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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)
White mates in 2.
Mikhail Chigorin vs D Davydov, St. Petersburg, 1874
rk2r3/ppp1np1p/4B3/2N5/3Q2bq/3P4/PPP5/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Na6+ bxa6 Qb4# ]

b)
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# ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Chigorin vs Ilia Shumov, St Petersburg, 1876
r2r4/p1p2p1p/n5k1/1p5N/2p2R2/5N2/P1K3PP/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf6+ ]

d)
Chigorin vs Simon Alapin, St Petersburg, 1877
1rbq2k1/4nr1p/pp4p1/3p1P2/7B/2PB3Q/P1P4P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg3 ]

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

Mikhail Chigorin Mates, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Chigorin vs NN, simul, 1880
r1b1kq1r/1pp3pp/1pn2p2/4p1B1/2B5/3Q4/P4PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Emanuel Schiffers, St. Petersburg, 1880
7q/p1p1Rrkp/2p3p1/2N3P1/5P2/2pB4/PP5P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ Kg8 Re8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Chigorin vs Otto, St Petersburg, 1881
r1b1rk2/ppp2q1p/3p1B2/5PQ1/4PN2/8/PPP1B1P1/3K4 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Henry Bird vs Mikhail Chigorin, Vienna, 1882
6k1/p4pp1/3b4/2p5/7p/1P2r1q1/P1PB1p2/3Q1K1R b - - 0 1
[ ...h3 if Qf3 Re1+ or if Bxe3 Qg2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Carl Schmid vs Mikhail Chigorin, Vienna, 1882
2kr4/ppp5/4p2p/3nP3/7P/1QP2pN1/PP3qPK/R5R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg8 ]

Mikhail Chigorin Mates, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Mikhail Chigorin vs George Gossip, New York, 1889
r4b1r/pppbkBpp/q1n3n1/5p2/2NPp3/1QP5/PP3PPP/RNB2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg5+ Kxf7 Nd6# ]

b)
Chigorin vs David Baird, New York, 1889
r6r/2p2kpp/p1pB1pq1/5n2/Q2P4/3N1b1P/PP3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Norman MacLeod, New York, 1889
1k4r1/p7/1p2P1qp/3Q4/3P4/P3B3/1P4P1/5NK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf4+ ]

d)
Chigorin vs H Steinitz, corr., 1890
1rb1k2r/Qpqp1p1p/4n1p1/2pBp3/4P3/B1P5/P4PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 w/Bxc5 & Bb6 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Habana, 1892
r4r2/p1BR3p/k1p3p1/1q6/1b3P2/1R3Q2/PPP5/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb4 ]

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Mikhail Chigorin Mates, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Habana, 1892
4Q3/2p2r1p/3pN1k1/3Pr3/6P1/1p3P2/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ Kh6 g5+ Kh5 Qxf7+ ]

b)
Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Habana, 1892
5r1k/2p1q1p1/p2r3p/3nNP1R/2Q3P1/PR4K1/5P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5 ]

c)
Chigorin vs Adolf Zinkl, Berlin, 1897
3r4/1p1qbpk1/p1n4p/2prpP2/4N1Pp/2P2P2/PPQ1R1K1/R1B5 w - - 0 1
[ f6+ w/Bxh6+ ]

d)
Chigorin vs Horatio Caro, Vienna, 1898
2r1k3/6pr/p1nBP3/1p3p1p/2q5/2P5/P1R4P/K2Q2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Adolf Albin vs Mikhail Chigorin, Cologne, 1898
5r1k/1pp4p/p2p3n/P2Pp1n1/1PB1P2K/2P2qP1/8/3QR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf4+ gxf4 Qxf4+ Kh5 Ngf7 ]

Mikhail Chigorin Mates, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Chigorin vs Jankovitch, Moscow, 1899
1k1n4/1P4pp/r1rp1p2/1R2p3/4P3/4BP2/5P1P/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ Ba7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Samuel Tinsley, London, 1899
3k4/R2pq1p1/3Rp2r/1r1bPpNp/5P1P/Q1P5/1P6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rdxd7+ Qxd7 Qf8+ ]

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

d)
Black to move and win. Joseph Blackburne vs Chigorin, London, 1899
2r1b1k1/5ppp/1pP1p3/1P1nP3/q2N1P2/r3B3/2RQ2PP/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 Rxe3 Ra1+ Re1 Rxe1+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Sergey Lebedev, Moscow, 1900
rn2r2k/pp2Bp2/2p1bp2/7p/P1B2P2/2P3R1/6PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6+ Kh7 Bd3+ ]

Mikhail Chigorin Mates, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Chigorin vs M Didier, Paris, 1900
1b3q1k/pp1Rn3/2p3Qp/P3p1p1/1P2N3/2P5/5PPP/2B4K w - - 1 0
[ Nf6 Qg7 Rd8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
James Mason vs Mikhail Chigorin, Paris, 1900
1r4k1/2p2ppp/8/1qP5/R3Q3/1rP2P2/4N1PP/K6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Consultants vs Mikhail Chigorin, St. Petersburg, 1900
4kb2/2p2pp1/p2p2r1/1p2P2p/4Bpn1/3P1N1q/PPPN1P2/R3QRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3+ ]

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

e)
Chigorin vs Ignacy Von Popiel, Hanover, 1902
1k1r4/p4p2/3qp1p1/1PR4p/3p1PnP/3N1QP1/P7/K7 w - - 0 1
[ Nb4 ]

f)
Chigorin vs Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, Kiev, 1903
4r1k1/p4ppp/b5q1/2QN4/1B3PP1/P7/1PP1r2P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ ]


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