Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred (ECO C79).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O 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)
Black to move and win. Torres vs Alexander Alekhine, Seville, 1922
5r1k/1b4p1/p6p/4Pp1q/2pNnP2/7N/PPQ3PP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3 if gxh3 Nf2+ mates ]

b)
Black to move and win. Friedrich Saemisch vs Alexander Alekhine, Prague, 1943
6r1/1bp2k1p/3r4/1p2pp2/pP6/2P2P2/RPN1RKPP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd5 if Ra1 Bc4 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Janis Klovans vs Oleg Kalinin, Kaliningrad, 1986
r4rk1/1bp3pp/8/2p1Pp2/P1Pp1n2/Q2NqP2/P5PP/R2R1N1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf3 if gxf3 Bxf3+ mates or if Rd2 Nxg2 Kg1 Nf4 ]

d)
Jose Seknadje vs Tibor Szobi, Gyongyos, 1994
r2qkb1r/2p2ppp/p3bn2/np2N3/3p4/1B6/PPP2PPP/RNBQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 Kxf7 Bxe6+ Ke8 Bd5+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 3. Daniel Boden vs Holger Kubiak, Braunschweig, 1995
7r/2pk2p1/p2p1b2/1p6/4P3/1PN1Bb2/RPP2P2/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3+ bxc3 Rh1+ ]

f)
White Mates in 4. Enrique Lorita vs Siegfried Halwachs, Austria, 1996
r1bq1bkr/6pp/p1p3P1/1p1p3Q/4P3/8/PPP3PP/RNB2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ gxh7+ w/Qf7+ ]

Action in the C79 Steinitz



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