Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense (ECO C63).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5



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)
Black Mates in 6. Gintautas Piesina vs Boris Nisman, Riga, 1968
1r3r1k/p1p1Q1pp/2p2n2/2q2NN1/8/b7/PPPB1PPP/2KRR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb2+ Kb1 Bc3+ Kc1 Rb1+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. E Stoddard vs S Sorenson, corr., 1977
5rk1/ppp3pp/8/3pQ3/3P2b1/5rPq/PP1P1P2/R1BB1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. K Gurtler vs F Garscha, corr., 1978
4rr1k/p1p3pp/2pb1q2/8/6Q1/7P/PPPP1PP1/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ ]

d)
Johann Grabowski vs Walter Wittmann, corr., 1978
2k2b1r/ppp3pp/4b3/q1prN3/4p3/P3B1PP/1PP1QP2/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 Bxd5 Qg4+ Kb8 Nd7+ if Ka8 Nf6 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Theo Schleich vs Peter Ostermeyer, Germany, 1979
r4rk1/ppp3pp/3q4/3p1b2/B2b2n1/2P2N1P/PP1P1PP1/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be4 if cxd4 Bxf3 or if hxg4 Bxf3 gxf3 Qg3+ mates ]

Recent C63 Games


C63 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Gunnar Jonsson vs Erkki Koskinen, corr., 1981
r1b3k1/ppp3pp/3q4/3p4/B2P4/3P1rP1/PP3P1n/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3+ fxg3 Qxg3+ Kh1 Qh3 Kg1 Bg4 ]

b)
Veikko Nieminen vs Reino Kotka, corr., 1982
r1bqkb1r/pppp3p/5np1/1N2N3/4p3/8/PPPPQPPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc4 if d5 Nxc7+ Ke7 Qc5+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Lorenz vs Richard Roloff, California, 1986
r4rk1/ppp3pp/3q4/3p4/3bP1n1/1B3N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if g3 Rxg3+ mates ]

d)
Black Mates in 2. Abraham Szlern vs David Colhoun, Toowoomba, 1986
2k4r/ppp5/4bqp1/3p2Q1/6n1/2NB3P/PPP2bP1/R1B2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

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