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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+ gxf6 Bh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Amos Burn vs F Braund, London, 1887
r6k/pppb1B2/6Q1/8/3P4/2P1q3/PKP3PP/7R w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ Kh7 Bg6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Richardson vs Eugene Delmar, New York, 1887
rnb3kr/ppp2ppp/1b6/3q4/3pN3/Q4N2/PPP2KPP/R1B1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Qf8+ Kxf8 Bh6+ ]

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+ or if Kh1 Rxd1+ ]

1d)
mate in 4
Richardson vs Eugene Delmar

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 Rxd2 Bxc2+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Emil Schallop vs Amos Burn, Frankfurt, 1887
3b1r1k/1p3r1p/4Q3/p4N1R/P7/1P1q2P1/4RPK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7 if Qxf5 Rxh7+ ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Jean Taubenhaus vs Jakob Halpern, Germany, 1887
r3kbnr/pp3ppp/8/3p4/3Q1p2/1KN2P1B/PPP4P/R1B1q3 w - - 0 1
[ Qa4+ if Ke7 Qd7+ Kf6 Nxd5+ ]

e)
White mates in 8.
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Irion & Kurschner, Nuremberg, 1887
r1q3k1/pp1bb2p/2p1N1n1/3P3Q/8/8/PPPB2PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 if Kxf7 Qxh7+ Kf6 Bc3+ ]

2b)
mate in 5
Emanuel Schiffers vs Amos Burn

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 if hxg6 Bxf4+ Kg8 Rxg6+ ]

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+ Kg7 Ne6+ ]

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 fxe6 Rxe4 ]

3c)
George McKenzie vs Siegbert Tarrasch

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 if Bxd1 Bxf7+ mates ]

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 ]

4a)
Jean Taubenhaus vs Colchester

1887 puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
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+ ]

5c)
John Witton vs David Heiman

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