Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack (ECO C81).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Qe2



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)
Eldis Cobo Arteaga vs Morphy, Varna, 1962
r2qkb1r/3b2pp/p3p3/1pp5/3Np3/1P6/1PP1QPPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ g6 Qe5 if Rg8 Nxe6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Daniel Smith vs Dennis Mardle, Whitby, 1962
3qr1k1/2p2ppp/p2b3n/1r1B4/1p1B4/3R1Q1P/PPP2PP1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd5 if Qxd5 Bh2+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Laszlo Kovacs vs Koroly Honfi, Hungary, 1965
5rk1/6pp/1q2p3/2p1P3/1pPpQ3/rP1R4/4RPPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf4 ]

d)
Dragoljub Minic vs Karoly Honfi, Vrnjacka Banja, 1966
r2r2k1/2q2ppp/8/pp1RP3/8/1pP1Q3/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa7 ]

e)
Daniel Bolten vs S Poletaev, corr., 1978
r4rk1/4bppp/p3P3/n1pp2N1/q7/2PB2Q1/P4PPP/R1Bb2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3 if h6 Qf5 mates or if Bh5 Qxh5 h6 Nxf7 ]

f)
Black to move and win. Matti Korhonen vs Yrjo Molsa, corr., 1981
4rrk1/2p2qpp/p1n1b3/3B2B1/8/2P5/P2Q1PPP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd5 if Qxd5 Re1+ ]

g)
Alexander Ivanov vs Nathan Hoover, Sioux Falls, 1998
4rrk1/2pqbppp/p1n1b3/1p1pP3/3Nn3/1BP5/PP2QPPP/RNBR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 fxe6 Qxe4 ]

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