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.
Laszlo Vadaz vs. Carsten Lingnau
Medium difficulty puzzle – mate in 2, white to move.
Pilotelle vs. Vernay
Medium difficulty puzzle. White to move and mate in 3
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.
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?