In this first combination, Steinitz draws the enemy king out into the open along the white squares and then checkmates him. ¬†The game must have been played at odds as white’s QR is missing!



The second position sees the black queen deflected from the key e6 square, all owing the white queen to invade and force a pretty checkmate.



The third position shows black destroying what remains of the white king’s shelter, it is mate in 2 moves!



The fourth and final position is won for white positionally after any sensible queen move. ¬†However the existence of an advanced pawn along with the enemy king’s position means there is a decisive combination available.