Hard Chess Puzzles
Play and solve advanced, hard, difficult and plain nasty chess puzzles for advanced chess players. You’ll find solutions and historical details and you can play each puzzle live against the computer.
Edward Lasker vs. George Alan Thomas
Edward Lasker vs. sir George Alan Thomas, London, 1912. White to move and win in 7! In the real confrontation the mate comes after the 8th, spectacular, move.
rn3rk1/pbppq1pp/1p2pb2/4N2Q/3PN3/3B4/PPP2PPP/R3K2R w KQ - 7 11
Paul Keres vs. Arturo Pomar Salamanca
A nice endgame between Estonian Paul Keres and Spanish chess player Arturo Pomar Salamanca. With a sacrifice, Paul Keres gained a strong strategical position and won in four. This happened in Madrid tournament, 1943.
7R/r1p1q1pp/3k4/1p1n1Q2/3N4/8/1PP2PPP/2B3K1 w - - 1 0
Alexander Meek vs. Paul Morphy
Dramatic end game at New Orleans, 1885. Alexander Beaufort Meek with whites was playing against Paul Morphy with the blacks. The puzzle illustrates the Morphy’s way to win in 4. Can you find this solution?
Q7/p1p1q1pk/3p2rp/4n3/3bP3/7b/PP3PPK/R1B2R2 b - - 0 1
Paul Morphy’s problem
This problem is attributed to Paul Morphy as being created at the age of nine.
It was first published on June 28, 1856 in “New York Clipper”
White to move and mate in 2.
kbK5/pp6/1P6/8/8/8/8/R7 w - -
Veselin Topalov vs. Garry Kasparov
Puzzle from Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov, Moscow, 1994
White moves and wins in 4.
4k2r/1R3R2/p3p1pp/4b3/1BnNr3/8/P1P5/5K2 w - - 1 0