Here are some chess puzzles from the Zurich, 1953 tournament.
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)
White Mates in 4. Max Euwe vs Miguel Najdorf, Zurich, 1953
6Q1/pb1p4/1pnP1k1p/2pB1q1P/2P5/6P1/P5NK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Kg5 Qg7+ Kxh5 g4+ ]

b)
Alexander Kotov vs Mark Taimanov, Zurich, 1953
5bk1/2B2pp1/1p2b2p/1Pp2N1P/2PpB1Q1/3P2P1/5PK1/1nq5 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 if Nd2 Qe2 or if Qc2 Nxh6+ mates ]

c)
Mark Taimanov vs Efim Geller, Zurich, 1953
3qr1k1/1R1n1p2/p2p2p1/2pPp1P1/b1P1P3/P4QPB/5N2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd7 Bxd7 Ng4 if Re7 Qf6 or if Kf8 Nf6 w/Qh1 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Mark Taimanov vs Tigran Petrosian, Zurich, 1953
r5k1/2q1Bb1p/4nQpP/p2pPp2/2pP1P2/2P3R1/6P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ if hxg6 Kf2 ]

e)
Black Mates in 5. Isaak Boleslavsky vs Paul Keres, Zurich, 1953
r5k1/2Q4p/p5pB/1p3p2/4nP2/3q3P/P2n2PK/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

f)
Black Mates in 4. Svetozar Gligoric vs Paul Keres, Zurich, 1953
8/1kp5/1p2P3/p7/P2PnPP1/4q2r/4N1Q1/2R2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ if Ng1 Qxc1+ ]


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