1001 Brilliant Checkmates

It took me some time, but I managed to get the DHTML Chess Widget working. Below you can find 1001 Brilliant Checkmates as a kind of exercise. You can make the moves by dragging and dropping a piece.
As soon as you have solved a problem the next problem will be loaded.
The widget works in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, but unfortunately originally not in Opera and Safari. It seems to work in the most recent versions. See the comments.
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117 Responses to 1001 Brilliant Checkmates

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  2. Thanks for posting the chess puzzles; I really enjoy them.
    It was a game of India originally, and therefore, I’m a natural.

    • Gene Autry says:

      Some Arabs said they invented it first. I see them playing chess on the pyramid walls over 6000 years ago. I think those pharaohs were Egyptian. Excellent puzzles.

  3. Dirk says:

    Very nice!

  4. Dupoot says:

    Isn’t Qa5+ possible as well?

    • admin says:

      I assume you’re right, because some of these have more than one solution.
      Without the number of the puzzle it’s impossible to check this.

      • James says:

        For #579, 2. … Qb8+ would work as well, but the widget only allows 2. … Qc7+. Really cool though!

        • admin says:

          1…Bh2+ 2.Kxh2 Qc7+
          ( 2…Qb8+ 3.Bf4 Qxf4+ 4.Kg1 Qg3# )
          3.Bf4 Qxf4+ 4.Kg1 Qg3# 0-1

          This current version of this widget only allow one variation, but I still wanted to use it to demonstrate it’s possibilities to publish chess puzzles on a WordPress site.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not in one move the bishop could block the check on the king

  5. kiteloops says:

    Really like these puzzles. Sometimes though, I am surprised that a move results in checkmate, and wish I could review but the new puzzle loads so can’t.
    Anyway, they could be set up as such?
    Than ks

    • admin says:

      Maybe I can adapt these in such a way that it will also be possible to select a puzzle by number, but at the moment it isn’t possible.

      • kiteloops says:

        Would it be possible to have a pause button to temporarily stop the loading process into the next puzzle. I know nothing about programming and am sure it shows!

  6. crojon says:

    #564: Qc3 also mate, no?

  7. Carl Boor says:

    Yes is it possible to get a tutorial on how to install the tactics trainer ? I would even be willing to pay for that.

    Thanks for the help,


  8. apple says:

    cant he just take the white bishop afterwards

  9. Slyph says:

    Very nice!

    # 587 : i think it is mate in 2 if you go Dg1+!! Txg1 Cf2#

  10. exilada says:

    some problems are fail best moves doesnt accepted sometimes

  11. Slyph says:

    (rewriting in international notation)

    # 587 : i think it is mate in 2 with Dg1+ Txg1 Cf2#.
    # 764 : the hint is wrong, and instead of 3. Qg5+ e3 Qxe3 Kb1 Qb6+ Fb5 Qxb5+ Ka2 Qb2# ,3. Qd1# is much quicker.

    • admin says:

      For #587 see above

      #764: I agree with the remark about the hint, because 1…Be3+ 2.Bxe3 Nf2 … seems to make more sense to me, but it’s not a mate in three.
      Please notice that it’s a puzzle for Black.

  12. Boston Treat says:

    i really enjoy this, but the board plays tricks with my eyes and its very uncomfortable. please change the colors, or the lines, just making them solid color without effects would have a better effect without illusionary affect

  13. Daniel says:

    Nice. These are so addictive.

  14. Shannon says:

    #924 QxG5 is a win in one move, why would you require more?

    • admin says:

      I think it’s a mate in three (1. Nc5 Kxd4 2. Qf4#) and the given solution is 1.Nxc3 g5 2.Qxg5+ f5 3.Qxe7+ Re6 4.Rxe6#
      However I’m not going to change them, because these are the 1001 brilliant checkmates. The main goal for this post was to demonstrate the possibility to use this on a WP blog.

  15. Daniel says:

    Wow, these are so dramatic. Almost all of them seem to involve a Queen sac.

