Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense (ECO C71).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 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)
R Barnett vs J Keeble, Nice, 1930
1r1q1bnr/4kppp/p1Bpb3/1pp1P3/3p4/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5+ if f6 exf6+ gxf6 Qe2 w/Bd5 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Osip Bernstein vs Alexander Alekhine, Paris, 1933
1r2r1k1/2pqbppp/p2p1n2/3N2B1/1p1QP3/8/PPP2PPP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd5 if Qxd5 Rb5 ]

c)
Morlok vs Haije Kramer, Varna, 1962
r2qkbnr/2pb1ppp/3p4/1p6/4P3/1BPp4/1P3PPP/RNBQK2R w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 if g6 Qd5 w/Qxa8 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Peter Dely vs Philippe Kerkhof, Yugoslavia, 1966
r4b2/2p3p1/p1p1k1p1/7r/2N1P1n1/4B1P1/PPP3P1/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc5 if Rfe1 Rah8 Kf1 Nxe3 Nxe3 Bxe3 Rxe3 Rh1+ ]

Recent C71 Games


C71 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Frans Saily vs Antero Harju, corr., 1966
4rrk1/1pp1q1pp/p1np4/6b1/B5n1/N1P2P1R/PP1P2PP/R1BQ1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh4 if g3 Rxf3+ Qxf3 Qe1+ Kg2 Re2+ ]

b)
G Gruener vs Karlheinz Hesselbarth, corr., 1976
r2qk2r/nppb2b1/p2p2pp/4n3/4P3/1BN3N1/PP4PP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 if gxh5 Qxh5+ mates or if Rh7 Qd5 or if Bf8 Nf6+ Ke7 Ncd5+ ]

c)
Edvins Kengis vs Evgeny Vladimirov, Riga, 1980
1rb1k2r/2p1qn1p/p1pb1pp1/4P3/Q7/B1N2N2/P4PPP/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qe6 Bxd6 cxd6 Nc7+ or if Qd8 Nxf6+ ]

d)
Hannes Stefansson vs Andrei Sokolov, Gausdal, 1990
r4rk1/1ppq1nbp/p2p2p1/5P2/3n4/4B2P/PP1N1PPN/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ f6 if Bxf6 Ne4 ]

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