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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Robert Byrne.
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)
White mates in 5.
Robert Byrne vs Hans Berliner, New York, 1960
6Q1/3RNp1p/3P2pk/8/3b1P2/6P1/Pn1q1B1P/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ Kh5 Qxh7+ Kg4 Qh3+ ]

b)
Robert Byrne vs Wolfgang Pietzsch, Havana, 1966
4k3/1R5p/1p1B1Pb1/2p5/8/7r/PP6/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ f7+ if Bxf7 Re7+ ]

c)
Robert Byrne vs Geber Villarroel, Lugano, 1968
4r1k1/1b3p1p/pq2n1p1/np1pP1B1/3P1NPQ/P1rB1P2/6KP/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Rxe6 Bd8 or if fxe6 Bxg6 hxg6 Bf6 mates ]

d)
Robert Byrne vs Edmar Mednis, New York, 1972
6n1/1p1k2P1/p2p4/5N2/5K2/1P2R3/P1r5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ if Nxe7 Nxe7 or if Kd8 Rf7 ]

e)
Robert Byrne vs Robert Jamieson, Nice, 1974
4r3/1pr2pkp/3R4/3BpQpq/p3P3/P1P2PP1/1P4KP/8 w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Qh4 Qf6+ w/Rd8 ]

Robert Byrne Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Byrne vs Jonathan Penrose, Nice, 1974
8/k4p2/1pBBb3/p1n1P3/1P4p1/P1Q5/1KP5/7q w - - 0 1
[ Qxc5 ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Robert Byrne vs Robert Jamieson, Haifa, 1976
3nr3/3kq3/p3p3/1p6/2pPQB1P/P1P3PB/2P5/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Kc8 Qa8+ Kd7 Qa7+ ]

c)
Robert Byrne vs Andrew Soltis, Mentor, 1977
1nb2r2/6kp/4B1p1/1rN1p3/6P1/4RP1P/8/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc8 w/Ne6+ ]

d)
Robert Byrne vs Gonzalez Angel Martin, Montilla, 1977
5rk1/pq1nppb1/3p2p1/3P1r1p/2P5/4BP2/P2QN1PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ng3 w/Bg5 or Bf4 ]

e)
Robert Byrne vs Enver Bukic, Bugojno, 1978
R7/4rpkp/P5p1/8/r5P1/6B1/1b5P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bd6 if Rd7 Bf8+ mates ]

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Robert Byrne Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Byrne vs Wislow, New York, 1986
r4rk1/1b1nbpp1/pp5p/3P1P2/P3n2P/1N2q1B1/1PP3BK/R2Q1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf3 ]

b)
Robert Byrne vs Bergquist, Chicago, 1989
r2qk2r/1bpp1ppp/3b1n2/p3p3/BpPnP3/P2P1N2/1P1N1PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 exd4 e5 Bxe5 Re1 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Robert Byrne vs Henrijeta Konarkowska-Sokolov, Palma de Majorca, 1989
4r1k1/2q2pbR/p2p4/1p3BPQ/4PB2/R7/1Pr4P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 (if Kf8 Bxd6+) Qh6+ Kg8 Bh7+ Kh8 Qf6+ ]

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