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

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


a)
Ragger vs Zsolt Ladanyi, Marina d'Or, 1998
1r1q2k1/pb2nrbp/1pn1p1p1/2ppPp2/5PP1/2PP1N1P/PP1Q1BB1/R2N1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Ragger vs Davit Jojua, Mureck, 1998
r2rq2k/ppp2p1p/2n1nPpB/2N1P3/1P1p2P1/2P1Q2R/P6P/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ Nxg7 fxg7+ Kxg7 Qh6+ ]

c)
Ragger vs Christopher Schwarhofer, Guessing, 2000
1r1n1b1r/ppNbkppp/4pn2/4N3/2B2B2/8/PP3PPP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxd7 Nxd7 Bd6+ Kf6 Ne8+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. Guenther Zechner vs Ragger, Soechau, 2000
1r3rk1/1p1b2bp/1Pp3p1/2Pp2q1/3Ppn2/PN6/2QB1PBP/RR2N1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kh1 Nxf2+ Kg1 Nh3+ Kh1 Rf1+ ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Ragger vs Rauf Mamedov, Heraklio, 2002
r5r1/ppR1R1b1/1n1N1ppk/3p2N1/1n1P2p1/1P5P/P4PPB/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ndf7+ Kh5 hxg4+ Kh4 g3+ Kxg4 f3+ ]



Ragger Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Ragger vs Edouard Bonnet, Peniscola, 2002
2r1qrk1/pb1pbp2/1pn3p1/4P3/4QB2/7R/P3BPPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4 if d5 exd6 Kg7 Bh6+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Daniel Neurauter vs Ragger, Austria, 2002
1r2n1k1/6bR/2Pp2p1/pr2p1B1/2q1P1P1/3N1P2/PP2Q3/1KR5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb2+ if Qxb2 Qxd3+ Ka1 Rxb2 ]

c)
Ragger vs Matej Sebenik, Aschach, 2003
3r3r/pp3kp1/2P2p2/3q2p1/1B4P1/PQ5P/2P2P2/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ c7 if Rd7 Rd1 or if Qxb3 cxd8/N+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Ragger vs Wen Yang, Halkidiki, 2003
r1b1Q3/p1q3b1/1p3k2/4Rp2/3p4/2P5/P4PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Ragger vs Heinrich Rolletschek, Austria, 2004
r1b2rk1/p1pp1p1R/2p3B1/4q1p1/2P1N3/4Q3/PP4P1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ if Qxh8 Bh7+ Qxh7 Nf6+ or if Kg7 R1h7+ Kxg6 Rh6+ Kf5 Qxg5+ ]

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Ragger Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 3. Florian Sandhoefner vs Ragger, Austria, 2004
7k/5bpp/8/1P1N4/4n3/4N1b1/1P3rP1/R1BK4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh5+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Edmund Konrad vs Ragger, Aschach, 2004
r2r2k1/5ppp/pq2b3/1pbpP3/4nB2/1B2NP1P/PP4P1/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...g5 ]

c)
Ragger vs Beat Zueger, Steinbrunn, 2005
1k6/1p2n1p1/4p3/1P2N3/4R2p/P6P/3r1rP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Yuri Hambartsumian vs Ragger, Batumi, 2006
1r1qk2r/p5pp/2pb4/n2n1pN1/4p1bQ/2N5/PPPPBPPP/R1B1K2R b KQk - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 if 0-0 or Rg1 Ng6 ]

e)
Ragger vs Ivo Priborsky, Pardubice, 2007
b7/5kb1/3pppn1/p2n4/2pPBP2/q1P2QN1/Pr4P1/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6+ Kf8 Rxe6 if Nc7 Qxa8+ mates ]

Markus Ragger Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Markus Ragger vs Hedinn Steingrimsson, Germany, 2/5/2012
1rbQ4/3q1p2/4p3/p1p1k1B1/1pp1B2P/5PP1/1P6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Mateusz Bartel vs Markus Ragger, Warsaw, 12/14/2012
kb4r1/1p1RRp2/p1q5/2P5/5P1r/P3Q1PB/7K/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

c)
Wojciech Moranda vs Markus Ragger, Legnica, 5/6/2013
2r3k1/5bpp/1n3p2/QP2p3/3qP3/2N3PP/5PB1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra8 ]

d)
Markus Ragger vs Georg Danner, Graz, 2/15/2014
5rk1/p1pqnrpp/1p1p1n2/3Pp1R1/2P5/2NBPQ2/PP3P1P/2K3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 if Nxd5 Bxh7+ Kh8 Qg6 Ne7 Qh5 or if Rxf6 Rxg7+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Markus Ragger vs Julio Catalino Sadorra, Tromsoe, 2014
N2q4/1p5p/2p3p1/p1P2P1k/5Q2/8/PP3KP1/4Rn1r w - - 1 0
[ g4+ Kh4 Qh6+ Kxg4 Re4+ ]

Markus Ragger Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Markus Ragger vs Andrei Maksimenko, Austria, 2014
5n2/6kp/4K1p1/6P1/1p5b/1P2B3/1P6/5B2 w - - 1 0
[ Ke7 w/Bd4+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Markus Ragger vs Helgi Olafsson, Berlin, 2015
4rR2/p3P1pk/6bp/4Q2P/8/6P1/PP1q2BK/4q3 w - - 1 0
[ hxg6+ Kxg6 Qf5# ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Markus Ragger vs Victor Mikhalevski, Berlin, 2015
5rk1/pp3N1p/5Qp1/2pP4/2P3P1/8/4RPKP/2q5 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Kxf7 Qxh7+ Kf6 Qe7# ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Dmitry Kryakvin vs Markus Ragger, Minsk, 2015
4r1k1/1p4P1/pb2p1p1/3pq1B1/P5P1/7Q/1P3r1P/R2R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe4+ Kg1 Rg2+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Markus Ragger vs Sofia Toporkova, Minsk, 2015
r1b1n2k/pp4p1/2p4p/6q1/3P4/1B3Q2/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Kh7 Bg8+ Kh8 Bf7+ ]

Markus Ragger Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Markus Ragger vs Eric Hansen, Wijk aan Zee, 2017
r4r1k/1pq3p1/pn3PQp/2pp4/3bN3/1B6/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 if hxg5 Re7 or if gxf6 Qxh6+ Kg8 Ne6 ]

b)
Markus Ragger vs Sopiko Guramishvili, Wijk aan Zee, 2017
5r2/4p1bk/3qQnpp/3pN3/1p1P1B1P/1P6/1r3PP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg6 Qxe6 Nxf8+ Bxf8 Rxe6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Markus Ragger vs Marian Kastelic, Katowice, 2017
Q7/5rpk/3p2Rp/3P1q1P/5pR1/P1r4P/5P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxh6+ Kxh6 2.Qh8+ Qh7 3.Rg6+ ]


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