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.

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

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Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer

Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1956

Black mates in 3

1Q6/5pk1/2p3p1/1p2N2p/1b5P/1b4n1/r5P1/2K5 b - - 0 1

Solution & Comments

Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch

Karl Gilg vs Aaron Nimzowitsch, Semmering tournament, 1926. Black wins in 3.

4rrk1/pppb4/7p/3P2pq/3Q4/2P3P1/PP3nKP/R3RNN1 b - - 0 1

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Popert vs John Cochrane

Black Mates in 3. H Popert vs John Cochrane, London, 1841

r2n1rk1/1ppb2pp/1p1p4/3Ppq1n/2B3P1/2P4P/PP1N1P1K/R2Q1RN1 b - - 0 1

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Mudongo vs Olsarova

Boikhutso Mudongo vs Karolina Olsarova, Tromsoe
Black to move. Mate in 2.

4r1k1/5ppp/pp6/2pp4/3b2bq/BQN5/PPP2PPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1

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Liao vs Daly

Jo-Kai Liao vs Colm Daly, Tromsoe, 2014
Black mates in 2.

4k2r/1q1p1pp1/p3p3/1pb1P3/2r3P1/P1N1P2p/1PP1Q2P/2R1R1K1 b k - 0 1

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