See 2, 3 or 4 moves ahead



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 1899.
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.
Harry Pillsbury vs Samuel Tinsley, London, 1899
3k1r1r/pb3p2/1p4p1/1B2B3/3qn3/6QP/P4RP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Aaron Nimzowitsch vs Gustav Neumann, Riga, 1899
r1b3nr/ppqk1Bbp/2pp4/4P1B1/3n4/3P4/PPP2QPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Ryder vs NN, Leipzig, 1899
rn2kb1r/1pQbpppp/1p6/qp1N4/6n1/8/PPP3PP/2KR2NR w - - 0 1
[ Qc8+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Geza Maroczy vs Heinrich Wolf, Berlin, 1899
3r4/2p2k1p/pqp1RB2/2r5/PbQ2N2/1P3PP1/2P3P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Harry Pillsbury vs George Lyman, Chicago, 1899
3r1rk1/ppp2p1p/6p1/4B1N1/8/2n5/PqB1Q1PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 ]

1899 puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Edward Jackson vs Frank Marshall, London, 1899
8/p1p5/2p3k1/2b1rpB1/7K/2P3PP/P1P2r2/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf4+ if Bxf4 Be7+ or if gxf4 Bf2# ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Jan Tresling vs Henry Atkins, Amsterdam, 1899
r7/1p1b3q/3p1nk1/3Pp1p1/1P2Ppn1/R4P2/P1B3K1/2Q1N1B1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ if Kxh3 Ne3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
C F Rydberg vs Verner Nielsen, Copenhagen, 1899
2b2rk1/2p1n2p/pp1p3r/3Pp1p1/1PP1Pp1q/P2Q1P1P/2B1N1PK/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf2 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Samuel Tinsley, London, 1899
3k4/R2pq1p1/3Rp2r/1r1bPpNp/5P1P/Q1P5/1P6/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ R6xd7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Dawid Janowski, London, 1899
6k1/3Q1p2/p4qp1/1p5p/1P1R3P/5PK1/P1r5/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe5+ Rf4 Qe1+ ]

1899 puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Dawid Janowski vs Carl Schlechter, London, 1899
2b3k1/4rrpp/p2p4/2pP2RQ/1pP1Pp1N/1P3P1P/1q6/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Harry Pillsbury vs NN, Toronto, 1899
2rqk2r/3n1ppp/1p2n3/p7/3P4/B2B2Q1/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Geza Maroczy vs Henry Bird, London, 1899
4r2k/3n1R2/2pq3p/p1p5/3n3P/P2P4/B1P2QP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ ]

d)
Simon Alapin vs Zinkl, Vienna, 1899
2b3r1/3kq1r1/2n1pQ1p/1p1pP2B/pPpP3N/P1P2R2/5P2/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bf7 ]

e)
Harry Pillsbury vs NN, Newark, 1899
rnbq1rk1/ppb1nppp/2p1p3/3pP3/2PP4/2NB1N2/PP3PPP/R1BQK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ ]

'Sac&Mate' - sacs that end in mate



1899 puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Adolf Rosentreter vs Leopold Hoffer, Berlin, 1899
r1bqk2r/pppp1p2/5n1p/4p3/2BnPp1B/8/PPP3PP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf4 if Ne2+ Bxe2 w/Qd4 & Bxf6 ]

b)
Akiba Rubinstein vs Karel Hromadka, Maehrisch-Ostrau, 1899
kb4r1/pp1r1Rp1/1Qpq3p/P3p3/2B1P3/2PP2Pn/1PK5/R5B1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5 Rxf7 Bxd6 Rf2+ Qxf2 Nxf2 Bc5 ]

c)
Carl Schlechter vs Philip Meitner, Berlin, 1899
8/p5Q1/2ppq2p/3n2p1/3B2Pk/2P2P2/P7/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6+ if Qxh6 Kh2 mates ]

d)
Shorochov vs Pirtzhalava, corr., 1899
1Rb4r/4kr2/p1p1pb2/4p2p/2P5/q7/P2QB1PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh5+ if R7c8 Rb7+ mates ]

e)
W Meiners vs Julius Dimer, Amsterdam, 1899
r4rk1/p1pb2pp/8/3p4/5Bn1/8/PPP3PP/RN3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb5 ]

1899 puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Henry Atkins vs Jan Te Kolste, Amsterdam, 1899
2rqr1k1/1b1nbppp/pp2p3/3nN1B1/3P4/1BN5/PP2QPPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 ]

b)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Jankovitch, Moscow, 1899
1k1n4/1P4pp/r1rp1p2/1R2p3/4P3/4BP2/5P1P/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ Ba7+ ]

c)
Grossbach vs Emerich, Vienna, 1899
rnb1r1k1/ppppBppp/1b1P4/1q6/4N3/8/PP3PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

d)
H Imbusch vs H Goring, Munich, 1899
r1bq1bkr/pppp2pp/2n5/4p3/4N3/5Q2/PPPP1PPP/R1B1K1NR w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

e)
J Moquette vs Adolf Olland, Amsterdam, 1899
2r4k/1b2q1pp/p5r1/4p1n1/1PBpPpP1/P4P2/6QP/2R1NR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rgc6 if Qe2 Qc7 ]

f)
Wilhelm Schwan vs N Mannheimer, Amsterdam, 1899
6rk/p1pb1prp/2pb3q/4p3/B3P3/3R1Q1P/PPP1NRP1/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 if Qe3 Qxe3 Rxe3 Bc5 ]

g)
Mikhail Chigorin vs Emanuel Lasker, London, 1899
r7/1k4p1/2pp1p1p/1p2pP2/3bP1PP/1q1P1B2/R2Q3R/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa2 Qxa2 Be3+ ]

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