Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Robert J. Fischer.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
Fischer vs Antillo Di Camillo, Washington, 1956
3q2k1/1r1P1pp1/8/1p2B1p1/2pQ2P1/3nR2P/1P3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bc7 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Donald Byrne vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1956
1Q6/5pk1/2p3p1/1p2N2p/1b5P/1b4n1/r5P1/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ Kb1 Nc3+ Kc1 Ba3# ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
R Thacker vs Robert Fischer, USA, 1957
2r2r2/6kp/3p4/3P4/4Pp2/5P1P/PP1pq1P1/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...dxe1/N ]

d)
Fischer vs J Bennett, San Francisco, 1957
2q4k/p6p/6p1/5p2/5P1P/1Bb2QP1/Pr6/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

e)
Fischer vs E Stephans, Cleveland, 1957
r1b2rk1/2q1ppbp/p1np1np1/1p6/3NP3/1BN1BP2/PPPQ2PP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 w/Nd5 ]



Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part II:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
White mates in 4.
Robert Fischer vs Tibor Weinberger, Milwaukee, 1957
5r2/2Q4p/3P2p1/1k3p2/qp5P/2r2P2/2P3P1/1K1RR3 w - - 1 0
[ Qb7+ Ka5 Rd5+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Bent Larsen, Portoroz, 1958
3r1k2/1q1P4/5b2/p3p2p/1p6/1B3P2/PPPQ4/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ Ke7 Qh7+ ]

c)
Fischer vs Pal Benko, Yugoslavia, 1959
6r1/3k2q1/2p1pp2/8/p2pPQp1/3P2P1/2P2PK1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rb1 if e5 Rb7+ ]

d)
Fischer vs Pal Benko, Yugoslavia, 1959
r1b2rk1/p3bp1p/4pp1Q/8/1p1qNp2/1n4N1/PPP3PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
I Mendes vs Robert Fischer, Mar del Plata, 1959
1r5k/7p/3p4/3PpB2/K3P3/1P1bbR1N/1P5P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra8+ Kb4 Bd2# ]



Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part III:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Svetozar Gligoric, Bled, 1959
4b1k1/pp6/3pp1pQ/8/3qP3/1Br5/P1P5/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6+ Bf7 Qh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Robin Ault, New York, 1959
1r3rkq/p4p2/2p2Pn1/1p2p3/n5R1/3B2Q1/PPP3P1/1KNR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Robert Fischer vs Hermann Pilnik, Santiago, 1959
6rk/pp5n/5PpQ/3q2P1/4p3/2P3R1/PP4RK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Herman Pilnik vs Fischer, Mar del Plata, 1959
6k1/2R2p1p/5rp1/8/6P1/P2bRB2/1r5P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 Rxf3 Be4 Rxf7 Rf2 ]

e)
Fischer vs Klaus Darga, Berlin, 1960
7r/1k1r2pp/1pn5/3p1P2/2p2B2/2q5/2P3PP/RQ3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb5 ]

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Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part IV:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
Rene Letelier vs Fischer, Leipzig, 1960
6k1/ppq3bp/2n2np1/5p2/2P2P2/4KBN1/PP5P/RQ6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf4+ Kf2 (if Kxf4 Bh6#) Ng4+ Kg2 Ne3+ & Nd4+ ]

b)
Fischer vs Raymond Weinstein, New York, 1960
k6r/p4r2/2n1b2p/1R1p4/2p1p1P1/q1P1Q1BB/2P2P1P/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6 ]


c)
Fischer vs Victor Ciocaltea, Varna, 1962
r1r3k1/2pbbpp1/p2p1qnp/np1Pp3/4P2P/2P2NP1/PP2QP2/RNBBK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Robert Fischer vs Pal Benko, Curasao, 1962
r6k/pp1b2p1/3Np2p/r3P3/1q1p1PRQ/2nB4/2PK1B1P/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Robert Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, Stockholm, 1962
4rk2/2R5/p2p2pq/1p2R1b1/4Pr2/PQ6/1PP5/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe8+ Kxe8 Qe6+ ]

Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part V:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
White mates in 4.
Robert Fischer vs Reuben Stewart, New York, 1963
r1b2qk1/3p2bR/p3p1Q1/3N1p2/1p1Nn3/1P2B3/1PP2PP1/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6 Ng5 Bxg7 Nxh7 Be5+ ]

b)
Manuel Aaron vs Fischer, Stockholm, 1962
6k1/1q3p1p/b3p1p1/3p4/P1r2P2/2N5/1P1R1QPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 ]

c)
Wolfgang Unzicker vs Fischer, Varna, 1962
2r3k1/q4pp1/3p3p/1p1QpPb1/4P3/1NP3PP/rP6/R3RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 Rxa2 Rf3+ Ke2 Rf2+ Kd1 Qxa2 ]

d)
Robert Byrne vs Fischer, New York, 1963
r3r1k1/pb1q1pbp/1p4p1/8/3N4/BPN3P1/P4Q1P/R2R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ Kg1 Re1+ Rxe1 Bxd4 ]

e)
Donald Byrne vs Fischer, New York, 1963
r5k1/5p1p/6p1/2n3P1/2P1b3/5N2/1R4BP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ Kf2 Nd3+ ]

