Easy Chess Puzzles

Play and solve easy chess puzzles suitable for any beginner. You’ll find solutions and historical details and you can play each puzzle live against the computer.

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. Herbert Trenchard

Wilhelm Steinitz vs. Herbert Trenchard, New York, 1887.

White to move and mate in 2.

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Joseph Blackburne vs. Martin

Chess puzzle from a simul (probably): Joseph Blackburne vs. Martin, England, 1876.

Mate in 2. White to move.

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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.

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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

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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?

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Mate in Two

In this easy chess puzzle, White can win in just two moves. Can you find the right ones?

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