Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Herman Steiner.
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)
Black Mates in 3. Jacob Gemzoe vs Steiner, Hamburg, 1930
6k1/pp3r2/2p4q/3p2p1/3Pp1b1/4P1P1/PP4RP/2Q1RrNK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Steiner vs Vladas Mikenas, Brno, 1931
4r2k/pp2q2b/2p2p1Q/4rP2/P7/1B5P/1P2R1R1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if fxe5 f6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Reuben Fine vs Steiner, Pasadena, 1932
4r2k/pp5p/2pq3r/5pp1/3Pb3/2PBP1P1/P2Q1R1P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg3+ ]

d)
Steiner vs Sidney Bernstein, New York, 1936
5r1k/6pp/1Q1N4/p3q3/8/P5P1/1P3P1P/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ ]

e)
Steiner vs Salamanca Pomar, London, 1946
6k1/pp1r1ppp/2p5/4qP2/5RR1/PB1b2QP/1P4PK/5r2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Qxg7 Rg4 Qxg4 Qxg4+ Kf8 f6 ]

Steiner Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Steiner vs S Grimm, Pittsburgh, 1946
r2rqn2/pp1b2pk/2pPpp1p/7P/6N1/P1Q1P1R1/BP3PP1/3RK3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ gxf6 Bb1+ ]

b)
Steiner vs Moshe Czerniak, Venice, 1950
3r2k1/pp2r2p/6b1/1P1p1p2/3n4/3BN3/P4PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 w/Bc4 ]

c)
Steiner vs Enrico Paoli, Venice, 1950
4r2k/pp1r2np/2p3n1/2P2p2/1PB5/2B2R2/P6P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Steiner vs Ludwig Rellstab Sr, Reggio Emilia, 1951
5k2/p2Q1pp1/1b5p/1p2PB1P/2p2P2/8/PP3qPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Steiner vs Edward Lasker, Habana, 1952
8/kb3R2/pp1N2p1/n2PP3/2p4Q/2P4P/6PK/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7+ w/Qe7 ]

f)
Steiner vs Lionel Joyner, Hollywood, 1952
4r1k1/pp3p1p/2p3p1/3n2P1/1q1b4/1BN2Q2/PP3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if Re1+ Kh2 Qd6+ g3 or if cxd5 Qxd5 ]

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