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Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Alexander Alekhine.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
Black mates in 4.
A Giese vs Alexander Alekhine, Moscow, 1905
2k4r/ppp2p2/2b2B2/7p/6pP/2P1q1bP/PP3N2/R4QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh2+ Kxh2 Qf4+ ]

b)
Benjamin Blumenfeld vs Alexander Alekhine, Moscow, 1908
3r1b1k/pp4p1/2p1Qp2/5N2/PP2Pp2/2Pq4/5PKP/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f3+ if Kg1 Qxf1+ ]

c)
Alexander Alekhine vs V. Rosanov, Moscow, 1908
rn1qkn2/pb3pQ1/1pp1p3/3pP3/3P3b/2N5/PPP2PP1/R1B1K2R w KQq - 0 1
[ Rxh4 if Qxh4 Bg5 Qh1+ Kd2 Qxa1 Qf6 mates ]

d)
Alexander Alekhine vs Gutkevitsch, Tula, 1910
r2qnrk1/pp1nbppp/2p1b2B/3p3N/3P1Q1P/2NB4/PPP2PP1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 if Nxg7 Qh6 mates ]

e)
Alexander Alekhine vs Oskar Tenner, Cologne, 1911
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/8/2p1n2n/2B1P1b1/3PBN2/PPP3PP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Bxd1 Bxf7+ Ke7 Bxc5+ ]

Alexander Alekhine Puzzles: Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe, The Hague, 1921
r1br2k1/1p2q2p/3b1ppQ/1B2n1N1/Pp6/4P3/1B3PPP/2R1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 w/Bc4+ ]

b)
Alexander Alekhine vs Frederick Yates, London, 1922
r4r1k/2R2Rp1/b3pN1p/3p1p1P/p2P1K2/Pp2PPP1/1P6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Rxf6 Rxh7+ mates ]

c)
Ernst Gruenfeld vs Alexander Alekhine, Pistyan, 1922
2r3k1/3Q1pp1/4p3/p2n4/P2P1b1p/5B1P/1Bq2PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf6 if Qb5 Rb8 ]

d)
Torres vs Alexander Alekhine, Sevilla, 1922
5r1k/1b4p1/p6p/4Pp1q/2pNnP2/7N/PPQ3PP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3 if gxh3 Nf2+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Alexander Alekhine vs West, Portsmouth, 1923
r1b3kn/1pq1r1p1/2p4p/p2pP2N/3N1P2/3Q2RP/PP4P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/Qh7 ]

Alexander Alekhine Puzzles: Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Alekhine vs O. Blaut & Prils, Antwerp, 1923
1n2r3/2pq1k2/pb1pNpp1/3P4/5RP1/3Q3P/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Alekhine vs Freeman, New York, 1924
4Rnk1/pr3ppp/1p3q2/5NQ1/2p5/8/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ Qxh6 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Qd8# ]

c)
Alexander Alekhine vs Manfred Schroder, New York, 1924
2kr1b1r/pppnpppp/1q3nb1/3P4/5BP1/2N1N2P/PPP2P2/R2QKB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 traps the Q ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Alekhine vs K Meck, Basel, 1925
6r1/6rk/pq1P4/1p2p1pB/2p1P2Q/2P3RP/PP4PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bg6+ Kxg6 Qxg5+ ]

e)
Alexander Alekhine vs Edgar Colle, Paris, 1925
3r2k1/p2r1pp1/1pQ3p1/3P2q1/P7/6P1/5P1P/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7 ]

