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.

Tigran Petrosian vs. Tomic

Tigran Petrosian vs. Dragoslav Tomic, Vinkovci, 1970. Mate in 2. White to move.

Q7/2r2rpk/7p/7N/3PpN2/1p2P3/1K4R1/5q2 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Luis Paulsen vs. Blachy

Louis Paulsen vs. Blachy, New York, 1857. Mate in 2. White to move.

1rb4r/pkPp3p/1b1P3n/1Q6/N3Pp2/8/P1P3PP/7K w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Joseph Blackburne vs. Martin

Joseph Blackburne vs. Martin, England, 1876. Mate in 2. White to move.

1r1kr3/Nbppn1pp/1b6/8/6Q1/3B1P2/Pq3P1P/2BRR1K1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

José Capablanca vs. Gunnar Friedemann

Another chess puzzle. Mate in 3 with white to move. José Capablanca vs. Gunnar Friedemann, Cuernavaca, 1933.

r2qkbQ1/pb1n2p1/2p2r2/5N1p/P2P3N/4P3/1P3PPP/2R2RK1 w q - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Varuzhan Akobian vs. Blas Lugo

Varuzhan Akobian vs. Blas Lugo, Minneapolis, 2005. Mate in 3. White to move.

8/p3q2k/1p2p1p1/r2bQ3/3P2R1/8/6P1/5R1K w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Magnus Carlsen vs. Hans Harestad

A puzzle from this century’s chess master: Magnus Carlsen vs. Hans Harestad, Copenhagen, 2003. Mate in 3. White to move.

r7/3bb1kp/q4p1N/1pnPp1np/2p4Q/2P5/1PB3P1/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments