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

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

a)
Vasja Pirc vs Hermann Steiner, Prague, 1931
r3r1k1/1b1q1pp1/p3pn1p/1p6/7B/P1N1PN2/1PQ2PPP/1B4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Qc7 Bxf6 gxf6 Qh7+ w/Ng6 or if Qd8 Bxf6 Qxf6 Qh7+ w/Nd7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 6.
Aaron Nimzowitsch vs Vasja Pirc, Bled, 1931
3r2k1/1b5p/pB1b1pq1/1p6/8/1P1p2P1/P2NrP1P/1Q1R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg3 if fxg3 Rg2+ Kh1 Qh5 Nf3 Bxf3 or if hxg3 Qh5 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Endre Steiner vs Vasja Pirc, Ujpest, 1934
7r/4kp2/4pp2/1pPq4/1P1B1P2/3Qn1pP/r3R3/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg2+ Rxg2 Rxg2+ Kh1 Rxh3# ]

d)
J Creevey vs Vasja Pirc, Warsaw, 1935
r1r2bk1/7p/pp2ppp1/nn1p4/3P1B2/1P1NPN2/P4PPP/1RR3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3 if Ra1 Ne2+ ]

e)
Vasja Pirc vs George Thomas, Podebrady, 1936
2r2rk1/ppn1qppp/2pbp1b1/P3N3/1nBPPB2/1QN5/1P3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6 fxg6 e5 ]

Vasja Pirc Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Vasja Pirc vs Boris Kostic, Novi Sad, 1936
8/3QB2k/6pp/8/p2p3P/1b1P2P1/q4P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bf8+ Bf7 Qxd4 ]

b)
Paulin Frydman vs Vasja Pirc, Munich, 1936
8/8/4pk2/5p1R/7P/1p3K2/1r3PP1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Vasja Pirc vs Theodore Tylor, Hastings, 1938
3r4/pp3k1p/2bP1NpK/2p5/2P2nP1/3B4/PP4P1/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ if Kxf6 g5# or if Kf8 Nxh7+ Kg8 Rg7+ Kh8 Nf6 ]

d)
Slobodan Radojcic vs Vasja Pirc, Novi Sad, 1945
4r1k1/pQp2p1p/3p1bp1/3P4/8/2P5/qP1B1PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe1+ Bxe1 Qb1 Kf1 Qd3+ Kg1 Qe2 ]

e)
Vasja Pirc vs Harry Golombek, Karlovy Vary, 1948
2q1r1k1/p1p2rpp/1p3n2/3Ppp1Q/2P5/1P6/PB2PPRP/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ Kxf7 Rxg7+ Kf8 Ba3+ ]

Vasja Pirc Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
B Moeller vs Vasja Pirc, Karlovy Vary, 1948
r3rnk1/pp3pp1/2pb3p/3pNq2/3P1P2/3Q3P/PP2NPP1/2R1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe5 ]

b)
Vasja Pirc vs Eigil Pedersen, Dubrovnik, 1950
3Q4/p2n1p2/r2k2p1/3Pq2p/8/5BP1/5P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 if Ra1 Qc7+ ]

c)
Theo Van Scheltinga vs Vasja Pirc, Dubrovnik, 1950
5k2/p3nPpQ/1p5p/8/1P3r2/P4N2/4q1PP/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if Rc8+ Kxf7 or if gxf3 Qxf3+ Kg1 Qe3+ ]

d)
Vasja Pirc vs Gerhard Pfeiffer, Krefeld, 1951
r4rk1/1b3pp1/p6p/2Rpq3/N7/4P3/P1Q2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb6 Rad8 Rc7 Ba8 Nd7 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Vasja Pirc vs Slavko Krivec, Belgrade, 1952
5r1k/1R5p/1p6/5pPP/2B5/1P3K2/8/6b1 w - - 1 0
[ g6 hxg6 hxg6 Rf7 Kg8 Ra7+ ]

f)
White mates in 4.
Vasja Pirc vs Srecko Nedeljkovic, Zagreb, 1953
5q2/6k1/4Q1p1/p1pB2P1/3bKP2/1P6/P7/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qd7+ if Kh8 Qh3+ or if Qe7+ Qxe7+ ]

g)
White mates in 2.
Vasja Pirc vs Enrico Paoli, Ljubljana, 1955
6Q1/5Bn1/3p2pk/P1p1p3/1q2P2p/1P3PP1/6KP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ ]


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