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Alexander Alekhine Puzzles: Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Karel Opocensky vs Alexander Alekhine, Paris, 1925
1k1n3r/1pp5/p4p2/3p1qp1/PP1P4/2P2NPp/4QP1P/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 ]

b)
White mates in 10.
Alexander Alekhine vs F Segovia, Buenos Aires, 1926
r1bq3k/n2p3p/p2Br3/1pP2N2/5R2/1QP5/P3B1PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6 dxe6 Be5+ if Kg8 Nh6# ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Alekhine vs Pita, Buenos Aires, 1926
rnb1r1k1/ppp1Bp1p/6pQ/3p4/8/2qB4/P1P2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 ]

d)
Alexander Alekhine vs Wechsler, Brooklyn, 1929
3rk2r/p3bqp1/Pp3nQ1/4R3/2P5/1P4Pp/1B3P1P/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ w/Ba3+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Alekhine vs Goluvsky, Belgrade, 1930
r1bn1k1r/ppp2ppp/1b1p3n/2qNp1N1/2B1P2Q/2PP4/PP4PP/R1BK1R2 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ Nxe6 Qe7+ Kg8 Qe8 Nf8 Nf7# ]

Alexander Alekhine Puzzles: Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Alekhine vs Asmundur Asgeirsson, Reykjavik, 1931
r5r1/1p1b1kpR/p3p3/2q1P1Q1/8/2N5/PPP2PP1/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 w/Nd6+ ]

b)
Alexander Alekhine vs Vasic, Graz, 1931
r1bqk2r/p1pn1pp1/1p2pn1p/8/3P4/B1PB4/P1P1QPPP/R3K1NR w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6+ ]

c)
Alexander Alekhine vs M Hawley, Chicago, 1933
r2q1nk1/pb2rppp/1p2p3/3pP1NQ/3PN3/8/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

d)
Alexander Alekhine vs NN, 1933
r1bq2kr/p1pp1ppp/1pn1p3/4P3/2Pb2Q1/BR6/P4PPP/3K1BNR w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ w/Rg3+ ]

e)
Alexander Alekhine vs Baljet & Lindenaar, Bandoeng, 1933
2r3k1/p2b1n1p/3P2p1/2p2p2/qp3B1Q/6P1/1P3PBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5 mates ]

Alexander Alekhine Puzzles: Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Alekhine vs Abraham Baratz, Paris, 1933
rr2n1k1/5p1p/p1R3p1/1p1N4/8/P7/1P3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Ra7 Nc8 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Alekhine vs Stegerhoek, Malang, 1933
5k2/R5p1/7p/3bN3/P7/7P/rr3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Alekhine vs Emanuel Lasker, Zurich, 1934
3r1rn1/pp1n2kp/1qpN1pp1/6Q1/4P3/1B1R4/PP3PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ w/Qxg6 ]

d)
White mates in 7
Alexander Alekhine vs Efim Bogoljubov, Germany, 1934
5R2/rb5Q/pN4p1/P3rp2/1p1p1k1P/3B2q1/1P4P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ g5 Rxf5+ Rxf5 Qd6+ ]

e)
Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe, Netherlands, 1935
r1bq1rk1/p4ppp/4p3/2R1P3/P2n4/5N2/2Q1BPPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 w/Bf3 ]

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Alexander Alekhine Puzzles: Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Alekhine vs Samuel Reshevsky, Kemeri, 1937
Rnk5/1p4pp/1Pp2pq1/2B1r3/1P6/7P/3r2PQ/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb8+ if Kxb8 Qxe5+ mates ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Ernesto Rotunno vs Alexander Alekhine, Montevideo, 1938
6k1/1p5p/2P1p3/pP1pN2q/P2Qpr2/7b/5R1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 if Nf3 Rg4+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Alexander Alekhine vs Fahardo, Montevideo, 1939
4r3/pbpn2n1/1p1prp1k/8/2PP2PB/P5N1/2B2R1P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ ]

d)
Alexander Alekhine vs Navarro, Madrid, 1940
r3kb1r/pp1nn1p1/2p2qpp/4p3/3P2QP/4B1N1/PPP2PP1/R3KB1R w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 ]

e)
Alexander Alekhine vs Oldrich Novotny, Prague, 1943
5qk1/r1nr2p1/p2p1pPp/P1p1pP1Q/1pP3NP/1P1P1P2/3K2R1/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6+ w/g7 ]

f)
Friedrich Saemisch vs Alexander Alekhine, Prague, 1943
6r1/1bp2k1p/3r4/1p2pp2/pP6/2P2P2/RPN1RKPP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd5 Ra1 Bc4 ]

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