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

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

a)
Black mates in 3.
Consultants vs Mikhail Chigorin, St Petersburg, 1875
7k/pbp3bp/3p4/1p5q/3n2p1/5rB1/PP1NrN1P/1Q1BRRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3+ hxg3 Qh1+ Nxh1 Rg2# ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Ilia Shumov, St Petersburg, 1876
r2r4/p1p2p1p/n5k1/1p5N/2p2R2/5N2/P1K3PP/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf6+ Kxh5 g4+ Kxg4 Rg1+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Yakubovich, corr., 1879
5qrk/p3b1rp/4P2Q/5P2/1pp5/5PR1/P6P/B6K w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

d)
Mikhail Chigorin vs NN, simul, 1880
r1b1kq1r/1pp3pp/1pn2p2/4p1B1/2B5/3Q4/P4PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5+ if fxe5 Qd8+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Emanuel Schiffers, St Petersburg, 1880
4rr1q/p1p1n1kp/2p1Q1p1/2N3P1/5P2/2pB4/PP5P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7+ Rxe7 Rxe7+ if Kg8 Bc4+ or if Rf7 Ne6+ ]


mate in 3
Consultants vs Mikhail Chigorin

Mikhail Chigorin Puzzles, Part II.
The colore disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Otto, St Petersburg, 1881
r1b1rk2/ppp2q1p/3p1B2/5PQ1/4PN2/8/PPP1B1P1/3K4 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ if hxg6 Qh6+ or if Qxg6 fxg6 Re6 gxh7 ]

b)
Carl Schmid vs Mikhail Chigorin, Vienna, 1882
2kr1r2/ppp5/4p2p/3nP3/6pP/1QP3N1/PP3qPK/R3N2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf3 Nxf3 gxf3 if Rhg1 Rg8 mates ]

c)
Mikhail Chigorin vs George Gossip, New York, 1889
r4b1r/pppbkBpp/2n3n1/q4p2/3Pp3/1QP5/PP1N1PPP/RNB2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 if Qa6 Bg5+ Kxf7 Nd6# ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Havana, 1892
r4r2/p1BR3p/k1p3p1/1q6/1b3P2/1R3Q2/PPP5/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb4 Qxb4 Qxc6+ Qb6 Bxb6 ]

e)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Havana, 1892
5r1k/2p1q1p1/p2r3p/3nNP1R/2Q3P1/PR4K1/5P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5 Rxd5 Ng6+ ]


Mikhail Chigorin vs George Gossip

Mikhail Chigorin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Adolf Zinkl, Berlin, 1897
3r4/1p1qbpk1/p1n4p/2prpP2/4N1Pp/2P2P2/PPQ1R1K1/R1B5 w - - 0 1
[ f6+ Bxf6 Bxh6+ ]

b)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Horatio Caro, Vienna, 1898
2r1k3/6pr/p1nBP3/1p3p1p/2q5/2P5/P1R4P/K2Q2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Rxg7 or Rh8 Qxh5+ mates ]

c)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Jankovitch, Moscow, 1899
1k1n4/1P4pp/r1rp1p2/1R2p3/4P3/4BP2/5P1P/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ Ba7+ Rxa7 Rxa7 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Samuel Tinsley, London, 1899
3k4/R2pq1p1/3Rp2r/1r1bPpNp/5P1P/Q1P5/1P6/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ R6xd7+ Qxd7 Qf8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 9.
Harry Pillsbury vs Mikhail Chigorin, London, 1899
6k1/3r2pp/2r1p3/3n1p2/3Q1P2/q3PPR1/2BK2RP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc2+ Kxc2 Rc7+ Kd2 Qc1+ Kd3 Qd1+ Rd2 Qf1+ ]


Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz

Mikhail Chigorin Puzzles, Part IV..
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Joseph Blackburne vs Mikhail Chigorin, London, 1899
2r1b1k1/5ppp/1pP1p3/1P1nP3/q2N1P2/r3B3/2RQ2PP/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 Rxe3 Ra1+ Re1 Rxe1+ ]

b)
Mikhail Chigorin & Allies vs Gonciarov & Tereschenko, Moscow, 1901
1r6/p3b1pk/1p1p2q1/2pPp3/1PP1Q3/P3B1P1/6P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf5 ]

c)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Ignacy Von Popiel, Hanover, 1902
1k1r4/p4p2/3qp1p1/1PR4p/3p1PnP/3N1QP1/P7/K7 w - - 0 1
[ Nb4 if Rd7 Na6+ ]

d)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, Kiev, 1903
4r1k1/p4ppp/b5q1/2QN4/1B3PP1/P7/1PP1r2P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ if R2xe7 Qxe7 or if R8xe7 Rd8+ Re8 Qf8+ ]


mate in 4
Mikhail Chigorin vs Samuel Tinsley


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