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Mate in 1 Chess Puzzles

Updated on May 27, 2018

Chess Puzzles Can Improve Your Game

All top-level players know that practicing chess puzzles is one of the best ways to improve their game. Beginning players usually start with simpler “mate in 1” chess puzzles like these and work their way up.

Working on chess openings and chess endgames are two other ways to improve your chess tactics and playing ability. These winning chess strategies and chess tactics can be beneficial in improving your game. Once the new player has mastered the mate in 1 chess puzzles, they can move on to mate in 2 and then the more advanced mate in 3 puzzles. Taking chess lessons gives you instant feedback on your games and is tailored directly to you. But remember, nothing beats actually playing the game.

Please scroll down to see the mate in 1 chess puzzles.
Please scroll down to see the mate in 1 chess puzzles.

“A passed pawn increases in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes.” Capablanca

José Raúl Capablanca (1888 – 1942) was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. He is often considered one of the greatest chess players of all time and was renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play.

Mate in 1 Chess Puzzle #1 (Black to Play)

Mate in 1 chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)
Mate in 1 chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)

Answer to Mate in 1 Chess Puzzle #1

The answer is R-c8. There are a couple of other moves that might look good to the new player, but they would be incorrect.

R-a7 would produce a check but not checkmate, as the white king could escape to b8. Worse is R-b7, which would be a stalemate. A stalemate of course, means the game would end in a tie, which you wouldn’t want if you have your opponent in this situation.

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

Mate in 1 chess puzzle #2 (Click to enlarge)
Mate in 1 chess puzzle #2 (Click to enlarge)

Answer to Mate in 1 Chess Puzzle #2

This one was a little tougher because there were more pieces to consider. If you found the answer, which is N-d5, then you did a great job!

Once white plays the knight to d5, a checkmate would result because the black king would be in check and wouldn’t be able to escape. The black king couldn’t take the white bishop on f7 because it’s protected by the white knight on e5.

Mate in 1 Chess Puzzle #3 (Black to Play)

Mate in 1 chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)
Mate in 1 chess puzzle (Click to enlarge)

Answer to Mate in 1 Chess Puzzle #3




The answer is for black to play R-g1. (R-h8 is no good as the white king could escape to g2)


If it's an even trade, does it bother you to lose any particular chess piece during a game?

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    • Juggergnost profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks eternaltreasures, for the kind words!

    • jayjay40 profile image


      10 years ago from Bristol England

      Very interesting, Thanks for the advice I've bookmarked your hub, for my husband to read


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