Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin (ECO C96).



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 Na5 10.Bc2



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)
White Mates in 5. Tigran V Petrosian vs Boris Kopelevich, Tbilisi, 1944
r1rbn1k1/2qb1p1p/3p4/5P2/p1p5/P1B4P/1PBQ1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Bxe8 f6 Bxf6 Bxf6 ]

b)
Jan Foltys vs W Ritson-Morry, Birmingham, 1947
2r1r1k1/4bppp/p2p1n2/1p2pNB1/3Pb3/5N1P/PPq2PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7+ Rxe7 Rc1 ]

c)
Mikhail Tal vs Gradus, Riga, 1951
r5k1/2q1bppp/p1n2n2/1pprp3/6P1/2P2N1P/PPB1QP2/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g5 if Nh5 Qe4 ]

d)
Isaak Boleslavsky vs Ratmir Kholmov, Leningrad, 1956
r3rbk1/3b1ppp/p1np4/1p1N4/1P1Nn2q/P6P/1BB2PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 if Rxe4 Nf3 ]

e)
Agathoclio Constantinou vs Pol Donne, Havana, 1966
2r2rk1/1bq1bppp/p2p1n2/1p6/3pPB2/7P/PPB2PP1/2RQRNK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if dxe5 Bxh7+ Kxh7 Rxc7 Rxc7 Bxe5 ]

Recent C96 Games


C96 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Jaime Martinez vs A Castillo Martinez, Aragon, 1997
r2r2k1/2q1bppp/2n1bn2/pp2p3/4P3/PN2BN1P/1PB1QPP1/2R1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc4 ]

b)
Mikhail Tal vs A Darsniek, Riga, 1950
2rr2k1/1q2bpp1/p1n1b2p/1ppNp3/4P1P1/2P1BQ1P/PPB2PK1/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd5 if exd5 Nd4 Qd1 Bxd5+ ]

c)
Sergio Simoli vs D Lucic, Pellestrina, 1979
4rb1k/1q4pp/p1bp4/1p1N1P2/4n3/1Q5P/PP3P2/1BBR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc5 Qf3 Bxd5 if Rxd5 Re5 Rd3 Re1+ or if Qxd5 Re1+ ]

d)
Iwona Bos-Swiecik vs Agnieszka Brustman, Jachranka, 1987
2r1r1k1/3b1ppp/p7/1p1P4/3bnqN1/PB5P/1P2QPP1/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc1 if Raxc1 Bxg4 Qxg4 Bxf2+ Kh1 Qxg4 hxg4 Bxe1 Rxe1 Ng3+ ]

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