Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Paul Morphy.
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.
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a)
Morphy vs Eugene Rousseau, New Orleans, 1849
rnbk1bBr/pp6/2p4p/2qp4/5pQP/2N5/PPPP2P1/R1BKR3 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ w/Qxc8+ & Nxd5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Morphy vs Ernest Morphy, New Orleans, 1850
3rk2r/p1Rq1ppp/2Q4n/4p3/8/B4N2/P4PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 ]

c)
Black Mates in 6. L McConell vs Morphy, New Orleans, 1852
r3r1k1/ppp2ppp/8/Q3nn2/8/BBP2Pq1/P2N1R2/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 Rxe8+ Rxe8 Bxf7+ Kh8 Ne4 Rxe4 Re2 Ne3+ ]

d)
Morphy vs Alexander Meek, Mobile, 1855
rnb3kr/pp2q2p/2pp4/6P1/3PPQp1/2N5/PPP3P1/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

e)
Black Mates in 4. Alexander Meek vs Morphy, New Orleans, 1855
Q7/p1p1q1pk/3p2rp/4n3/3bP3/7b/PP3PPK/R1B2R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2 Qh8+ Kxh8 Bg5 Qxg5 b3 Nf3# ]



Paul Morphy Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Morphy vs F Perrin, New York, 1857
2rqk2r/pp5p/2n3p1/3pPn2/8/4B3/PP1N3P/2RQ1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 if gxf5 Qh5+ w/Qf7+ & if Qe7 e6+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. J Schulten vs Morphy, New York, 1857
3r2k1/p4ppp/1nP5/2q4n/7P/1P3P2/PKP1R3/R1BQ4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na4+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Morphy vs Theodor Lichtenhein, New York, 1857
r2r4/pQ4pp/2pN4/k7/5B2/8/PPq4p/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Bd2+ w/Nc4+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 4. L Elkin Sr vs Morphy, New York, 1857
4r1k1/ppp2p1p/8/3Pr3/5Q1P/5P1q/PPP3p1/R2KR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd5+ Qd2 Rxe1+ Kxe1 g1/Q+ Ke2 Qhg2# ]

e)
Black Mates in 5. Louis Paulsen vs Morphy, New York, 1857
r6k/p1Q4p/2p1b1rq/4p3/B3P3/4P3/PPP3P1/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kxg2 Qh3+ Kg1 Rg8+ Qg7+ Rxg7+ Kf2 Rg2# ]

Paulsen vs Morphy, New York, 1857


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Paul Morphy Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 6. Louis Paulsen vs Morphy, New York, 1857
4r1k1/p1p2ppp/Qbp3r1/8/1P6/2P2P1b/R2P1P1P/2BR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ Kg1 Bxf3+ Kf1 Rg2 Qd3 Rxf2+ Kg1 Rg2+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 7. J Schulten vs Morphy, New York, 1857
r2q2k1/pp3ppp/8/8/2Pn1Pn1/3P4/P1PBb1PP/RQ4KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Qd4+ Kg2 Qf2+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Daniel Harrwitz vs Morphy, Paris, 1858
8/2R5/1p1p2p1/1P1P4/2P1bk1P/7r/4BK2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Morphy vs AP Forde, New Orleans, 1858
r1bqr3/ppp1B1kp/1b4p1/n2B4/3PQ1P1/2P5/P4P2/RN4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe5+ Kh6 g5+ w/Bf3+ & Qh2+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Morphy vs Carr, Birmingham, 1858
r4r2/2p2pk1/b1n1pN2/p1p1P1B1/2p5/5R2/PPB3PP/RN4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ Kxh6 Rh3+ Kg5 Rh5+ ]

Paul Morphy Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Thomas Barnes vs Morphy, London, 1858
r3k3/ppp2Npp/4Bn2/2b5/1n1pp3/N4P2/PPP3qP/R2QKR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ if cxd3 Bb4+ mates ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Morphy vs NN, New Orleans, 1858
r1b4r/3p1kp1/ppq4p/4RP2/4Q3/B7/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Pierre Saint Amant vs Morphy, Paris, 1858
3r1rk1/ppp2ppp/7q/8/2B2n2/2Q4P/PP1N1P1K/3R1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3 if Qxd3 Nxd3 Bxd3 Qd6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Morphy vs Jacques Baucher, Paris, 1858
r1q3r1/1ppQ2pk/3bNp1p/p3pP2/P3P3/2N4R/1PP3PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ w/Rd3 ]

e)
Morphy vs Daniel Harrwitz, Paris, 1858
4q2k/1p2b2p/p2p2r1/2rPpN1R/8/7P/PP2QRP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ w/Qh5+ & Nxe7+ ]

Paul Morphy Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 2. Morphy vs Duke Isouard, Paris, 1858
4kb1r/p2n1ppp/4q3/4p1B1/4P3/1Q6/PPP2PPP/2KR4 w k - 0 1
[ Qb8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Morphy vs NN, New Orleans, 1858
3r4/pp5Q/B7/k7/3q4/2b5/P4PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Morphy vs Thomas Bryan, New York, 1859
r4k1r/p1p2ppp/1bN1b3/4P3/Q5qP/2P5/P4PP1/RN3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa3+ if Kg8 Ne7+ Kf8 Ng6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Morphy vs B Smyth, Philadelphia, 1859
7k/p1p2R2/1p2n2r/1q1pP1p1/2nP2Qp/2P4P/P5P1/1B3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6 ]

e)
Black to move and win. O Mongredien vs Morphy, Paris, 1859
2k5/ppp2ppp/2r5/5n2/1P6/P2P1R2/4N1PP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 ]


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