Mate in 3 chess puzzles

Play and solve mate-in-three-moves chess puzzles. 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

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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

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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

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William Evans vs. Alexander MacDonnell

This is the endgame between captain William Evans and Alexander MacDonnell played at London in 1826.

White to move and win in 3.

r3k2r/ppp2Npp/1b5n/4p2b/2B1P2q/BQP2P2/P5PP/RN5K w kq - 1 0

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Benhard Horvitz vs. Howard Staunton

The endgame between the German Bernhard Horvitz and the English chess player Howard StauntonLondon 1846.

Black moves and wins the game in 3.

6k1/ppp2ppp/8/2n2K1P/2P2P1P/2Bpr3/PP4r1/4RR2 b - - 0 1

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Adolf Anderssen vs. Ernst Karl Falkbeer

This puzzle is from a game of Adolf Anderssen vs Ernst Karl Falkbeer, Berlin, 1851

White to move and win in 3.

8/2p3N1/6p1/5PB1/pp2Rn2/7k/P1p2K1P/3r4 w - - 1 0

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