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Here are some chess puzzles from the 19th Olympiad in Siegen.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
White mates in 2.
Svein Johannessen vs David Levy, Siegen, 1970
2qk3r/2b1n2p/1pB2Rp1/r5B1/3P1p2/4Q1P1/P3PP1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Nicholas Patterson vs W R Withers, Siegen, 1970
r3nrk1/ppp3N1/3p4/3Pp3/q1P1b1B1/5p1Q/PP1K1P2/6RR w - - 1 0
[ Be6+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Terje Wibe vs Georgios Trikaliotis, Siegen, 1970
r3k3/p1qn4/5Qn1/1B1pPp2/1P3P2/P3P2R/7K/2r3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Ulrich Steiner vs Douglas Hamilton, Siegen, 1970
rr4k1/2p1bbpp/3p1p2/2p2P2/6P1/P1B4P/1PpR4/K1N4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Rik Wostin vs Samuel Estimo, Siegen, 1970
5rk1/3Q2p1/p2Pp3/1p3p2/8/PPq2r2/2PR2RP/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3+ ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Samuel Reshevsky vs Yasuji Matsumoto, Siegen, 1970
r3rk2/1p1RnpbQ/p3pqBB/2p5/8/6P1/PPP2P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Ng8 Qxg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Christ Papapostolou vs Eliseo Gonzales, Siegen, 1970
1r2q1r1/3bp1bk/1p1p1p2/p3n1Qp/P3P3/1BN1BP2/1PP4P/2KR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg8+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Maxwell Fuller vs Ridha Belkadi, Siegen, 1970
7k/ppp1r3/3pNb1q/3P4/2P3R1/6Q1/PP3PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ Kh7 Nf8+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Choo-Kwee Giam vs Aurelio Vila, Siegen, 1970
1r1r4/n4RQ1/8/2q4k/P3p3/8/4p1PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ g4+ Kh4 Qh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Kaarle Ojanen vs Malkiel Peretz, Siegen, 1970
5r2/p3Qnkp/1p3Np1/2p3P1/3q4/5P2/PP3R1r/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Re8+ ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Slobodan Krstic vs W R Withers, Siegen, 1970
r4rk1/1bq1bp1p/p2pp1p1/1p4PQ/3BP3/1PNR4/1PP2P1P/2K3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Jose Mondragon vs Luis Santos, Siegen, 1970
r6r/1b3k2/pq3p1p/1p1p1Q2/6N1/8/PPB2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Finn Petersen vs Rusli, Siegen, 1970
2r4k/1p1R4/p3N1Bb/8/8/P4p2/1r5P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ Kg8 Bc2+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Serge Wilhelm vs John Purdy, Siegen, 1970
5B2/pp2rp1k/8/2b5/4n1R1/1P4P1/P2r3P/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg3+ hxg3 Rf2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Serge Wilhelm vs Wlodzimierz Schmidt, Siegen, 1970
r4rk1/p6p/1p2bq2/2p1N1p1/3pP3/Q5n1/P5BK/1R1RB3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh6+ if Bh3 Qxh3+ ]

