Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Oldrich Duras.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
Duras vs R Kieseritzky, Barmen, 1905
r2qk2r/pb1nbppp/1p2n3/1N1p4/3Q1B2/8/PPPN1PPP/2K1RB1R w kq - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 Qxg7 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Duras vs Dawid Janowski, Nuernberg, 1906
8/1p2R1pk/pq4p1/2p1p2n/2P1P3/1P2PN1Q/1P2K3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Duras vs Adolf Olland, Carlsbad, 1907
r5r1/p1q2p1k/1p1R2pB/3pP3/6bQ/2p5/P1P1NPPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf8+ if Bh5 Qxh5+ ]

d)
Duras vs Leopold Loewy, Vienna, 1907
r2qnr1k/1ppb2pp/p1np4/4p3/4P3/1B1P1N1P/PPP3P1/RN2QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Rxf1+ Qxf1 Qe7 Nxd7 ]

e)
Duras vs Paul Leonhardt, Prague, 1908
1k1r4/1p1q2b1/pQpN3p/2P5/3p1p2/8/PP3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 ]



Duras Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Duras vs Erich Cohn, Vienna, 1908
rb1qr1k1/p2n2p1/2p4p/2Pp1p2/3Pn3/3BBN2/P1Q2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba6 w/Bb7 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Duras vs Rudolf Swiderski, Vienna, 1908
q4r1k/5r1p/p4p1B/2p1pb2/2Pp2R1/6QP/PP6/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Duras vs Amos Burn, San Sebastian, 1911
8/p3Q2p/6pk/1N6/4nP2/7P/P5PK/3rr3 w - - 0 1
[ Qf8+ ]

d)
Duras vs Erich Cohn, Carlsbad, 1911
2R5/4Q3/5pk1/6n1/8/1P3PPq/r7/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ if Kf5 Rxg5+ Kxg5 Qg7+ ]
Correction by Andre Karbaat. Thx!

e)
Duras vs Frederick Yates, London, 1911
5knR/4q1r1/pp1r2p1/2N1p3/1Q1P1pR1/P4P2/1P4P1/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ dxe5 ]

Duras Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Rudolf Loman vs Duras, Hilversum, 1903
5bk1/2p3p1/5p1p/1pB5/4N3/1r3R2/5PKP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if Kxf3 f5 ]

b)
Milan Vidmar Sr vs Duras, Nuernberg, 1906
r5k1/1p3pp1/p1p5/3pN2q/3PrP2/6Pb/PP1Q1P1P/2R3KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe5 ]

c)
F I Duz-Hotimirsky vs Duras, Carlsbad, 1907
r2qkb1r/p4ppp/2n1pnb1/1p1p4/2pP2PN/1PP1P2P/P3BP2/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bxb1 Rxb1 Ne4 ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. Eugene Znosko-Borovsky vs Duras, St. Petersburg, 1909
r3r1k1/1p3ppp/2p2b2/p7/8/Q1BP2Pq/PPP4P/4RR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2 ]

Duras Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 4. Johannes Esser vs Duras, Amsterdam, 1910
2rr1k2/5pp1/p2bp3/1p1B4/1PnP2Pq/P1B2P2/2Q1N1P1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh2+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 2. Alexander Flamberg vs Duras, Opatija, 1912
r1b3k1/ppp3pp/8/3pB3/1P1P4/3K1P2/PP1n1q1P/R2Q3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf5+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 6. Efim Bogoljubow vs Duras, Mannheim, 1914
4r3/p4k2/Pp3p2/5N2/1B3b2/3r3n/1PR3K1/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg8+ ]

d)
Walter John vs Duras, Mannheim, 1914
6k1/pp1qnr1p/3b2n1/3p4/3PpB2/2P3PP/PP4Q1/R3RNK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4 if gxf4 Rg7 ]

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