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.

Daniel Harrwitz vs Bernhard Horwitz

Daniel Harrwitz vs Bernhard Horwitz, London, 1846

Romanic Chess. White to move and win in 3.

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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

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Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Madame de Remusat

Medium difficulty chess puzzle from 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Madame de Remusat. White to Move. Mate in 3.

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Ivanchuk vs Dorfman

Ivanchuk vs Dorfman, Cap d’Agde, 1998
White mate in 3.

4rk2/p5p1/1p2P2N/7R/nP5P/5PQ1/b6K/q7 w - - 0 1

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Addicks vs Gujdev

Johannes Addicks vs. Mladen Gudjev, Prague, 1931
Mate in 3. White to move.

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