Chess puzzles for White

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

Paul Morphy’s problem

This problem is attributed to Paul Morphy as being created at the age of nine.

It was first published on June 28, 1856 in “New York Clipper”

White to move and mate in 2.

kbK5/pp6/1P6/8/8/8/8/R7 w - -

Solution & Comments

Emanuel Lasker vs. Frank Marshall

Chess puzzle from Emanuel Lasker vs Frank Marshall, St Petersburg, 1914.

White to move and mate in 3.

1k1r4/3b1p2/QP1b3p/1p1p4/3P2pN/1R4P1/KPPq1PP1/4r2R w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Corina-Isabela Peptan vs. Vlasta Macek

This puzzle is from Corina-Isabela Peptan vs Vlasta Macek, Moscow, 1994.

White to move and win in 3.

7k/1p4R1/3bp2p/3p3N/p2P4/4NQPP/PP5K/2r1q3 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Isaías Pleci vs. Lucius Endzelins

Chess puzzle from the game between Isaías Pleci and Lucius Endzelins in Buenos Aires, 1939.

White to move and win in 2.

r4R2/1b2n1pp/p2Np1k1/1pn5/4pP1P/8/PPP1B1P1/2K4R w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Veselin Topalov vs. Garry Kasparov

Puzzle from Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov, Moscow, 1994

White moves and wins in 4.

4k2r/1R3R2/p3p1pp/4b3/1BnNr3/8/P1P5/5K2 w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments

Judit Polgar vs. Hakan Winfridson

Chess position from Judit Polgár vs Hakan Winfridsson, Goteborg, 1989.

White to move and win in 3.

r4r1k/1pqb1B1p/p3p2B/2bpP2Q/8/1NP5/PP4PP/5R1K w - - 1 0

Solution & Comments