Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Wilhelm Steinitz.
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)
Steinitz vs Strauss, Vienna, 1860
r5r1/pp2kpBQ/3pn3/6q1/8/8/P4PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 8. Serafino Dubois vs Steinitz, London, 1862
r2Nk2r/ppp5/3p1n2/2b1p3/2BnP1b1/2NP2p1/PPPQ1PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Bxf3 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Steinitz vs Peter Wilson, London, 1862
rnb3kr/ppp4p/3b3B/3Pp2n/2BP4/4KRp1/PPP3q1/RN1Q4 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Bxf8 d6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Steinitz vs O Mongredien, London, 1862
r3k3/pbpqb1r1/1p2Q1p1/3pP1B1/3P4/3B4/PPP4P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6+ Rxg6 Qxg6+ Kd8 Rf8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 10. Steinitz vs J Robey, London, 1862
5k2/b1p3pp/p2pQp2/1q2pP2/1n2P3/2PP3P/6P1/3B3K w - - 0 1
[ Bh5 g6 fxg6 Qe8 Qxf6+ Kg8 gxh7+ ]



Steinitz Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Steinitz vs NN, Manchester, 1864
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/1b2Pn2/8/2Bp4/BnP2N2/P4PPP/RN2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ exf7+ Kd7 Be6+ Kc6 Ne5+ Kb5 Bc4+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Steinitz vs Valentine Green, London, 1864
rn2k3/p1pb3p/8/1BqPP3/6pP/2P3P1/P1P1Q2K/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg4 Qxd5 (if Bxb5 Qc8+ & Qf8+) Qh5+ Ke7 Qxh7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Steinitz vs G Barry, Dublin, 1865
1r4k1/p1p2p1p/r2p1PB1/1p4P1/3B4/1P6/P1P5/1K2n2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ Kf8 (if Kh8 g6 Rg8 g7+) Bf5 Kg8 g6 ]

d)
Steinitz vs Henry Bird, London, 1866
r1b1kb1r/ppp2ppp/2n1p3/6B1/3P2q1/3B1N2/PPP2PPP/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ h3 if Qxg2 Rh2 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Minchin vs Steinitz, London, 1866
1k6/p1p3pp/bpn1B3/8/8/P1b5/3r1PPP/2Q3KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 Bg4 Ne2+ Bxe2 h4 Rd1+ ]

Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, Hastings, 1895


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Steinitz Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Steinitz vs V Beljaev, London, 1866
rnbk2r1/ppp2Q1p/8/1B1Pp1q1/8/2N3B1/PPP3P1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg8+ Ke7 Qxg5+ Kd6 Ne4+ ]

b)
Steinitz vs J Czarnowski, Paris, 1867
3r2r1/pbq1kp2/1n2pn1p/2b3p1/B1PN4/4B2P/P2QNPP1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ Bxc6 Bxc5+ Ke8 Bxc6 ]

c)
Steinitz vs Szymon Winawer, Paris, 1867
r1q1k2r/ppp2p2/1n3Ppp/3pN3/3Pn1Q1/B1P5/P1P3PP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6 Qe6 (if fxg6 f7+ mates) Qg7 0-0-0 Nxf7 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Steinitz vs Adolf Stern, Baden-Baden, 1870
r1br3k/pp5p/3pp1RB/4P2Q/3q4/4R3/P1P3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ w/Bf6+ & Rg8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Steinitz vs Louis Paulsen, Vienna, 1882
1k5r/pp2r3/3b4/P2B4/2Pq1PQ1/1R4RP/1P5K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qg8+ if Re8 Rxb7+ w/Qg4+ ]

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Steinitz Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Steinitz vs Martinez, Philadelphia, 1882
2r1kb1r/R6p/1pn2p2/6pn/1P2Pp2/2PB1N2/2K3PP/2B4R w - - 0 1
[ Bb5 w/Nd4 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Steinitz vs Max Weiss, Vienna, 1882
4rkr1/2q3pQ/2b1pb2/p3N3/3p1P2/1P1P3B/1BP2R1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba3+ Qd6 Bxd6+ Be7 Bxe6 Bxd6 Ng6# ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Steinitz vs C Maurian, New Orleans, 1883
qr6/1b1p1krQ/p2Pp1p1/4PP2/1p1B1n2/3B4/PP3K1P/2R2R2 w - - 0 1
[ fxg6+ ]

d)
Steinitz vs Zoran Devide, New York, 1890
r1bq3k/pppp1Qp1/7p/4b3/2B5/8/P4PPP/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Bf6 Bxf6 gxf6 Re1 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Steinitz vs Mikhail Chigorin, Havana, 1892
4rr1k/1ppb3p/2q3p1/p7/3n4/1BP1B3/PP3PP1/2K2Q1R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh1+ Bh3 Qxh3+ Kg7 Qh6+ Kf6 w/Qh4+ & Bh6+ ]



Steinitz Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Steinitz vs N Jasnogrodsky, New York, 1894
6rk/1pp1qp1p/r1b4Q/n3pPp1/p3P2P/1PP2N2/P1B4K/R2R4 w - - 0 1
[ f6 if Qf8 Nxg5 ]

b)
Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker, New York, 1894
3r1r2/p1q3bk/2p2pb1/1pn4p/4P2P/2P2Q2/PPB2N2/R1B1K1R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 w/Qf5+ Qxh5+ & Qxc5 ]

c)
White Mates in 9. Steinitz vs Kurt Von Bardeleben, Hastings, 1895
r1r4k/pp1q2R1/5pp1/3p2N1/6Q1/8/PP3PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4+ Kxg7 Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ Ke7 Qg7+ ]

d)
Steinitz vs C Enschede, Harlem, 1896
3qn1k1/1p2b1pp/p1r1p1r1/n2p2B1/3P2B1/2N3P1/PP2QP1P/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 Qxe7 Nxd5 Qd6 Nf4 Rf6 Nxe6 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Steinitz vs R Van Dam, Harlem, 1896
r6r/pp1b2pk/2pp1pR1/4qP2/4P3/3P1Q1P/PP1B4/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ Kg8 Rxg7+ Kxg7 Rg1+ ]

f)
Steinitz vs W Meiners, Harlem, 1896
r5nk/pppr2pp/5p2/n1qNpP1Q/4P3/1BP5/PP4PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 ]

g)
White Mates in 2. Steinitz vs Herbert Trenchard, Vienna, 1898
r2qrb2/p1pn1Qp1/1p4Nk/4PR2/3n4/7N/P5PP/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Ne7 ]


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