Top 5 Classic Three-Movers Everyone Should Solve

Yury Markushin
Category: Problems

A three-mover composition is often called the queen of chess problems. Two-movers are pretty easy to solve for experienced chess players, four and five-movers are too difficult for most players to handle. Therefore a three-mover is the most optimal (difficulty-wise) composition that can include all themes generated during past 150 years, the period of modern chess composition existence.

Today we present to our readers 5 three-movers to solve.

Instructions: In each of these positions White to Move and Mate in 3

Composition #1: K. Hannman (1955)


Composition #2: U. Bonn (1846)


Composition #3: P. Logen (1843)


Composition #4: F. Hilly (1855)


Composition #5: S. Loyd (1856)


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Updated 11.10.2023


p#5 first option is Q-c5 black is move k-e6 - p-e8Q - black move k-f5 and Q-e5 chick mate
The Leon:
Composition #1: 1. Kb4 if ...Kb1 2. Kb3 Ka1 3. Qc1#.if 1. ... Ka1 2. Kb3 Ka2 3. Qf1#.Composition #2: 1. Qf5 Kh4 2. Nd3 Kg3 3. Qf4#Composition #3: 1. d8=B if Ke8 2. Rf5 Kxd8 3. Rf8#if 2. ... Kf8 2. Ke6 Ke8 3. Rg8#Composition #4: Could only get it in 4 moves. Composition #5: 1.e8=Q+ Kf6 2.Qg7+ Kf5 3.Qee5#
Problem 1Kb4 Ka1 or Kb1 2-Kb3 Ka1 or Kb1 3 Qf1 mat
Mr. Shadowleaf04 got everything right again, I need to find more difficult problems for you :roll: Dear Pablo, number 5 is a mate in three problem, check out Mr. Shadowleaf04's solution:[b]Problem # 5 1.Qd6! Ke8 2. Qe5! Kf7 3. e=Q!#[/b]
PabloProblem # 5 1.Qd6! Ke8 2. Qe5! Kf7 3. e=Q!#
P#5:Sorry but with1. Qd6I see no mate in three after1. ... - Ke8Even after1. e8=N+there's no mate in three after1. ... - Kg6Is this really a mate-in-three problem? :SThanx!
Problem # 41. Qc5! is the key-move. A possible line would be 1. Qc5! Ke8 2. Qe5 Kf7 3. e8=Q#Problem # 51. Qd6! is the key-move. One line 1. Qd6! Kg8 2. e8Q Kh7 3.Qg6#Also, in Problem # 3, another key-move is 1. Rg4! A possible line is 1. Rg4! Kf8 2. d8=N! Ke8 3. Rg8#. Another possibility is 1. Rg4! Kf8 2. d8Q+ Kf7 3. Qe7# :-)
Hello Artak, you got the first move correct in all 5 problems! Good job, show the entire variation next time. ;-)
Hello Shadowleaf04, you got the first 3 problems totally correctly! Congratulations! Try getting the other 2 :-)
P#1 1. Kb4 !P#2 1. Nc6 ! P#3 1. d8B ! P#4 1. Qc5 !P#5 1. Qd6 !
Problem # 1 1. Kb4! is the key-move. A possible line would be 1. Kb4! Ka1 2. Kb3 Kb1 3. Qf1#Problem # 2. 1. Nc6! is the key-move. The line goes 1. Nc6! Kf4 2.Kf2 Ke4 3.Qf3#Problem # 31. d8B! is the key-move. A possible line is 1. d8B! Ke8 2. Rf5 Kxe8 3. Rf8#That's all I can solve for now. :D