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.

Donald Byrne vs. Bobby Fischer

This chess puzzle occurred in Donald Byrne vs Bobby 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

This chess puzzle is from a simul, Popert vs John Cochrane, London, 1841.

Black  to move and mate in 3.

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

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Boikhutso Mudongo vs. Karolina Olsarova

Boikhutso Mudongo vs Karolina Olsarova, Tromsoe.

Black to move and mate in 2.

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

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Jo-Kai Liao vs. Colm 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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Giese vs. Alexander Alekhine

Taken from a simul, Giese vs Alexander Alekhine, Moscow, 1905.

Black to move and mate in 4.

2k4r/ppp2p2/2b2B2/7p/6pP/2P1q1bP/PP3N2/R4QK1 b - - 0 1

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