Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (ECO C85).1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.
White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Josef Kupper vs Theo Van Scheltinga, Lucerne, 1963
5rk1/r4p2/p1pq2pp/1p2N3/4P2b/3P1R2/1PP3PQ/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6 if Qxg6 Qxh4 Kh7 Rg3 if Qe6 Rf6 ]

b)
John Hawes vs V Huuskonen, corr., 1973
2qb1rk1/2p2bpp/1pp2p2/2P1nN2/1P2P3/8/1B1NQPPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if fxe5 Qg4 Bf6 Nh6+ w/Nxf7+ ]

c)
Juan Morgado vs Julio Luna, Argentina, 1983
r7/1pp1brpk/p4pp1/2p1pP2/7q/3P4/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf3 if Kg8 fxg6 Rff8 Rh3 Qd4 Rh8+ mates ]

d)
S Stachanczyk vs Roman Mus, corr., 1989
r1bq1bk1/3n1rpp/p1p2p2/1ppNpN2/4PP2/3P4/PPPB2PP/R3QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba5 ]

e)
Gojko Laketic vs R De Rosa, Mendrisio, 1989
2r2rk1/1ppn1p1p/p1p2Pp1/4p2q/4P1NP/3P2Q1/PPP3P1/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf5 if gxf5 Nh6+ mates ]

Recent C85 Games

C85 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Larry Christiansen vs John Nunn, Cologne, 1989
r2kr3/1pp1bppp/p2n4/3NN3/3P1B2/1b6/5PPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ if Nxf7 Bxc7+ mates or if Kd7 Rxc7# ]

b)
Petra Blazkova vs Alena Koubkova, Svetla nad Sazavou, 1994
r3r2k/2pbq1pp/p1pb1p2/1pn4Q/3NPP2/1P6/PBPN2PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 fxe5 fxe5 Bxe5 N4f3 ]

c)
Alex Dunne vs David Fenster, Philadelphia, 1996
r2q1rk1/1b2b1pp/p1p2p2/2pPpN2/Ppn1P3/5N2/1P3PPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ dxc6 Bxc6 Qb3 ]

d)
Jesper Lauridsen vs Cristian Faig, Buenos Aires, 1998
2kr3r/2pb1ppp/pp6/2p2P1q/4P3/2PRB1P1/P1P2Q1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd2 ]

C85 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
r1b1k3/1pp1q3/p1pb2p1/4P3/4P2r/1P6/PBPN3P/R2Q1R1K b q - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Kxh2 Qh4+ Kg2 Bh3+ Kf3 Bg4+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Gary Kitts vs David Moody, Dearborn, 1986
2k3rr/2p5/1ppb1p2/p3pP2/P3P1p1/1P1P3q/4QP1N/R3B1KR b - - 0 1
[ ...g3 ]

c)
Fred Bender vs James Rizzitano, Chicago, 1989
r4rk1/1pp3pp/p1p5/4p2q/4Pp2/2NP1Pbb/PPP1Q2N/R3B1RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh2 if Qxh2 Qxf3+ Rg2 Rf6 ]

d)
Gary Lane vs Sergey Smagin, Hastings, 1990
8/4rppk/pprRbn1p/2p5/8/1NN5/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd6 ]

e)
Paolo Vezzosi vs Giulio Lagumina, Forli, 1991
2brr1k1/1pp3pp/p1pb2q1/4B3/5P1Q/1P6/P1PRN1PP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be7 if Qxe7 Rxd2 ]

C85 Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Heinz Huenerkopf vs Juraj Nikolac, Munich, 1992
3rq1k1/2p2rpp/bpp2p2/p7/3RP3/P1Q2PB1/1PP2RPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Andrej Sustarsic vs Janko Potrata, corr., 1993
1r2k3/2pn1p2/p1Qb3p/7q/3PP3/2P1BN1b/PP1N1Pr1/RR5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg1+ if Nxg1 Bf1+ ]

c)
Neil McDonald vs Peter Wells, London, 1998
r2qk1r1/1pp1bp1p/p1p1bp2/8/8/3P1N2/PPP1QP1K/RNB1R3 b q - 0 1
[ ...Qd5 if Kh1 Bd6 ]

d)
Bozidar Ivanovic vs Aleksandar Geler, Herceg Novi, 2006
r1b2rk1/2p3pp/1pp1n3/2b1QNq1/p6N/1P1R4/PBP2PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ Kxf2 Qxh4+ if Rg3 Ra5 ]

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