King-pawn Opening Series



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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
White mates in 2.
Adolf Anderssen vs Jean Dufresne, Berlin, 1851
2q3r1/p2knQ2/1p4p1/2rp3p/6P1/1NP2R2/P4P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe7+ Kc6 Nd4# ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Adolf Anderssen vs Carl Mayet, Berlin, 1851
r1b2r2/pp4k1/1bpp1q1p/6pQ/2B2Np1/2P5/P5PP/R1B1R2K w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ Kh8 Ng6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs Howard Staunton, London, 1851
5R2/3b4/3PNqk1/1p2Q1p1/4P2p/7P/P5PK/5r2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6+ Rxf6 Qxg5+ Kf7 Qg7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs Lionel Kieseritzky, London, 1851
r1b1k1nr/p2p1ppp/n2B4/1p1NPN1P/6P1/3P1Q2/P1P1K3/q5b1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7+ Kd8 Qf6+ Nxf6 Be7# ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs Ernst Falkbeer, Berlin, 1851
8/2p3N1/6p1/5PB1/pp2Rn2/7k/P1p2K1P/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Re3+ Kxh2 Bxf4+ ]


mate in 3
Adolf Anderssen vs Lionel Kieseritzky

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Adolf Anderssen vs M Wyvill, London, 1851
r4rk1/pbqpb1pp/1p4nn/1Bp2pNQ/2P2P2/2NP2R1/PP4PP/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh7 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs Jean Dufresne, Berlin, 1852
1r2k1r1/pbppnp1p/1b3P2/8/Q7/B1PB1q2/P4PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7+ Kxd7 Bf5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs Karl Lepge, Leipzig, 1855
1q2r3/k4p2/prQ2b1p/R7/1PP1B1p1/6P1/P5K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa6+ Rxa6 Qd7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs Carl Mayet, Berlin, 1855
r1k4r/p4R2/n1N4p/1N6/2n5/8/PPP3PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rdd7 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Adolf Anderssen vs Carl Mayet, Berlin, 1855
r1bk4/ppp3bp/2np4/3NP3/2B2R2/8/PPP1K1PP/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ if Kd7 R1f7+ Ke6 Nf4+ or if Bxf8 Rxf8+ Kd7 Nf6+ ]


mate in 4
Adolf Anderssen vs Jean Dufresne

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs Daniel Harrwitz, Manchester, 1857
5Qn1/6r1/q2p2pk/3p2Np/3NP2P/5PR1/P1K5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ gxf5 Nf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs Carl Mayet, Berlin, 1859
7r/pQ5p/3R4/5k1q/2b1p3/5nP1/PPP2RK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qd7+ if Kg5 Qe7+ Kg4 Qxe4+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs P Journoud, Paris, 1860
r1k1q2r/pp3Rpp/3Bp3/3p3Q/8/2P5/P1PP2PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc7+ Kd8 Qg5+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Adolf Anderssen vs Berthold Suhle, 1860
2rqnrk1/pp3ppp/1b1p4/3p2Q1/2n1P3/3B1P2/PB2NP1P/R5RK w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ Nxg7 Rxg7+ Kh8 Rg8+ Kxg8 Rg1+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs Javier Pinedo, Amsterdam, 1861
r4r1k/1b1q1p1p/p3p3/1p1p2Q1/8/P1NnB3/1PP3PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ Kg8 Bh6 ]


mate in 5
Adolf Anderssen vs Berthold Suhle

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 2.
Adolf Anderssen vs Anonymous, Rotterdam, 1861
r4r1k/1pp2pRp/1p1p4/n2P4/4P3/3n4/PB3P1P/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ Kxg8 Rg1# ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs Valentine Green, London, 1862
1k1r3r/2p4q/1pQP4/4P2p/6pP/1BP5/PP6/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Bd5 if Kc8 d7+ ]

c)
Adolf Anderssen vs Carl Mayet, Berlin, 1862
r1b1r1k1/1ppp1ppp/p1n3n1/4P2q/4R3/B1QB1N2/P4PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Qh3 Bf1 Qh6 Bc1 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Adolf Anderssen vs Johannes Zukertort, Breslau, 1865
r1b2k1r/ppppn2p/n5q1/3NQ3/3PP3/8/PPP3PP/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ if Kg8 Nxe7+ or if Qxh6 Rf1+ ]

e)
Adolf Anderssen vs Johannes Zukertort, Breslau, 1865
rnbk1r2/1pp1npb1/p2p1Nq1/3P4/2B4p/2B5/PPP4Q/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6+ if cxd6 Ba5+ ]


