Alexander Alekhine's Winning Moves

Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Alexander Alekhine.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
Black Mates in 4. A Giese vs Alekhine, Moscow, 1905
2k4r/ppp2p2/2b2B2/7p/6pP/2P1q1bP/PP3N2/R4QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh2+ Kxh2 Qf4+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Benjamin Blumenfeld vs Alekhine, Moscow, 1908
3r1b1k/pp4p1/2p1Qp2/5N2/PP2Pp2/2Pq4/5PKP/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f3+ if Kg1 Qxf1+ ]

b)
Alekhine vs V. Rosanov, Moscow, 1908
rn1qkn2/pb3pQ1/1pp1p3/3pP3/3P3b/2N5/PPP2PP1/R1B1K2R w KQq - 0 1
[ Rxh4 if Qxh4 Bg5 Qh1+ Kd2 Qxa1 Qf6 mates ]

c)
Alekhine vs Gutkevitsch, Tula, 1910
r2qnrk1/pp1nbppp/2p1b2B/3p3N/3P1Q1P/2NB4/PPP2PP1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 if Nxg7 Qh6 mates ]

d)
Alekhine vs Oskar Tenner, Cologne, 1911
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/8/2p1n2n/2B1P1b1/3PBN2/PPP3PP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Bxd1 Bxf7+ Ke7 Bxc5+ ]



Alekhine Puzzles: Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alekhine vs Max Euwe, The Hague, 1921
r1br2k1/1p2q2p/3b1ppQ/1B2n1N1/Pp6/4P3/1B3PPP/2R1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 w/Bc4+ ]

b)
Alekhine vs Frederick Yates, London, 1922
r4r1k/2R2Rp1/b3pN1p/3p1p1P/p2P1K2/Pp2PPP1/1P6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Rxf6 Rxh7+ mates ]

c)
Black to move and win. Ernst Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, Pistyan, 1922
2r3k1/3Q1pp1/4p3/p2n4/P2P1b1p/5B1P/1Bq2PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf6 if Qb5 Rb8 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Torres vs Alekhine, Sevilla, 1922
5r1k/1b4p1/p6p/4Pp1q/2pNnP2/7N/PPQ3PP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3 if gxh3 Nf2+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Alekhine vs West, Portsmouth, 1923
r1b3kn/1pq1r1p1/2p4p/p2pP2N/3N1P2/3Q2RP/PP4P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/Qh7 ]

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Alekhine Puzzles: Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Alekhine vs O. Blaut & Prils, Antwerp, 1923
1n2r3/2pq1k2/pb1pNpp1/3P4/5RP1/3Q3P/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ ]



b) White Mates in 3. Alekhine vs Freeman, New York, 1924

c)
Alekhine vs Manfred Schroder, New York, 1924
2kr1b1r/pppnpppp/1q3nb1/3P4/5BP1/2N1N2P/PPP2P2/R2QKB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 traps the Q ]



d) White Mates in 3. Alekhine vs K Meck, Basel, 1925

e)
Alekhine vs Edgar Colle, Paris, 1925
3r2k1/p2r1pp1/1pQ3p1/3P2q1/P7/6P1/5P1P/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7 ]

Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1923


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Alekhine Puzzles: Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Karel Opocensky vs Alekhine, Paris, 1925
1k1n3r/1pp5/p4p2/3p1qp1/PP1P4/2P2NPp/4QP1P/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 ]

b)
White Mates in 10. Alekhine vs F Segovia, Buenos Aires, 1926
r1bq3k/n2p3p/p2Br3/1pP2N2/5R2/1QP5/P3B1PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6 dxe6 Be5+ if Kg8 Nh6# ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Alekhine vs Pita, Buenos Aires, 1926
rnb1r1k1/ppp1Bp1p/6pQ/3p4/8/2qB4/P1P2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 ]

d)
Alekhine vs Wechsler, Brooklyn, 1929
3rk2r/p3bqp1/Pp3nQ1/4R3/2P5/1P4Pp/1B3P1P/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ w/Ba3+ ]



e) White Mates in 4. Alekhine vs Goluvsky, Belgrade, 1930

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, San Remo, 1930



Alekhine Puzzles: Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alekhine vs Asmundur Asgeirsson, Reykjavik, 1931
r5r1/1p1b1kpR/p3p3/2q1P1Q1/8/2N5/PPP2PP1/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 w/Nd6+ ]

b)
Alekhine vs Vasic, Graz, 1931
r1bqk2r/p1pn1pp1/1p2pn1p/8/3P4/B1PB4/P1P1QPPP/R3K1NR w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6+ ]

c)
Alekhine vs M Hawley, Chicago, 1933
r2q1nk1/pb2rppp/1p2p3/3pP1NQ/3PN3/8/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

d)
Alekhine vs NN, 1933
r1bq2kr/p1pp1ppp/1pn1p3/4P3/2Pb2Q1/BR6/P4PPP/3K1BNR w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ w/Rg3+ ]

e)
Alekhine vs Baljet & Lindenaar, Bandoeng, 1933
2r3k1/p2b1n1p/3P2p1/2p2p2/qp3B1Q/6P1/1P3PBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5 mates ]

Alekhine vs Saemisch, 1923



Alekhine Puzzles: Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alekhine vs Abraham Baratz, Paris, 1933
rr2n1k1/5p1p/p1R3p1/1p1N4/8/P7/1P3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Ra7 Nc8 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Alekhine vs Stegerhoek, Malang, 1933
5k2/R5p1/7p/3bN3/P7/7P/rr3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Alekhine vs Emanuel Lasker, Zurich, 1934
3r1rn1/pp1n2kp/1qpN1pp1/6Q1/4P3/1B1R4/PP3PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ w/Qxg6 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov, Germany, 1934
5R2/rb5Q/pN4p1/P3rp2/1p1p1k1P/3B2q1/1P4P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ g5 Rxf5+ Rxf5 Qd6+ ]

e)
Alekhine vs Max Euwe, Netherlands, 1935
r1bq1rk1/p4ppp/4p3/2R1P3/P2n4/5N2/2Q1BPPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 w/Bf3 ]



Alekhine Puzzles: Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alekhine vs Samuel Reshevsky, Kemeri, 1937
Rnk5/1p4pp/1Pp2pq1/2B1r3/1P6/7P/3r2PQ/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb8+ if Kxb8 Qxe5+ mates ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Ernesto Rotunno vs Alekhine, Montevideo, 1938
6k1/1p5p/2P1p3/pP1pN2q/P2Qpr2/7b/5R1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 if Nf3 Rg4+ ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Alekhine vs Fahardo, Montevideo, 1939
4r3/pbpn2n1/1p1prp1k/8/2PP2PB/P5N1/2B2R1P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ ]

d)
Alekhine vs Navarro, Madrid, 1940
r3kb1r/pp1nn1p1/2p2qpp/4p3/3P2QP/4B1N1/PPP2PP1/R3KB1R w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 ]

e)
Alekhine vs Oldrich Novotny, Prague, 1943
5qk1/r1nr2p1/p2p1pPp/P1p1pP1Q/1pP3NP/1P1P1P2/3K2R1/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6+ w/g7 ]

f)
Black to move and win. Friedrich Saemisch vs Alekhine, Prague, 1943
6r1/1bp2k1p/3r4/1p2pp2/pP6/2P2P2/RPN1RKPP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd5 Ra1 Bc4 ]



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