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19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
J Safvat vs Milan Matulovic, Siegen, 1970
1r4r1/1bk2N2/p7/1pb2P2/1P2n3/8/P1P3RP/3R1B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Petrakis Avgousti vs N Uzman, Siegen, 1970
r3k2r/1bpp1ppp/p7/1pb5/4P1nq/1B3N2/PP3PPP/RNBQR1K1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ Kh1 Qg1+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Slobodan Krstic vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren, Siegen, 1970
4r1k1/pp3pb1/6p1/4P1B1/1q3P1Q/2r4R/6PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Jacek Bednarski vs Nouisseri, Siegen, 1970
rn3rk1/pp3pbp/q4Bp1/2pNP3/3p4/5b2/PPPQ1PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Robert Fischer vs W Hook, Siegen, 1970
4q2r/p1r1kp2/4pR1p/2p1P2P/8/P1P2Q2/2P2P2/3RK3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6+ if Kf8 Qf6 ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Torbjorn Thomsen vs Klaus Scharff, Siegen, 1970
1qr2b2/ppp2k2/1n5r/5Ppp/8/1PQ3P1/PB2RP1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ if Bxeu Qg7+ or if Kg8 R1e6 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Edgar De Castro vs Kattani, Siegen, 1970
5rk1/pp3r1p/2p1BQ2/b2p4/q2P4/1R3NP1/P1P2P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 if h6 Qxh6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Y Hadjittofis vs Francisco Munoz Moreno, Siegen, 1970
5r2/1p3q1k/p1b1p1Rp/4b3/P3pr2/4Q3/1PP1B2P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ Kxh6 Qh3+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Tudev Ujtumen vs M Clua Ballague, Siegen, 1970
r3r2k/2q2pb1/n2p3p/p1pPpbB1/P1P1P2Q/6RP/2B2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf6 if Rg8 Qxh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Belarbi vs A Gouder, Siegen, 1970
2r3k1/2r3p1/b3p1P1/pp1pP3/3q4/PP1B4/3Q3R/1K3R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Duraku vs I Hoshino, Siegen, 1970
6r1/1pqr1k2/p2p2p1/2nP4/3B1P2/1P3B1P/P1Q1R2K/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5+ gxf5 Bh5+ Rg6 Bxg6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Karl Roehrl vs Dusan Zorko, Siegen, 1970
3rnrk1/2qnbp1p/p3p1pQ/1p6/3BBP2/5R2/PPP3PP/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Marcio Miranda vs Renzo Castagna, Siegen, 1970
6k1/5p2/6pp/2pP4/5p2/P3q3/1P3N2/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg3+ Kh1 f3 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Juan Bellon Lopez vs Jan Smejkal, Siegen, 1970
6k1/1p1b3p/2pp2p1/p7/2Pb2Pq/1P1PpK2/P1N3RP/1RQ5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg4+ Rxg4 Qf2+ Ke4 Qf5+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Yasuji Matsumoto vs Choo-Kwee Giam, Siegen, 1970
7Q/1p2qk1p/2pB2p1/2P2pn1/1P6/6P1/4bP1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kg2 Qe4+ if Kxh3 Bf1# ]

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19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Hans Holaszek vs C Price, Siegen, 1970
2b3q1/1p1p3k/r2N2pp/p2Q4/8/5R2/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ if Kh8 Qd4+ or if Qg7 Rxg7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Orkan Gunsav vs Jose Pinto Paiva, Siegen, 1970
4r3/1R6/1R1p2kp/3P1qp1/2P1r2P/5pP1/5P1K/3Q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh4+ gxh4 Qf4+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Francisco Sanz Alonso vs Abraham, Siegen, 1970
1k5r/1ppB1p1b/p7/8/4pBP1/2P5/r6P/1R2R2K w - - 1 0
[ Rxb7+ if Kxb7 Rb1+ or if Ka8 Bc6 ]

d)
Yair Kraidman vs Alexandre Saliba, Siegen, 1970
r4rk1/6pp/p4p2/1P1np3/8/2B1P3/1P2BPPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4 if Rad8 e4 axb5 Bxd5+ Kh8 Bb4 Rfe8 Bf7 ]

e)
Mokhtar Kadiri vs W R Withers, Siegen, 1970
5rk1/ppp1qppp/4b3/3r4/8/2QB1P2/PPP3PP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
F Loheac-Amoun vs Bernard Palmer, Siegen, 1970
r1bq1rk1/pp1p1pbp/2n1pnp1/6B1/3NP3/2N3P1/PPP2PBP/R2QK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Nxc6 bxc6 e5 ]

b)
Milan Matulovic vs Ballague Clua, Siegen, 1970
2rnrbk1/1q1b1p1p/p4Bp1/1p4N1/1P2P3/PB2p2P/6P1/R2QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd8 Rexd8 Nxf7 Be6 Nxd8 Qb6 Nxe6 ]

c)
Antonio Medina-Garcia vs MIchel Zapuzek, Siegen, 1970
r1b2rk1/1p3ppp/p1n1pn2/2q5/5B2/3B1N2/PPP2PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd6 if Qxd6 Bxh7+ ]

d)
Jan Smejkal vs Michael Freeman, Siegen, 1970
r2qr1k1/p3nppp/1pp2b2/n1Pp1b2/3P4/BPN2N1P/P3BPP1/2RQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ g4 Be4 g5 ]

e)
Terrey Shaw vs Nikolaos Skalkotas, Siegen, 1970
4k3/p7/2p1p3/3rn2P/2N3R1/2Pp2P1/P2K4/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe5 Rxe5 h6 if Rh5 Rh4 ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Laszlo Witt vs Hasibul Hasan, Siegen, 1970
r1bqnrk1/pppnp1bp/3pp1p1/8/2BP4/5N1P/PPP1QPP1/RNB1K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Ng5 Nb6 Bxe6+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

