Here are some chess puzzles from the games of the 1952 Helsinki Olympiad.
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)
Edwin Bhend vs Haije Kramer, Helsinki, 1952
1r2rnk1/pq3ppp/8/3Nb2Q/8/2B4R/PP4PP/R6K w - - 0 27
[ Bxe5 if Qxd5 Bxb8 ]

b)
Isaak Boleslavsky vs Wilfried Lange, Helsinki, 1952
r2q1rk1/pp3p1p/2p1pbnQ/4Bp2/2BP3P/8/PPP2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 22
[ Bxf6 if Qxf6 h5 ]

c)
Ugo Cala vs Eigil Pedersen, Helsinki, 1952
4rk2/1ppq1ppp/pn1b4/8/2P3N1/1P5P/P3QPP1/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 28
[ Nf6 ]

d)
Eldis Cobo Arteaga vs Ernst Weichselbaumer, Helsinki, 1952
4r3/1p2rpk1/p2R1n1p/2n3p1/8/P1N3PP/BP4P1/2R3K1 w - - 0 26
[ Rxf6 if Kxf6 Nd5+ ]

e)
Nicolaas Cortlever vs Franz Auer, Helsinki, 1952
2rr1k2/1p3ppq/p2N3p/8/4bB1b/1PP3R1/1P4PP/3QR1K1 w - - 0 33
[ Qh5 if g5 Rxe4 ]

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1952 Helsinki Olympiad Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Moshe Czerniak vs Alfred Tarnowski, Helsinki, 1952
r1b2r2/p1p2pkp/3b1Np1/8/8/3B4/P1P2PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ if Kg8 Nxd6 cxd6 Be4 ]

b)
Moshe Czerniak vs Theo Van Scheltinga, Helsinki, 1952
r4rk1/1b1p1p1p/p3pQp1/1pP1PnR1/8/P2B1q2/2PB1P1P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 ]

c)
Jan-Hein Donner vs Costas Tsiknopoulos, Helsinki, 1952
r1b2rk1/ppqnbpp1/n3p2p/3pP3/2P5/P1N2NB1/1PQ2PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 0 1
[ cxd5 ]

d)
DM Horne vs Kazimierz Plater, Helsinki, 1952
3rn3/pk1r1p1p/1p4p1/8/2PN1p2/5P2/PP1R2PP/3R1K2 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6 ]

e)
Hans Keller vs Fernando Vasconcellos, Helsinki, 1952
4r1k1/2bq2pp/ppn1p3/3pP3/1P3NQ1/P4PP1/1BR3KP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 ]

1952 Helsinki Olympiad Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Wilfried Lange vs S Gislason, Helsinki, 1952
2Q5/p4pk1/5p2/7p/8/4q1P1/Pr5P/2R2Q1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Kxh8 Qxf6+ ]

b)
A Mandelbaum vs Rogelio Ortega, Helsinki, 1952
r2r1nk1/pp4pp/1bp1bq2/4Np2/3P1P2/2B3P1/PPQ1R1BP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 bxc6 d5 Qe7 dxe6 Rd6 Qxf5 ]

c)
Jose Thiago Mangini vs Hans Lambert, Helsinki, 1952
r4b1k/3q1pp1/2ppbn1p/1p6/3PP3/4NQ1P/1PB2PP1/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Paul Mueller vs Wladyslaw Litmanowicz, Helsinki, 1952
r3nrk1/1p1b2pp/3p2n1/3PpNP1/3Q4/1q5P/3N1R2/1B3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Eigil Pedersen vs Hans Keller, Helsinki, 1952
1n1kqrnr/2p2pb1/ppPp2pp/4p1P1/P3P2P/2N1BP1B/1PPQ4/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6+ if Qd7 Bxd7 ]

1952 Helsinki Olympiad Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hermann Pilnik vs Gonzales, Helsinki, 1952
r1r3k1/5p1p/2q1p3/pp4P1/3RQ1Pp/P1P5/1P6/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

b)
Hans Platz vs Jozsef Szily, Helsinki, 1952
r4rk1/1p1bbp1p/p1n2P2/3pq3/8/1N6/PPPQB1PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 if Bxf6 Bd3 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Carl Poschauko vs Jan-Heim Donner, Helsinki, 1952
r5rk/ppq2p2/2pb1P1B/3n4/3P4/2PB3P/PP1QNP2/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ ]

d)
Giuseppe Primavera vs Franz Auer, Helsinki, 1952
r2q3r/1ppb1kb1/p2p1n1p/2nPp1p1/2P2pPP/2N1PP2/PPQB1N2/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]

e)
Braslav Rabar vs Erling Myhre, Helsinki, 1952
r2r4/3bkpQ1/5q1p/pp6/3R4/P7/2B2PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7+ Rxd7 Re1+ ]