  16. osobueno says:

    Thank you for the entertainment…..btw have Safari Version 5.1.7 and works very well.

  17. newb says:

    So, am I supposed to plan everything out before I play the first move? Or do I take it one step at a time?

    • admin says:

      It will often be difficult to play the first move without planning the remaining moves, but you may do what you like.

  18. Maestrophil says:

    I have been waiting for a site like this for years. Thanks for the hours and long nights of game play. I love puzzles so much. The positions do come and go fast and don’t allow deep study but the action outweighs the desire for analysis. Extra controls would be nice but I think you did it right the first time.

  19. jasper says:

    Hi. I love this application. However, sometimes it moves on to the next puzzle too quickly for me to assess what all has happened. I think there should be a manual move-on to the next random puzzle.

  20. Vonkie says:

    #57: white to move and win
    hmmm, I can take the black queen as first move.

  21. Vonkie says:

    @20: first move (according to sollution) Ke6
    then sollution takes Rook with Txf7.
    To me that seems a very strange move for black, the best move for black is Qxh4 taking white Queen and then all white thread is gone.

    btw, Is there a possibility to open to a specific game?

    • admin says:

      At the moment there is not a possibility to open a specific game.

    • admin says:

      In diagram 20, the first move is 1.Ne6, so I’m not sure we’re talking about the same diagram. The next move 1…Rxf7 is rather logical to me, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s a mate in three from the start.
      1.Ne6 Qxh4 indeed takes the white queen, but will be followed by the mate in one 2.Bg7#

  22. Robert says:

    for #972 simply going Rd8 is a one move checkmate.

    • admin says:

      No, Rd8 will be followed by …Bxd8 and white is still able to win the game, but it will take a lot more moves to perform the mate. Originally the puzzle is a mate in three exercise.

  23. Ross says:

    These are great for improving my endgame, cheers.

  24. blob says:

    Chess is not from India but from many places.

  25. Anonymous says:

    255 ended before checkmate

  26. Itai says:

    Thanks, very well done.
    Using opera (version 12.11, build 1661) here an it works very smoothly

    • Itai says:

      Only thing that doesn’t work is that promotion is automatic – so it takes the punch out of underpromotion (e.g. to a knight)

  27. Keval Pandya says:

    I liked this website very much. But in some puzzles there are better moves. And to @blob chess was invented in India. It was called “Chaturang”. And you can get more info on wikipedia. Thanks.

  28. I says:

    14 and loving chess

  29. Nikolas says:

    It should show a button “Continue” before going to next puzzle so you can understand better the checkmate. Great app! Thank you for it!

  30. Corsager says:

    enjoying the puzzles

    #938 i believe a faster mate was omitted, instead of Re5+
    Rc4# seems better :)

    • admin says:

      1.Rc4+ will be followed by 1…bxc4, so it’s not a mate.

      But looking at the diagram indeed a faster mate exists: 1.Ne2 Nxh8 2.Re5#

  31. Josh says:


    Qa6+ mates as fast as Qf2.

    Qa6+, Qc4, Qxc4#
    Qf2+ Bxf2 Nd2#

  32. Eddie says:

    in #80 after the 1st move why does black not capture white’s queen?

  33. julia says:

    wow i think smothered mate tactics are easy

  34. ModularGroupGamma says:

    #879 is fantastic!! What a little dance!

  35. ModularGroupGamma says:

    On #560, isn’t Qg2 also mate on the last move?

  36. Panam says:

    #936: I believe Bxb6+ is not needed

  37. Newble says:

    #111 is from Esteban Canal vs NN

  38. Norman says:

    Where do I get this Widget? :)

  39. Koshy says:

    I really love your labour of love : the Brilliant 1001 checkmates. Brilliant frm the web side as well.
    I acess them thorough : http://chessteaching.x10.mx/1001-brilliant-checkmates/

    The problem I have is :
    Once I solve the problem it immediately disappears. I am not able to go through it again even if I note down the number.
    It will be really helpful if there is a link or rectangular column at the side to see all the problem numbres so that we can click on it for review.