b)
Malkiel Peretz vs Borje Jansson, Siegen, 1970
4r2k/p1p1r1bp/2p2pp1/N1Nq3n/3P2b1/1Q2B3/PPP3PP/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ c4 if Qf7 or Qd8 Nxc6 ]

c)
Beverley Potter vs J Pantebre Martinez, Siegen, 1970
r4rk1/p3bppp/bpn1pn2/2qp4/P2N4/2P1P1P1/1P3PBP/RNBQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ b4 Nxb4 cxb4 Qxb4 Ba3 ]

d)
Nigel Bloch vs Paul Milbers, Siegen, 1970
1k1r2nr/pp3pp1/3q2b1/2N4p/5Q1P/5PN1/PP3P2/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rfd1 if Qxf4 Rxd8+ ]

e)
Larry Evans vs Victor Cilia Vincenti, Siegen, 1970
2kr1n1r/pp3q2/2p2b1p/4pNp1/3nP1P1/2BP3P/PP3Q2/1K1R1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Bxd4 if exd4 e5 Bg7 Nd6+ or if Rxd4 Nxd4 e5 ]

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19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Roman Hernandez vs Bessaria, Siegen, 1970
3r1rbk/pp1R2bp/5p2/8/1q3B1R/4P3/PP4PP/1Q4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7 if f5 Be5 mates or if Kxg7 Bh6+ Kf7 Rxb4 ]

b)
Anton Heyns vs Norbert Stull, Siegen, 1970
3q2k1/1RN2p1p/2n3p1/3p4/3b1Q2/4nB1P/6P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6 if Qf6 Rb8+ or if Qe8 Nxd4 Nxd4 Rb8 ]

c)
William Lombardy vs Luben Popov, Siegen, 1970
r4rk1/2q2p2/p2p2p1/2pPP1Bb/2Nb4/3B4/PP1Q4/2K2R2 w - - 1 0
[ Bf6 if Kh7 Rh1 mates ]

d)
Silvino Garcia Martinez vs Hans Holaszek, Siegen, 1970
r2q1rk1/2p2ppp/p2b4/1pnnpNN1/8/2PPB2P/PPQ2PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ d4 if exd4 Nh6+ mates ]

e)
Roderick McKay vs Ridha Belkadi, Siegen, 1970
2r2rk1/pb2bppp/1p2pn2/2qN4/2P5/3B4/PB2QPPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 if Bxf6 Qe4 or if gxf6 Nxe7+ Qxe7 Qg4+ Kh8 Qh4 ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. xi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nikola Padevsky vs Julio Bolbochan, Siegen, 1970
3R1n2/p1r2k1p/5p1P/8/3N1p2/8/P5P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ ]

b)
Lian-Ann Tan vs Yukio Miyasaki, Siegen, 1970
1n2r1k1/p4p2/b3Bq2/3Pp1pQ/2p5/b1P3P1/P4P2/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 if Qxe5 Qxf7+ Kh8 Qxe8+ Kg7 Qf7+ or if Nd7 Rxg5+ Kf8 Bxd7 ]

c)
Zvonko Vranesic vs Jesus Diez Del Corral, Siegen, 1970
1r4k1/4n1b1/3p2pp/2pP4/Q3P3/2Nq4/1P3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd1 ]

d)
Henry Camilleri vs Pedro Lorinczi Retek, Siegen, 1970
3r4/1p2bk1p/p1q1p1p1/2P1p1B1/P6P/1Q6/2P2P2/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd8 ]

e)
Ismet Ibrahimoglu vs Slobodan Krstic, Siegen, 1970
2b1nrk1/2p1bppp/p7/1p1Nr3/2pN4/8/PPP2PPP/R1BR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc6 Bd6 Nxe5 Bxe5 Ne7+ ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. xii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Triantafyllos Siaperas vs Stefano Tatai, Siegen, 1970
r1q1rb1k/3R1Qp1/p1b4p/1p2p3/2p2B2/4N3/PP3PPP/1n1RN1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh6 ]

b)
Joao Cordovil vs David Friedgood, Siegen, 1970
r2r2k1/1b4p1/ppq1p2p/2P1b3/4N3/3B4/PP2Q1PP/1K1R3R w - - 1 0
[ Nd6 if Bxd6 Qxe6+ Kh8 Qg6 Kg8 Qg8 Qh7+ or if Bf6 Qxe6+ Kh8 Nf7+ mates ]

