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.
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
Paul Keres vs. Tigran Petrosian
Chess position from Paul Keres vs. Tigran V. Petrosian, Bled 1959
Black to move and win in 5.
6k1/3b3r/1p1p4/p1n2p2/1PPNpP1q/P3Q1p1/1R1RB1P1/5K2 b - - 0-1
Robert Thacker vs. Bobby Fischer
Puzzle from a simul, Thacker vs Robert Fischer, USA, 1957 – a beautiful example of underpromotion.
Black to move and mate in 2.
2r2r2/6kp/3p4/3P4/4Pp2/5P1P/PP1pq1P1/4R2K b - - 0 1
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