White to move chess puzzles

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

Pilotelle vs. Vernay

Medium difficulty puzzle. White to move and mate in 3

r1b1r1k1/1pq1bp1p/p3pBp1/3pR3/7Q/2PB4/PP3PPP/5RK1 w

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For Beginners: Mate in Three

Here’s a pretty simple chess puzzle to get you warmed up. White to play and mate in three

r5rk/5p1p/5R2/4B3/8/8/7P/7K w

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Think this is too easy?

This situation seems ridiculously easy. The black king is in such a dire situation that defeat is inevitable – but – can White mate in just three moves?

5B2/6P1/1p6/8/1N6/kP6/2K5/8 w

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Promote to Knight

By studying databases with millions of played games, one could see that 97% of promotions have been made to Queen. It makes sense, since it’s the most powerful piece. Still, there are cases where an ‘underpromotion’, that is promoting to Rook, Knight or Bishop would be more useful? World Champion Emanuel Lasker presented a position in which White is in serious trouble, that not even a promotion to Queen would solve.

3n2nr/4Pqpp/2k5/8/8/8/2B3PP/6K1 w

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Mate in Three

Another interesting puzzle composed by Niels Hoeg in 1905 and featuring promotions: White can mate (win) in three moves. Can you find the right solution?

8/R7/4kPP1/3ppp2/3B1P2/1K1P1P2/8/8 w

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Mate in Two

White can win in just two moves. Can you find the right ones?

r1bq2r1/b4pk1/p1pp1p2/1p2pP2/1P2P1PB/3P4/1PPQ2P1/R3K2R w

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