Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense (ECO C93).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.e1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d6 9.h3 h6



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)
Dragoljub Ciric vs Frans Kuijpers, Amsterdam, 1968
3qr1k1/r4p2/p2p2pQ/2pPn3/b1n1P3/6NP/P5PN/R3RBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc4 if Nxc4 Ng4 Ne5 Nh5 ]

b)
Black to move and win. CDW Jansen vs Rudolf Sevecek, corr., 1968
4r2k/nbp3p1/p6p/1pb2B2/6R1/P1P4P/1PQN1rP1/R1B4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ if Nf1 Rexf1+ Kh2 Rxc2 or if Kh2 Bd6+ mates ]

c)
Black to move and win. Aleksandar Matanovic vs Hans Hecht, Raach, 1969
4r1k1/5pp1/p7/6QP/3q4/P7/6P1/1R5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re5 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Dimitar Pelitov vs Georgi Daskalov, Bulgaria, 1969
r1q5/2p2k2/p4Bp1/2Nb1N2/p6Q/7P/nn3PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ w/Qe7+ ]

e)
Fischer vs Svetozar Gligoric, Rovinj/Zagreb, 1970
r1nq1n2/3b2k1/p2p1p1R/Pp1Pp1p1/1Pp1P1P1/2P1BPN1/2BQ2K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 ]

Recent C93 Games


C93 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Jerzy Konikowski vs Mitchell, corr., 1973
r4b2/5kp1/5p1p/N7/2pP4/2n4P/5PP1/R1B2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb4 if Nb3 Ra2 ]

b)
Heikki Westerinen vs Steven Odendahl, London, 1979
2r1r1k1/q2b1pb1/p2P2pp/1pN1p3/3nBn2/1P3N1P/PB1Q1PP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd4 ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Werner Hobusch vs Liebscher, corr., 1984
2bq1rk1/r1p1b1pn/p2pP1Np/1p1B1Q2/4P3/2P4P/PP3PP1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ ]

d)
Maia Chiburdanidze vs Zorica Puljek-Salai, Jajce, 1986
2r1r3/1bpq3k/4nPpb/1p1p4/3P2N1/1B1N1PnP/1P4P1/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nde5 if Qd6 Nxh6 ]

e)
Aleksander Sznapik vs Pawel Stempin, Wroclaw, 1987
3r1b2/3q1ppk/7p/3N1P2/2b1P3/3p1QRP/1B4PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 Qg4 mates ]

C93 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Edson Tsuboi vs Antonio Rocha, Sao Paulo, 1988
2r1rbk1/1bqnn1p1/p2p3p/1p1Ppp2/4P3/BP1B1P1P/P2N2PN/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc3 if Bf1 b4 ]

b)
Thomas Martin vs Thomas Pieper, Germany, 1991
5bk1/2R2p2/6pp/1p2r3/4p3/2P1B2P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8 if g5 b4 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Michiel Abeln vs Walter Verdonk, Netherlands, 1994
b2qr1k1/2p2pb1/3p1npp/1P6/1P1NNP2/6P1/1BB3K1/1Q2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Bxe4 Bxd4 Bxd4 Bxe4 w/Qa8 ]

d)
Qu Ying vs Daniel Taboas Rodriguez, Sao Lourenco, 1995
4rr2/1bp1qp1k/pn4pp/1p2b3/3P4/1PPQ2NP/P1B2RP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Rxf7 Qxg6 w/Rxf7 ]

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