Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Xiangzhi Bu.
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)
Andreas Meschke vs Bu, Deizisau, 2000
5rk1/pp4b1/4b2p/P2rp3/1Pq5/1QP1BN2/6PP/1R3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb3 Rxb3 Rd3 ]

b)
Teimour Radjabov vs Bu, New York, 2000
3r1rk1/1p4p1/pq6/3p1n2/8/6PQ/PP3R1P/3R2KB b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 if Rdd2 Rc8 ]

c)
Bu vs Franz Hoelzl, Bled, 2000
1r1q1rk1/pp3pbp/1n4p1/1b1Pp3/4N3/P3BQ2/BP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5 if Re8 Nd6 ]

d)
Bu vs Pontus Carlsson, Athens, 2001
8/4Bn2/6pp/3R1p1k/7P/2r3PK/5P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 if Rc4 Rd7 or if Rc7 g4# ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Bu vs Janez Barle, Bled, 2002
rn3k2/p2q1p1p/b2p1Bp1/1p1P4/1Qp5/P5P1/1P3PBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd2 ]



Bu Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bu vs Gadir Guseinov, Internet, 2005
5rk1/1pR2rpp/1q1p4/p2Pp3/P5Q1/1P3PP1/2R3KP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 Rxf7 Qe6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Tomi Nyback vs Bu, Moscow, 2005
8/bp2r1pk/pq1B3p/5P1n/P7/2N5/1P4QP/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Michail Panarin vs Bu, Internet, 2005
2b1r1k1/4r1p1/3p3p/p1qPn2R/PpP2p2/1P3N1P/1Q2B1P1/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 if Bxf3 Re1 ]

d)
Black Mates in 4. Wu Wenjin vs Bu, Beijing, 2005
2r1k2r/1p2pp1p/1p2b1pQ/4B3/3n4/2qB4/P1P2PPP/2KRR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc2+ ]

e)
Xiangzhi Bu vs Daniel Rensch, Ottawa, 2007
r1b2k2/4rpp1/p2Qq2p/8/8/4PR2/PP4PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Qxf7 Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qd5+ ]

Xiangzhi Bu Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Li Chao vs Xiangzhi Bu, Xinghua Jiangsu, 2009
2kr2r1/pp2Qpp1/7p/2pb4/7P/2B5/qPP2PP1/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa1+ Kd2 Qxd1+ if Kxd1 Bf3+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Xiangzhi Bu vs Marc Arnold, Biel, 2011
6k1/p2Q1N1p/1q3rp1/8/2B5/1P4P1/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ ]

c)
Xiangzhi Bu vs Bengt Lindberg, Helsingor, 2011
r5k1/1q1nrpp1/ppb2b1p/2p5/P1B2N2/1Q2PN2/1P3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6 if Re4 Bxf7+ Kh7 Qc2 or if Bxf3 Nxe7+ Bxe4 Bxf7+ ]

d)
Geir Brobakken vs Xiangzhi Bu, Helsingor, 2011
3r4/5pk1/p3Pqpp/2prN3/Pp1nR1PP/1P1P4/2P3Q1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe5 Rxe5 Nf3+ if Kh1 Qxh4+ mates ]

e)
Yifan Hou vs Xiangzhi Bu, China, 2012
2kr3r/1p6/2p3Qp/2Nnqp2/3P3P/8/PPP3B1/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 if dxe5 Ne2+ mates or if Qf7 Qxc5 ]

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Xiangzhi Bu Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Xiangzhi Bu vs A R Saleh Salem, Biel, 2013
R4Q2/5p1p/4pkP1/3q1r1P/1p6/2b1BP2/P4PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Ke7 Bc5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Chao Chu Wei vs Xiangzhi Bu, Tianjin, 2013
8/4q1k1/8/5Qp1/5nP1/5PK1/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ Kh2 Qd2+ ]

c)
Xiangzhi Bu vs Kaiqi Yang, Taizhou, 2014
rn4k1/4b1p1/2p1b1q1/p1N1p2p/Pp3rNP/3R1P2/1PQ1P1BK/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ if Kh7 Rh8+ ]

d)
Xiangzhi Bu vs Xiangyu Xu, Jiangmen, 2014
7k/pp1Q2b1/4n1pp/2B1qp2/8/4P1P1/P4PBP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd5 if Nxc5 Qc8+ mates or if Nf8 Qf7 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Parimarjan Negi vs Xiangzhi Bu, Helsingor, 2014
6b1/1p4p1/k1p2p1p/P1P4P/KQ4q1/6B1/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd1+ ]

Xiangzhi Bu Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Sebastian Bogner vs Xiangzhi Bu, Doha, 2014
8/5p2/6k1/1RNb2p1/8/6PK/3r3P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ ]

b)
Xiangzhi Bu vs Changren Dai, Shenzhen, 2016
1n3r2/2p2pbk/1p1p2p1/3P3p/pPP1R3/P5qP/6B1/2Q2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rf3 ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Magnus Carlsen vs Xiangzhi Bu, Riyadh, 2017
6rk/1ppR3p/5b2/pPq1p2b/P3Pp1p/5PrP/1B2Q1P1/3R1B1K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxh3+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Xiangzhi Bu vs Alexander Riazantsev, Douglas, 2019
5bk1/4qNp1/bp2Q3/3Pp2P/8/1p4P1/5PB1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nh6+ Kh7 2.Be4+ g6 3.Qxg6+ ]

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