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.

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. Herbert Trenchard

A nice online chess puzzle from Wilhelm Steinitz vs. Herbert Trenchard in 1887.

r2qrb2/p1pn1Qp1/1p4Nk/4PR2/3n4/7N/P5PP/R6K w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Wilhem Steinitz vs. David Sands

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. David Sands, New York, 1887. White to move and wins in 2.

r4br1/3b1kpp/1q1P4/1pp1RP1N/p7/6Q1/PPB3PP/2KR4 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Viktor Korchnoi vs. Peterson

Viktor Korchnoi vs. Peterson, Kiev, 1964. White to move and win in 4.

r2r1n2/pp2bk2/2p1p2p/3q4/3PN1QP/2P3R1/P4PP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Simen Agdestein vs. Al Qudaimi

Simen Agdestein vs Basheer Al Qudaimi, Tromsoe, 2014. Mate in 4. White to move.

3r1r2/1pp2p1k/p5pp/4P3/2nP3R/2P3QP/P1B1q1P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Boikhutso Mudongo vs. Karolina Olsarova

Boikhutso Mudongo vs Karolina Olsarova, Tromsoe. Black to move. Mate in 2.

4r1k1/5ppp/pp6/2pp4/3b2bq/BQN5/PPP2PPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Vassily Ivanchuk vs. Josif Dorfman

Vassily Ivanchuk vs Josif Dorfman, Cap d’Agde, 1998. White mate in 3.

4rk2/p5p1/1p2P2N/7R/nP5P/5PQ1/b6K/q7 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments