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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of George Mackenzie.
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 6.
George Mackenzie vs James Mason, Paris, 1878
6rr/ppqb1pkp/2pb1pn1/3p3Q/3P1P1N/3B1RN1/PPP3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ Kxh6 Nhf5+ Bxf5 Nxf5+ Kh5 g4+ ]

b)
George Mackenzie vs Henry Bird, London, 1883
4nrkq/1p4b1/p1b1p1p1/4p3/8/2PQB2P/P1P2RP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Bxf8 Qxg6+ Qg7 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Bh6 ]

c)
George Mackenzie vs Josef Noa, London, 1883
2r3k1/p2n1p1p/1pb2qp1/2p1rN2/4P2P/P1Q1R3/1P3PP1/1BR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ w/Ng5 or Rf3 ]

d)
White mates in 7.
George Mackenzie vs Szymon Winawer, London, 1883
r5k1/1p2R1np/p1p3p1/6N1/5Q1P/8/q4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe5 if Nh5 Rxh7 ]

George Mackenzie Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Joseph Blackburne vs George Mackenzie, London, 1883
2b2r2/rp3pkp/3pq3/2pR2P1/2n1P1N1/2P2B2/1P3Q1P/1K5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd5 if exd5 Bf5+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 3. George Mackenzie vs Siegbert Tarrasch, Hamburg, 1885
2bn1rk1/5q2/2p3N1/2PpB1p1/1P4p1/4P3/2Q3K1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Qxe7 Qg6+ ]

c)
White mates in 6. George Mackenzie vs Isidor Gunsberg, Frankfurt, 1887
4b1rk/3B3p/pq2pP1R/3pP1p1/2pR1PQ1/2p5/PP4PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh3+ Kg6 f5+ ]

d)
George Mackenzie vs Siegbert Tarrasch, Frankfurt, 1887
6k1/3R3p/p2p2p1/6N1/P2bP3/7P/1rr3P1/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ Kg7 Ne6+ ]

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