Step 1 - Beginner Puzzles

It's OK to solve these on the screen or you can set them up on a board.

Have fun!

White to play.

White’s pieces work well together.

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White to play.

If you can’t see white’s best move immediately, look at what each of his pieces are attacking.

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Black to play.

White has just moved his knight from g8 to e7, checking the black king and defending his rook. What is black’s best reply?

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Black to play.

How does black win a piece?

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Black to play.

How does black win a pawn?

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White to play

How does white win a piece?

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White to move

What can white do here?   Always look for forks, pins and skewers.

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Black to move

White has just played dxe4.   What is black’s best reply?

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Black to move

Have a good look round the board.   What is black’s best move?

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Black to move

How does black win a piece?

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Black to move

White is trying to attack with his h-pawn but black has a powerful move.

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Black to move

Black has two ways to win a pawn.   Can you spot them both?

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Black to move

How does black win a piece?

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Black to move

How does black win a piece?

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White to move

Can you see a powerful fork here?

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White to move

Lots of questions with this puzzle!

1) What is white’s best move?

2) How many different ways can white make a pin?

3) Can white do a fork?

4) Does white have an en passant capture?

5) If it was black’s move, would he be able to castle?

6) What is strange about the position?

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Black to move

This may look complicated but black has a simple way to win material.

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White to move

Black is threatening to queen his a-pawn.  What should white do?

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White to move

White has a very strong move here.  Can you see it?

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Black to move

How does black win material?

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Black to move

How does black finish the game?

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Black to move

Can you see a sneaky fork?

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Black to move

What is black’s best move?

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White to move

White has two ways to win the black queen.   Can you see them both and which is better?
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Black to move

Black can win a lot of material in this position.   Can you see how?

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White to move

How does white win a pawn here?

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Black to move

What do you notice about this position?   Even if you spot the solution really quickly, see how many things you can notice about this position.  What is black’s best move?

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Wihte to move

White’s queen is attacked.  What is his best reply?

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Black to move

How does black win material?

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White to move

Can you spot the checkmate?

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Black to move

Black has a lot of possible moves here, so don’t jump to a wrong conclusion.

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