Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense (ECO C62).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6



Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.
White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Aaron Nimzowitsch vs Lajos Steiner, Bad Niendorf, 1927
2r1kb1r/1bpq2pp/1p1pNp2/p2N4/P3P3/8/1PP1QPPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ g6 Nxf6+ Kf7 Nxd7 gxh5 Ndxf8 ]

b)
Alexander Alekhine vs Hulscher, Amsterdam, 1933
r4rk1/ppp3p1/2bpq3/5pPR/3Qn3/5N2/PPP2PP1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Qxe5 g6 or if dxe5 g6 Qxg6 Qc4+ ]

c)
Jose Canepa vs Luis Roux Cabral, Montevideo, 1941
2k1rb1r/ppp2p1p/3p2p1/8/3RP3/1PB2Q2/q1P2PPP/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qh3+ (if Ra4 Bh6+) ]

d)
Ruth Cardosa vs Ivone Moises, Belo Horizonte, 1966
r3k2r/ppp1qp1p/3p1bp1/7n/3BP3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 Qd8 Bxf6 Nxf6 Qd4 ]

e)
Branko Renic vs A Rudzitis, Australia, 1973
r2qkbnr/2pb2pp/p2p1p2/1p6/3pP3/1BN5/PPP2PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ g6 Qd5 Be6 Qxe6+ ]

Recent C62 Games


C62 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 6. Seppo Laine vs Petteri Paronen, Kuopio, 1992
N1q2rk1/1p3pb1/p5np/4p1p1/B2BP3/5P2/PPPQ1P1P/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh4 w/...Qh3 ]

b)
Joost Berkvens vs Victor Mikhalevski, Hoogeveen, 2000
r2qr1k1/ppp2Nbp/5np1/1b6/4P3/8/PP1N1PPP/R1BQR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Kxf7 if Qb3 Qd5 ]

c)
Georg Nikitin vs Michael Malasch, Waldshut, 2002
r2qr1k1/p1p1bppp/3p1n2/2pN2B1/4P3/4QP2/PPP2P1P/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd5 if exd5 Bxg5 ]

d)
Yann Le Pen vs Michel Serralta, Sautron, 2005
r1q2rk1/2p1bppp/P7/4p3/Bn2P1bn/P1N2N2/1P2QPPP/R1BR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 if gxf3 Qh3 mates ]

Tarrasch's Trap



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