Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Closed (ECO C84).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7



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. Jacobo Bolbochan vs Roberto Piazzini Luis, Buenow Aires, 1946
r1b1rnk1/2p2ppp/p1p5/2bpP3/5P1q/5QNP/PPP3P1/RNBR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh3 if Qh5 Qxh5 Nxh5 Bg4 ]

b)
Robert Drapal vs Frantisek Sevcak, Prague, 1965
r3rbk1/2pb1p1p/p1p5/3pn1p1/3N3q/1PN4P/PBPQ1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if Rxe5 Nf3 ]

c)
Kristian Skold vs Berndt Soderborg, Malme, 1966
r2q1rk1/2p1bppp/p1pn4/3b4/3N1B2/2N5/PP3PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 cxd5 Nc6 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. S Albers vs A Schwengers, BRD, 1968
1rbqr3/3pb1p1/p4k1p/2p5/p1N5/3Q4/P1P2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 ]

e)
Black to move and win. A Parnenzini Pedro vs J Fernandez Fornes, corr., 1992
3q1rk1/1bppbppp/p7/Q3N3/6P1/P1N5/1PP4K/R1B1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb4 if Qa4 or Qxb4 Qh5+ mates ]

f)
Black to move and win. Kenneth Schell vs A Lehotzky, Detroit, 1999
r3k2r/2pq1pp1/p1np1b1p/1p1Bp3/4P1b1/2NP1N2/PPP1QPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Qd1 c6 Bb3 Bxf3 w/Qh3 or if Nxd4 Bxe2 Bc6 Bxf1 Bxd7+ Kxd7 Nf3 b4 Nd5 Be2 ]

g)
Black to move and win. Marius Chereches vs Tibor Karolyi Jr, Budapest, 2001
rq3rk1/2pb1ppp/p2p2n1/1p1P4/3QN3/6B1/PPP2PPP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 if Ng5 f4 ]

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