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Intermediate Chess Puzzles

Updated on May 27, 2018

All chess players who want to improve their game are always on the lookout for winning chess strategies that can help them win more often. These chess tactics can be found in many different areas from intermediate chess puzzles like these to opening strategies to chess endgame strategy. They can all help to improve your chess tactics and playing ability.

Intermediate chess puzzles like these are very often mate in 2 puzzles. Working on different chess puzzles will help you see deeper into your games.You may also want to try chess puzzles where you don't necessarily solve for mate, but just to find the winning move. In those types of puzzles, you are looking for a move that either wins material or gives you an overwhelming positional advantage.

Taking chess lessons from a qualified chess teacher or instructor can also help a lot because you get instant feedback on your games and it’s tailored directly to you. But remember, always make sure you leave time to practice!

“I like to coax my opponents into attacking, to let them taste the joy of the initiative, so they may get carried away, become careless and sacrifice material.” Korchnoi

Viktor Korchnoi was a Candidate for the World Championship on ten occasions. He was also a four-time USSR chess champion, a five-time European champion, and a six-time member of Soviet teams that won the Chess Olympiad.

Please scroll down to check out the intermediate chess puzzles.
Please scroll down to check out the intermediate chess puzzles.

"In the opening a master should play like a book, in the mid-game he should play like a magician, in the ending he should play like a machine." Rudolf Spielmann

Rudolf Spielmann (1883-1942) was a chess player and chess writer. Spielmann was known as "The Master of Attack" because his daring play was full of sacrifices, brilliancies, and beautiful ideas.

Intermediate Chess Puzzle #1 (White to Move, Mate in 2)

Intermediate chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)
Intermediate chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)

Answer to Intermediate Chess Puzzle #1




The answer is for white to play R-h5. Black is forced to play Nxh5 and white mates with g5.

Intermediate Chess Puzzle #2 (White to Move, Mate in 2)

Intermediate chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)
Intermediate chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)

Answer to Intermediate Chess Puzzle #2




Correct play begins with white playing Rxa7. Black is forced to play Bxa7 as the rook cannot capture due to the fact that it is pinned. Checkmate follows with white playing N-c7.

Intermediate Chess Puzzle #3 (White to Move, Mate in 2)

Intermediate chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)
Intermediate chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)

Answer to Intermediate Chess Puzzle 3




The answer is for white to play Qxf8. Black is forced to play Kxf8 and white checkmates with e7.

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