Adolf Anderssen vs Carl Mayet

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 8.
Adolf Anderssen vs Gustav Neuman, Berlin, 1865
2r1rqn1/6pk/p2pP1Rp/1p2bPpQ/2p5/7R/P1BB3P/7K w - - 0 1
[ f6 Kh8 Rxg7 Qxg7 fxg7+ Bxg7 Qg6 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Adolf Anderssen vs Victor Knorre, Berlin, 1865
2r2r1k/p2b1q1p/3Q4/1p2pPB1/3bP3/2p4R/P1B3RP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Qxh7 Bf6+ Qg7 Bxg7+ Kg8 Bxe5+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs Johannes Zukertort, Breslau, 1865
r1b3kr/ppppQ2p/n5q1/3N4/3PP3/8/PPP3PP/R1B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6 Qxh6 Rf1 Qg7 Qe8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs Wilhelm Steinitz, London, 1866
6rk/8/3p1b2/p1nqn1N1/1pp5/6Q1/P4PRP/1BR4K w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Qxf7 Qh3+ ]

a)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs NN, Berlin, 1866
2r2b2/p2q1P1p/3p2k1/4pNP1/4P1RQ/7K/2pr4/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 g6+ Kh8 Rh4+ ]


mate in 4
Adolf Anderssen vs NN

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Adolf Anderssen vs Gustav Neumann, Berlin, 1866
5rn1/pppkq3/2n2b2/3p1Pp1/PP1P4/2PQ1NN1/5K2/R1B5 w - - 0 1
[ b5 if Nd8 Ba3 ]

b)
Adolf Anderssen vs Wilhelm Steinitz, London, 1866
1rrb3k/p2q2pP/3pN3/2pPpPQ1/8/1n1B4/p4P1P/2R3RK w - - 0 1
[ Nxd8 Rxd8 f6 if gxf6 Qxf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Adolf Anderssen vs Carl Mayet, Breslau, 1867
r3qb1r/4n1pp/p2nN3/kpp5/5P2/B7/P1Q3PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb4+ if cxb4 Qc7+ Ka4 Nc5+ Ka3 Qa5+ or if Kxb4 Qd2+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Adolf Anderssen vs Johannes Zukertort, Barmen, 1869
3r2k1/p4rPp/1b1q3Q/n1p1pP2/1p6/3B1NR1/P4P1P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 f6+ Kg8 Bh7+ w/Rh3+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Adolf Anderssen vs Joseph Blackburne, Baden-Baden, 1870
2bQ4/5ppk/p1p5/2N4p/1q6/6R1/5RPK/r7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qf6+ ]

e)
Adolf Anderssen vs Claus Pitschel, Altona, 1872
4rr2/3b1pkp/1p1q1bp1/p1ppNP2/2PP4/2Q3N1/PP2R1PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5+ if gxh5 Qg3+ Kh8 Nxf7 Rxf7 Rxe8 Bxe8 Qxd6 or if Kh8 Nxf6 Qxf6 Nxd7 ]


mate in 5
Adolf Anderssen vs Johannes Zukertort

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part VII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 4.
Adolf Anderssen vs Samuel Rosenthal, Vienna, 1873
r1bnk2r/pppp1ppp/1b4q1/4P3/2B1N3/Q1Pp1N2/P4PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 exf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Adolf Anderssen vs Henry Bird, Vienna, 1873
3r4/pk1q1p1p/2b5/Q1b3p1/2P1BB2/5PP1/6KP/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Qa6+ Ka8 Bxc6+ ]

c)
T Van Der Lasa vs Adolf Anderssen, Breslau, 1846
r5k1/pb1p2p1/1p2p1p1/2b1n3/5BPq/P1N2P1P/1PP3K1/R2Q1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 if Rxf3 Qf2+ ]

d)
Daniel Harrwitz vs Adolf Anderssen, Breslau, 1848
1k1r4/ppp1qp2/1n6/3nRQ2/5P2/1B4N1/PPP5/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 if Qh5 Qd6 ]

e)
S Nathan vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1850
2r1q3/pp4k1/3b1p1r/4n2p/3P1NpP/2P2pK1/PPQN4/R1B1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 ]


mate in 4
Adolf Anderssen vs Samuel Rosenthal

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part VIII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Ernst Falkbeer vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1851
1k1r4/ppb2Qpp/2p5/8/1P6/2P2BqP/P5P1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ Kf2 Bb6+ Ke1 Qe5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Carl Mayet vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1851
r2qk2r/ppp2pp1/2p5/4N3/3bQ3/2P3p1/PP3PP1/RNB2RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ Rxf2 Rh1+ Kxh1 Qd1+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Johann Loewenthal vs Adolf Anderssen, London, 1851
6r1/p1pk1K2/2p5/3p1np1/3Pb1p1/2P5/PP2R2P/6R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh6+ Kf6 Rg6+ ]

d)
Jean Dufresne vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1851
r2qk2r/p1p2ppp/1bp5/3pP3/1P1NnPb1/3Q4/P1P3PP/RNB2RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Be2 if Qxe2 Bxd4+ ]

