Chess Problems

In all the following problems, white is playing up the board. You can click on some of the chess problem jargon for an English definition, and clicking on the board takes you to the solution. The solutions are written in algebraic notation.

Mate in 2

3k4/R6R/3n4/8/8/8/8/K7         8/8/8/6Q1/4R3/2K2p2/5k2/5b2         8/8/8/8/1B6/8/2k5/K2b2RQ

Mate in 3

8/8/8/8/8/5p2/2R4B/5K1k         KR6/8/kN4r1/p7/8/8/8/8         5B2/6P1/1p6/8/1N6/kP6/2K5/8

Longer Mates

8/8/4K3/1BkN4/8/2NpP3/3P4/8         8/8/1B1B1B1B/1p6/8/1K6/8/1k6         3q2n1/2pPp3/1pP1R1p1/3k2K1/1B1N4/P3P3/4B3/8
Mate in 4         Mate in 5         Mate in 6

DON'T Mate

B5KR/1r5B/6R1/2b1p1p1/2P1k1P1/1p2P2p/1P2P2P/3N1N2         N5N1/7p/1p1p1p1P/1P1k1P2/1P3P2/2PKPP2/2r3r1/3n4
DON'T mate in 1         DON'T mate


2B5/p2Q4/1P6/2P5/3P2n1/4P1Pk/5Pp1/6K1         6k1/6P1/6R1/6R1/8/5ppp/6p1/6K1         8/2p5/6pp/2R3pk/2R5/2P3PK/6PP/8
Selfmate in 5         Selfmate in 2         Selfmate in 3


8/8/1KP5/3r4/8/8/8/k7         8/k7/4P3/4K3/5B2/P7/8/r7         5k2/4p2p/6P1/3K4/8/4B3/8/8


7K/8/k1P5/7p/8/8/8/8         4r3/Kp6/5P2/1k2P3/8/8/8/8         2k5/6K1/r6r/8/4P3/8/8/5R2

Retrograde Analysis

k1K5/8/8/8/8/8/7P/6B1         8/8/8/1r1b4/B7/8/8/3k4         r2qk1nr/ppp1pp1p/2n1p2p/8/8/1P6/NPPPPPPP/R3K2R
Find the last move         Where is the white king?         On which square was the
white queen captured?

Construction Tasks

rnbqkb1r/ppp2ppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKB1R         8/8/8/8/7k/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR         r2q3B/1pp2pp1/2p1p3/8/1P4PP/4PP1b/3PRQNk/1B2BKR1
After black's 4th move         After white's 16th move         Any game will do

And finally...

If you get through that lot and you've got some serious time left to kill, then have a go at constructing a game ending in

A selection of chess problems chosen by Joe Leslie-Hurd.