King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ivan Farago.
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)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Farago vs Lutz Espig, Budapest, 1975
r4k2/3R1p1Q/p7/4p2P/6r1/1q6/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ if Rg7 Rd8+ Rxd8 Rxd8+ Ke7 Qd6# ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Ivan Farago vs Istvan Csom, Budapest, 1977
1r2kn1Q/R4b2/3p2q1/2p3Bp/4p2P/4P1P1/5P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ Kd8 Rxf7+ ]

c)
Ivan Farago vs Rene Borngaesser, Dortmund, 1978
3r2k1/pp1r2bp/2npqnp1/2p2p2/N1P5/1P2P1P1/PB3PBP/1Q1R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5 Nxd5 cxd5 ]

d)
Ivan Farago vs Stefan Kindermann, Oberhausen, 1980
rnb2rk1/4ppbp/3p1np1/1ppP4/P2qP3/2NB4/1P1BQPPP/R3K1NR w - - 0 1
[ Nf3 if Qb4 Nd1 ]

e)
Ivan Farago vs Jorn Sloth, Svendborg, 1981
1r1nn1k1/1P1R1pp1/3pq2p/2ppN3/3P4/BQ2P2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd8 Rxd8 Nc6 ]

Ivan Farago puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Ivan Farago vs Petar Velikov, Albena, 1983
r2q1r2/pp3pQ1/6p1/3p2kN/3P2b1/5R2/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ h4+ Kxh4 Qh6 Bxf3 Nf6+ Bh5 Qf4+ ]

b)
Ivan Farago vs Vladimir Kovacevic, Sarajevo, 1983
4r2k/1p2P1pp/4Qp2/p4P2/q7/8/1P4PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ b3 Qb5 Qf7 ]

c)
Ivan Farago vs Branko Damljanovic, Belgrade, 1984
2b1rr1k/1p5p/5qp1/3PNp2/p7/2Q5/1P4PP/2R1R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6+ if hxg6 Qxf6+ Rxf6 Rxe8+ or if Kg7 Qxf6+ Kxf6 Nxf8 ]

d)
Ivan Farago vs Max Scherer, Badenweiler, 1988
1rr3k1/6pp/8/3P4/p3R2P/2q5/1PQ5/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ if Kf7 Qf5+ Qf6 R1e7# or if Rxe8 Qxc3 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Ivan Farago vs Georg Mohr, Aosta, 1989
4rk2/2r3b1/pq2nBQ1/2p5/1pP1p3/1P4R1/P4PP1/4K2R w K - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

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