Here are some chess puzzles from the games of David Bronstein.
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)
Bronstein vs Andor Lilienthal, Moscow, 1944
2r3k1/2r2ppp/p1q5/2p1P3/1pQnNP2/7P/PP4PK/2RR4 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 ]

b)
Bronstein vs Boris Ratner, Moscow, 1945
r4qk1/pp1r1p2/1n2ppp1/8/2PN2P1/1P2Q1P1/P4PK1/3R3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Rxd7 w/Qxe6+ ]



c) White Mates in 3. Bronstein vs Grigory Lowenfische, USSR, 1946
r3kr2/6Qp/1Pb2p2/pB3R2/3pq2B/4n3/1P4PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1

d)
White Mates in 6. Bronstein vs Alexander Kotov, Moscow, 1946
r1b2r1k/1q1nbppp/pp2p3/4Q1B1/3N4/2N3R1/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Bronstein vs Vasily Panov, Moscow, 1947
3r3r/3n4/PkNpqp2/4p1pp/4P1n1/2PP4/2Q3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Rb1+ Kc5 (if Kxc6 Qa4+) d4+ ]



Bronstein Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Bronstein vs Lajos Tipary, Budapest, 1949
1r1q1rk1/ppn2ppp/2p1p3/4N1b1/2PP1B2/PR5P/1P3PPQ/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5 w/Nd7 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Bronstein vs Vladimir Makogonov, Tbilisi, 1951
k6r/p4R2/1p2p1pP/N2pP1q1/1Q6/P7/KPr5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6 Rxc6 Qa4 ]

c)
Bronstein vs Alberic O'Kelly de Galway, Hastings, 1953
8/1p1R4/8/pr5p/1P3B2/P4KPk/6n1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 Kh2 Rd2 ]

d)
Bronstein vs Efim Geller, Goteborg, 1955
r3k2r/1p1bppbp/p4np1/P2pR3/3P4/1QNq1N2/1P3PPP/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ if Kf8 Rxf7+ or if Kd8 Rxf7 or if Kxe7 Nxd5+ ]

e)
Bronstein vs Reinhard Fuchs, Gotha, 1957
b4k2/4bppp/1Bnr4/1p6/4B3/5N2/1P3PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 Nxe5 Rc8+ Bd8 Bc5 ]

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Bronstein Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.


a) White Mates in 3. Bronstein vs Efim Geller, Moscow, 1961
4r1k1/pR3pp1/1n3P1p/q2p4/5N1P/P1rQpP2/8/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1

b)
Bronstein vs Viktor Korchnoi, Leningrad, 1962
1Q5R/6p1/6kp/8/6P1/1p3q2/1P1r2PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ if gxh6 Qg8+ or if Kxh6 Qh8+ w/Qh5+ & g5+ or if Kf7 Qc7+ ]

c)
Bronstein vs Bela Berger, Amsterdam, 1964
5rk1/4bppp/p1rqpn2/1p6/3P4/2N4Q/PPB2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Bronstein vs Svetozar Gligoric, Moscow, 1967
5bk1/2R3pp/p4p2/4rP2/1p1qn1Q1/1P5P/P4PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Bxg7 Rc8+ Kf7 Qh5+ ]

e)
Bronstein vs Vladislav Vorotnikov, URS, 1970
5r1k/p5p1/1p5p/3R4/1r2q3/6P1/P2Q1P1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ f3 if Qc4 Rc1 or if Qe7 Re1 ]

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Bronstein Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Bronstein vs Dragoslav Tomic, Vinkovci, 1970
r1b1k2r/pp1pnpbp/6p1/2q1p3/B1NnP3/3P1N2/P1Q2PPP/1RB2RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxd4 if Qxd4 Be3 or if exd4 Ba3 w/Nd6+ ]

b)
Bronstein vs Albert Kapengut, Leningrad, 1971
4r3/ppp1rb1p/3p1Qpk/3P4/2P1pPq1/1P4N1/P5KP/1R3R2 w - - 0 1
[ h3 if Qc8 or Qd7 Nh5 mates ]

c)
Bronstein vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, Moscow, 1971
r3qrk1/3nbppp/b1n1p3/2ppP1N1/pp3BQP/3P2P1/PPP2PB1/R3RNK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

d)
Bronstein vs Alexander Vaisman, Tbilisi, 1974
r1r3k1/1pnqppbp/6p1/p1RpP3/n2P4/1B2BN1P/1P3PP1/1Q2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxa4 if Qxa4 Rec1 ]

e)
Bronstein vs Wojciech Dobrzynski, Poland, 1976
1b4k1/2q1rpp1/5nbp/1B2p3/8/Q1P1B1NP/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 Qxb6 Qxe7 if Qxb5 Rd8+ w/Qf8 & Rxb8 ]



Bronstein Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Bronstein vs Henryk Dobosz, Sandomier, 1976
2k4r/5Qpp/rp1p2n1/p2Pp1P1/2P5/qP2B1P1/P7/1K3R1R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 Qxa2+ Kxa2 Kd8 Rxh8+ Nxh8 Qf8+ Kd7 Qxh8 Ke7 Qxg7+ Ke8 Rf8# ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Bronstein vs Milan Vukic, Vrsac, 1979
1rrb4/3b1p2/2np1P1p/1B2pN1k/PP5P/2P2P2/1K6/3R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng7+ ]

c)
Bronstein vs David Sands, London, 1989
r1b2rnk/3q1p1p/2p3pb/4p3/p1P1P1P1/2N1BQNP/PP2BP2/4K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxh6 Nxh6 Qf6+ Kg8 g5 ]

d)
White Mates in 9. Bronstein vs Margeir Petursson, Reykjavik, 1990
4Q3/1q1r2k1/3n1p2/1p4B1/2p5/2P2P2/6PK/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6+ if Kh6 Qg8 or if Kxf6 Re6+ ]

e)
Bronstein vs Einar Gausel, Gausdal, 1994
r5k1/1p1n1pp1/7p/8/b3p3/2N1P1PP/5P2/1R3BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxa4 w/Bb5 ]

f)
White Mates in 5. Bronstein vs Richard Vedder, Hoogeveen, 1997
rn1R1bk1/1q4pp/pP2p3/3RNp2/8/PQr3P1/1P2PP1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Kxf8 Qb4+ Rc5 Qxc5+ Ke8 Rd8+ ]


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