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



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Irina Krush.
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)
Irina Krush vs Kanwal Bhatia, Warsaw, 1991
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/2npbn2/2b1p3/2P5/2NPPN2/PP2BPPP/R1BQK2R w - - 0 1
[ d4 w/d5 ]

b)
Irina Krush vs Elena Chorvatova, Bratislava, 1993
2rq2k1/1bR2pp1/1r1p3p/1P1Pp3/4P3/2Q5/5PP1/R4BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 ]

c)
Irina Krush vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Cala Galdana, 1996
7r/1R3pk1/2p1q3/3pP1n1/6pN/4P1P1/r4PK1/3Q3R w - - 0 1
[ Qb1 if Ra8 Nf5+ ]

d)
Ruth Bohrer vs Irina Krush, Elista, 1998
2rq2k1/1p3pp1/2r1p3/3p1nbp/pP1Pn3/P1PR1RPP/5P2/1NB1QNK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc1 Qxc1 Ng5 ]

e)
Miles Ardaman vs Irina Krush, Hawaii, 1998
1R6/p3qkbp/3p2p1/2pP1r2/2P5/P2P3Q/3B3P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 if Be3 Rf1+ Bg1 Rxf1+ mates ]

Irina Krush Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ira Pohl vs Irina Krush, Hawaii, 1998
3r2k1/3q1p2/p1R1n2p/1p4p1/1P6/P1R3P1/3p1P1P/3Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Rc7 Ne2+ ]

b)
Keith Arkell vs Irina Krush, Lichfield, 2000
7k/pb5p/8/4p3/rN6/6P1/5P1P/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be4 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Dragan Milovanovic vs Irina Krush, Parsippany, 2001
6k1/6pp/1q6/4pp2/P5n1/1P6/1P3BPr/R4QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Irina Krush vs Julien Estrada Nieto, Oakham, 2001
r4r1k/1bpq1p1n/p1np4/1p1Bb1BQ/P7/6R1/1P3PPP/1N2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6+ Bxf6 Be4 ]

Irina Krush Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Irina Krush vs Vladimir Li, Moscow, 2002
4rnk1/1brnq2p/1p2pppP/1Bp3N1/2P2P2/1P4P1/PB1Q4/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

b)
Irina Krush vs Hern Ojeda, Buenos Aires, 2003
r1b3k1/pp4bp/3pNn2/2pPnr2/2P1p2q/2N1B3/PP1QBP1P/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Qh3 Nf4 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Irina Krush vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Krasnoturinsk, 2004
3kr3/p1r1bR2/4P2p/1Qp5/3p3p/8/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Rc8 Qd6+ Bxd6 Rd7# ]

d)
Black to move and win. Pavel Tregubov vs Irina Krush, Internet, 2004
r2qr1k1/bp1n1ppp/p7/4n3/1B1pP1b1/5NN1/PP2BPPP/2RQR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d3 if Bxd3 Qb6 ]

'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Irina Krush Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dale Haessel vs Irina Krush, Edmonton, 2012
r3r1k1/4Bpp1/1p2n3/3N3p/1P3PnP/6P1/4R3/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Re4 Nf6+ ]

b)
Irina Krush vs Anna Ushenina, Astana, 2013
4qbn1/r5rk/1np2p1p/1p2pP2/1P2P2P/4N1N1/2PBQ1R1/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Nh5 if Rxg2 Qxg2 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Irina Krush vs Iryna Zenyuk, Saint Louis, 2013
1r2n1B1/2pb4/3p3k/5P2/4pP2/4N2P/6RK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ Kh5 Rg5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Irina Krush vs Andy Applebaum, Wheeling, 2013
8/2p1N1bk/2Q4p/P3p1p1/5pP1/3P1P2/1q3P1r/2R2K2 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6+ Kh8 Qe8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Daniel Van Heirzeele vs Irina Krush, Reykjavik, 2013
2Q5/q1R2p1k/p5pp/P7/1B6/3b2PP/1P1Nrb2/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ if Kh2 Bg1+ Kh1 Bh2+ ]

Irina Krush Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sarah Chiang vs Irina Krush, Saint Louis, 2013
r3rk2/5pp1/pb1p1q1p/3P4/4BP2/PQ6/1P2RP1P/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4 Rxe4 Qg6+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Irina Krush vs Ashritha Eswaran, Saint Louis, 2014
2n5/q1r1k1pp/p3Pp2/2P1p3/4P3/6PP/P2Q3K/3R1B2 w - - 1 0
[ Qd8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Tanja Tuominen vs Irina Krush, Tromsoe, 2014
r7/5pk1/ppNQ2b1/3P3p/5Rn1/2N3K1/PP4P1/7q b - - 0 1
[ ...h4+ if Kf3 Qf1+ Kxg4 Qxg2+ ]

d)
Sergey Fedorchuk vs Irina Krush, Doha, 2014
8/R4pk1/1p1p2p1/1Pq1n1Qp/2P1P3/4N2P/1r6/5B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ Kxh2 Nf3+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Irina Krush vs Tatev Abrahamyan, Saint Louis, 2015
5bk1/3N1p1p/4p3/4Q3/4P3/qp3PPK/7P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Kh8 Qh5 or if Kg7 Qg5+ ]

Irina Krush Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Irina Krush vs Zhongyi Tan, Huai'an, 2016
2r1n1k1/p5pp/2r1p3/1p1Q1P2/2nP1B2/3q2N1/4R1PP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 ]

b)
Irina Krush vs Zhansaya Abdumalik, Hengshui, 2019
r4r1k/pb1q1pbp/1p3np1/2pP1PB1/2B5/2P3N1/P2Q2PP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxf6 Bxf6 2.Ne4 Be5 3.f6 Qg4 4.Qh6 if 4...Rg8 5.Ng5 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Irina Krush vs Leonid Yudasin, New York, 2019
2rr2k1/1b2b2p/pqn1p1p1/1p5Q/4B3/PP2P3/1B3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxg6 hxg6 2.Qxg6+ Kf8 3.Bg7+ ]


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