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Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Jose Raul Capablanca.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Black to move and win. R Raubitschek vs Capablanca, New York, 1906
2k3r1/ppp1qp2/4bQ2/8/3P2r1/N1P5/PP3RP1/R1B3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ if Kf1 Bc4+ mates ]

b)
Black to move and win. A Pulvermarcher vs Capablanca, New York, 1907
r2q1rk1/ppp2ppp/5n2/2b1P1B1/Q3P1b1/2P5/PP4PP/RN2KB1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Frank Marshall vs Capablanca, New York, 1909
1r1r1nk1/pp2qppp/8/PBpp1b2/R2P4/Q1P1PN2/1R3PPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...a6 if Be2 Bd7 ]



d) White Mates in 3. Capablanca vs TA Carter, St. Louis, 1909

e)
Capablanca vs Michelsen, New York, 1910
r1b3r1/pp1k1q1p/2n2pN1/3p1N2/3P4/5Q1R/5PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 ]



Capablanca Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Capablanca vs Harry Morris, New York, 1911
2r3rk/3q1p1p/5p2/1p1p1b2/2pN3R/P1P1R3/1P3PPP/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7 ]

b)
Capablanca vs H. Zirn, New York, 1912
5rk1/pb4q1/1pr3B1/2ppp3/8/1P5Q/P1P3PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ ]

c)
Capablanca vs Oscar Chajes, New York, 1913
rq2rb2/2p2kpQ/p6p/1p2P3/1Pn2P2/PB6/6PP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc4 ]

d)
Capablanca vs Edward Lasker, London, 1913
8/7p/p7/4kpPP/3p4/3K4/P7/8 w - - 0 1
[ h6 ]

e)
Akiba Rubinstein vs Capablanca, New York, 1913
r3r1k1/ppq2ppp/2pp1bn1/5N2/2PBPn2/1P1B1Q1P/P4PP1/2R1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd4 Nxd4 Ne5 Qxf4 Nxd3 ]

An Epic Mate by Capablanca



Capablanca Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Osip Bernstein vs Capablanca, Moscow, 1914
3r2k1/p4ppp/1q6/2r5/8/2R1P3/P3QPPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 if Rxc3 Qb2 ]

b)
White Mates in 8. Capablanca vs Masyutin, Kiev, 1914
r1bq1n1r/pp3QpB/2pkpb2/3pN3/3P4/2N5/PPP3PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4+ dxc4 Ne4+ Kd5 Rf5+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. M Schroeder vs Capablanca, New York, 1916
r1b1r1k1/p1q2pp1/2pb3p/n7/2PP2n1/2NQ1N2/PP2B1PP/R1B1K2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg3+ if Kf1 Nf2 or if hxg3 Qxg3+ Kd2 Nf2 ]

d)
Capablanca vs Marc Fonaroff, New York, 1918
5rk1/ppq2ppp/2p5/4bN2/4P3/6Q1/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ w/Qxe5 & Nxf7+ ]

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924



Capablanca Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Capablanca vs Scott, Hastings, 1919
1brrk3/pbq2p2/1p2pQ1N/3p4/2P5/1P4P1/P1B2P1P/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ ]



b) White Mates in 3. Capablanca vs Emanuel Lasker, Havana, 1921
2Q2n2/2R4p/1p1qpp1k/8/3P3P/3B2P1/5PK1/r7 w - - 0 1
Arthur Jagiella caught the cook. Thx!

c)
White Mates in 5. Capablanca vs S Cohen, New York, 1924
2k5/pR6/3Ppr2/2pp3q/7p/1PQ5/PKPP4/6r1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc5+ ]

d)
Capablanca vs Nikolai Zubarev, Moscow, 1925
4r3/3q3p/p2Pkpp1/4b3/P3Q3/6PP/5P2/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc4+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Fedor Bohatirchuk vs Capablanca, Moscow, 1925
2r1r1k1/1p3ppp/p7/2bN4/Pq1B1Pn1/1P6/1P1Q2PP/2RR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 ]

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Capablanca Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Capablanca vs A Souza Campos, Sao Paulo, 1927
3r2k1/pb1p1rp1/1pn2pp1/2qNp1B1/2B1P3/7R/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

b)
Capablanca vs Alexander Alekhine, Buenos Aires, 1927
6rk/p5p1/1pQ1Np1p/8/3B3P/4P1P1/5PK1/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7 ]

c)
Capablanca vs NN, Havana, 1927
1nr2rk1/p5pp/1pq1bb2/2Np1p2/1pRP4/1P2P1P1/3N1PBP/2Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 w/Bxd5 & Rxc8 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Capablanca vs Edgar Colle, Barcelona, 1929
q2r2k1/1p2Qpb1/p2pP1p1/2nP4/5Pp1/1P2B3/P1R3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ exf7+ Kh7 f5 ]



e) White Mates in 3. Capablanca vs Gunnar Friedmann, Cuernavaca, 1933



Capablanca Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Capablanca vs Gracie Sq CC, New York, 1931
5r2/6k1/p1r3p1/5PQ1/2q1PN2/1p6/P6P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ f6+ ]

b)
Capablanca vs Ribera, Barcelona simul, 1935
r1br1q1k/p3nQp1/1p2p3/2p3NN/7P/8/PPP2PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Capablanca vs Vilaro, Barcelona, 1935
8/8/2r1p1BR/3p2p1/3P4/1p2Pk2/1n3P2/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rh3+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Milan Vidmar Sr vs Capablanca, Nottingham, 1936
r2q1rk1/2bb1pp1/2p1p2p/1pPn4/3PN3/pP3BN1/P1Q2PPP/1K1RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba5 if Rf1 f5 ]

e)
Capablanca vs Boris Ratner, New York, 1936
r2q1r1k/1p2pp1p/p4n2/2pp2Q1/4p3/2NP2P1/PPP2PK1/R6R w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if Qxd5 Rxh7+ if Rg8 Nxf6 ]

Morrison vs Capablanca, 1918



Capablanca Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Capablanca vs Nicolas Rossolima, Paris, 1938
r5k1/5pp1/Br5p/2R1n3/8/1pK1PP2/1P5P/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 ]



b) White Mates in 3. Capablanca vs Vera Menchik, Margate, 1939

c)
Capablanca vs George Wheatcroft, Margate, 1939
3r4/p1N1npbp/1pn2kp1/2p1p3/2b1P3/2P1B1P1/PP1RNPBP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd8 & Ne8+ ]



d) White Mates in 3. Capablanca vs G Vassaux, Buenos Aires, 1939


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