Chess Puzzle Collection 2

Puzzle 1: The Harry Potter Chess Puzzle.

White (The mystical giant Chess set guarding the door) played Q x d3 in the below position to prevent Nh3# (That’s Ron h3 checkmate!). How will you continue? Help Harry win!

Remember, the Bishop on a3 is Harry!

The Harry Potter chess puzzle has an interesting backstory. Jeremy Silman, the composer of the puzzle seems to have been forgotten in the credits section, but to everyone’s amusement, even the Donut delivery boy and Hair dresser were mentioned in the credits section.

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Puzzle 2:

Staunton Checkmates!
White to play and mate in three moves.


A name synonymous with beautifully carved wooden chess pieces has a piece of history that is often missed. No other world champion has had such an influence on the design of chess sets in particular. The Staunton Chess sets, (Staunton the then-strongest chess player promoted the pieces but did not design it in any way) were adopted by FIDE for the official international events and is widely regarded as a quality standard and there are different version of the chess set.

Howard Staunton, the world’s strongest player from 1843 to 1851, played white in the below position and delivered a nice finish to the game.

White to play, Mate in three moves.


Puzzle 3: Lewis Caroll’s magical chess position.

Level: Mushrooms.


Lewis Caroll is his highly acclaimed novel “Through the Looking Glass”, a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You may also remember the story from the movie “Alive in Wonderland”

Caroll left his readers baffled when he published the below chess position in the start of “Through the Looking Glass”, mostly because the puzzle is not exactly a puzzle in the widely-accepted sense. For example, the answer does not involve regular Chess rules. White seems to be making most of the moves. The intention or solution, Caroll says, is about promoting the pawn on d2 (sh.. That’s Alice!) to a Queen despite all the enemy threats. Oh, and you are also supposed to defeat the Jabberwocky, black’s pet dragon, or hm.. that innocent knight on g8.

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White Pawn (Alice) to play, and win in eleven moves


Puzzle 4: Save Billgates!

The world’s richest man played a game of blitz Chess with the world’s strongest Chess player as a part of a talk-show in London. Bill didn’t last more than 12 seconds. But curiously he could have done something to save himself from that shame. Find out what Bill Gates missed here. What’s the best way to save Bill’s (White) King in this position.

Level: Easy


[White to play. Save your king!]


Puzzle 5: Unpunished mistakes!

White, one of the greatest Chess players ever, Capablanca, just played Qa8 and black resigned because of the threat in the back rank.Soon after the game, the 78-year old Joseph Blackburne, who was watching the game, informed that both Capa and his opponent had erred in the last move.
Level: Intermediate


Why is Qa8 a mistake? Is there a better move?



Puzzle 6: When Super Powers tumble!

Two former world champions are playing a heated battle and all of a sudden one player goes a blind eye to a simple threat. Let’s see if you can figure this out.

Kramnik (Black) just blundered in a position where he could have fought for equality. It’s your turn to play in Kasparov’s (White) shoes.


Puzzle 7: Luzin’s Defense

Vladimir Nabokov is not only famous for his literary work, but also chess compositions. The below Chess position is from the film Luzin’s Defense based on one of Nabokov’s novels “The Defense”
The protagonist, Luzhin, a psychologically troubled Russian Chess Grandmaster faces his nemesis in a head to head combat and reaches the below position. His flag falls and the game is adjourned to the next session. Luzhin hallucinates scenes from his Life as he ponders about the position, leave the hall and somehow is dead the next day. To everyone’s surprise, his wife discovers Luzhin’s analysis which is used to decide the fate of the  game. Now, it’s your turn to work out what Luzhin might have thought 🙂
Black to play and win!
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Puzzle 8: Carlsen Blunder. No one is invincible!

Carlsen blundered in an advantageous position. White (Carlsen) played g4 in this position in the 2018 edition of Wijk Ann Zee super tournament. What is wrong with this move? It’s your turn to figure this out.
What is funny is that Carlsen somehow managed to win in this game to everyone’s surprise!
Level: Easy


Puzzle 9: Karpov misses the best move.

In the 1995 FIDE World Championship between Karpov (White) and Gelfand (black), the following position arose in the eighth game. Karpov played a few typical moves like Bd4 and then Nfd2, and then agreed to a draw. After the game got over journalist pointed out that Karpov missed an interesting tactical idea for white which would have resulted in an advantageous endgame for him. What did Karpov (White) miss here?
Level: Hard


Puzzle 10: Save your King!

White (Fischer) to play and defend this position.
In his road to the World Championship title, Bobby Fischer destroyed several strong Grandmasters with perfect scores, especially in the candidates tournament. One of his victims Bent Larsen played a complicated game in the first round and reached the below position. Fischer reached a critical position where there’s only one move to save his game and that every other move loses. Fischer successfully defended this position and went out to win this game, as well as every other game with Larsen. What did Fischer (White) play?
Level: Hard

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