Some of the most brilliant chess puzzles involve material sacrifice for the sake of the mate. Here however, the sacrifice is not merely needed to mate but in fact to avoid loss. One wrong move, and the outcome is completely out of your hands.

# Tag Archives: hard chess

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 56

An equally ingenious and absurd chess puzzle by William L. Barclay from Chess Life and Review. White to move and mate in 2 (William L. Barclay, Chess Life and Review, 1972.)

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 55

White to move and mate in 3 (puzzle by Sigmund Herland, Revista Romana de Sah, 1937).

## #Chess Position Worth Sharing! 123

White to move and draw (Troittzky, Tijdschrift for Schack)! White to move and draw (Troittzky, Tijdschrift for Schack)!

## #Chess Position Worth Sharing! 122

White to move and win (Grigoriev, Schachmat, 1928.)

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 54

White to move and win. (Hint: Bishop domination is the key strategy.)

## #Chess Position Worth Sharing 114

White to move and draw (D. Lolly, 1763).

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 51

White to move and win (mate in 13).

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 49

White to move and win (Richard Reti, Kolnische Volkszeitung of 1928).

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 48

White to move and win.

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 46

White to move and win! (H. Rinck, Deutche Schachzeitung, 1912)

## So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 30

Black to move and win!

## So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 28

Black to move and mate in 5.

## So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 26

White to move and mate in 6.

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 44

White to move and mate in 2.

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 41

White to move and mate in three (Samuel Loyd, 1863).

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 40

White to move and mate in 4! (Wolfgang Pauly, Schweizerische Schachzeitung, September 1920)

## So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened… 22

What is white’s best move?

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 37

White to move and mate in two (Александр Ажусин, 1971).

## Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 36

White to move and mate in 4 (Фомичёв, Евгений Васильевич & Феоктистов, Александр Фёдорович, Melnichenko MT 2009).