Moderate Chess Puzzles

Play and solve medium-difficulty chess puzzles for enthusiasts. You’ll find solutions and historical details and you can play each puzzle live against the computer.

Emanuel Lasker vs. Frank Marshall

Chess puzzle from Emanuel Lasker vs Frank Marshall, St Petersburg, 1914.

White to move and mate in 3.

1k1r4/3b1p2/QP1b3p/1p1p4/3P2pN/1R4P1/KPPq1PP1/4r2R w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Max Walter vs. Emanuel Lasker

This position occurred during Max Walter vs Emanuel Lasker, 1923.

Black to move and win in 3.

4r1k1/3n1ppp/4r3/3n3q/Q2P4/5P2/PP2BP1P/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Monterinas vs. Max Euwe

Chess puzzle from a simul, Monterinas vs Max Euwe, Amsterdam, 1927.

Black to move and win in 2.

7r/p3ppk1/3p4/2p1P1Kp/2Pb4/3P1QPq/PP5P/R6R b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Alexander Alekhine vs. Fahardo

Puzzle from a simul, Alexander Alekhine vs Fahardo, Montevideo, 1939.

White to move and win in 2.

4r3/pbpn2n1/1p1prp1k/8/2PP2PB/P5N1/2B2R1P/R5K1 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Judit Polgar vs. Hakan Winfridson

Chess position from Judit Polgár vs Hakan Winfridsson, Goteborg, 1989.

White to move and win in 3.

r4r1k/1pqb1B1p/p3p2B/2bpP2Q/8/1NP5/PP4PP/5R1K w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Joseph Blackburn vs. Adolf Anderssen

A puzzle from the game Joseph Blackburne vs Adolf Anderssen, Vienna, 1873.

White to move and win in 3.

Q4R2/3kr3/1q3n1p/2p1p1p1/1p1bP1P1/1B1P3P/2PBK3/8 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments