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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ossip Bernstein.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
Ossip Bernstein vs Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, St Petersburg, 1909
3r3k/p1rn3p/1p2Qp2/6q1/3P2P1/5P2/P1P4R/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe7 Qg8 Rxh7+ Qxh7 Qxd8+ Nf8 Qxf8+ ]

b)
Ossip Bernstein vs Adolf Staehelin, Bern, 1932
4R3/p4r1k/1p3r2/3P1P1P/6P1/4Q1K1/P7/q7 w - - 0 1
[ g5 w/g6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Ossip Bernstein vs Oskar Naegeli, Bern, 1932
6rk/4n1rp/1p1q4/p2PpPNQ/4P2p/3n4/PP4RK/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Rxf7 Rxg8+ w/Qxf7 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Henry Grob vs Ossip Bernstein, Bern, 1932
7k/6p1/2p3pp/1p4qn/4r3/2Pr2P1/PP2BP1K/1Q3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4+ gxh4 Rh3+ Kxh3 Nf4+ ]

Ossip Bernstein Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
H Joss vs Ossip Bernstein, Zurich, 1934
2r2rk1/5ppp/3p4/1p3P2/3n4/P1NPq1P1/1Q3R1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 ]

b)
J Stone vs Ossip Bernstein, London, 1946
8/4R3/5pp1/2k4p/2n4P/6P1/4pPK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5 if Rc7+ Nc6 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Ossip Bernstein vs Alexander Kotov, Groningen, 1946
R6R/1r3pp1/4p1kp/3pP3/1r2qPP1/7P/1P1Q3K/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5+ exf5 Qxh6+ gxh6 Rag8# ]

d)
Ossip Bernstein vs Flavio Carvalho, Montevideo, 1954
8/p5p1/1p2k3/8/8/n1r1N1N1/P1b2P1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne2 if Rc8 Nxc2 Nxc2 Nd4+ ]

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