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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
White Mates in 2. McShane vs Aiden Leech, London, 1994
5b2/q4r1p/p3k1p1/2pNppP1/1P6/3Q1P1P/P7/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4+ ]

b)
McShane vs Marina Costagliola, London, 1997
r1bk3r/pppp1ppp/5q2/1B2n3/3p4/3P4/PPP2PPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 ]

c)
McShane vs Anders Bering, Copenhagen, 1999
5rk1/pp1bBp1p/3p2p1/4b3/4R3/1B3Q1P/P1Pq1PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if dxe5 Bxf8 or if Bc6 Qf6 ]

d)
McShane vs Johan Furhoff, Stockholm, 1999
4k3/2p3p1/p2p2Np/1p1P4/6qP/2PB4/Pr3BP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg3 if Qxg3 Rf8+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 7. McShane vs Andrea Cocchi, Arco, 2000
2rr3k/1p1b1p1p/p2ppp2/5n2/PqP1P2Q/1P2B2P/6P1/2R2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 Rg8 Qxf6+ Rg7 Bh6 ]



McShane Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
McShane vs Ramon Koster, Brussels, 2000
8/p3bpk1/2pNpNp1/2P1P1P1/r2p4/1r1b4/2R2PK1/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1 if Bxf6 Ne8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 2. McShane vs Bart Michiels, Brussels, 2000
4nr1k/1bq3pp/5p2/1p2pNQ1/3pP3/1B1P3R/1PP3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. McShane vs Daniel Pedersen, Brussels, 2000
8/7p/4Nppk/R7/6PP/3n2K1/Pr6/8 w - - 0 1
[ g5+ ]

d)
McShane vs Roy Phillips, England, 2000
r2q1bk1/3n1p1p/1p1r2p1/2p1p3/1PB5/P1B5/4QPPP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 if Rf6 Rxd7 or if Nf6 Bxe5 or if Qe8 Rxd5 Bxd6 Bxf7+ Qxf7 Qxa8+ ]

e)
McShane vs Jonathan Speelman, Internet (blitz), 2000
2kr3r/1ppqb2p/p3pn2/1n1p1bp1/Q2P4/B1P5/P3BPPP/RN2NRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb5 ]

McShane Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
McShane vs Robert McFarland, Millfield, 2000
2b2r2/1nR2pbk/p2p2pp/P2P3q/Br2Pp2/5N1P/3N1PP1/3QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 if Rxc8 Bd7 w/Bg4 ]

b)
McShane vs Holger Ellers, Germany, 2001
r4k1r/1p3p1p/p1n3q1/3pR3/3pbQ1P/1N6/PP3PP1/K4B1R w - - 0 1
[ h5 ]

c)
McShane vs Mark Hebden, Southend, 2001
8/6b1/3p2pk/7r/1pPp1P2/1PqN1Q2/6P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

d)
McShane vs Cristian Salas, Bled, 2002
4qr1k/1b1npprp/p2p1b1N/1p5P/2pPP3/P1P1B3/1P2QRP1/1B3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if Rgg8 Bh6 ]

e)
White Mates in 3. McShane vs Peter Roder, Copenhagen, 2002
3b2r1/5Rn1/2qP2pk/p1p1B3/2P1N3/1P3Q2/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ ]


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