Fischer vs Taimanov Endgame



Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part VI:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
White to move and win. Fischer vs Reuben Fine, New York, 1963
r1b2rk1/ppqnbppp/2p2n2/4p1N1/2B1P3/8/PPP1QPPP/RNBR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ Rxf7 Qc4 ]


b)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Sergiu-Florin Grunberg, Chicago, 1964
r1b4r/p1p4p/2p5/6p1/3Pk3/B1P5/P1P3PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rae1+ Kd5 Re5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs T Rouse, Chicago, 1964
r2q3r/pp2k1pp/2p2N2/8/2Bp1B2/5Q2/PPP2PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re1+ if Kf8 Nxh7+ Rxh7 Bd6# or if Kxf6 Bd2+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Robert Fischer vs T Kumro, Cicero, 1964
3r2rk/p5Rp/5pn1/5N2/4P1Q1/7P/PqP3P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Robert Fischer vs Ray Hoppe, Davis, 1964
7r/p5rk/1p3Q2/3p1P1p/2p4P/P7/6P1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re7 Rhg8 Qg6+ ]

Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part VII:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
White mates in 5.
Robert Fischer vs J Kelley, Houston, 1964
1r4r1/q2b1p1k/p4P1p/1pn1P1p1/3N4/5B2/PPP2R1Q/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6+ Kxh6 Rh2+ Kg6 Bh5+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Robert Fischer vs M McDermott, New York, 1964
r2qkr2/ppp4Q/8/4ppb1/2B1N3/3P3P/PP4P1/n2K1R2 w q - 1 0
[ Qg6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Robert Fischer vs Michel Tordion, Quebec, 1964
3k4/1R2Rpp1/1p2p2p/p7/8/5B2/q4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rbd7+ Kc8 Bb7+ Kb8 Re8+ ]

d)
Fischer vs. C. H. Bone, Houston Simul, 1964
3q1rk1/R2b2bp/2rpppp1/1p1N1P2/1P2P3/3PB3/4Q1PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ fxe6 ]

e)
Fischer vs Zelle, Davis, 1964
r4r2/ppQbkp1p/3Nq1p1/1p6/4P1n1/2P5/P4PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ ]

Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970


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Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part VIII:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
Fischer vs J Terrone, NY Simul (+34-0=0), 1964
r2qr1k1/2pbbppp/pnp5/N3p3/2P1P3/BP3N2/P4PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ c5 w/Nb7 ]

b)
Black Mates in 6. Arthur Bisguier vs Fischer, New York, 1965
2r5/p4pk1/8/4bR2/3pP1Pp/P5P1/1P2R1PK/2r4N b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh1+ Kxh1 Rc1+ w/hxg3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Bela Soos, Skopje, 1967
b2k3r/1q4p1/p2p4/1p1N1Q2/4P3/P7/1PR4P/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Ke8 Rc8+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren, Sousse, 1967
2r2qk1/r4p1p/b3pBpQ/n3P2P/p2p3R/P5P1/2p2PB1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 hxg6+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Miguel Cuellar Gacharna vs Fischer, Sousse, 1967
1r3rk1/6b1/p2p3p/3P1Np1/B3Pnb1/1PN3K1/2R2P1P/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf5 exf5 Bxc3 if Rxc3 Ne2+ ]

Fischer vs Tal, Bled, 1961



Robert Fischer Puzzles, Part IX:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
Fischer vs Jorge Rubinetti, Palma de Mallorca, 1970
r1k2b1r/1b3p2/p6p/2Pq2pn/3N4/1Q4B1/P4PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ if Kd7 Qa4+ Bc6 Nxc6 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Robert Fischer vs Oscar Panno, Buenos Aires, 1970
2n5/4qk2/4pNnQ/pb1pP3/1p1P2P1/1P4K1/P4P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Borislav Ivkov, Palma de Majorca, 1970
b5k1/5p2/3N1QBp/3pP1n1/3P4/7P/5PPK/b3q3 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Kf8 Bxd5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Robert Fischer vs W Hook, Siegen, 1970
4q2r/p1r1kp2/4pR1p/2p1P2P/8/P1P2Q2/2P2P2/3RK3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6+ if Kf8 Qf6 Qxe6 Qxh8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
P Brandts vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1971
r1b4k/ppp5/7p/2PPb2q/2B1Q3/5pr1/PP5P/1N1R2RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ Kxh2 Rh3# ]

f)
Black to move and win. Boris Spassky vs Fischer, Reykjavik, 1972
5k2/3b2p1/1p4qp/p1pPp1p1/P1P1Pn2/2P5/2Q3PP/3BB1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxa4 Qd2 (if Qxa4 Qxe4) Bxd1 Qxd1 Qxe4 Qd2 Nxg2 ]

g)
Black mates in 2.
Computer "Greenblatt" vs Robert Fischer, Cambridge Springs, 1977
6k1/3Q2p1/3n4/4p3/8/2Pq2P1/PP1Nbr2/R1K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Nxf1 Qd1# ]


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