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.

Emanuel Lasker vs. Frank Marshall

Chess puzzle from Emanuel Lasker vs Frank Marshall, St Petersburg, 1914.

White to move and mate in 3.

1k1r4/3b1p2/QP1b3p/1p1p4/3P2pN/1R4P1/KPPq1PP1/4r2R w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Corina-Isabela Peptan vs. Vlasta Macek

This puzzle is from Corina-Isabela Peptan vs Vlasta Macek, Moscow, 1994.

White to move and win in 3.

7k/1p4R1/3bp2p/3p3N/p2P4/4NQPP/PP5K/2r1q3 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Győző Forintos vs. Boris Spassky

This puzzle is from the chess game between Győző Forintos and Boris Spassky, Leningrad 1960.

Black to move and win in 3.

2k4r/pp3pQ1/2q5/2n5/8/N3pPP1/P3r3/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Max Walter vs. Emanuel Lasker

This position occurred during Max Walter vs Emanuel Lasker, 1923.

Black to move and win in 3.

4r1k1/3n1ppp/4r3/3n3q/Q2P4/5P2/PP2BP1P/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Judit Polgar vs. Hakan Winfridson

Chess position from Judit Polgár vs Hakan Winfridsson, Goteborg, 1989.

White to move and win in 3.

r4r1k/1pqb1B1p/p3p2B/2bpP2Q/8/1NP5/PP4PP/5R1K w - - 1 0

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Joseph Blackburn vs. Adolf Anderssen

A puzzle from the game Joseph Blackburne vs Adolf Anderssen, Vienna, 1873.

White to move and win in 3.

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

Solution & Comments