King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Colin McNab.
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.
Colin McNab vs David Rumens, Brighton, 1980
5rk1/6p1/b1Qp4/p7/2P2P1b/8/Pq4B1/3RR2K w - - 1 0
[ Qd5+ if Kh7 Qh5+ or if Rf7 Re8+ ]

b)
Colin McNab vs Peter Hammer, Malta, 1980
5qB1/p2b4/Np1kppQ1/nP1p2p1/P2P4/4P1P1/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qb1 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Colin McNab vs Walter Buchanan, St. Andrews, 1989
4r2k/2q4p/6p1/1p1Bb1P1/2p1P2P/8/1P3Q2/5R1K w - -1 0
[ Qf8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Colin McNab vs Marcel Becker, Berlin, 1991
2b2r1k/R7/6R1/2pN3p/2P1B3/3Pp1P1/4q2P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh6+ Kg8 Rh8+ ]

e)
Colin McNab vs Robert Noyce, Dublin, 1993
8/1p3pkp/p1n2np1/2P1Q3/qP3N2/5PPB/4R1KP/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ Nh5+ gxh5 Qg5+ Kf8 Qxf6 Qa1 Qh6+ ]

Colin McNab puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Colin McNab vs Matthew Piper, London, 1994
6rk/p6p/8/2pQ1R1P/2P2b1r/1Pq1P3/P5K1/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg8+ Kxg8 Kf3+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Colin McNab vs Jozef Franzen, Cappelle la Grande, 1994
br1r1bk1/q5p1/2n1p2n/1pp3NQ/5p2/3PP2R/P6P/B1R2BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6 Bd6 Rxh6 ]

c)
Colin McNab vs Zuzana Hagarova, Cappelle la Grande, 1995
r2qr1k1/pbp2pb1/Np4pp/3p4/2PP2nP/1P4P1/PBQ2PB1/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe8+ ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Colin McNab vs George Pyrich, Isle of Lewis, 1995
r1r3k1/1pqbpp1p/3p2pQ/3B4/pPP2PnN/6P1/P3P2P/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Kxf7 Qxh7+ Ke6 f5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Colin McNab vs Jim Plaskett, Southend, 1999
2b1rbk1/6pp/4p3/Np2p3/1P2P1QP/r1q3PB/5R2/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxe6+ Bxe6 Bxe6+ ]

Colin McNab puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Colin McNab vs Alan Norris, Grangemouth, 1999
3rr1k1/p4pbp/1p2P1p1/2pq1P2/3p4/PQ1P2P1/3B3P/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd5 Rxd5 exf7+ if Kxf7 fxg6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Colin McNab vs James Sherwin, England, 2003
3q2k1/p3r2p/3pP1pB/2pB4/1rn2P2/2Q3P1/P2p3P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg7+ Rxg7 e7+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Colin McNab vs Donald Mason, England, 2004
1r3k2/p1q3b1/1pPp1r2/5p1B/1B3NpP/1Q2P3/PP6/2KR3b w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 if Rxd6 Bxd6+ or if Bh8 Rd7+ ]

d)
Colin McNab vs Antonio Fernandes, Calvia, 2004
2r3k1/r4p1p/2B3p1/1Pq5/3bp3/3bB1P1/3Q1P1P/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd4 Qxd4 Rxe4 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Colin McNab vs Dietmar Guski, Gibraltar, 2006
2r3k1/p1q2p2/1p2pBbP/n7/6Q1/1P2P1P1/P4P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ h7+ ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Colin McNab vs Andrew Mcclemen, Edinburgh, 2019
4r1k1/pbrRb2p/1pq1PppQ/2p5/4p3/1PB1P1P1/P4PBP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 ]


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