Chess puzzles for Black

Play and solve Black-to-move interactive chess puzzles. All puzzles have solutions and historical context. You can play each puzzle online against the computer.

Max Walter vs. Emanuel Lasker

This position occurred during Max Walter vs Emanuel Lasker, 1923.

Black to move and win in 3.

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

Solution & Comments

Cristina Iosif vs. Almira Skripchenko

This position occurred in Cristina Iosif vs Almira Skripchenko, Romania, 1992.

Black to move and mate in 2.

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

Solution & Comments

Monterinas vs. Max Euwe

Chess puzzle from a simul, Monterinas vs Max Euwe, Amsterdam, 1927.

Black to move and win in 2.

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

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Viacheslav Ragozin vs. Mikhail Botvinik

Puzzle from Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mikhail Botvinnik, URSS, 1936.

Black to move and win in 3.

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

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Paul Keres vs. Tigran Petrosian

Chess position from 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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Robert Thacker vs. Bobby Fischer

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

Black to move and mate in 2.

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

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