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.

Korchnoi vs Polugaevsky

Viktor Korchnoi vs Lev Polugaevsky, Tbilisi, 1956

3r1rk1/2qP1p2/p2R2pp/6b1/6P1/2pQR2P/P1B2P2/6K1 w - - 1 0

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Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer

Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1956

Black mates in 3

1Q6/5pk1/2p3p1/1p2N2p/1b5P/1b4n1/r5P1/2K5 b - - 0 1

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Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch

Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch, Semmering tournament, 1926. Black wins in 3.

4rrk1/pppb4/7p/3P2pq/3Q4/2P3P1/PP3nKP/R3RNN1 b - - 0 1

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Daniel Harrwitz vs Bernhard Horwitz

Daniel Harrwitz vs Bernhard Horwitz, London, 1846

Romanic Chess. White to move and win in 3.

3q1r1k/2p4p/1p1pBrp1/p2Pp3/2PnP3/5PP1/PP1Q2K1/5R1R w - - 0 1

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Richard Reti vs Saviely Tartakower

White mates in 3 in a daring maneouver. Richard Reti vs Saviely Tartakower, Vienna 1910.

rnb1kb1r/pp3ppp/2p5/4q3/4n3/3Q4/PPPB1PPP/2KR1BNR w - - 0 1

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Popert vs John Cochrane

Black Mates in 3. H Popert vs John Cochrane, London, 1841

r2n1rk1/1ppb2pp/1p1p4/3Ppq1n/2B3P1/2P4P/PP1N1P1K/R2Q1RN1 b - - 0 1

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