1952 Helsinki Olympiad Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ludwig Rellstab vs Harald Enevoldsen, Helsinki, 1952
1r4k1/5p1p/p5q1/3p1RQ1/P5p1/2P5/1r2R2P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxb2 Rxb2 Qd8+ Kg7 Rg5 ]

b)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Miguel Najdorf, Helsinki, 1952
r1b1r1k1/1p1n1p1p/2ppnqp1/8/p1P1P3/5P2/PbNQNBPP/1R2RBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb2 if Qxb2 Nc3 w/Rb1 ]

c)
Ernst Rojahn vs Ernst Weichselbaumer, Helsinki, 1952
4r3/2p5/1p1p1k2/p2Prn2/2P5/4NRR1/PP1K4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ng4+ Kg5 Nxe5+ Nxg3 Rxg3+ Kh4 Rg4+ Kh3 Nd7 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Bogdan Sliwa vs Hans Platz, Helsinki, 1952
2b5/p3pPq1/1p2P2k/2p1R1pP/2Pr2P1/4Q3/P3B2K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5 if Qxg5 f8/Q+ or if Re4 Rg6+ Kh7 Rxg7+ ]

e)
Black to move and win.
Thierry Barbier vs Franz Jacob, Helsinki, 1952
rn1qkb1r/1bpp1ppp/1p2p3/p7/2PP4/P1Q1PP2/1P4PP/R1B1KBNR b KQkq - 0 1
[ Bb4 axb4 axb4 Qxb4 Rxa1 ]

1952 Helsinki Olympiad Puzzles, Part VI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Edwin Bhend vs Erik Madsen, Helsinki, 1952
r3r1k1/2p2ppp/p4B2/1pbqpP2/6P1/1P1P1N2/1PP1Q2P/R3K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...e4 ]

b)
Eero Boek vs Miroslav Filip, Helsinki, 1952
2r1r1k1/3R3p/p1p3p1/5p2/2bRnN2/P5P1/1P2NPKP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe2 if Nxe2 Nc5 ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. Eldis Cobo Arteaga vs Hector Rossetto, Helsinki, 1952
6k1/1p3pp1/2p4p/6rr/PQ1P1P1q/4P2P/6P1/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3 ]

d)
O Cruz vs Erik Lundin, Helsinki, 1952
2r1r2k/5ppp/8/3p4/2n5/1K2PP2/1P3P1P/RB5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ if Kg4 Rc4+ mates ]

e)
Charles Doerner vs Ludek Pachman, Helsinki, 1952
2r2rk1/pp3ppp/4b3/8/4N3/P2BP3/5PPP/2nRK2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb3 if Rd2 Nxd3 ]

1952 Helsinki Olympiad Puzzles, Part VII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Larry Evans vs Vassily Smyslov, Helsinki, 1952
3r4/1Q3pkp/p2q1np1/2rp4/8/1P3B2/P4PPP/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc7 ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Henry Grob vs David Bronstein, Helsinki, 1952
6k1/5rb1/2q3p1/p7/Q3p1b1/B1pnK3/PP5R/3B2N1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb6+ ]

c)
Gerhard Lorson vs George Gaitanaros, Helsinki, 1952
r1br2k1/1p3pbp/1qpp2p1/2n5/p1PN4/1P2P1PP/PB3PB1/R1Q2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 Qd2 Nxb2 Qxb2 c5 ]

d)
Otto Morcken vs Petar Trifunovic, Helsinki, 1952
7k/7p/p2p2p1/n1pPp1n1/PpP1P1q1/1P1Q2P1/3N1KNP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd1 if Ne3 Qxd2 Qxd2 Nxe4+ Ke2 Nxd2 Kxd2 Nxb3 ]

e)
Black Mates in 6. Fernand Morel vs Larry Evans, Helsinki, 1952
2q3k1/1p5p/p2p3B/3P2p1/1P2Pp1b/1Q6/P1r2PKP/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ Kh1 f3 ]

1952 Helsinki Olympiad Puzzles, Part VIII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Miguel Najdorf vs Rudolf Teschner, Helsinki, 1952
8/6kp/p4Np1/1pP2p2/1P1r1n1P/P1Q5/5PPK/4r3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2 ]

b)
Vincenzo Nestler vs Joao Souza Mendes, Helsinki, 1952
4r1k1/pbq2p1p/6p1/3n2Q1/1pp5/2P2P1P/PP2N1P1/3R1B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 w/...Nxf1 ]

c)
Carl Poschauko vs Wolfgang Pietzsch, Helsinki, 1952
r4rk1/1bq3p1/pp2p2p/2p2p1P/3n4/2NPQNP1/PPP3B1/2R1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3+ ]

d)
Tapio Salo vs Ingi Johannsson, Helsinki, 1952
4rr2/pp4kp/3p1np1/2pN4/2q1P2R/2P3P1/PP1Q2KP/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ Kxf1 Nxe4+ ]

e)
Bogdan Sliwa vs Palle Nielsen, Helsinki, 1952
r4r1k/p6p/3P2p1/3B3n/3pQ3/6Pb/PP1B1q1P/R3R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf6 ]

a)
Black Mates in 8. Rudolf Teschner vs Svetozar Gligoric, Helsinki, 1952
1r3r1k/p3Rp1p/3pb3/6Q1/2PqP3/5P2/P1N2R1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3 Qc1 Rg8+ Kh1 Qxf2 ]

b)
Pekka Turkka vs Veikko Hanninen, Helsinki, 1952
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/2n5/3PPb2/1b2n3/1QN5/PP2PPPP/R1B1KBNR b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Qa4 b5 Qd1 Nxc3 Qxd4 c5 ]


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