"Tactics in the Queen's Gambit" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Thanh Trang Hoang.
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 2.
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Alina Calota, Duisburg, 1992
2Q5/pp2rk1p/3p2pq/2bP1r2/5RR1/1P2P3/PB3P1P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6.
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Liat Miron, Bratislava, 1993
2rr2k1/pp5p/bn1q2pQ/3p4/3P1R2/2N1R1N1/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 Kxf7 Qxh7+ Kf6 Rf3+ ]

c)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Erzsebet Cynolter, Hungary, 1994
r2q1rk1/1R1n1pb1/p2p4/2pPp1p1/N1P1Pnbp/P3B3/2QN1PPP/1R3BK1 w - - 0 1
[ f3 Bh5 g3 ]

d)
Dorota Iwaniuk vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Szeged, 1994
rn2k2r/p4ppp/2P1b3/1qb1p3/4Q3/8/PP3PPP/R1B1KBNR b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bb4+ Bd2 Bxd2+ Kxd2 Qxb2+ ]

e)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Mohamed Seif Hassan, Singapore, 1995
3rr1k1/pbq3p1/1p1bp1Qp/5p2/2P5/PP1B4/1B3PP1/3RR2K w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5 if e5 Qh7+ Kf8 Bg6 ]

Thanh Trang Hoang puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Elena Zaiatz vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Yerevan, 1996
r3b1r1/2p3b1/4pk1p/1p1pNpn1/1B1P4/4P1P1/P1PKBP1R/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...c5 if Bc3 Ne4+ Kd3 c4+ mates ]

b)
Janos Dudas vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Budapest, 1998
2kr3r/pppbq2p/2n1pnp1/3p1pQP/3P1N2/2P3P1/PP1NPPB1/R3K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...h6 if Qxg6 Rdg8 or if Qh4 g5 ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Laszlo Zila vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Hungary, 1998
4rk2/1p5p/p1b2BqN/2b2R2/8/6Q1/PP4PP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

d)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Valer Krutti, Hungary, 1999
2r2rk1/2BR3p/Q3pqp1/2p5/3b1nB1/8/P4PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf4 Qxf4 Rxd4 w/Bxe6+ ]

e)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Enrique Paciencia, Vung Tau, 2000
6Q1/4r3/6pk/8/6PP/4K3/1r6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Kf3 if Rbb7 g5+ Kh5 Qc4 ]

'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Thanh Trang Hoang puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Ferenc Berkes, Hungary, 2001
3r1k2/2n2p1Q/5b2/2P1q1p1/1r2B3/6P1/4RP1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg6 if Qd5 Re6 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Dmitry Andreikin, Budapest, 2003
3r2k1/6p1/pp1BN3/7R/2P1Q3/P7/1P3bPK/2q5 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf7 Qxg7+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Walter Wittmann, Budapest, 2003
1r2k3/2p1p1bQ/2n3p1/p1N2r2/2BP2q1/4P2R/1P3R2/4K3 w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ Bf8 Bf7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Petra Schuurman vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Beijing, 2008
r6r/2p5/1pN2k2/2bPp3/PpP1PpK1/8/8/R4R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rag8+ Kf3 Rh2 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Thanh Trang Hoang vs A G Nimmy, Mumbai, 2012
2r1bq2/p5RR/4pk2/1rppNp2/3P1P2/1P2P1P1/P1Q2KP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ Bxg6 Nd7# ]

Thanh Trang Hoang puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Belgrade, 2013
5rk1/1pP3r1/p2Q1p1p/4p2P/PP1p2q1/5b2/2P1pR2/R3K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ Kd2 Qd1+ ]

b)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Atousa Pourkashiyan, Tromsoe, 2014
6k1/2q1bpp1/p1Np1n1p/1p1P1Q2/1P6/7P/PB3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc8+ if Qxc8 Nxe7+ ]

c)
Janelle Frayna vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Baku (w), 2016
6rk/7p/2p1p3/2P1Pp2/1p2pP2/1b5Q/4P2P/6BK b - - 0 1
[ ...e3 if Bxe3 Bd5+ ]

d)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Ekaterina Atalik, Riga, 2017
2b2R2/2q2p2/1p3kpQ/3p2r1/1P6/3B4/2P4P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ if Ke7 Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ ]

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