Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 1887.
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.
Wilhelm Steinitz vs David Sands, New York, 1887
r4br1/3b1kpp/1q1P4/1pp1RP1N/p7/6Q1/PPB3PP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
L Bachmann vs Fiechtl, Regensberg, 1887
r1bq1k1r/pp2R1pp/2pp1p2/1n1N4/8/3P1Q2/PPP2PPP/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Amos Burn vs F Braund, London, 1887
r6k/pppb1B2/6Q1/8/3P4/2P1q3/PKP3PP/7R w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ w/Bg6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Richardson vs Delmar, New York, 1887
rnb3kr/ppp2ppp/1b6/3q4/3pN3/Q4N2/PPP2KPP/R1B1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/Qf8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
George Hall vs Henry Charlick, Adelaide, 1887
6k1/p5pp/3r4/8/1B2n3/3r4/PP2R1KP/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg6+ if Kf1 Rf3+ ]

1887 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Josef Noa vs Isidor Gunsberg, Frankfurt, 1887
3r3r/1Q6/p1p1kb2/4pN2/4P1P1/2P1N3/PP2qPK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ Kxh2 Qxf2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Emanuel Schiffers vs Amos Burn, Frankfurt, 1887
2rr4/1p5k/p3pq2/5b1p/1NP2P2/1P1pp1QP/P5P1/RK1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...d2+ Nd2 Qc3 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Emil Schallop vs Amos Burn, Frankfurt, 1887
3b1r1k/1p3r1p/4Q3/p4N1R/P7/1P1q2P1/4RPK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7 ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Jean Taubenhaus vs Jakob Halpern, Germany, 1887
r3kbnr/pp3ppp/8/3p4/3Q1p2/1KN2P1B/PPP4P/R1B1q3 w - - 0 1
[ Qa4+ ]

e)
White mates in 8.
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Irion & Kurschner, Nuremberg, 1887
r1q3k1/pp1bb2p/2p1N1n1/3P3Q/8/8/PPPB2PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 ]

1887 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Joseph Blackburne vs Jean Taubenhaus, Frankfurt, 1887
7k/2rq1r1p/p5pB/1p4R1/3PPp1Q/P3nP2/7P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 w/Bxf4+ ]

b)
Isidore Gunsberg vs Hermann Von Gottschall, Frankfurt, 1887
2r2rkb/pq1b1p2/2np1Pp1/3p3p/1p1BP2R/1P6/P1PQN1PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5 if gxh5 Qg5+ mates ]

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

d)
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Hahn, Nuremberg, 1887
1r1b3k/2q4p/p4pr1/2pBnRp1/3BP3/6Q1/PP4PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if fxe5 Rf8+ mates ]

e)
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Johannnes Zukertort, Frankfurt, 1887
r4rk1/2pqbppp/p1n1b3/1p1pP3/3Nn3/1BP5/PP3PPP/RNBQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 w/Rxe4 ]

1887 puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jean Taubenhaus vs Colchester, Paris, 1887
r2qkb1r/ppp2ppp/3p4/4n3/2B3b1/2P2N2/PPP3PP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 ]

b)
Jean Taubenhaus vs Semyon Alapin, Frankfurt, 1887
r3k2r/pppnqppp/8/1QbP3n/5P2/3B3P/PPP1N1P1/R1B2K1R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 ]

c)
Amos Burn vs George Mackenzie, Frankfurt, 1887
2r1r3/1b2qpk1/pp3bp1/3N2p1/3p4/4P1Q1/PPR1NPPP/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc2 if Nxe7 Rxe2 ]

d)
Berthold Englisch vs Emanuel Schiffers, Frankfurt, 1887
2b1r1k1/pp6/2p3p1/5p1p/1PPq4/3B1K2/P5PP/1R1Q1N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f4 if Rb3 Bg4# or if h3 Re3+ Kf2 Rxd3+ ]

e)
Isidor Gunsberg vs Theodor Von Scheve, Frankfurt, 1887
2k3rr/1pp5/1n1P2q1/1Q2p3/R5P1/2P5/PP2K2p/3R3B b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ if Rd2 Qxa4 ]

1887 puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Max Harmonist vs Amos Burn, Frankfurt, 1887
rn3rk1/pp4pp/8/2ppn3/6q1/2PB4/PP1QNP1P/R2N1K1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ ]

b)
Hermann Von Gottschall vs Berthold Englisch, Frankfurt, 1887
6k1/pp4pp/2p1brq1/3pn3/4P2P/2N1PBP1/PPP1Q1K1/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if Rxf3 Bg4 ]

c)
John Witton vs David Heiman, Adelaide, 1887
r3r1k1/p4ppp/2p5/2bpnq2/5B2/P5Pb/1PPQBP1P/2RNR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe4 if Bf1 Nf3+ ]

More Puzzles