Easy Chess Puzzles

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

Pulitzer vs George Marco

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

Romantic Chess.

r2k2nr/pp1b1Q1p/2n4b/3N4/3q4/3P4/PPP3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1

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Gaprindashvili vs Richtrova

Nona Gaprindashvili vs. Eliska Richtrova, Wuppertal, 1990
White to move. Mate in 2.

1r3rk1/1pnnq1bR/p1pp2B1/P2P1p2/1PP1pP2/2B3P1/5PK1/2Q4R w - - 0 1

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Steinitz vs Trenchard

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. David Sands, New York, 1887

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

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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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