Posts Tagged ‘hard chess puzzles’

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 45

April 23, 2019

White to move and mate in 3 (Samuel Loyd, 1858).

White to move and mate in 3 (Samuel Loyd, 1858).

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Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 38

March 8, 2019

White to move and mate in 4!

White to move and mate in 4!

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 30

July 12, 2018

Black looks close to victory but white has one saving combination. White to move and mate in 7 (Giambattista Lolli – N.N., Italy 1763.)

White to move and mate in 7 (Giambattista Lolli – N.N., Italy 1763.)

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle 18

June 3, 2018

Black to move and mate in 5 (Paul Keres – Tigran Petrosian, Yugoslavia 1959).

Black to move and mate in 5 (Paul Keres – Tigran Petrosian, Yugoslavia 1959).

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 17

May 24, 2018

White to move and mate in 3 (A. Galitskiy, “Chess Journal”, 1900.)

White to move and mate in 3 (A. Galitskiy, “Chess Journal”, 1900.)

For added challenge, imagine that the players switch chairs (i.e. pawns moving in the opposite direction) and solve for mate in three again. Remarkable!

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 16

April 21, 2018

White to move and mate in 7! (Edward Lasker vs. George Thomas, City of London Chess Club, 1912)

White to move and mate in 7! (Edward Lasker vs. George Thomas, City of London Chess Club, 1912)

“The following game I consider the most beautiful I ever played  … though it was not a tournament game and can, therefore, hardly be classed among the best games.” – Edward Lasker

“A year later, Alekhine called my attention to the fact, discovered in Moscow, where he went over the game with Bernstein, that I could have mated in seven instead of eight moves by playing 16 Kf1 or O-O, as then Black would have been unable to prevent mate by 17 Nh2.”– Edward Lasker

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 11

February 28, 2018

This endgame study makes a very good lesson in and of itself. White to move and win (M. Grinfeld, 1903).

White to move and win (M. Grinfeld, 1903).

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 9

February 16, 2018

White to move and mate in 12.

White to move and mate in 12


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