Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense (ECO C65).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6



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)
White Mates in 7. Widengard vs Seger, corr., 1979
r1b2r2/ppp1qp2/1bnp4/1B1kP3/3Pn1Q1/2P5/PP4PP/RN3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe4+ if Kxe4 Nd2+ Nd2+ Ke3 Rae1+ or if Ke6 Qf5+ Kd5 e6+ ]

b)
Jorge Gomez Baillo vs Jose De Paz San Martin, Benidorm, 1992
5rk1/p1pr1ppp/bpp1n3/q7/3P4/P1N1BP2/1PP2QPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 if cxd5 or Nd8 b4 or if Rxd5 Rxd5 w/b4 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Nicolae Seder vs Emil-George Pessi, Drobeta, 1993
Q1b2rk1/2p1qppp/p2n4/2p5/2Pp4/8/PP3PPP/RN3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb7 Qa7 Qg5 w/...Ra8 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Neil McDonald vs Daire McMahon, London, 1994
r3br1k/1p2R1pp/pq1p1p2/2b4Q/2B2B2/2P5/P1P2PPP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 d5 Bxg7+ Kg8 Bxd5+ ]

e)
Juan Manuel Martin vs P Botin, Santa Cruz de la Palma, 1995
r2qrbk1/p2b1ppp/2pp1n2/2p2NB1/2P1P3/2N2Q2/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ gxh6 Bxf6 Qc8 Qg3+ ]

f)
Black to move and win. Thomas Wolloner vs Harald Joerg, Germany, 1996
r1bq2k1/pp3r1p/1bp1n1pB/3pQ3/1P6/2PB4/P1N2PPP/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 if Be3 Bc7 ]

g)
Black to move and win. Marc Santo-Roman vs Darko Anic, Narbonne, 1977
r3k2r/ppp2pRp/2p1q3/4Pb2/4N3/4Q2P/PPP2P2/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe4 if Qxe4 Qh6+ ]

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