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.

Wuisard vs. Durufle

Medium difficulty puzzle – mate in 5, white to move.

6r1/p3p1rk/1p1pPp1p/q3n2R/4P3/3BR2P/PPP2QP1/7K w

Solution & Comments

Laszlo Vadaz vs. Carsten Lingnau

Medium difficulty puzzle – mate in 2, white to move.

3r1b1k/5Q1p/p2p1P2/5R2/4q2P/1P2P3/PB5K/8 w

Solution & Comments

Pilotelle vs. Vernay

Medium difficulty puzzle. White to move and mate in 3

r1b1r1k1/1pq1bp1p/p3pBp1/3pR3/7Q/2PB4/PP3PPP/5RK1 w

Solution & Comments

Promote to Knight

By studying databases with millions of played games, one could see that 97% of promotions have been made to Queen. It makes sense, since it’s the most powerful piece. Still, there are cases where an ‘underpromotion’, that is promoting to Rook, Knight or Bishop would be more useful? World Champion Emanuel Lasker presented a position in which White is in serious trouble, that not even a promotion to Queen would solve.

3n2nr/4Pqpp/2k5/8/8/8/2B3PP/6K1 w

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Mate in Three with a Promotion

An interesting puzzle composed by Niels Høeg in 1905 and featuring promotions: White can mate (win) in three moves. Can you find the right solution?

8/R7/4kPP1/3ppp2/3B1P2/1K1P1P2/8/8 w

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Kasparov Mates in 3

This position is from Garry Kasparov vs. Elmar Magerramov, USSR, 1982. Kasparov checkmated Elmar in 3 moves. Can you do that?

3r1r1k/1p3p1p/p2p4/4n1NN/6bQ/1BPq4/P3p1PP/1R5K w

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