Beginner Chess Puzzles
Chess players are always on the lookout for ways to improve their games. Winning chess strategies and chess tactics can be found in many different areas. One of the most important tools to improving your chess game is the use of chess puzzles like these.
Depending on your current level of play, you may want to start with beginner chess puzzles (which can be found as mate in 1 chess puzzles) and work your way up to mate in 2 and then on to mate in 3 advanced chess puzzles. Chess puzzles where you are not solving for mate, but looking for the winning move instead are also great for helping to improve play.
Taking chess lessons also helps and can give you instant feedback on your games. But remember, nothing beats playing!
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Israel Albert Horowitz (often known as Al Horowitz or I. A. Horowitz) (1907 - 1973) was a leading player in the U.S. during the 1930s and 1940s. He was U.S. Open Champion in 1936, 1938, and 1943.
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Beginner Chess Puzzle #1 (White to Move, Mate in 1)
Answer to Beginner Chess Puzzle #1
To achieve a mate in one, you must first find a way to put the opposing king in check. A check is not a checkmate if the opposing king has a way to escape it.
In Puzzle #1, the answer is to move the white queen to g8. That puts the black king in check and it can’t escape. Beginners sometimes think that Q-a7 is checkmate. But if white played Q-a7, the black king could escape to c8. True, white could checkmate on the next move, but then it wouldn’t be a mate in one.
Beginner Chess Puzzle #2 (White to Move, Mate in 1)
Answer to Beginner Chess Puzzle #2
In Puzzle #2, the answer is to move the white rook to h8. That will put the black king in check with no possibility of escape, resulting in a checkmate.
Beginner Chess Puzzle #3 (White to Move, Mate in 1)
Answer to Beginner Chess Puzzle #3
In puzzle #3, the answer is for white to play B-e4. This places the opposing king in check with no way to escape.
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