  40. jorge says:

    this is one of the best websites with exercises that i found, but yes, the only thing that is not so good is that it only accepts one solution, and sometimes i find other solutions with the same number of moves. this can be taken care of with programation, which i don’t know ANYTHING about. or just other problems.. that don’t allow a choice

  41. Anonymous says:

    974 qd4# is check mate in one

  42. Dude says:

    #252: Queen sacrifice leads to mate way quicker.

  43. Panam says:

    #666: Why 1… Qxc7, but not 1… Rxc7?

  44. Panam says:

    #983: Instead of 1. Nd5 Bxd5 2. e6#, can we also go: 1. e6+ Re5. 2. Bxe5# ?

  45. Panam says:

    #42: I think white can play 3. Qh8# instead of 3. Qxh6+ Kg8 4. Qg7#

  46. Panam says:

    Btw, you are right! The King at c1 was under attack of Bishop at h6. Thanks!

  47. Anonymous says:

    #340 is pretty hard to find but i should’ve seen it earlier :P

  48. Panam says:

    #190: Super!

  49. Panam says:

    #487: Why can’t we make a faster mate:

    1. Rh8+ Kxh8. 2. Qh8+ Kg8. 3. Qh7+ Kf8. 4. Qh8# ???

  50. Panam says:

    #645: Why not 1. Bf7# ???

  51. Anonymous says:

    works in opera ok

  52. TamasBalogh says:

    no. 760. it’s a mate-in-two, if Qh3, then white can’t prevent the mate on Qg2.

  53. TamasBalogh says:

    #958: Mate-in-one: Qxc4.

  54. Anonymous says:

    i wish it stopped after each mate and needed to load new one manually because sometime you get mate but still need to analyze it

  55. m.prakash says:

    I am used opera also

  56. Anonymous says:

    can’t move on iPad

  57. Beauxdean says:

    Well how about #981 for one of many:
    Knight takes e7 check.
    Rook takes e7 forced.
    Bishop takes d5 checkmate.
    Mate in two. Easier than all that other stuff.

  58. Thomas says:

    Can someone check out Puzzle 928. I see mate in 2, but the solution goes forever and not exactly forcing moves either. My move would Qa6+ Qxa6 and Nbc7#. Another way is Nbc7+ and Qxb7 and Qa4#. Can someone else look at it. Hope I am not missing anything.

    • admin says:

      After Qa6+ Qxa6 the move Nbc7# puts your own king in check and is therefore illegal.
      The same kind of problem occurs after Nbc7+ Qxb7 in which Qa4 puts your own king in check.

  59. Ant says:


    this is a one move checkmate. Rook to C2

  60. bo says:

    on puzzle 970 it says white to move, but white is in check because of two pawns, the puzzle requires the knight to b7. absurd.

    • admin says:

      I can understand why you think this at first sight, but the two black pawns are on g7 and h7 and White’s king is on h8. So White is not in check, because the pawns have to move away from this king.

  61. Keval Pandya says:

    Thnx for these puzzles. Do something so that we can open it by no. too.

  62. ozgur says:

    how did you embed this widget to wordpress? Nice…

  63. Panam says:

    #893: Why not 1…. Rd1+ 2. N:d1 Qf2x ?

    Please send me the initial position of the puzzle.

    • admin says:

      Because of 1…Rd1+ 2.Nxd1 Qf2+ is followed by 3.Nxf2. Please note that the knight that just captured the rook is also able to capture the queen on f2.

      As initial position for the puzzle you can use 6nr/pQ4pp/2Bk4/2b5/3r1pbq/2N5/PPP3PP/R1B2K1R b – - 0 1

  64. Michael says:

    The only criticism I have is that you use the words “to play and win.”

    Unfortunately, to many long time chess players this immediately indicates that the answer is a one move answer.

    You could solve this pretty easily I would think. It should simply be “white” or “black” to move, and the best move is always implied.

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