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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
White Mates in 5. Hodgson vs David Goodman, London, 1979
r3rk2/ppp4Q/6pR/4pp2/3q1n2/6N1/PPP5/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 ]

b)
Hodgson vs David Strauss, London, 1979
r4rk1/p7/2nq2p1/1R3nB1/8/1PP4P/2P1Q1P1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 if Qc7 Qe6+ ]

c)
Hodgson vs Michael Alcock, Morecambe, 1981
r1bq1rk1/pp2npbp/6p1/n1pP1p2/2B4Q/2NP1N2/PPP3PP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Re8 Rfe1 or if f6 d6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Hodgson vs Witalis Sapis, Leningrad, 1983
8/1pNRn2Q/p1q2kp1/4rp2/2p5/7P/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ Kg5 f4+ Kxf4 Qh4+ ]

e)
Hodgson vs Petter Stigar, Copenhagen, 1983
6k1/pp3pp1/4p3/2P2n1p/2P5/1P3NPq/Pb1Q1P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]



Hodgson Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hodgson vs Erik Teichmann, Edinburgh, 1985
4nr2/p2qbNkp/1pn1p1p1/4P1N1/5B2/1Q4P1/P4P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ if Kg8 Nh6+ Kh8 Nxf8 or if Kxf7 Nc5+ ]

b)
Hodgson vs Hans Ree, Wijk aan Zee, 1986
2r3k1/3b2pp/4p3/pp1pPp2/2rN3q/P1PQ3P/1P3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 if exf5 Qxd5+ or if Qg5 Nd6 ]

c)
Hodgson vs Hans-Hubert Sonntag, Benidorm, 1989
2r1k1r1/pp1b1p1p/q2Pp3/5p2/1bNQ1P2/2N5/PP4PP/3RK2R w K - 0 1
[ Qf6 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Hodgson vs Colin McNab, Edinburgh, 1989
r1k2r2/p5Rp/3R4/3p3p/3B4/3B4/PP1q3P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Ba6+ Kb8 Rb6+ ]

e)
Hodgson vs Marinus Kuijf, Lucerne, 1989
8/1p5k/p3N1bp/3pP1P1/8/6RP/4r1PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf8+ if Kg7 gxh6+ ]

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Hodgson Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hodgson vs Julien Shepley, London, 1990
r1b1kb1r/pp2n2p/2pq1p2/3pn1p1/3Q4/2N1P1B1/PPP2PPP/2KR1BNR w kq - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Qe6 Nxf6+ ]

b)
Hodgson vs Maxwell Fuller, Novi Sad, 1990
2r1rbk1/p2n1p1p/6p1/3np3/2B1N3/4qPN1/P1PQ2PP/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe3 Nxe3 Rxd7 Nxc4 Nf6+ ]

c)
Hodgson vs Jim Plaskett, Eastbourne, 1991
r6k/pp5p/n5p1/6Nn/2B2b2/2P1BP2/1P5P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf4 if Nxf4 Rd7 mates ]

d)
Hodgson vs Praveen Thipsay, Kuala Lumpur, 1992
6k1/1rN1R1p1/4n3/p7/1p5r/1P6/P2R3P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ if Kf7 Rd7+ or if Nf8 Rf2 ]

e)
White Mates in 5.
Hodgson vs Alexander Chudinovskikh, San Bernadino Brocco, 1992
5qrk/pp3pRp/2p2p2/3n1N2/8/1P4QP/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ ]

Hodgson Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hodgson vs Bin-Sattar Reefat, Dhaka, 1993
4r1k1/2qb2p1/1p1b3p/2pP1p2/1nP1NP2/2B5/5QPP/1B3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg3 if Re7 Nxd6 Qxd6 Be5 or if Bf8 Nf6+ ]

b)
Hodgson vs Jayant Gokhale, Great Britain, 1993
r4r1k/1p1q3p/3bbp2/p4p1P/5N2/2Q1P3/PP2NP2/1K4RR w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ if hxg6 hxg6+ Kg8 g7 ]

c)
Hodgson vs Varugeese Koshy, Great Britain, 1993
r3n2r/3q1kb1/1np2p2/p2p1p1p/P1PP1N1P/B7/4Q1P1/R2N1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb1 if Nxc4 Rb7 Qxb7 Qe6+ mates ]

d)
Hodgson vs Ruiz Jesus Cerrajeria, Zaragoza, 1993
q4k2/5ppQ/3p4/r1pPp3/8/2P4P/5PP1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb8+ ]

e)
Hodgson vs Rod Planas, Winnipeg, 1994
1rr2bk1/pp3ppp/5p2/1QnN3q/8/4PNP1/PP3PKP/2RR4 w - - 0 1
[ b4 if Ne6 Nxf6+ ]

Hodgson Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hodgson vs Victor Delgado, New York, 1995
r1b1k1nr/pp2ppbp/3p2p1/2qN4/3nP3/8/PPPBNPPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bc3 if Ne6 Bxg7 Nxg7 b4 or if e6 b4 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Hodgson vs J Trevelman, Paris, 1995
2rr2k1/pbn3p1/3qpb1p/1p2N2Q/3P4/P2B2P1/1P3PP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ Kh8 Ng6+ Kh7 Ne7+ ]

c)
Hodgson vs R Hurn, Ebbw Vale, 1997
r1bq1rk1/1p2bppp/p3pn2/2n1B3/2N5/1P3NP1/P3PPBP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd8 if Rxd8 Nb6 or if Bxd8 Bd6 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Hodgson vs Jonathan Rowson, Rotherham, 1997
1k5r/3R1pbp/1B2p3/2NpPn2/5p2/8/1PP3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Hodgson vs Dale Haessel, Winnipeg, 1997
r2r4/1bp2pk1/p3pNp1/4P1P1/2p2Q2/2P5/qP3PP1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Kf8 Nd7+ ]

Hodgson Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hodgson vs Richard Bates, England, 1998
5rk1/p1rn1p2/1p1R1Bp1/2p5/6R1/2P5/P4P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 w/Rh4 ]

b)
Hodgson vs Richard Pert, Bradford, 2001
r3k2r/1pqnb1pp/p1n1Q3/2p3N1/8/8/P1PB2PP/1R3RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Qf7+ ]

c)
Hodgson vs Thomas Paehtz, Germany, 2002
2rr4/6k1/p2P1pp1/2n1p2p/2Q1P3/2R1N3/1qP3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ if Kf8 Ne7 or if gxf5 Rg3+ mates ]


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