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.
Ossip Bernstein vs. Alexander Kotov
Ossip Bernstein vs. Alexander Kotov, Groningen (Holland), 1946. This endgame illustrated as an online puzzle will show you how the anticipation combined with audacious sacrifices could result in a victory. White moves and wins in 3.
R6R/1r3pp1/4p1kp/3pP3/1r2qPP1/7P/1P1Q3K/8 w - - 1 0
Paul Vaitonis vs. Reuben Fine
The end game Paul Vaitonis and Reuben Fine , Stockholm 1937 ended in a victory for Fine who won in 3 moves.
Can you find the Fine’s solution?
4r1k1/5bpp/2p5/3pr3/8/1B3pPq/PPR2P2/2R2QK1 b - - 0 1
Géza Maróczy vs. Heinrich Wolf
This online chess puzzle recreates the end of a chess game between two known chess players Géza Maróczy and Heinrich Wolf. The match took place at Berlin in 1899. White moves and wins in 3. Can you find the right solution?
2r5/2p2k1p/pqp1RB2/2r5/PbQ2N2/1P3PP1/2P3P1/4R2K w - - 1 0
Benhard Horvitz vs. Howard Staunton
The endgame between the German Bernhard Horvitz and the English chess player Howard Staunton, London 1846.
Black moves and wins the game in 3.
6k1/ppp2ppp/8/2n2K1P/2P2P1P/2Bpr3/PP4r1/4RR2 b - - 0 1
Ilya Rabinovich vs. Grigory Levenfish
This puzzle is the end game between two of the best Russian and Soviet chess masters.
Ilya Rabinovich vs. Grygory Levenfish, Moskow, 1927. Black to move and win in 2.
rn2kb1r/ppp1pppp/8/8/4q3/3P1N1b/PPP1BPnP/RNBQ1K1R b kq - 0 1