Mate in 4 chess puzzles

Play and solve mate-in-four-moves chess puzzles. You’ll find solutions and historical details and you can play each puzzle live against the computer.

Paul Keres vs. Arturo Pomar Salamanca

A nice endgame between Estonian Paul Keres  and Spanish chess player Arturo Pomar Salamanca. With a sacrifice, Paul Keres gained a strong strategical position and won in four. This happened in Madrid tournament, 1943.

7R/r1p1q1pp/3k4/1p1n1Q2/3N4/8/1PP2PPP/2B3K1 w - - 1 0

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Alexander Meek vs. Paul Morphy

Dramatic end game at New Orleans, 1885. Alexander Beaufort Meek with whites was playing against Paul Morphy with the blacks. The puzzle illustrates the Morphy’s way to win in 4. Can you find this solution?

Q7/p1p1q1pk/3p2rp/4n3/3bP3/7b/PP3PPK/R1B2R2 b - - 0 1

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Veselin Topalov vs. Garry Kasparov

Puzzle from Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov, Moscow, 1994

White moves and wins in 4.

4k2r/1R3R2/p3p1pp/4b3/1BnNr3/8/P1P5/5K2 w - - 1 0

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Viktor Korchnoi vs. Peterson

Chess puzzle form a simul, Viktor Korchnoi vs. Peterson, Kiev, 1964.

White to move and win in 4.

r2r1n2/pp2bk2/2p1p2p/3q4/3PN1QP/2P3R1/P4PP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1

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Simen Agdestein vs. Al Qudaimi

Simen Agdestein vs Basheer Al Qudaimi at Tromsoe, 2014
Mate in 4. White to move.

3r1r2/1pp2p1k/p5pp/4P3/2nP3R/2P3QP/P1B1q1P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0

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Giese vs. Alexander Alekhine

Taken from a simul, Giese vs Alexander Alekhine, Moscow, 1905.

Black to move and mate in 4.

2k4r/ppp2p2/2b2B2/7p/6pP/2P1q1bP/PP3N2/R4QK1 b - - 0 1

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