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.

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

Solution & Comments

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

Solution & Comments

Viktor Korchnoi vs. Peterson

Chess puzzle form a simul, Viktor Korchnoi vs. Peterson, Kiev, 1964.

White to move and win in 4.

r2r1n2/pp2bk2/2p1p2p/3q4/3PN1QP/2P3R1/P4PP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Li vs. Alitha

Hard puzzle, mate in 5, white to move.

2q1nk1r/4Rp2/1ppp1P2/6Pp/3p1B2/3P3P/PPP1Q3/6K1 w

Solution & Comments