Black to move chess puzzles

Play and learn Black-to-move interactive chess puzzles. You’ll find hints, solutions and historical details for each puzzle.

Walter vs Lasker

Max Walter vs Lasker, Ostrava, 1923
Lasker with the black wins in 3.

4r1k1/3n1ppp/4r3/3n3q/Q2P4/5P2/PP2BP1P/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Cristina Iosif vs Almira Skripchenko

4r1k1/pQ3pp1/7p/4q3/4r3/P7/1P2nPPP/2BR1R1K b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Monterinas vs Euwe

Monterinas vs Max Euwe, Amsterdam, 1927
Euwe (black) moves and wins in 2.

7r/p3ppk1/3p4/2p1P1Kp/2Pb4/3P1QPq/PP5P/R6R b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Ragozin vs Botvinik

Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mikhail Botvinnik, URSS, 1936
Mikhail Botvinick (black) to move and win in 3.

1k1r2r1/ppq4p/4Q3/1B2np2/2P1p3/P7/2P1RPPR/2B1K3 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Paul Keres vs. Tigran V.Petrosian

Paul Keres vs. Tigran V. Petrosian, Bled 1959

Black to move and win in 5.

6k1/3b3r/1p1p4/p1n2p2/1PPNpP1q/P3Q1p1/1R1RB1P1/5K2 b - - 0-1

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Thacker vs Robert Fischer

Thacker vs Robert Fischer, USA, 1957 – a beautiful example of underpromotion.

2r2r2/6kp/3p4/3P4/4Pp2/5P1P/PP1pq1P1/4R2K b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments