Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Open (ECO C80).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4



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)
Peter Romanovsky vs Alexander Flamberg, Triberg, 1914
1r3rk1/2pqbppp/R3b3/1p1pn3/3Nn3/1BP1B3/1P3PPP/1N1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 fxe6 Rxe6 ]

b)
A Pritzel vs Johannes Giersing, Copenhagen, 1922
r1bqkb1r/1ppp1ppp/p1n5/4N3/8/2n5/PPPP1PPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6+ Be7 Nxe7 Nxd1 Ng6+ Qe7 Nxe7 Kd8 Nxc8 ]

c)
Laroschin vs Groper, Berlin, 1923
r1bqkb1r/2ppnppp/p7/1p1PN3/n7/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 f6 Qh5+ if g6 Nxg6 mates ]

d)
Black to move and win. Vladimir Kirillov vs Mark Taimanov, Leningrad, 1947
r1bq1rk1/1ppp1ppp/p2b4/2n5/B7/2N5/PPPPRPPP/R1B1Q1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxa4 Nxa4 Qh4 ]

e)
Black Mates in 5. Igor Zaitsev vs Yakov Rokhlin, Yaroslavl, 1954
2b3r1/2p1kp2/p7/1p1pP1q1/4n1P1/1B5Q/PPP2b1P/RN3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg4 if Qg2 Bf3 Qxf3 Qg1+ ]

f)
Black to move and win. Gyton vs O'Connell, Ilford, 1968
r2qr1k1/1pp2ppp/p2bb3/2n5/8/2PN2N1/PPQ2PPP/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc4 ]

g)
Black to move and win. J Schellingerhout vs Erik Bang, corr., 1974
r2qk2r/5ppp/p1p5/1pbpPb2/P3n3/2P5/1PB2PPP/RNBQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf2 if Rxf2 Qh4 ]

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