Here are some chess puzzles from the games of James Mason.
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)
Black Mates in 4. Henry Bird vs Mason, New York, 1876
6rk/7p/pp3b2/2pbqP2/5Q2/5R1P/P6P/2B2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 Rg1 Bxf3+ Qxf3 Qxf3+ Rg2 Qxg2# ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Mason vs Joseph Noa, Berlin, 1881
b1r1kb2/7R/B4qr1/4pp2/1Q4p1/B3P3/P5PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb5+ ]

c)
Mason vs Carl Wemmers, Berlin, 1881
2b1qr1k/p1n2pb1/1r5p/3pP1BQ/2p5/P2N1BR1/1P4PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Mason vs Isidor Gunsberg, Nuremberg, 1883
2q2r2/5rk1/4pNpp/p2pPn2/P1pP2QP/2P2R2/2B3P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6+ if Kxg6 Rg3# ]

e)
Black to move and win. Joseph Noa vs Mason, London, 1883
4rrk1/ppq2ppp/2pb1n2/3p1B1b/3P4/3Q1N1P/PPP2PP1/R2NR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 if Rxe8 Rxe8 gxf3 Re1+ & ...Nh5 ]



Mason Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Mason vs David Baird, New York, 1889
q3r1rk/2p3p1/2p1b1Qp/p1B2P2/P1PNp2P/1P6/6RK/8 w - - 0 1
[ f6 ]

b)
Mason vs Mikhail Chigorin, New York, 1889
1rb4r/pp2kppp/4p3/qBb5/8/2n2N2/PPPQ1PPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ Kf8 Qxc5+ ]



c) White Mates in 3. Mason vs Jean Taubenhaus, New York, 1889
1r4r1/5Q2/3q4/3pk3/4p1p1/6P1/PP4BP/4RR1K w - - 0 1

d)
Mason vs Henry Bird, Hastings, 1895
2r5/1p1qbpk1/p5pr/3pPp2/3N2Q1/P1P5/1P2R1PP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ e6 if fxe6 Nxf5+ ]

e)
White Mates in 8. Mason vs Amos Burn, Hastings, 1895
4rk2/1b4qp/6pN/pp6/2B2b2/P1n1B2Q/5PPP/4RK2 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5+ Bd6 Bxd6+ Re7 Qd7 ]

f)
Mason vs Jacques Mieses, Hastings, 1895
r6k/3Rn1b1/p6p/1p2qp1Q/2p1pN2/2P4P/PPB2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 Bf8 Qxe7 Bxe7 Ng6+ ]

g)
White Mates in 4. Mason vs NN, London, 1900
r4r1k/ppp2qpp/1b1p4/3NnP1Q/1PB1PR2/8/P6P/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh4+ Qh5 Rxh5+ Kg8 Ne7# ]

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