Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ferenc Berkes.
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 2. Berkes vs Diana Nemeth, Hungary, 1996
rn2k2r/pp2b2p/2p1Q1p1/5B2/1q3B2/8/PPP3PP/3RR2K w kq - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Berkes vs Gergely Antal, Paks, 1996
r4r1k/pppbq1p1/2n1pN1p/3pP3/3P2Q1/5R2/PPP1BP1P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 if gxf6 Qxh6+ ]

c)
Berkes vs Robert Torma, Paks, 1997
8/3qp1kp/1pp1p1pb/p2nPr2/P2PN3/1BP4Q/1P4PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

d)
Berkes vs Sz Eordeogh, Paks, 1998
r4rk1/3bq1pn/2p1p2p/p1PpP2P/1p4Q1/3BRN2/PP3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 Ng5 Nxg5 if Qxg5 Qh7+ ]

e)
Berkes vs Gyula Buzas, Szekszard, 1998
r2nkq1r/pp3p2/4p1pp/6N1/3P4/2P4Q/PP4PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 Nxf7 Qe6+ Qe7 Qxg6 Kf8 Rae1 ]



Berkes Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Berkes vs Csaba Kerek, Zalakaros, 1997
3r3k/p3qpb1/1p3NPp/2p1Pp2/5P2/2P2P2/PP6/2K3QR w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ Bxh6 g7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Berkes vs Attila Guld, Paks, 2000
4b1k1/3q3p/1p1p1Qr1/p1p2p2/2P5/P2P2P1/1P4BP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ ]

c)
Berkes vs Emil Anka, Budapest, 2001
r3r3/6kp/1pp5/2n1q3/p1PR3Q/P5P1/4PP1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ ]

d)
Berkes vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Balatonlelle, 2002
r1b2rk1/ppQ3pp/5p2/2bp4/2p2B2/2P5/PPB2qPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 ]

e)
Berkes vs Csaba Balogh, Budapest, 2004
5b1k/3b2pp/1q3pn1/p7/2Q5/PP1B2P1/5P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7 Qd8 Bxg6 hxg6 Rd1 ]

Ferenc Berkes Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ferenc Berkes vs Ante Saric, Neum, 6/5/2011
4r1r1/5ppk/4b3/pn1pP1QN/2pq2PB/1n5P/6B1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Qh5+ Kg7 Bxf6+ ]

b)
Ferenc Berkes vs Bosko Abramovic, Neum, 6/9/2011
5qk1/5rp1/1p1P1pQ1/p2p3p/3P4/4R2P/PP4P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ d7 if Rxd7 Re8 ]

c)
Ferenc Berkes vs Jure Borisek, Porto Carras, 11/9/2011
2rr2k1/5p1p/p5p1/Npnpn3/8/P3B3/1P1R1PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc5 if Rxc5 Nb7 ]

d)
Trajce Nedev vs Ferenc Berkes, Porto Carras, 11/7/2011
6k1/p5p1/p3p2p/Pr1bP3/3P1RP1/5N1P/1r3P2/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...R5b3 if Ne1 Rb1 Rxb1 Rxb1 Kf1 Bc4+ or if Nh2 Rb1+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Ferenc Berkes vs Krasimir Rusev, Skopje, 4/12/2012
2r1r2k/p5pp/b3Q3/q3Np2/P2Pn3/2b3P1/4PPBP/RNR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ ]

f)
Elena Cherednichenko vs Ferenc Berkes, Skopje, 3/9/2013
r4r1k/1b4bp/3n2p1/2p1pp2/2B5/2n1P2P/P1NN1PPB/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nce4 if Nxe4 Bxe4 Bb3 c4 ]

g)
Ferenc Berkes vs Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, Skopje, 4/3/2014
3R4/1b3p2/p1p3k1/2n3P1/2P2p2/8/PP2K2P/8 w - - 1 0
[ b4 if Ne6 Rb8 ]

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