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.

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

J.Emms vs. A.Blees

Medium difficulty puzzle – mate in 3, White to move.

1r3r1k/5Bpp/8/8/P2qQ3/5R2/1b4PP/5K2 w

Solution & Comments

Pilotelle vs. Vernay

Medium difficulty puzzle. White to move and mate in 3

r1b1r1k1/1pq1bp1p/p3pBp1/3pR3/7Q/2PB4/PP3PPP/5RK1 w

Solution & Comments

For Beginners: Mate in Three

Here’s a pretty simple chess puzzle to get you warmed up. White to play and mate in three

r5rk/5p1p/5R2/4B3/8/8/7P/7K w

Solution & Comments