Easy Chess Puzzles

Play and learn easy chess puzzles suitable for any beginner. You’ll find hints, solutions and historical details for each puzzle.

Steinitz vs Trenchard

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. David Sands, New York, 1887

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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

En-Passant: How it Works

En-Passant is intended to prevent pawns from avoiding being captured when they move two squares. So, if you move the white pawn to d4, it will be captured by en-passant. If you move it to d3, it’s a normal capture.

4k3/8/8/8/2p5/8/3P4/5K2 w

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For Beginners: Mate in Three

Here’s a pretty simple chess puzzle to get you warmed up. White to play and mate in three

r5rk/5p1p/5R2/4B3/8/8/7P/7K w

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Think this is too easy?

This situation seems ridiculously easy. The black king is in such a dire situation that defeat is inevitable – but – can White mate in just three moves?

5B2/6P1/1p6/8/1N6/kP6/2K5/8 w

Solution & Comments

Mate in Two

White can win in just two moves. Can you find the right ones?

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