Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Closed, 9.h3 (ECO C92).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d6 9.h3



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)
Igor Zaitsev vs Boris Voronkov, Moscow, 1966
r1b1q1k1/2p2ppp/pn1p1b2/1p1P4/1n2r3/1B2BN1P/PPQ2PP1/R3RNK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe4 if Qxe4 Bxb6 ]

b)
Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Gyula Sax, Hilversum, 1973
r4bk1/1b3pp1/p1r4p/1p2P1n1/2n1PN1q/2P4P/PPB1Q1PN/R1B1R2K w - - 0 1
[ g3 if Qxg3 Rg1 ]

c)
Heikki Westerinen vs Hans-Hubert Sonntag, Gausdal, 1987
r2q1r2/1bp2pk1/p2p2pp/1p1P1Q2/2nPN3/2P3RP/PPB3P1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 if dxc5 Rxg6+ mates or if Qf6 Ne6+ ]

d)
Dragoljub Janosevic vs Dejan Nestorovic, Belgrade, 1988
1r2rbk1/1bqn1p1p/2p3p1/p1pPp3/B1P1P3/5NNP/P4PP1/1R1QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7 if Rxb7 dxc6 Rbb8 cxd7 Red8 Qd5 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Gonzalez vs Berson, Philadelphia, 1990
r2qr3/1bp1bQ1p/p1n2np1/1p2p2k/4P2N/2P4P/PP3PP1/RNB1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if Rf8 Qxh7+ or if Rh8 Qxf6 ]

Recent C92 Games


C92 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Reijo Juntunen vs Leo Hirmukalio, corr., 1992
r2qrbk1/1bp2ppp/p1n5/1p1np1N1/3P4/1BP4P/PP1N1PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if h6 Qxf7+ Kh8 Bxd5 ]

b)
Sergei Nistiriuc vs Daniel Keller, Duisburg, 1992
r2qrbk1/1b3p1p/pn3np1/1pp5/4PB2/PPNQ1N1P/2B2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd8 Rxd8 Rxd8 Rxd8 Bc7 ]

c)
Jose Seknadje vs Tibor Gacso, Gyongyos, 1994
4r1k1/2p2ppp/p4b2/1pqnNN2/8/2P4P/PP1Q1PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Krum Georgiev vs Ivajlo Papazov, Dupnica, 1998
r2q2k1/1bp2ppp/p2p1b2/1pn5/P3r3/NB3Q1P/1P2NPP1/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re5 if Qg3 Bh4 ]

e)
Philipp Balcerak vs Georg Lorenz, Nickenich, 1998
r2q1r2/2pbbppk/p2p2np/1p1PpNn1/4P1N1/2P4P/PPB2PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ h4 if Bxf5 exf5 Nxh4 f6+ g6 fxe7 Qxe7 f4 ]

C92 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs B Lesniak, Malbork, 1999
rn1qrbk1/5p2/p2p1npp/1p2p3/4b3/1BP1BNNP/PP3PP1/R1Q1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 ]

b)
Sergey Grigoriants vs Igor Polovodin, Nizhnij Novgorod, 1999
r2qr1k1/3n1ppp/p2p1b2/nPp5/3Pb3/N4N1P/BP1B1PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 Rxe4 Bd5 Re8 Bxa8 w/Bxa5 ]

c)
Edmond Paljusaj vs Zeljko Zufic, Pula, 1999
r2qrbk1/5p1p/p1bp1np1/np2p3/P1P1P3/1PB2N1P/2BN1PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxa5 if Qxa5 axb5 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Pablo Barrionuevo vs Victor Cabalini, Buenos Aires, 2002
r2qrbk1/1bp2ppp/p1n5/1p2P1N1/3Pp3/1B5P/PP3PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 Bb4 Qxf7+ w/Qg8+ ]

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