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.

Lasker vs Marshall

Emanuel Lasker vs Frank Marshall, St Petersburg, 1914

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

Solution & Comments

Peptan vs Macek

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

Gyozo Forintos vs Boris Spassky

Gyozo Forintos vs Boris Spassky, Leningrad 1960
Black to move and win in 3.

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

Solution & Comments

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