Chess Play Area
[Section 2: Chess Puzzles]
Chess Puzzles serve as more than just a cunning activity to pass the time at work. They help you to train your chess-brain to spot opportunities and threats that you're likely to encounter, from a myriad of random positions on the chessboard.
Like a footballer (soccer player, to our American friends) who practices to improve their ball skills, Chess players use a variety of Tactics and Checkmate Puzzles to improve their awareness of situations that might crop up during their games.
This page includes links to resources that provide puzzles, from Tactics to Checkmate situations ...
Have a go at our collection of Checkmate Puzzles. With each of these Puzzles you need to give the move that results in Checkmate.
View our Chess Puzzles Index
For added difficulty, we're not telling you which side has the move. This will train your chess-brain to study both sides of the board, as you'd have to in your proper games of Chess.
Includes 20x Mate-in-one and 20x Mate-in-two move puzzles.
This little gem of a website has over 90 different Mate In One Puzzles.
Visit MateInOne.com (1 Move)
What's great about these puzzles is there's an interactive chessboard, which allows you to click and drag the pawns and pieces to the position you deem to be the "solution".
Here's another serving of Chess Puzzles from the guys down the digital-road at MateInOne.com ...
Visit MateInOne.com (2 Moves)
This time, you need to come up with the TWO moves that result in Checkmate.
At the last count, they'd added over 240 different Mate In Two puzzles.
From the above link, you can get stuck straight into the interactive Tactics Puzzles. Click and drag the Pawn(s) and Piece(s) to the position(s) you believe to be the solution(s).
Their Server holds over 30,000 Tactics Puzzles.
To start exploring the interactive chess puzzles, held on the Chess Tactics Server, you'll either need to Register, or click to "Sign in as guest".
The latter gets you playing the quickest; the former allows you to build upon your score (you can come back time and again to boost your score up the Tactician's rankings table).
Their server holds over 23,000 Tactics Puzzles.
Puzzle Master Incorporated
A Canadian-based company, with a global customer-base. Originally selling the surprisingly popular 'Wire Disentanglement Puzzles' (brain teasers) at local craft shows, but has since branched out to offer a wide range of puzzles, from Wood Puzzles to Japanese Puzzle Boxes.