Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Christian Bauer.
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 2. Bauer vs Stefan Schneider, Zagan, 1997
3RN1k1/rb3pP1/p6p/1pp3b1/P1p5/2P5/2B2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

b)
Bauer vs Brandon Burrows, New York, 2000
r2q1rk1/2p2ppp/1p3b2/pQ1nN3/3P4/2P5/P2B1PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Bauer vs Paul Roberts, Saint Vincent, 2003
r2q1kn1/2p2p2/8/p2N4/1p2PNnr/8/PPP2Q2/1K1R1B2 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Ke8 Bb5+ ]

d)
Bauer vs Sergei Shipov, Internet, 2003
r5k1/pp1r1pbp/2pNb1p1/2q1n3/5Q2/1PB3P1/P2RPPBP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 Qb5 Nf6+ Bxf6 Qxf6 ]

e)
Bauer vs Bernardo De Oliveira, Internet, 2003
5rk1/1br1ppbp/1q1p1np1/pp6/2nPP3/P1NB1N1P/1P2QPP1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ a4 if b4 Nb5 ]



Bauer Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Bauer vs Cyril Marzolo, France, 2004
r2r1bk1/pb3pqp/1pnBp1p1/1B6/3PN3/2P3Q1/P4PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc7 if Rdc8 Bxc6 Bxc6 Be5 ]

b)
Bauer vs Gabriel Sargissian, Internet, 2004
1n1q1rk1/r1p2ppp/p3pb2/1p6/2NPB3/4P1P1/PP3P1P/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 h6 Qc5 ]

c)
Bauer vs Charles Monroy, Paris, 2006
3rk1r1/1q3p1p/N1n1p3/1p6/1b1P1np1/P3P3/2Q1BPPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb5 Kf8 Bxc6 Qxa6 axb4 ]

d)
Bauer vs Olivier Renet, Aix les Bains, 2007
rn1qnbk1/1bp3pp/p7/1p1pP3/3p4/PBP2Q1P/1P3PP1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Qxg5 Bxd5 ]

e)
Bauer vs Olivier Poisson, France, 2008
1r3nk1/2q4p/1n1p1Q2/1ppP4/4P1rN/1PP5/2B3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if Rg6 Ne7+ ]

Bauer Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 5. Bauer vs Cyril Marcelin, France, 2009
3rnrk1/1ppq1pp1/p2p1b1B/Pn1PpN2/8/2PB3Q/1P3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 ]

b)
Bauer vs Antonio Fernandes, San Sebastian, 2009
2q2rk1/r3b2p/2p1pn2/1pPpBp1b/pP1PnN2/P3P1PP/6BN/R3QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe4 dxe4 Bxf6 Rxf6 Nxh5 ]

c)
Bauer vs Jose Gonzalez Garcia, Lugo, 2009
2r1n3/pp1rbk1p/4pp2/2p5/2NPPp2/N4PPB/PP2K2P/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ d5 ]

d)
Bauer vs Francisco Galindo Rodriguez, Melilla, 2011
1r4k1/2qn1p2/1Np2b1p/p1Pp2p1/3P4/P3RNP1/2Q2P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Christian Bauer vs Jose Cuenca Jimenez, Leon, 11/7/2012
2q1rbk1/8/4np1B/p2pPBp1/bp1P2P1/5NK1/5P2/1Q5R w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6+ Rxe6 Qg6+ ]

Bauer Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Chiel Van Oosterom vs Christian Bauer, Belgium, 1/29/2012
8/3p2k1/5pp1/2QB3p/1BP3nP/1P4P1/P2P1PK1/1q5r b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ Kf3 Qd3+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Christian Bauer vs Eric Prie, Montpellier, 2014
r2q1b1r/pp5p/2p2Qb1/5N1k/2PP4/8/PP3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re4 Qxf6 g4+ Kg5 h4# ]

c)
Christian Bauer vs Vladimir Burmakin, Cappelle la Grande, 2016
8/6k1/2nq2pp/3B1pB1/2P2P2/1r5P/6PK/4Q3 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8 if hxg5 Qg8+ mates ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Christian Bauer vs Rasmus Svane, Basel, 2017
Q7/5pk1/4q1p1/3p1p2/2nP1Q1P/5P1K/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ if Kxh6 Qh8# or if Kf6 Qhh8+ ]

e)
Robby Kevlishvili vs Christian Bauer, Basel, 2017
r1r3k1/npq2ppp/3Qb3/p3p3/B3Nn2/P1B5/1PP2PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ if Kb1 Qc4 Bb3 Qxe4 or if Kd2 Nxc3 bxc3 Rd8 ]


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