Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer (ECO C95).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7
6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Nb8 10.d4



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)
Paul Keres vs Pal Benko, Bled, 1959
2r3k1/1bpn1p1p/p4bp1/1p6/5BN1/2P4P/PPB2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 ]

b)
Evgeni Vasiukov vs Ratmir Kholmov, Moscow, 1964
4rrk1/1bp2ppp/p4b1B/1pq2B2/6Q1/2P4P/PP3PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 ]

c)
Pentti Palmo vs Eero Boek, corr., 1965
6k1/2q2p1p/p1p2p2/1pn1bP1Q/3r4/1BN4P/PP3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if fxe5 f6 Rf4 Qg5+ Kf8 Qg7+ Ke8 g3 & if Rf5 Qg8+ w/Qg4 ]

d)
Giora Peli vs Reuven Minsker, Tel Aviv, 1965
r2q1rk1/1bp2pb1/3p3p/2nP1B1Q/8/1p5P/PP3PP1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh6 if Qf6 Bxg7 Qxg7 Re3 Rxa2 Rae1 ]

e)
Andres Ferriz Barrios vs Peter Biyiasas, Las Vegas, 1975
3q2k1/r3b2r/p4p2/2pbpP2/2p5/7P/PPB1Q1P1/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be4 if Rd7 Bxd5 Rxd5 Qxc4 ]

Recent C95 Games


C95 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Dusan Treybal vs Jozef Franzen, Stary Smokovec, 1976
r3rbk1/1bq2pp1/pn5p/1pp1pB2/6NB/2P4P/PP3PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6+ if Kh8 Qh5 g6 Nxf7+ ]

b)
Ivar Morovic Fernandez vs Ilir Seitaj, Salonika, 1984
r2qr1k1/1b1nbp2/p4n2/1pp2BBp/6N1/2P4P/PP3PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd7 if Bxg4 hxg4 or if Nxd7 Nh6+ or if hxg4 Bxf6 ]

c)
Maia Chiburdanidze vs Marta Litynska, Tbilisi, 1984
r1b1rnk1/2p2ppp/p7/1pbpP3/3N2Nq/2P1QPnP/PPB3PB/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf4 if Nh5 Nh6+ ]

d)
Andras Meszaros vs Peter Sinkovics, Eger, 1992
4rrk1/1b2bppn/1qp4p/2n1P3/N6B/1p3N1P/BPQ2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Bb1+ w/Nxb6 ]

e)
Michael Braig vs Manfred Vogel, Germany, 1994
r2qr1k1/2p2p1p/p5p1/1p2b3/4R3/1PP4P/PB3PP1/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd8 Raxd8 Rae1 ]

C95 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Stephane Julian vs Denis Nobili, Auxerre, 1996
r1bqr1k1/2pnbppp/p2p1n2/1p2p3/3PP3/1BP2N1P/PP1N1PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ if Kxf7 Ng5+ w/Ne6 ]

b)
Zbynek Hracek vs Christian Gabriel, Bad Homburg, 1997
r3r1k1/1b1n2bp/p1p1qppB/1p1pP3/P7/2PB2NP/1P1Q1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 Kxg7 Bf5 if Qe7 exf6+ Qxf6 Bxd7 or if gxf5 exf6+ Qxf6 Nh5+ ]

c)
Daniel Erlikhman vs Ruben Shocron, USA, 1998
r2qr1k1/1b1n1p2/p2p2pp/1pp5/P3N2b/1BP2N1P/1P2QPP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ Kxf7 Nxd6+ Kf8 Nxe8 Be7 Nc7 ]

d)
Mariano Diez Fraile vs Ramon Quesada Garcia, Binissalem, 2002
2r1r3/5pkp/pqbpnnp1/1p2p1Q1/4P3/2P2NNP/PPB2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ Kg8 Qxf6 gxf5 Rxd6 Qc5 Nxe5 Qxd6 Nxf7 Qe7 Nh6# ]

e)
Yasser Fonseca Rodriguez vs Omar Garcia Benitez, San Nicolas de Bari, 2003
r3rbk1/1bq2p1p/p5p1/Ppp1n1B1/1n2B3/5NNP/1P1Q1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb7 if Nc4 Bxa8 Nxd2 Rxe8 Nxf3 Bxf3 ]

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