Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Machgielis Euwe.
Except where noted it's 'White to move and win'.

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



a) White Mates in 3. Euwe vs H Van Hartingsvelt, Amsterdam, 1920
r3r3/ppp2p1p/5Bp1/3bp3/5k1P/1P1B4/P1P2P2/2K3RR w - - 0 1

b)
White Mates in 5. Euwe vs Wiersma, Amsterdam, 1920
r5k1/pp4bp/1n4pB/q2p4/2pP2B1/2P3Q1/P1P3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Be6+ Kh8 Bxg7+ Kxg7 Rf7+ ]

c)
Euwe vs Henri Weenink, Amsterdam, 1920
4r1k1/ppp2qpp/2r5/3N1P2/4p2n/1Q6/PPP3PP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ if Rxe7 Rd8+ mates ]

d)
Euwe vs E Wiersma Sr, Amsterdam, 1922
4rrk1/ppp2pbp/3q2pn/5bB1/2Bp4/1QPP1N2/PP4PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8 w/Bxh6 & Bxf7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Euwe vs Carsten, Amsterdam, 1922
2r3k1/4p1nR/p3p1p1/4N3/1p2Q3/1P6/P1Pq4/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kh8 Rh7+ or if Kf8 Rg8+ ]



Euwe Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.


a) White Mates in 3. Euwe vs S Lohr, Amsterdam, 1923
1rbk1r2/pp4R1/3Np3/3p2p1/6q1/BP2P3/P2P2B1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1

b)
Euwe vs Johannes Addicks, Amsterdam, 1923
8/p7/5P2/2pP4/7p/1P4k1/P3r3/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf3+ ]

c)
Euwe vs John Graves, Amsterdam, 1923
6k1/3N1r1p/4ppp1/3p4/Q2Pq3/2R5/1r4PK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 if Rxf6 Qe8+ mates ]

d)
Euwe vs B Van Gelder Sr, Amsterdam, 1923
2r2rk1/1b3p2/p4Pp1/1p2P3/4q3/2PQ2R1/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd2 w/Qh6 if Qh4 Rh3 ]

e)
Euwe vs Jacques Mieses, Hastings, 1923
5rk1/ppp3p1/2np1P2/3N3p/2P3q1/8/PP4PP/4QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ f7+ if Kh8 or Kh7 Qe8 ]

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Euwe Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Euwe vs Willem Schelfhout, Amsterdam, 1924
4rk2/pp2npb1/3B1p2/3p4/7r/8/PP2QP2/1KR2B1q w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7+ ]

b)
Euwe vs Petrus van Hoorn, Amsterdam, 1927
4rk2/pp1q1pp1/2p3r1/3pP2R/3P3R/3Q4/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Euwe vs A Van Mindeno, Netherlands, 1927
r1b2rk1/pp3ppp/3p4/3Q1nq1/2B1R3/8/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ ]



d) White Mates in 3. Euwe vs FA Spinhoven, Hague, 1933
2r1b2k/pp2P1p1/6Pn/2p1P1N1/2P5/8/PP6/5RK1 w - - 0 1

e)
White Mates in 6. Euwe vs Reginald Michell, Hastings, 1934
r3rnk1/1b2Bpp1/p2Pp2p/qp2P3/2pb4/2P3R1/P1BQ1PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bf6+ Kg8 Qxh6 ]

Euwe Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 2. Gerard Oskam vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1920
r6k/pp4pp/1b1P4/8/1n4Q1/2N1RP2/PPq3p1/1RB1K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 6. Abraham Speijer vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1921
6k1/p3q3/1b5r/5R2/5pP1/3Q1P2/PP3PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ ]

c)
Moldauer vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1922
rnbq1rk1/pp1p1ppp/2p2n2/4p1B1/1bB1P3/2NP4/PPP1QPPP/R3K1NR b KQ - 0 1
[ ...d5 if Bb3 d4 ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Johannes Meijer vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1923
bn5k/7p/p2p2r1/1p2p3/5p2/2P4q/PP1B1QPP/4N1RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ ]

e)
Reeders vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1923
4rr1k/p1pb2bp/2pp1np1/4q3/2B1PB2/1PN3Q1/P1P3PP/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd4+ if Kh1 Nh5 ]



Euwe Puzzles, Part V. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
John O'Hanlon vs Euwe, Paris, 1924
2rrb1k1/pp3p1p/1b2p1p1/1PnpP3/1RqB1P2/P1P2BN1/5QPP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 ]

b)
Black Mates in 7. Joseph Blake vs Euwe, Weston, 1926
5b1k/6pp/p7/1p5q/5r2/1PP1Q3/P5KP/R5B1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5+ Kh3 Rf3+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 2. Monterinas vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1927
7r/p3ppk1/3p4/2p1P1Kp/2Pb4/3P1QPq/PP5P/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ ]

d)
Willem Schelfhout vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1927
2kr3r/pppqp1bp/6p1/n4p2/1P1PpP2/4P2P/P1PN2P1/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd4 ]

e)
Van Weerings vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1927
2q1r1k1/p4p1p/1p4p1/8/P2B4/3bPP1P/2nN1KP1/3Q3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4 exd4 Re2+ Kg1 Qc3 ]

Euwe Puzzles, Part VI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 4. Allan Nilsson vs Euwe, Hague, 1928
2b3k1/2P2p1p/6p1/8/3pP3/p2PpBP1/P1Q1K2P/q7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1 ]

b)
Frederick Yates vs Euwe, Hastings, 1930
1k6/1p5p/p2b4/3p1p2/P1pP1P1q/2PrB1rP/1P2RQP1/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rdxe3 if Rxe3 Rxh3+ ]

c)
Hans Johner vs Euwe, Zurich, 1934
8/8/p3p3/1pB5/8/3K2kp/PP6/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 ]

d)
Johannes Van Den Bosch vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1936
r1br2k1/p1q1ppb1/2p3p1/8/3Bp3/2Q5/PPP1BPP1/3RK2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 if Rxd4 Qb6 ]

e)
Black Mates in 7. J Fontein vs Euwe, Amsterdam, 1939
2rr2k1/5pp1/pN2pb2/Q7/1R6/P2q4/5PPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1 ]

Euwe Puzzles, Part VII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Van Den Hoek vs Euwe, Hague, 1942
3r2k1/pp3ppp/2pb1n2/4qPQ1/6P1/8/PR3PBP/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ Kf1 Bf4 ]

b)
Black Mates in 6. Victor Soultanbeieff vs Euwe, Maastricht, 1946
3q2k1/2p4p/6pb/1P2p3/1P2P3/Q1R1NrP1/7P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe3+ if Rxe3 Qd1+ or if Kg2 Rf2+ ]

c)
Jan Marwitz vs Euwe, Leiden, 1946
1r4k1/5p1p/4rqp1/8/P1QP4/B5P1/5P1P/2R2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3 ]

d)
Savielly Tartakower vs Euwe, Venice, 1948
r7/1p3k2/1Qpn1p2/8/P3b3/KPP5/3q1P2/2R3R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc4+ if bxc4 Rxa4+ Kxa4 Qa2+ Kb4 Qb2+ Ka4 Qxb6 ]

e)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Euwe, New York, 1951
r5k1/1p1Qqpp1/p1p1n2p/P1N5/1P6/4P3/5PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 ]


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