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.

Richard Reti vs. Saviely Tartakower

White mates in 3 in a daring maneuver. 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

This chess puzzle is from a simul, Popert vs John Cochrane, London, 1841.

Black  to move and mate in 3.

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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 and mate in 3.

r1bq1b1r/ppp4p/2n3pn/3kp3/4N3/5Q1P/PPPP1PP1/R1B1KB1R w - - 0 1

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Vassily Ivanchuk vs. Josif Dorfman

Vassily Ivanchuk vs Josif Dorfman, Cap d’Agde, 1998.

White mates in 3.

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

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Johannes Addicks vs. Mladen Gujdev

Johannes Addicks vs. Mladen Gudjev, Prague, 1931.

Mate in 3. White to move.

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José Capablanca vs. Gunnar Friedemann

José Capablanca vs. Gunnar Friedemann, Cuernavaca, 1933.

Mate in 3. White to move.

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