e)
Lionel Kieseritzky vs Adolf Anderssen, London, 1851
r2q1rk1/pp1b1ppp/5nn1/2b1p3/2P1P3/1P1B4/PBNNQ1PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 if Nf3 Nf4 Qd2 Nxd3 ]


mate in 4
Ernst Falkbeer vs Adolf Anderssen

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part IX. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black mates in 5.
M Wyvill vs Adolf Anderssen, London, 1851
5rk1/p2p3r/1p2pn2/2pPqpp1/P1P1n3/B1PQP1P1/6KP/3R1RN1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Kxh2 Ng4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Carl Mayet vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1855
8/2B2Q2/4R2p/1pbq2n1/6p1/kP4P1/P6K/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Carl Mayet vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1855
k4r2/Pb5r/1P1p4/1Q1q1p2/6p1/8/4BB1R/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
D Hillel vs Adolf Anderssen, Breslau, 1856
8/ppp3k1/7p/3nP3/1PKP2pP/3Q2r1/P5q1/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb6+ Kc3 Na4+ if Kc4 Qc6+ or if Kb3 b5 ]

e)
Javier Pinedo vs Adolf Anderssen, Amsterdam, 1861
r4k1r/p3q1p1/2p1PnB1/1pb5/4Npp1/1P1Q4/P1P2PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Rxe4 Rh1+ Kxh1 Qh4+ ]


mate in 5
M Wyvill vs Adolf Anderssen

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part X. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black mates in 5.
H Kloos vs Adolf Anderssen, Amsterdam, 1861
r3k1r1/ppp2p2/1bnp3p/4p3/2B1n2q/P2PBPN1/1PP2PK1/R2Q1R2 b q - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3+ fxg3 Qxg3+ Kh1 Qh3+ Kg1 Bxe3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Christian Mohr vs Adolf Anderssen, Amsterdam, 1861
1k1r2r1/pppb4/7R/1P6/3p4/3P2P1/PB2qQK1/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3+ Kxg3 Rg8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Carl Mayet vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1862
4r1k1/pbp2ppp/8/1NP1N3/2P1q3/P3p3/4Q1PP/R1Br1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ Qxg2 Rxf1# ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
J Robey vs Adolf Anderssen, London, 1862
8/Qp4pk/2p3b1/5p1p/3B3P/1P4P1/P1P1rnBK/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ Kh3 Rh1+ ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
J Rosanes vs Adolf Anderssen, Breslau, 1863
1r1r2k1/p4ppp/1qp5/4Pb2/3b1P2/1PP2N2/P2BQ1PP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb3 axb3 Rxb3 ]


mate in 3
M Wyvill vs J Robey vs Adolf Anderssen

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part XI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black mates in 4.
J Rosanes vs Adolf Anderssen, Breslau, 1863
4r3/p4pkp/q7/3Bbb2/P2P1ppP/2N3n1/1PP2KPR/R1BQ4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ Qxf1 Bxd4+ Be3 Rxe3 ]

b)
Bertholod Suhle vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1864
2k3r1/p7/4p3/2n1P1p1/2N1Pr1n/2B1R1K1/P1P4R/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4+ if Rxe4 Nf5+ Kg2 Rxe4 or if Kh3 g4+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Carl Mayet vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1865
2r1k3/pp3p1p/8/3n4/3Pn3/1B4Bq/PPP1K2P/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg2+ Ke1 Qd2+ ]

d)
Gustav Neumann vs Adolf Anderssen, Berlin, 1866
5rk1/pp2q3/2p4R/2P1Pp2/4pNr1/1PQ2bP1/P6P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf4 if gxf4 Qg7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Johannes Zukertort vs Adolf Anderssen, Breslau, 1866
6k1/6p1/p2p1p1q/3P1PrN/1p2P2K/5Q1P/P1N5/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg1 if Qf4 Qg5+ ]


mate in 4
J Rosanes vs Adolf Anderssen

Adolf Anderssen Puzzles, Part XII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black mates in 6.
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Adolf Anderssen, Baden-Baden, 1870
5k2/5p2/2p2n1N/4q3/2Qp1r2/1r4PK/7P/1B1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5+ Kg2 Rf2+ Kxf2 Qxh2+ Ke1 Re3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Johannes Minckwitz vs Adolf Anderssen, Leipzig, 1872
8/1Q5p/p2b2pk/1p6/2p3P1/N1P5/PPB4q/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg3+ Kd1 Qg1+ Ke2 Qf2+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Adolf Schwarz vs Adolf Anderssen, Vienna, 1873
5rk1/7p/Q3p1p1/3pP3/4q3/2P1p3/PP4RP/5rNK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg1+ Kxg1 Qb1+ ]


mate in 6
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Adolf Anderssen

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