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



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Max Illingworth.
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)
Max Illingworth vs Eugene Schon, Kuala Lumpur, 2007
r5rk/pQ4pp/2p5/4R3/3q4/8/PP4PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qxa8 if Qxe5 Qxg8+ ]

b)
Neil Wright vs Max Illingworth, Sydney, 2007
3q4/1p1r1pkp/p2rb1p1/4p3/4P3/1PP4P/P1B1QPP1/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Max Illingworth vs Zhuo Ren Lim, Kuala Lumpur, 2013
1r4rk/1q3p1p/p2pnP2/1pp1b1PQ/2P1P3/1P1BR3/P2B4/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

d)
Max Illingworth vs David Lacey, Melbourne, 2013
3r2k1/2r1bppp/1qB1p3/1pnPP3/3Q4/8/P4BPP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ d6 if Qxc6 Qxc5 ]

e)
Jean Muller vs Max Illingworth, Nadi, 2013
r1b2rk1/4p1bp/1p1q1np1/1N1pp3/Pn6/4B2P/1PPQ1PP1/R3RBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 Nxd6 Nxd2 Bxd2 Nxc2 ]

Max Illingworth puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Kevin Willathgamuwa vs Max Illingworth, Sydney, 2015
2r2rk1/p1q3pp/5p2/3PbR2/3NP3/3Q4/P1p3PP/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc4 Qxc4 Rxc4 if Nc6 Bb2 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Max Illingworth vs Felix Klein, Douglas, 2015
5r1k/1p4pp/4Q3/3rN1q1/8/1P6/P5PP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ if Rxf7 Qe8+ or if Kg8 Nh6+ ]

c)
Max Illingworth vs Viani Antonio Dcunha, Abudhabi, 2016
rnb1kb1r/pp1pq2p/4p1p1/2p3NQ/8/3BP3/P1PN1PP1/1R2K2R w Kkq - 1 0
[ Bxg6+ Kd8 Nf7+ Qh2+ d6 Nxh8 ]

d)
Ari Dale vs Max Illingworth, Sydney, 2018
1brr2k1/pb1q1pp1/1p3n1R/4p3/3P4/1B1Q1P2/PP1BNKP1/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 (if ...gxh6 Qg6+) ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Gene Nakauchi vs Max Illingworth, Sydney, 2018
2r2r1k/p2n1ppp/8/3pPpN1/3P4/qp1B2Q1/nR1B2PP/1K1b3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ ]


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