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
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

Carlsen vs Harestad

Magnus Carlsen vs. Hans Harestad, Copenhagen, 2003
Mate in 3. White to move.

r7/3bb1kp/q4p1N/1pnPp1np/2p4Q/2P5/1PB3P1/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Alekhine vs Freeman

Alexander Alekhine vs. Freeman, New York, 1924
Mate in 3. White to move.

4Rnk1/pr3ppp/1p3q2/5NQ1/2p5/8/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Li vs. Alitha

Medium difficulty puzzle, mate in 5, white to move.

2q1nk1r/4Rp2/1ppp1P2/6Pp/3p1B2/3P3P/PPP1Q3/6K1 w

Solution & Comments