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.

Blackburn 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

Capablanca vs Friedmann

Capablanca vs. Gunnar Friedmann, Cuernavaca, 1933.
Mate in 3. White to move.

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

Solution & Comments

Akobian vs 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

Carlsen vs Harestad

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

Alekhine vs Freeman

Alexander Alekhine vs. Freeman, New York, 1924
Mate in 3. White to move.

4Rnk1/pr3ppp/1p3q2/5NQ1/2p5/8/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Giese vs Alekhine

Black Mates in 4. Taken from Giese vs Alekhine, Moscow, 1905.
Black to move.

2k4r/ppp2p2/2b2B2/7p/6pP/2P1q1bP/PP3N2/R4QK1 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments