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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 1886.
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.
Porterfield Rynd vs William Pollock, Nottingham, 1886
5Q2/1p4qp/1pn4k/7p/2P1bP2/P1B2R2/1P4rP/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
J Chambers vs William Pollock, Belfast, 1886
5r1k/ppp1b2p/8/2P5/2Q1P3/6PP/P2q1n1K/1R3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Joseph Blackburne vs NN, England, 1886
r1bq3r/ppp1nQ2/2kp1N2/6N1/3bP3/8/P2n1PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rfc1+ Bc5 Qd5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Jean Taubenhaus vs Amos Burn, Nottingham, 1886
7N/ppb3pk/5p2/2P5/1B2p1r1/5b1K/P4P2/R4R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...g5 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
B Meijer vs Dirk Van Foreest, Utrecht, 1886
2b4k/p5pp/1b2P2r/2p4r/5p2/N1P2PqP/PPN2QP1/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

Puzzles of 1886, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Henry Bird vs NN, London, 1886
rnb1k2r/ppppbN1p/5n2/7Q/4P3/2N5/PPPP3P/R1B1KB1q w Qkq - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Kd8 Qe8+ Rxe8 Nf7# ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Tamas Erdelyi vs Betulin, 1886
r1b3r1/ppp3k1/2np1R1p/6q1/2BPPQp1/P7/1PP3P1/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Qxg5+ hxg5 Rf7+ Kg6 Rfh7 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
J Speet vs J Hoes, corr., 1886
4k1nr/1p2rp1p/p2p4/n2B4/3PNQpb/2P4q/PP2K2P/R1B2R2 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Johannes Zukertort vs Wilhelm Steinitz, USA, 1886
5rk1/5R2/4pbp1/3qN3/p1pPpP2/PrBbP3/1P3QK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if Rxf6 Qh4 ]

e)
H Jacobs vs John De Soyres, London, 1886
4r1k1/pbp2pp1/1p1q1n1p/3P2N1/2PB4/3Q4/PP4PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 ]

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Puzzles of 1886, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Johannes Zukertort vs Wilhelm Steinitz, New Orleans, 1886
6k1/pp2Bp2/2b3pp/8/2B2QP1/P5KP/1P6/7q b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ Kh4 Qe1+ Qg3 g5+ ]

b)
C Salvioli vs F Zannoni, Rome, 1886
5rk1/pb3q2/1p1p1rpb/4p2p/8/2P2PQP/PPN2RP1/1B2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf4 if Qh4 g5 ]

c)
G Zon vs F Cantoni, Rome, 1886
rnb2rk1/pp3ppp/8/8/4q3/1B4P1/PPP3PP/R2Q1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 ]

d)
Levi Benima vs B Meijer, Utrecht, 1886
r1bqk2r/ppppbppp/2n5/4P3/2B1n3/5N2/PPP2PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Qd5 ]

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