Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Jacob Murey.
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)
Jacob Murey vs Yakov Estrin, Moscow, 1963
3k2r1/1Rr1n1R1/8/p3P1pb/3p4/P2P2P1/6BP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8+ if Rc8 Rxc8+ ]

b)
Jacob Murey vs Sergei Salov, Moscow, 1966
r1k5/ppp1rp1p/4b1p1/4P3/6B1/8/PP3RPP/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Jacob Murey vs Vasiuhin, URS, 1967
3rr3/p1qn3R/1p1kpQP1/2pp4/4B1P1/2P5/PPPR1P2/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5+ Kc6 Rxc5+ if Kxc5 Qd4+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Jacob Murey vs Aleksander Nikitin, URS, 1971
rnb3k1/ppp5/3b3Q/3N4/8/8/PPP1q1PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kf7 Qh7+ Ke6 Qg8+ ]

e)
Jacob Murey vs Aleksandr Alpert, URS, 1973
r1b1r3/pp1nkpQ1/1q2pb2/6B1/8/3B4/PPP2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg6 if Bxg5 Qxf7+ Kd8 Qxe8+ or if Rf8 Rxd7+ ]



Jacob Murey Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jacob Murey vs Yair Kraidman, Beer-Sheva, 1978
4r3/pp2Q1bk/3P1npp/2p5/2P4B/8/Pq2B1PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 if Rxe7 Bxb2 ]

b)
Jacob Murey vs Miguel Quinteros, Lucerne, 1982
1k5r/1pr2p2/p2Qp3/NPq1P3/2P5/P4Pp1/1KR5/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nc6+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Jacob Murey vs Erling Mortensen, Randers, 1982
r4r1k/ppqn2bp/6p1/2BQNb2/2B2P2/8/PP4PP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Jacob Murey vs Gilles Miralles, Marseilles, 1987
8/p3r1pp/2B1b3/2p1Np1k/5P2/PnP5/5K1P/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg3 Kh4 Bg2 ]

e)
Jacob Murey vs Beat Zueger, New York, 1987
1k6/1br1rp2/p1Bp1Q1p/q1bP4/P7/1R3P2/1PP3PP/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Bxb7 if Rxb7 Qxe7 ]

Jacob Murey Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jacob Murey vs Vladimir Bagirov, Belgrade, 1988
2krr3/ppp1bpp1/6np/1PP1PN2/5P2/P4B2/7P/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ if cxd6 cxd6+ Kb8 Rc7 or if Bxd6 cxd6 Rd7 Bg4 ]

b)
Jacob Murey vs Dominique Guigonis, France, 1991
2r2rk1/b2nqppp/p1p1pn2/N2b4/Pp2N3/3P2P1/1PQBPPBP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ if Nxf6 e4 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Jacob Murey vs Karsten Volke, Podolsk, 1991
5B1k/pB3Q1p/1p4p1/1q2bn2/5N2/P5P1/2r4P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg7+ if Bxg7 Rd8+ or if Nxg7 Qf8# ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Jacob Murey vs Natalia Alekhina, Cappelle la Grande, 1995
5r1k/1bp2p2/p2b1p1N/2pp3N/5P2/1P4RP/2r3P1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6 ]

e)
Jacob Murey vs Ford Wong, Winnipeg, 1997
1r2q1k1/1p6/p4rPR/2pP3p/2Ppp3/3B4/PP1Q4/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh6+ Kg8 Qh7+ Kf8 g7+ ]

Jacob Murey Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jacob Murey vs Nati Ripstein, Israel, 1998
r1b2r2/3nNpkp/pp2p3/1B2n1p1/4P3/2P2PB1/P5PP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Bxd7 Nxd7 Nxc8 Raxc8 Rxd7 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Jacob Murey vs Artur Kogan, Rishon le Zion, 1998
3r3r/4R1pp/p4p1k/1p6/2pq1PQ1/3P2P1/PPP4P/4RK2 w - - 1 0
[ Qh3+ Kg6 f5+ ]

c)
Jacob Murey vs Thierry Souche, Paris, 1999
2r3k1/p1r1ppbp/1pn2np1/1B6/4P3/2N1B3/PP3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ba6 if Rd8 Nb5 ]

d)
Jacob Murey vs Rosa Te-Llalemand, Saint-Quentin, 1999
r4R2/1bk1nNBp/1p6/pPb3p1/4P3/3r2PB/7P/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Be5+ Rd6 Nxd6 if Rxf8 Nf7+ mates ]


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