Gambit puzzles by wtharvey.com



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

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

a)
White mates in 7.
Ernst Gruenfeld vs Max Marchand, Goteborg, 1920
r3nb1k/p2n3p/3p4/q1pPpNp1/2p1P3/8/PP3PK1/1BRQ3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ Kg8 Qg6+ Bg7 Nh6+ Kh8 Qf7 ]

b)
Ernst Gruenfeld vs Karel Treybal, Pistyan, 1922
7r/1p3p2/pqn1pkp1/8/PP2Q1PP/5N2/5PK1/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 bxc6 Qe5+ ]

c)
Ernst Gruenfeld vs Geza Maroczy, Vienna, 1922
2r1rnk1/1b2qp2/p3pp1p/1pb5/6N1/P1N1P3/1PQ2PPP/1BRR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Nxd7 Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8# or if Qxd7 Nxf6+ ]

d)
Alexander Alekhine vs Ernst Gruenfeld, Vienna, 1922
3r2k1/p2q1pb1/1p1Bn1pp/1Pp5/R1N1Q3/4P2P/P4PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf8 if Bxf8 Qd1+ Kh2 Qxa4 or if Qe5 Qxb5 ]

e)
Ernst Gruenfeld vs Savielly Tartakower, Carlsbad, 1923
r4rk1/1Q2nppp/p4b2/2q5/2Np4/3B3P/PP3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Rab8 Qe4 Ng6 Nd7 ]

f)
Ernst Gruenfeld vs Albert Becker, Vienna, 1934
5rk1/4qpp1/3Rb2p/p2B4/3rPQ1P/8/6P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 fxe6 Qxf8+ Qxf8 Bxe6+ ]

g)
Black mates in 7.
Theo Van Scheltinga vs Ernst Gruenfeld, 1936
6rr/R4p2/4pk2/1p5q/2pP4/5P2/1P3KPP/3QR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ if Kxg2 Qh2+ Kf1 Rg8 or if Ke3 Qg5+ f4 Rh3+ ]

1f)
Ernst Gruenfeld vs Albert Becker


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