Mate in 3 chess puzzles

Play and learn mate-in-three-moves chess puzzles. You’ll find hints, solutions and historical details for each puzzle.

Walter vs Lasker

Max Walter vs Lasker, Ostrava, 1923
Lasker with the black wins in 3.

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

Solution & Comments

Alekhine vs Freeman

Alexander Alekhine vs Freeman, New York, 1924
Alekhine wins in 3

4Rnk1/pr3ppp/1p3q2/5NQ1/2p5/8/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Judit Polgar vs H. Winfridson

Judit Polgar vs H Winfridsson, Goteborg, 1989

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

Solution & Comments

Joseph Blackburne vs Adolf Anderssen

Joseph Blackburne vs Adolf Anderssen, Vienna, 1873
Blackburne (white) wins in 3.

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

Solution & Comments

Alexander Alekhine vs S. Wainstein

Alexander Alekhine vs Samuil Wainstein, Odessa, 1916
White to move and win in 3.

r3q2k/1bn2p2/p4P1p/1pPp2R1/3P4/P1N1Q3/1PB3PP/6K1 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Ragozin vs Botvinik

Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mikhail Botvinnik, URSS, 1936
Mikhail Botvinick (black) to move and win in 3.

1k1r2r1/ppq4p/4Q3/1B2np2/2P1p3/P7/2P1RPPR/2B1K3 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments