it automatically and, if you have the full version of SparkChess, paste it in the Board Editor, then click Apply to play from that position.

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

Paul Morphy vs. Duke of Brunswick

Paul Morphy vs. Duke of Brunswick & Count Isouard, Paris,1858

The game took place at the Paris Opera, during a show with Norma by Vicenzo Bellini.

White to move and win in 2.

4kb1r/p2n1ppp/4q3/4p1B1/4P3/1Q6/PPP2PPP/2KR4 w k - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Paul Keres vs. Tigran V.Petrosian

Paul Keres vs. Tigran V. Petrosian, Bled 1959

Black to move and win in 5.

6k1/3b3r/1p1p4/p1n2p2/1PPNpP1q/P3Q1p1/1R1RB1P1/5K2 b - - 0-1

Solution & Comments

Thacker vs Robert Fischer

Thacker vs Robert Fischer, USA, 1957 – a beautiful example of underpromotion.

2r2r2/6kp/3p4/3P4/4Pp2/5P1P/PP1pq1P1/4R2K b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer

Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1956

Black mates in 3

1Q6/5pk1/2p3p1/1p2N2p/1b5P/1b4n1/r5P1/2K5 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch

Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch, Semmering tournament, 1926. Black wins in 3.

4rrk1/pppb4/7p/3P2pq/3Q4/2P3P1/PP3nKP/R3RNN1 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Pulitzer vs George Marco

White Mates in 2. Pulitzer vs George Marco, Vienna, 1900

Romantic Chess.

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Solution & Comments