What is the Chessgames.com Daily Puzzle?
One of the most popular features of Chessgames.com is our daily chess puzzle. It can be found on the homepage, right underneath the search interface. It is updated every day at 12:00am USA/Eastern time.What kind of move am I looking for?
The goal is to find the best move, or sequence of moves, in the given position.
What is a spoiler?
We occasionally show a puzzle that we call a spoiler. These are positions where there is no move that clearly wins the game, but instead a variety of solid moves which are all playable. Usually these positions present the lure potential sacrifices which are unsound. You are expected to recognize the unsoundness of the tempting sacrifices and instead conclude that the best move is one of the "quiet" moves, or an obvious move like capturing a pawn. We show spoilers from time to time because it encourages people to think combinations all the way through, instead of simply finding a move which looks like it initiates an attack, without considering the defenses.I give up. How do I find out the answer?
To see the answer, just click on the diagram. You will not be shown the answer immediately, but instead go to the game from which the puzzle was taken. From there, you can play through the game and when you reach the position from the diagram you can see the move played in the game.Is there only one move which is correct?
It depends on the puzzle. Sometimes, there is only one move which can win the game, and all other moves lose. Other times, there are a variety of good moves and one which is clearly better. Occasionally we may present a puzzle which has a "dual", an alternate solution which is every bit as good, or even better, than the move played in the game. By the end of the day, our kibitzers will figure out the truth behind the position.I have a question or comment about today's puzzle.
That's what the "Kibitzing" area is for. If you have a free chessgames account, you can post a comment below the game to exchange ideas with other users. If you aren't registered, please see our registration page. It's quick, anonymous, and free.Will these puzzles really make me stronger at chess?
Absolutely. No matter what your playing strength, a better grasp of tactical concepts will help push you to the next level. Because these positions are taken from real games, they are designed to show you realistic situations which will inevitably be reflected in your own games.How hard are these puzzles?
It's impossible to satisfy everybody with every puzzle, for what is too easy for one person is too difficult for another. To enable everybody to enjoy the puzzles, we arrange them so that their difficulty increases throughout the week. Monday and Tuesday puzzles are the easiest puzzles of the week; Saturday and Sunday are the most difficult.
I'm solving the puzzles faster each week. Are they getting easier?
No, you're becoming stronger! Congratulations.
Where can I see an archive of previous daily puzzles?
The Tactics Archive is available to Premium Chessgames members. For more information on upgrading your account, see our Premium Membership page.How can I put the daily puzzle on my website/blog?
Imagine having the daily chess puzzle from Chessgames.com, on your site, automatically updated every day! All you have to do is include the following HTML in your page: