Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vera Menchik.
White to move and win except where noted.

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

a)
Black to Move and Win. Stevenson vs Vera Menchik, Hamburg, 1930
r4rk1/4q1p1/p1npb2p/2p1p2n/PpP1Pp2/1P1P1N1P/2BNQPPR/R6K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Vera Menchik vs George Thomas, London, 1932
r5rk/q1pb1p1p/1p1p1PpQ/2nPp2P/2P1P3/2N2P2/Pp6/1K1R1BR1 w - - 0 1
[ hxg6 ]

c)
Vera Menchik vs Brian Reilly, Margate, 1935
r3r1k1/p2n3p/1p2p3/3qBpp1/2pP4/2P1P3/P2Q1PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e4 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Vera Menchik vs Victor Buerger, Margate, 1937
3k1rr1/4n2R/5p2/1p2pPp1/4P1P1/2QP1K2/4N2R/3q4 w - - 0 1
[ Qa5+ ]

e)
Vera Menchik vs Sonja Graf, Semmering, 1937
r4rk1/pbq1bp2/1p2p1p1/6Np/2P3n1/2B4Q/PPB2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 ]

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