'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 1896.
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.
Frank Teed vs Eugene Delmar, New York, 1896
rnbqkbn1/ppppp3/7r/6pp/3P1p2/3BP1B1/PPP2PPP/RN1QK1NR w - - 0 1
[ Qxh5+ Rxh5 Bg6# ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Fraser vs Farrow, corr., 1896
1rb3k1/ppN2R1p/2n1P1p1/6p1/6B1/8/PPP3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Kh8 Nf6 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Adolf Albin vs Szymon Winawer, Nuernberg, 1896
r1b2r1k/pp4pp/8/2p3Q1/2Pp1p1n/3PpN2/PPB2qPP/RNB4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3 gxh3 Nxf3 Qg3 Qf1+ ]

d)
White mates in 5
Rotterdam vs Leiden, corr., 1896
4q1kr/p4p2/1p1QbPp1/2p1P1Np/2P5/7P/PP4P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qc7 if Kf8 Rd8 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Dr Totsa vs N Mascero, Berlin, 1896
rnbq1bnr/ppp1k1pp/8/3pN2Q/2BPp3/8/PPP2PPP/RNB1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ Kd6 Qxd5+ Ke7 Qf7+ Kd6 Nc3 if Nf3 Nb5# ]

1e)
mate in 5
Dr Totsa vs N Mascero

1896 puzzles, pt ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
L Rosen vs Wilhelm Cohn, Eisenach, 1896
5rk1/1pp4p/p1p4R/6q1/3P3R/1PP2p2/P5rP/4Q2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2 if Qf1 Qg2+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Simon Winawer vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Nurnberg, 1896
r2qr2k/ppp3p1/3p3p/3Bn1P1/5Q2/2B5/PPP2PP1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ g6 if Re6 Rxh6+ gxh6 Bxe5+ dxe5 Qxh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Juan Corzo vs Manuel Golmayo, Havana, 1896
3r1r2/pppb1kpp/1q4n1/5NQ1/8/4R3/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Nxe7 Qxg7+ Ke6 Qxe7+ Kxf5 Rd5+ if Kd6 Rg5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 6.
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Dirk Van Foreest, Harlem, 1896
6k1/5pp1/p1n1r2p/2NQ4/1P1p4/P6P/1B1bqPP1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ if Kh2 Bf4+ g3 Qxf2+ ]

e)
White mates in 7.
David Janowski vs Joseph Noa, Budapest, 1896
r1b3kq/p2nrn1p/1p1R1p1B/4p1p1/6N1/1B3P1P/P2Q2P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ if Qxf6 Rxf6 Kh8 Rxf7 ]

2d)
mate in 6
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Dirk Van Foreest

1896 puzzles, pt iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first..
a)
Black mates in 7.
Reinisch vs K Traxler, Prague, 1896
r1bNk2r/p1pp2pp/8/1pn1p3/8/1BK5/PPPPQbPP/RNB4R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ Kb4 a5+ Kxb5 Ba6+ Kxa5 Bd3+ Kb4 Na6+ ]

b)
Harry Pillsbury vs NN, St Petersberg, 1896
r2b2k1/p1pq1ppp/2pp4/3N3Q/8/2P5/PP3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 ]

c)
Adolf Albin vs Ignacy Von Popiel, Budapest, 1896
r3rkn1/1pqnb1pp/p1p2p2/3p1PPN/3P3B/P1P2Q1P/1P1N4/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 if Qd6 Ne6+ Kf7 Qh5+ ]

d)
Wilhelm Steinitz vs C Enschede, Haarlem Simul, 1896
3qn1k1/1p2b1pp/p1r1p1r1/n2p2B1/3P2B1/2N3P1/PP2QP1P/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 Qxe7 Nxd5 Qd7 Nf4 if Rf6 Rxc6 w/Bxe6+ ]

e)
A D Dadiani vs Doubrava, Kiev, 1896
r1bqkbnr/pppnpp1p/3p2p1/8/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ Kxf7 Ng5+ if Kf5 Qf3+ mates or if Ke8 Ne6 ]

3a)
mate in 7
Reinisch vs K Traxler

1896 puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Levin vs Simon Alapin, St Petersberg, 1896
r1b1rqk1/p1p2p1p/2p2Bp1/2b1N3/6PQ/2P5/PP3P1P/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Bxd7 Nxd7 Qd6 Qh6 or if h6 Rxf7 ]

b)
Harry Pillsbury vs George Marco, Nurnberg, 1896
r3r1k1/pb2qp1p/1pp2bpB/8/2P4P/5Q2/PPB2PP1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Qxd7 Qxf6 mates ]

c)
Geza Maroczy vs Kopstein, Budapest, 1896
4r2r/1p1k2p1/p6p/3Pp2P/2N1pq2/2RB4/P3KN2/1R6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7+ if Kd8 Nd6 ]

d)
NN vs Van Rhein, 1896
r2qk1r1/pppnbp1p/4b3/3pN3/3P1BpP/8/PPP1Q1P1/2K1RB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Bxf7 Bxc7 ]

e)
Riga vs Orel, corr., 1896
7k/1pn4p/p1q2bp1/8/P2B4/1B6/4QPPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb2 if h6 Qc4 ]

4e)
Riga vs Orel

1896 puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Weiss vs Briefner, Germany, 1896
r2qk2r/pppbbp1p/2np3B/1B1N4/3PP2P/8/PPP3p1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if Kxf7 Qh5+ mates ]

b)
Emanuel Schiffers vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Rostov, 1896
4r1k1/pp1n1b2/1qp3p1/4B1P1/P1P4P/3p4/2P1QR1K/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if dxe2 Rg7+ mates ]

c)
Ignacy Popiel vs Dawid Janowski, Budapest, 1896
6k1/6pp/2p5/3p4/3PPPnq/8/2Q1R2P/r4NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3 if Rf2 Nxf2 Qxf2 dxe4 ]

d)
Rezso Charousek vs Mikhail Chigorin, Budapest, 1896
r1b3k1/pp3p2/7p/3Pr2q/5QpP/8/PPP3P1/R1B3KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

e)
Berry1 vs Layzelle, London, 1896
4nrk1/2b4p/p5p1/1p1p1bP1/1Ppq4/P1N5/3QB2R/R4N1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Be4+ Nxe4 Qxe4+ if Rg2 Rf2 Ne3 Qh4+ or if Kg1 Bb6+ ]

f)
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker, Nuernberg, 1896
4r1k1/p1Q2p2/5n1p/2Pp2pq/1P6/P3BP2/6Pr/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kf2 Ne4+ if fxe4 Rxd1 or if Ke2 Nc3+ ]

g)
Emanuel Schiffers vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Rostov on Don, 1896
4r1k1/pp3p2/1b3Ppp/3P4/6q1/6NP/P3N2K/Q4R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2+ Nxe2 Qxe2+ if Kh1 Bc7 ]

5a)
Weiss vs Briefner

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