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+ if Nxf5 e6# ]

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+ Kxf6 Qe6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Harry Pillsbury vs George Lyman, Chicago, 1899
3r1rk1/ppp2p1p/6p1/4B1N1/8/2n5/PqB1Q1PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if gxh5 Bxh7# ]

1b)
mate in 2
Aaron Nimzowitsch vs Gustav Neumann

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+ Kxh3 Ne3+ Kh2 Rg8# ]

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+ if Qxd7 Qf8 Qe8 Nf7+ ]

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+ Kh3 Qf1+ ]

2b)
mate in 3
Jan Tresling vs Henry Atkins

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+ Kxh7 Rh5+ Kg8 Ng6 ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Harry Pillsbury vs NN, Toronto, 1899
2rqk2r/3n1ppp/1p2n3/p7/3P4/B2B2Q1/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ if fxe6 Bg6+ or if Qe7 Rxe7+ Kf8 Rxd7+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Geza Maroczy vs Henry Bird, London, 1899
4r2k/3n1R2/2pq3p/p1p5/3n3P/P2P4/B1P2QP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Kxh7 Qf7+ Kh8 Qxe8+ ]

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

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

3a)
mate in 6
Dawid Janowski vs Carl Schlechter

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+ Qxe2 exf4 e5 ]

b)
Akiba Rubinstein vs Karel Hromadka, Maehrisch-Ostrau, 1899
kb4r1/pp1r1Rp1/1Qpq3p/P3p3/2B1P3/2PP2Pn/1PK5/R5B1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5 Rxf7 Bxd6 Bxd6 Bxf7 axb6 axb6+ Kb8 Bxg8 ]

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)
H Imbusch vs H Goring, Munich, 1899
r1bq1bkr/pppp2pp/2n5/4p3/4N3/5Q2/PPPP1PPP/R1B1K1NR w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Qf6 Qd5+ ]

e)
W Meiners vs Julius Dimer, Amsterdam, 1899
r4rk1/p1pb2pp/8/3p4/5Bn1/8/PPP3PP/RN3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb5 if Rf3 Be2 ]

4c)
Carl Schlechter vs Philip Meitner

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+ Rxa7 Rxa7 if Kxa7 b8/Q+ mates ]

c)
Grossbach vs Emerich, Vienna, 1899
rnb1r1k1/ppppBppp/1b1P4/1q6/4N3/8/PP3PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kh8 Qc2 or if gxf6 Qg4+ Qg5 Bxf6 ]

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

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

5d)
Wilhelm Schwan vs N Mannheimer

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