Is there a database of chess problems that have the game or positions PGN and or FEN?

  • Most databases consist of full games. What type of puzzles are you looking for?
    – Herb
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 5:34
  • Checkmate puzzles primarily
    – Ludwig
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 23:52
  • Depending on what kind of chess database program that you are using, you can always search for setups that you are looking for. Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 10:14
  • 1
    I have a hardcopy book "The Chess Problem" by HJC Andrews containing deep 2/3/4 movers. I'm planning to collect every puzzle, not from games but those constructed problems
    – daparic
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 23:30

6 Answers 6


Some large chess puzzle databases with links:

  • Free open source collection of 1,743,871 Problems at chessblunders.org, collected from more than 6 million games from professional tournaments.. They have an API for access to database.

  • Taken from the website "wtharvey":

  • From the website "the art of mate in 2"

    • Nearly ~152000 puzzles in pgn format
    • You will also find four pgn files of ~ 500 puzzles made by "Argentine problemists"
  • Browsable collection of problems at "Yet another chess problems database". There are ~420000 problems. Not sure whether it can be downloaded programmatically. In the "About" page, you will find more links, some of which are broken.



https://exeterchessclub.org.uk/downloads (in chessbase format)

Exeter chess club has many other valuable resources.


You can also buy Harold Van der Heidjen's endgame study database. It contains more or less all the endgame studies he could gather from the old classic (Saavedra, Ponziani etc..) to the most recent from every publications and composing tournaments out there. And everything in between (Troitsky, Rinck, Platov brothers, Kubbel, Kasparyan, etc..).

Back when I bought it in 2004 it contained 58000 chess endgame studies, but the most recent versions have most likely over 100k.


https://lichess.org/training it is a very good place for puzzles there are more than 2000000 in lichess you can download them from https://database.lichess.org/#puzzles and there are a lot of themes ex:-


If you don't mind playing on mobile, chesspuzzleblitz.com has a playable database and it lets you compete.

Also, chessbluders.org and www.yacpdb.org are great resources too.


The lichess puzzles are free to download and use, with FEN and annotation of themes, openings, ratings, ... However, they do not come as a pgn file, but as a csv file, so you need to process the file first if you intend to open it using a regular PGN viewing software.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.