c)
Antonio Medina-Garcia vs Pal Benko, Siegen, 1970
r7/pb2kq2/1p3p2/4pn2/2QpP1p1/3P4/PPP3B1/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Qc7+ if Ke6 exf5+ or if Kf8 Rh8+ Kg7 Rh7+ ]

d)
Jacques Bedros vs Ove Kinnmark, Siegen, 1970
2br2k1/4bppp/p1Q1pn2/4q3/Nr6/1P2BB2/P1P2PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd6 g3 Bb7 ]

e)
Sameer Sursock vs Bent Larsen, Siegen, 1970
r1b1kbr1/1p3p1p/pq1ppp2/4n3/3NP3/1BN5/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 b q - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 Qxd4 Nf3+ ]

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19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. xiii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ann Lim Kok vs Roderick McKay, Siegen, 1970
3r4/1p2kpp1/1P3bp1/8/pR6/P1p1PPnP/6P1/2BNK3 b - - 0 1
[ ...c2 ]

b)
Brian Donnelly vs Lian-Ann Tan, Siegen, 1970
r2r2k1/pp2qppp/1n6/4pb2/2Pn4/1P2BN2/PQ2BPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe2+ Qxe2 Bd3 ]

c)
Joseph Feller vs Raymond Keene, Siegen, 1970
6r1/q6k/5n2/pBbPp2p/2N1Pp2/P4P1P/2R4K/5Q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg1 if Qe2 Qg7 mates ]

d)
Renato Naranja vs Lajos Portisch, Siegen, 1970
r2r2k1/p2bppbp/3q2p1/1p1Pn3/4P2P/1Q1BBP2/P3N1P1/2R1K2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Qb4+ Qxb4 Nxd3+ ]

e)
F Loheac-Amoun vs Orestes Rodriguez, Siegen, 1970
8/3R2p1/pbp2pk1/1p5p/4K3/2P2Q1P/PP3q2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5+ if Kf4 Be3+ ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. xiv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Renzo Castagna vs Leslie Leow, Siegen, 1970
5rk1/1r4pp/2p1p1b1/Q1PpP3/5P2/Pq1B2P1/3R3P/1R5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd3 if Rxd3 Be4+ Kg1 Rxb1+ Kf2 Bxd3 or if Rxb7 Qf1# ]

b)
Ole Jakobsen vs Israel Gelfer, Siegen, 1970
r1bq1rk1/pp2ppbp/2n3p1/2pn4/3p1P2/NP2PN2/PBPPB1PP/3RQRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d3 if Bxg7 dxe2 ]

c)
Bernard Palmer vs Ismet Ibrahimoglu, Siegen, 1970
3N2k1/p5p1/1p2pn1p/3q1p2/8/3Q4/PP4PP/1B2rRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc5+ Kh1 Qf2 ]

d)
Ivan Radulov vs Edmar Mednis, Siegen, 1970
2br4/2p5/1p3k2/pP6/4Ppp1/2P2P2/1P1rR2R/5KB1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ if Kg2 R8d3 or if Re1 g3 Rh4 g2+ Kf2 R8d2+ ]

e)
Peter Birk Petersen vs Ortvin Sarapu, Siegen, 1970
r4r1k/2p2Bpp/p2qRb2/1p6/3P4/5Q1P/P4PP1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd7 Rxf6 Qxd4 ]

19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen puzzles, pt. xv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
John Purdy vs Robert Hartoch, Siegen, 1970
1rb3k1/3n1pbp/3p2p1/1N1P4/1p3P2/4N2P/1P1nB1P1/R1B3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb3 Rb1 Ba6 if Nc3 bxc3 or if Bc4 Nxc1 or if Nd4 Bxd4 ]

b)
Lajos Portisch vs Svetozar Gligoric, Siegen, 1970
5r1k/1p3Pbp/p2p4/3Q2PP/6q1/8/PPB5/1K2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb4 ]

c)
Magnus Solmundarson vs Alvise Zichichi, Siegen, 1970
6k1/7p/3p2p1/Bp1Pp1P1/rP1q2n1/3b2P1/3Q1PB1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1 if Bf1 Nxf2 Kh2 Ng4+ mates ]

d)
Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren vs Miguel Cuellar Gacharna, Siegen, 1970
r5k1/p4pp1/1qb2n1p/3pr3/3Q4/1BN2P2/PP4PP/R2R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]


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