Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maurice Ashley.
White to move and win except where noted.

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



a) White Mates in 4. Ashley vs David Arnett, New York, 1993
4k3/2q2p2/4p3/3bP1Q1/p6R/r6P/6PK/5B2 w - - 0 1

b)
Black Mates in 5. Daniel Shapiro vs Ashley, New York, 1993
6k1/6p1/1pQqp2p/1P3p2/2pb3P/5P2/3KR3/rR6 b - - 0 1
[ ..Bc3+ Kxc3 Qd3+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Norman Rogers vs Ashley, New York, 1994
2r3k1/3b1ppp/p3p3/3nP1PP/1r1N1P2/5N2/1P6/1KR4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Ashley vs Robert Kempinski, Bad Wessee, 1997
3r1b1r/kp1N1Qp1/p6p/2pP4/8/8/q1PB1PPP/1R1KR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7+ Kxb7 Nxc5+ Kb6 Qb7+ ]



e) White Mates in 4. Ashley vs Almira Skripchenko, Cannes, 1998
2rr1nk1/1b3p2/1qn2Ppp/1pR1p3/1p5P/P3QN2/1B3PP1/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1



Ashley Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ashley vs Ben Deng, Hawaii, 1998
r1b2rk1/pp4bp/1n3pp1/1B1qp3/8/4BN2/PP3PPP/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4 Qxc4 Rxc4 Nxc4 Qd5+ ]

b)
Ashley vs Charles Van Buskirk, Los Angeles, 2000
6k1/p1r2p1p/4p1pB/1p1nP3/4q3/2P5/PP3QPP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 ]

c)
Ashley vs Robert Olsen, New York, 2000
1r6/2nn1pk1/3p2pp/Rp1P4/1R6/4B2P/BPr2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb3 ]

d)
Ashley vs Joshua Friedel, Framingham, 2001
4rrk1/ppn1qppn/2ppb2p/4p3/P1PPPP2/2PN1QP1/6BP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ fxe5 if Bxc4 exd6 w/Ba3 ]

Interview with Maurice Ashley



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