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.

Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Madame de Remusat

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

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

Solution & Comments

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

Solution & Comments

Addicks vs Gujdev

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

r1b1r1kq/pppnpp1p/1n4pB/8/4N2P/1BP5/PP1PQPP1/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Lasker vs Marshall

Emanuel Lasker vs Frank Marshall, St Petersburg, 1914
Mate in 3. White to move.

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

Solution & Comments

Capablanca vs Friedmann

Capablanca vs. Gunnar Friedmann, Cuernavaca, 1933.
Mate in 3. White to move.

r2qkbQ1/pb1n2p1/2p2r2/5N1p/P2P3N/4P3/1P3PPP/2R2RK1 w q - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Akobian vs Lugo

Varuzhan Akobian vs. Blas Lugo, Minneapolis, 2005
Mate in 3. White to move.

8/p3q2k/1p2p1p1/r2bQ3/3P2R1/8/6P1/5R1K w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments