'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 1896.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
White mates in 2.
Frank Teed vs Eugene Delmar, New York, 1896
rnbqkbn1/ppppp3/7r/6pp/3P1p2/3BP1B1/PPP2PPP/RN1QK1NR w - - 0 1
[ Qxh5+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Fraser vs Farrow, corr., 1896
1rb3k1/ppN2R1p/2n1P1p1/6p1/6B1/8/PPP3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Adolf Albin vs Szymon Winawer, Nuernberg, 1896
r1b2r1k/pp4pp/8/2p3Q1/2Pp1p1n/3PpN2/PPB2qPP/RNB4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3 gxh3 Nxf3 Qg3 Qf1+ ]

d)
White mates in 5
Rotterdam vs Leiden, corr., 1896
4q1kr/p4p2/1p1QbPp1/2p1P1Np/2P5/7P/PP4P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qc7 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Dr Totsa vs N Mascero, Berlin, 1896
rnbq1bnr/ppp1k1pp/8/3pN2Q/2BPp3/8/PPP2PPP/RNB1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ ]

1896 puzzles, pt ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
L Rosen vs Wilhelm Cohn, Eisenach, 1896
5rk1/1pp4p/p1p4R/6q1/3P3R/1PP2p2/P5rP/4Q2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2 if Qf1 Qg2+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Simon Winawer vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Nurenberg, 1896
r2qr2k/ppp3p1/3p3p/3Bn1P1/5Q2/2B5/PPP2PP1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ g6 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Juan Corzo vs Manuel Golmayo, Havana, 1896
3r1r2/pppb1kpp/1q4n1/5NQ1/8/4R3/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 6.
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Dirk Van Foreest, Harlem, 1896
6k1/5pp1/p1n1r2p/2NQ4/1P1p4/P6P/1B1bqPP1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ if Kh2 Bf4+ g3 Qxf2+ ]

e)
White mates in 7.
David Janowski vs Joseph Noa, Budapest, 1896
r1b3kq/p2nrn1p/1p1R1p1B/4p1p1/6N1/1B3P1P/P2Q2P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

See 3 or 4 moves ahead



1896 puzzles, pt iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first..
a)
Black mates in 7.
Reinisch vs K Traxler, Prague, 1896
r1bNk2r/p1pp2pp/8/1pn1p3/8/1BK5/PPPPQbPP/RNB4R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ Kb4 a5+ Kxb5 Ba6+ Kxa5 Bd3+ Kb4 Na6+ ]

b)
Harry Pillsbury vs NN, St Petersberg, 1896
r2b2k1/p1pq1ppp/2pp4/3N3Q/8/2P5/PP3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 ]

c)
Adolf Albin vs Ignacy Von Popiel, Budapest, 1896
r3rkn1/1pqnb1pp/p1p2p2/3p1PPN/3P3B/P1P2Q1P/1P1N4/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 w/Ne6+ & Qh5+ ]

d)
Wilhelm Steinitz vs C Enschede, Haarlem Simul, 1896
3qn1k1/1p2b1pp/p1r1p1r1/n2p2B1/3P2B1/2N3P1/PP2QP1P/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 w/Nxd5 ]

e)
A D Dadiani vs Doubrava, Kiev, 1896
r1bqkbnr/pppnpp1p/3p2p1/8/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ ]

1896 puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Levin vs Simon Alapin, St Petersberg, 1896
r1b1rqk1/p1p2p1p/2p2Bp1/2b1N3/6PQ/2P5/PP3P1P/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 ]

b)
Harry Pillsbury vs George Marco, Nuremberg, 1896
r3r1k1/pb2qp1p/1pp2bpB/8/2P4P/5Q2/PPB2PP1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 ]

c)
Geza Maroczy vs Kopstein, Budapest, 1896
4r2r/1p1k2p1/p6p/3Pp2P/2N1pq2/2RB4/P3KN2/1R6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7+ w/Nd6 ]

d)
NN vs Van Rhein, 1896
r2qk1r1/pppnbp1p/4b3/3pN3/3P1BpP/8/PPP1Q1P1/2K1RB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 w/Bxc7 ]

e)
Riga vs Orel, corr., 1896
7k/1pn4p/p1q2bp1/8/P2B4/1B6/4QPPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb2 ]

1896 puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Weiss vs Briefner, Germany, 1896
r2qk2r/pppbbp1p/2np3B/1B1N4/3PP2P/8/PPP3p1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

b)
Emanuel Schiffers vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Rostov, 1896
4r1k1/pp1n1b2/1qp3p1/4B1P1/P1P4P/3p4/2P1QR1K/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

c)
Ignacy Popiel vs Dawid Janowski, Budapest, 1896
6k1/6pp/2p5/3p4/3PPPnq/8/2Q1R2P/r4NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3 ]

d)
Rezso Charousek vs Mikhail Chigorin, Budapest, 1896
r1b3k1/pp3p2/7p/3Pr2q/5QpP/8/PPP3P1/R1B3KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

e)
Berry1 vs Layzelle, London, 1896
4nrk1/2b4p/p5p1/1p1p1bP1/1Ppq4/P1N5/3QB2R/R4N1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Be4+ Nxe4 Qxe4+ if Rg2 Rf2 Ne3 Qh4+ or if Kg1 Bb6+ ]

f)
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker, Nuernberg, 1896
4r1k1/p1Q2p2/5n1p/2Pp2pq/1P6/P3BP2/6Pr/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kf2 Qh4+ Qg3 Qxg3+ Kxg3 Rxd1 Rxd1 Rxe3 ]

g)
Emanuel Schiffers vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Rostov on Don, 1896
4r1k1/pp3p2/1b3Ppp/3P4/6q1/6NP/P3N2K/Q4R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2+ Nxe2 Qxe2+ if Kh1 Bc7 ]

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