'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Louis Paulsen.
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.
Louis Paulsen vs Blachy, New York, 1857
1rb4r/pkPp3p/1b1P3n/1Q6/N3Pp2/8/P1P3PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Ka6 cxb8/N# ]

b)
Louis Paulsen vs Paul Morphy, New York, 1857
3rk3/2pbb3/p1p5/2P1rp2/BP3Npp/P2R4/6PP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Bxc6 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Louis Paulsen vs NN, 1857
r1bqr1k1/ppp2pp1/3p4/4n1NQ/2B1PN2/8/P4PPP/b4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ Nxf7 Bxf7+ Kf8 Ng6# ]

d)
Louis Paulsen vs Gustav Neumann, Berlin, 1861
r6r/ppp1kBpp/1q6/1P1Qb3/2n1P1b1/2P5/P5PP/1NB2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ba3+ Nxa3 Qxe5+ Kd8 Qxg7 Qxb5 Qxh8+ ]

e)
Louis Paulsen vs NN, 1861
r3k1r1/pppq1pPp/1b1p4/3Pn1B1/6b1/5N2/5PPP/RN1QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ >Nxe5 if dxe5 Rxe5+ Be6 Qh5 or if Bxd1 Ng4+ Qe7 Rxe7+ ]


mate in 3
Louis Paulsen vs NN

Louis Paulsen, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Louis Paulsen vs C Bollen, Dusseldorf, 1863
k7/1p1rr1pp/pR1p1p2/Q1pq4/P7/8/2P3PP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa6+ bxa6 Qxa6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Carstanjen vs Louis Paulsen, Cologne, 1861
2k5/ppp2Rpp/8/2b5/8/1Q2r3/PKp1q1PP/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3+ axb3 Bd4+ Ka3 Qa6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Louis Paulsen vs Victor Knorre, Leipzig, 1865
4rnk1/p1p4p/7B/3p4/2q5/6P1/PPP4P/4QR1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Rxf8 Qe6+ Kh8 Qe5+ ]

d)
Louis Paulsen vs Johannes Zukertort, Leipzig, 1877
6rk/pp3p1p/3p1P2/3pn3/8/2PBR3/PP3PrP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7 if Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
A Franke vs Louis Paulsen, Leipzig, 1877
4r1k1/7p/2Np1p2/p2Pn1p1/PpP2p2/1P5b/3R1K1P/2B5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ ]


Louis Paulsen vs Johannes Zukertort

Louis Paulsen puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Fritz Riemann vs Louis Paulsen, Leipzig, 1879
r2q1rk1/pp3ppp/2n1bb2/3B4/Q7/2N3P1/PPP2P1P/2KR2NR b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 if bxc3 Bxd5 or if Bxe6 Bxb2+ ]

b)
H Von Schuetz vs Louis Paulsen, Berlin, 1881
1rb2rk1/1p1p1ppp/2n5/1Q2P3/4PP2/3P2P1/PP1qBK1P/2RR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe2+ Kxe2 Nd4+ ]

c)
Louis Paulsen vs M Bier, Nuremberg, 1883
r1b1k2r/ppp1nppp/4Nq2/4p3/5P2/2PBb3/PP1Q2PP/RN2K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bb5+ if c6 Qd8# or if Nc6 Nxc7+ Kf8 Qxe3 ]

d)
George Gossip vs Louis Paulsen, Breslau, 1889
8/5ppk/2Q4p/1pb1q3/4p3/2P1B1P1/PP3K1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf5+ if Ke2 Qf3+ ]


H Von Schuetz vs Louis Paulsen

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