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.

Think this is too easy?

This situation seems ridiculously easy. The black king is in such a dire situation that defeat is inevitable – but – can White mate in just three moves?

5B2/6P1/1p6/8/1N6/kP6/2K5/8 w

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Mate in Three

Another interesting puzzle composed by Niels Hoeg in 1905 and featuring promotions: White can mate (win) in three moves. Can you find the right solution?

8/R7/4kPP1/3ppp2/3B1P2/1K1P1P2/8/8 w

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Kasparov mates in 3

This position is from Kasparov vs. Elmar Magerramov, USSR, 1982. Kasparov checkmated Elmar in 3 moves. Can you do that?

3r1r1k/1p3p1p/p2p4/4n1NN/6bQ/1BPq4/P3p1PP/1R5K w

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