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.

Varuzhan Akobian vs. Blas 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

Magnus Carlsen vs. Hans 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

Alexander Alekhine vs. Frieman

Alexander Alekhine vs. Abraham Frieman, a simul in New York, 1924.

White to move and mate in 3.

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

Solution & Comments

John Emms vs. Albert 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