Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Paul Keres.
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) White Mates in 3. Keres vs Verbak, corr., 1932
rnbq1b1r/pp4kp/5np1/4p2Q/2BN1R2/4B3/PPPN2PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1

b)
Keres vs Vladimir Petrov, Tallinn, 1933
rnb1kbnr/ppp2ppp/8/8/5P2/3B4/PPPN2qP/R1BQK1NR w - - 0 1
[ Be4 if Qg4 Qxg4 w/Bxb7 ]

c)
Keres vs Toldsepp, corr., 1934
rn2k2r/pbppbppp/1p4n1/8/3PP1q1/2N2NP1/PPP1BK2/R1BQ3R w - - 0 1

[ Ng5 ]

d)
White Mates in 8. Keres vs M Schapiro, corr., 1935
1rq2b1r/2N1k1pp/1pQp4/4n3/2P5/8/PP4PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5+ w/Qd5 ]

e)
Keres vs E Condolin, Helsinki, 1935
r2q3r/2p1nppk/pn1p3p/1P1P4/3QN3/8/1P3PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

Tal vs Keres, 1962



Keres Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Keres vs E Koorm, Tartu, 1935
r1bq1rk1/ppp2pp1/2n4p/3n4/2BP4/2P2N2/P4PPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba3 ]

b)
Keres vs E Mill, Tartu, 1935
2r1r1k1/3bqp1p/p5p1/1p2p3/P2QN3/8/1P3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Keres vs Gheorghe Alexandrescu, Munich, 1936
r6r/ppq3Q1/nb1kp2p/3p4/8/P5P1/3NBPP1/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4+ dxe4 Rfd1+ Bd4 Qxd4+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Keres vs De Moraes Mendes, Munich, 1936
3r1r1k/p1p2bpp/2p4q/5Q1P/5P2/P4BP1/1B3PK1/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd8 Rxd8 Qxf7 Qf6 Re8+ ]

e)
Keres vs Efim Bogoljubow, Zandvoort, 1936
8/p2k4/1b1r1p2/2p1Q1p1/3p4/1P4P1/P3PPK1/1qB4R w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6+ ]

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Keres Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win.
a)
Keres vs Karel Hromadka, Prague, 1937
3q2k1/3bR3/3p2pP/p1pn1pP1/5P2/1r6/4Q1K1/2BN4 w - - 0 1
[ h7+ Kh8 Qb2+ if Nc3 Qxb3 Qxe7 Qg8# ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Keres vs V Rootare, Tallinn, 1942
r3r1k1/ppp2p1p/1b3Bp1/4P3/3P1n2/2PB1N2/PP6/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 ]

c)
Keres vs H Soonum, Tallinn, 1942
r1b2kn1/ppp2pq1/2np4/8/5B2/2N5/PPP4Q/2KR1B2 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd6+ if cxd6 Qxd6+ w/Nd5 or if Ke8 Nd5 Kd7 Nxc7 Rb8 Bf8+ mates ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Keres vs Pomar Salamanca, Madrid, 1943
7R/r1p1q1pp/3k4/1p1n1Q2/3N4/8/1PP2PPP/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ if Qxd8 Qe6+ w/Nb3+ or if Qd7 Rxd7+ ]

d)
Keres vs Rud Pruun, Tallinn, 1943
r1b2rk1/ppp2ppp/2n1qn2/8/1b1P1B2/2NB1N1P/PPP3P1/R2Q2KR w - - 0 1
[ d5 if Nxd5 Nxd5 ]

Korchnoi vs Keres, 1965



Keres Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win.
a)
Keres vs Folke Ekstrom, Stockholm, 1944
r4r1k/pp4pp/2p1b3/4qp2/4nNPP/P2BP3/1PQ2P2/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Qxe6 gxf5 ]

b)
Keres vs Alexander Kotov, Parnu, 1947
4kb1r/1b3p1p/p1qp1np1/B1n1p3/2N1P3/1PN3PB/2P2P1P/3QR1K1 w k - 0 1
[ Nxe5 ]

c)
Keres vs David Bronstein, Moscow, 1951
6k1/3qQ2p/2p1b3/3pPp1B/5PP1/8/7P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf7+ ]

d)
Keres vs Alexander Arulaid, Tartu, 1953
3rr1k1/pp3pp1/1np1bq1p/4N3/3P4/1B2R3/PP3PPP/2Q1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 ]

a)
Keres vs Laszlo Szabo, Budapest, 1955
1r2rk2/3b1pp1/p1p1p2p/q3P3/5Q1P/2NB2R1/PPP3P1/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 Kxg7 Qf6+ if Kg8 Qxh6 or if Kf8 Bg6 ]

Keres Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Keres vs Isaak Boleslavsky, Moscow, 1957
2r2k2/2r1npp1/pp1Rp2p/4P3/PPPN4/1K4P1/7P/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 ]

b)
Keres vs Nikolay Minev, Munich, 1958
bn2r3/1n2kp1p/p2p2pb/3Pp3/pPN1P3/3BN3/1B2KPPP/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Nd7 Rc7 Rd8 Bxa6 ]

c)
Keres vs Pal Benko, Bled, 1959
2r3k1/1bpn1p1p/p4bp1/1p6/5BN1/2P4P/PPB2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 ]

d)
Keres vs Svetozar Gligoric, Zurich, 1959
2br1r1k/2qnQ2p/p4pp1/4p3/P3P1N1/1BPp1N1P/5PP1/1R3K2 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 if Rxf6 Ng5 ]



e) White Mates in 3. Keres vs Corvin Radovici, Leipzig, 1960
2b2rk1/2q2pp1/1p1R3p/8/1PBQ4/7P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1

Keres Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Keres vs Lothar Schmid, Zurich, 1961
k2r4/p2b3r/BpRQ1p1p/4p3/8/2P3P1/PPP2q1P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bb7+ Kxb7 Rc7+ ]

b)
Keres vs Burkhard Malich, Varna, 1962
6k1/pb2Qp2/1p2p1p1/n3P3/3P4/5N2/P4PP1/2q2BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Qf4 g3 ]

c)
Keres vs Aleksandar Matanovic, Moscow, 1963
4br2/5r2/2pR1pk1/2N1pN1p/4P1pP/6P1/P4RPK/2b5 w - - 0 1
[ Nd3 w/Nxe5+ ]

d)
Keres vs Coen Zuidema, Beverwijk, 1964
2rqr1n1/6kp/p1n2pp1/2NP4/BP3P2/2p5/P2Q2P1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8 if cxd2 Ne6+ ]

e)
Keres vs Svein Johannessen, Stockholm, 1967
r1b1r1k1/1p1n1pbp/p1pq2p1/8/3Bn3/2N2N1P/PP2BPP1/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 ]

f)
Keres vs Peter Dely, Kapfenberg, 1970
r2q1rk1/pp4b1/3p2P1/2Pbp2R/nP4p1/4Q3/P3BP2/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ if Bxh8 Rxh8+ ]



g) White Mates in 3. Keres vs Hillar Karner, Parnu, 1971
2bkr3/5Q1R/p2pp1N1/1p6/8/2q3P1/P4P1K/8 w - - 0 1

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