Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 1889.
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 2.
Jackson Showalter vs George Gossip, New York, 1889
1k1r4/p1p5/2p2p2/3p4/1P6/1QN2brB/P1P2b1K/1R2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Max Judd vs George Gossip, New York, 1889
2k5/7B/p1p3p1/1p6/5b2/2P1pp1P/P6r/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e2 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Max Weiss vs William Pollock, New York, 1889
r7/2p2pk1/p5p1/1p1Q2Kp/1P6/2P1N2P/1P2n1P1/R5b1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f6+ Kh4 Bf2+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Arthur Kurschner, Nuremberg, 1889
1rb2r1k/pp1p2pp/5n1N/8/P7/1Q6/1PP3PP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Joseph Blackburne vs James Hanham, New York, 1889
3r1r1k/q2n3p/b1p2ppQ/p1n1p3/Pp2P3/1B1PBR2/1PPN2PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

1889 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
James Hanham vs Isidor Gunsberg, New York, 1889
3r4/p5k1/5bp1/2P4p/6n1/2P1qB2/2R3PP/1NRr1Q1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4 if b3 Qxf3+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Emil Schallopp vs Max Harmonist, Breslau, 1889
r1q1k2r/1pp2pp1/1b2bn1p/pP1NQ3/P1B1P3/B7/5PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Eugene Delmar vs James Hanham, New York, 1889
r4rk1/1bbnqppp/2p4n/1p4NQ/p2B4/P1PB4/1PN3PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6 ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Jacques Mieses vs Emanuel Lasker, Leipzig, 1889
3r3k/pp4pq/1n3B2/2pr4/5P2/Q1P3Pb/P1P1NR1P/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Rf1 Qe4 ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Norman MacLeod vs William Pollock, New York, 1889
8/2p2kp1/2p2p2/8/1b3n2/4KP2/1PQP2q1/2B2R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2+ Kxf4 Bd6+ Kg4 Qg2+ ]

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1889 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
D M Martinez vs Jean Taubenhaus, New York, 1889
8/pbp3pk/3p2p1/5q2/5r2/1PQ5/PBP3PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Kxg2 Rf2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Jackson Showalter vs Isidor Gunsberg, New York, 1889
6k1/p7/8/PP4p1/8/2p2b1P/4rP1P/R4K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...c2 if Rc1 Rd2 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Emanuel Lasker vs Jacques Mieses, Leipzig, 1889
r1bq3r/pp1p2k1/2nN1pp1/3Q3p/2P4P/4R3/P2K1PP1/4RB2 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ w/Qxg6+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
James Mason vs David Baird, New York, 1889
q3r1rk/2p3p1/2p1b1Qp/p1B2P2/P1PNp2P/1P6/6RK/8 w - - 0 1
[ f6 ]

e)
Black mates in 6.
Jean Taubenhaus vs Jackson Showalter, New York, 1889
5r2/p1p3pk/4Q3/3p2q1/1PpB1r2/2P2b1P/P2R3K/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 if Rff2 Rxd2 or if cxd4 Qf4+ ]

1889 Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 7.
Joseph Blackburne vs Samuel Lipschutz, New York, 1889
2b2rk1/2R3p1/6Pp/3p1r2/pp1PpN2/1q2P1QP/5P2/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ w/Nh5+ ]

b)
White mates in 7.
Joseph Blackburne vs Jackson Showalter, New York, 1889
r4k1r/pp3p1p/2n1bN2/q1b5/2Pp3Q/5N2/PP3PPP/2K1RB1R w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 ]

c)
Johann Bauer vs Rudolf Loman, Amsterdam, 1889
4r3/3krp1p/qBpbb1p1/P2p4/3Q1P2/2P4P/3N2P1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 ]

d)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Habana, 1889
3rr1k1/pp2nppp/2np2q1/2b5/2B1P1b1/2P2NBP/P2N1PP1/R1QR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 Nxf3 Qxg3 ]

e)
Norman MacLeod vs Jackson Showalter, New York, 1889
5rk1/p1p2ppp/8/2b5/2Pq4/5QPb/PP5P/R1BR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 if Rxd4 Bxf3+ ]

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1889 Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Joseph Blackburne vs Max Judd, New York, 1889
2rqr2k/p5p1/1p1b3p/3ppP2/3P4/7R/P1PQ2BP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ ]

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

c)
Max Harmonist vs Louis Paulsen, Breslau, 1889
2rq1rk1/pb4np/1pn1p1p1/3pP3/3P1PR1/3BNN2/PP1b2QP/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 w/Bxh7+ or Qh3 ]

d)
Samuel Lipschutz vs Jackson Showalter, New York, 1889
5rk1/ppp1Rrp1/2bp3Q/7p/5P2/2B3P1/PPq4P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

e)
James Mason vs Amos Burn, New York, 1889
6k1/pp2n2p/2p2q1B/3p3b/3b4/3N3P/PPBQ1PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 w/Bxe7 & Nf4 ]

1889 puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
James Mason vs Mikhail Chigorin, New York, 1889
1rb4r/pp2kppp/4p3/qBb5/8/2n2N2/PPPQ1PPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ w/Qxc5+ ]

b)
William Pollock vs Henry Bird, New York, 1889
r6r/p5k1/2b2n2/1p3R2/7N/4p3/PPP1B3/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rg1+ w/Rg6 ]

c)
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Eckart, Nuremberg, 1889
r1bn1rk1/pp2b2p/1q2pnp1/2pp2N1/3P1N2/2PB4/PPQ2PPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

d)
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Eckart, Nuremberg, 1889
2r4r/1b1qkppp/p2bp3/n7/B1QN4/5N2/PP3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ if exf5 Qh5+ ]

e)
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Eckart, Nuremberg, 1889
3r2k1/1brn1p1p/1p1Np1p1/3qP2n/3B4/1P2Q1P1/5P1P/R3RBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 w/Bg2 ]

1889 puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Kurt Von Bardeleben vs James Mason, Breslau, 1889
r3k2r/1ppbqp2/p1np1p2/2b1pP2/4P1Q1/2NP2N1/PPP3BP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qd8 Qg7 & Nh5 ]

b)
Max Weiss vs Max Judd, New York, 1889
2r3k1/3q1bp1/2p4p/1pQpP3/3N4/2P5/1P4PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ e6 w/Ra7 ]

c)
Max Weiss vs Dion Martinez, New York, 1889
3qrbk1/p3npp1/2ppr2p/2p2N2/2P1P1QP/1P4P1/PB3P2/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7 ]

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