5 Hardest Mate-in-3 Ever

08.25.2014
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Category: Problems

We have recently published the 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever, this problem set is a continuation of that series. Since some of the solvers were complaining that the mates-in-2 were to easy we decided to increase a difficulty level by a bit and compiled a list of these 5 great compositions.

Give your brain a workout, give it a try! Hardest mate-in-3 here!

Problem 1: E. Berg, “Hackney Mercury”, 1899

White to move and mate in 3

Problem 2: A. Galitskiy, “Chess Journal”, 1900

White to move and mate in 3

Problem 3: E. Berg, “Hackney Mercury”, 1899

White to move and mate in 3

Problem 4: V. Golgauzen, “Deutsche Schachblatter”, 1903

White to move and mate in 3

Problem 5: Y. Kupme, “Casopis Ceskych sachistu”, 1916

White to move and mate in 3

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Updated 09.13.2023

What is black's move after 1.Rh1? Kxd4 or Ke4 or Kf4 or Kf6?
Agreed and why Rh1, Rf1 atleast reduces one option
Kxd4 is not the only option the King has: Ke6, Ke4, Kf4 are others. The King isn't forced to take the knight.
Only the first moves below to help out those that are stuck. These are the ONLY correct moves if you are to mate in 3. Problem 1: Queen g7 Problem 2: Bishop f6 Problem 3: Bishop e3 Problem 4: Rook h1 Problem 5: Queen f7
Be3 is the first move
CHESS PROBLEM PICTURES NOT VISIBLE
#5 is mate in 2, i.e., 1. d6 Kc4, 2. Qe4++
How come Qf7 can move to d4???
Problem 1. 1. Qg6, Kc4 2. Qf7+, ... ...if Kc5 3. Qc7 ++ ...if Kd3 3. Qd4 ++
What if black does not play Bg3?
3rd is the easiest of all g4+ Kh4 Be3 Bg3 Bg5#
No. 1 is splendid and perfect
1 and 2 have answers,i.e mate in just 3 moves; but 3,4 and 5 have no solution; tested all the possible moves. specially number 3 is a ridiculous impossible puzzle.
5. Cant mate when king comes to kc5
The most silly chess puzzles ever .. the hardest one took me one minute to solve.
please give solutions for all 5 probs
Qg7-Kb6 Nd5-Kc5 Qc7 Check mate
never.
You need to more practice.
Give me the solution of above mentioned 5 puzzle.
Problem 4 :- Rc5+ K×d4 , Qc3+ Ke4, Rc4#
Problem 4 :- Rc5+ K×d4 , Qc3+ Ke4, Rc4#
no it is mate in 3 moves... 1.Rh1 2.Re1 3. Re4#
Problem no.4 is not a mate in 3...its a mate in 4
3. 1.Be3 Bxg3 2.Bg5 Bd6 3.g4#
SOLVE I Qg7 Kd6 Nb5+ Kc5 Qc7#SOLVE 2 Bf6 gxf6 Kf8 f5 Nf7#SOLVE 3 ... CAN'T SEE ITSOLVE 4 Rh1 Kxd4 Re1 Kc4 Re4#SOLVE 5 Qf7 Kc5 d6+ Kb4 Qb3#
i love chess
pROBLEM #1.1. Qd5+ Kb6(2...Ka5 3.Qb5#)2. Qd7 Kc5 if 2...Ka6 3. Nd5 Ka5 then, 4. Qb5#3. Qc7
wow that is harder than mate in 2!
Problem 3:1. Be3 1.1 if Bxg3. . 2. Bg5. . what ever Black move. mate in g4 1.2 if Bd2/Bf2. . 2. g4+. . Kh4. . 3.Bf2#
Problem 2: easy1. Bf6. . gxBf62. Kf8. . f53. Nf7#