Medium Chess Puzzles

Play and learn medium-difficulty chess puzzles for enthusiats. You’ll find hints, solutions and historical details for each puzzle.

Joseph Blackburne vs Adolf Anderssen

Joseph Blackburne vs Adolf Anderssen, Vienna, 1873
Blackburne (white) wins in 3.

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

Solution & Comments

Alexander Alekhine vs S. Wainstein

Alexander Alekhine vs Samuil Wainstein, Odessa, 1916
White to move and win in 3.

r3q2k/1bn2p2/p4P1p/1pPp2R1/3P4/P1N1Q3/1PB3PP/6K1 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Ragozin vs Botvinik

Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mikhail Botvinnik, URSS, 1936
Mikhail Botvinick (black) to move and win in 3.

1k1r2r1/ppq4p/4Q3/1B2np2/2P1p3/P7/2P1RPPR/2B1K3 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Korchnoi vs Polugaevsky

Viktor Korchnoi vs Lev Polugaevsky, Tbilisi, 1956

3r1rk1/2qP1p2/p2R2pp/6b1/6P1/2pQR2P/P1B2P2/6K1 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer

Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1956

Black mates in 3

1Q6/5pk1/2p3p1/1p2N2p/1b5P/1b4n1/r5P1/2K5 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch

Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch, Semmering tournament, 1926. Black wins in 3.

4rrk1/pppb4/7p/3P2pq/3Q4/2P3P1/PP3nKP/R3RNN1 b - - 0 1

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