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

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

a)
White Mates in 7. Gruenfeld vs Max Marchand, Goteborg, 1920
r3nb1k/p2n3p/3p4/q1pPpNp1/2p1P3/8/PP3PK1/1BRQ3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

b)
Gruenfeld vs Karel Treybal, Pistyan, 1922
7r/1p3p2/pqn1pkp1/8/PP2Q1PP/5N2/5PK1/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 bxc6 Qe5+ ]

c)
Gruenfeld vs Geza Maroczy, Vienna, 1922
2r1rnk1/1b2qp2/p3pp1p/1pb5/6N1/P1N1P3/1PQ2PPP/1BRR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Nxd7 Qh7+ mates or if Qxd7 Nxf6+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Alexander Alekhine vs Gruenfeld, Vienna, 1922
3r2k1/p2q1pb1/1p1Bn1pp/1Pp5/R1N1Q3/4P2P/P4PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf8 if Bxf8 Qd1+ w/...Qxa4 ]

e)
Gruenfeld vs Savielly Tartakower, Carlsbad, 1923
r4rk1/1Q2nppp/p4b2/2q5/2Np4/3B3P/PP3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Rab8 Qe4 Ng6 Nd7 ]

f)
Gruenfeld vs Albert Becker, Vienna, 1934
5rk1/4qpp1/3Rb2p/p2B4/3rPQ1P/8/6P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 fxe6 Qxf8+ Qxf8 Bxe6+ ]

g)
Black Mates in 7. Theo Van Scheltinga vs Gruenfeld, 1936
6rr/R4p2/4pk2/1p5q/2pP4/5P2/1P3KPP/3QR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ if Kxg2 Qh2+ Kf1 Rg8 or if Ke3 Qg5+ f4 Rh3+ ]


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