Here are some chess puzzles from the games of John Nunn.
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)
Nunn vs Gudmundur Sigurjonsson, London, 1975
4k2r/2r1bp1p/p3pnpB/8/8/2NR2P1/1PP2P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7 Rg8 Bxf6 Nxf6 Nd5 ]

b)
Nunn vs Daniele Taruffi, Ostend, 1975
1nbqk2r/2p1bppp/1p1pP3/1p6/6r1/2N2N2/PPP1QPPP/R1B2RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Ne5 ]

c)
Nunn vs Leon Piasetski, Buenos Aires, 1978
3r1k2/1p2qp2/4p1P1/1b2P2N/1n1pnQ2/pPp3P1/P4PK1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ g7+ Kg8 Nf6+ if Kxg7 Qg4+ mates ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Nunn vs TC Fox, Bristol, 1980
r1b2rk1/p3Rp1p/3q2pQ/2pp2B1/3b4/3B4/PPP2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ w/Bh6+ ]

e)
Nunn vs William Hartston, England, 1981
4BR2/2rb3p/p2r3k/3p2R1/7P/1P6/2P5/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rh5+ Kg7 Rf7+ Kg8 Rg5+ Rg6 Rxd7 ]



Nunn Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nunn vs Yehuda Gruenfeld, England, 1981
r4k2/4p1bQ/p2p1rp1/1p1P1qN1/8/3PB3/PP4PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Rxe6 dxe6 Qxe6 Bh6 ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Nunn vs Tarik, Lucerne, 1982
rn5k/pnq3p1/1pp1BrQ1/6p1/1bP5/7P/P4PP1/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ Rh6 Qe8+ Bf8 Qxf8+ Kh7 Bg8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Nunn vs Stefan Duhr, Lugano, 1982
r6k/3R3p/2p3p1/2P1R3/2Q2P1q/7r/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

d)
Nunn vs Vladimir Raicevic, Lugano, 1982
r1r3k1/p4pbp/1pq3p1/1QpR4/8/4B2P/PP3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

e)
Nunn vs Tigran Petrosian, Tilburg, 1982
2r1r3/p2qp1bk/1pn3pp/5p2/3P4/2P4P/P3BPP1/1RBQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 w/Bb5 ]

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Nunn Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nunn vs Yasser Seirawan, Toluca, 1982
r6r/4kp2/p2qp3/1pbpQ3/8/1BP5/PP4PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ if Kxf7 Rf1+ Ke7 Qg7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Nunn vs Ivan Nemet, Biel, 1983
r5rR/3Nkp2/4p3/1Q4q1/np1N4/8/bPPR2P1/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ Ke8 Qxg5 ]

c)
Nunn vs Klaus Wockenfuss, Germany, 1984
4k1r1/3b1p1p/1ppPp2B/3p4/1P6/r1q5/P2Q2PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf2 if f6 Re3 ]

d)
Nunn vs Hans Karl, Lugano, 1984
2kr3r/2p4p/p1b4p/3N4/2p1n3/5N2/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Kb7 Nxc6 Kxc6 Ne5+ ]

e)
Nunn vs Murray Chandler, London, 1985
1r1k3r/3b2bp/p2ppp1q/1p6/8/2NB1QP1/PPP5/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1 Qg5 Rh5 ]

Nunn Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nunn vs Nigel Davies, London, 1985
2r3k1/1p3p1p/1r4p1/p1qp1b2/3Q3P/2P1R3/PP1RBPP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Nunn vs Niaz Murshed, London, 1985
4q2k/5p1p/p4b1P/4B3/6R1/1P4Q1/KP3r2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6+ Rxf6 Re4 ]



c) White Mates in 4. Nunn vs Nigel Short, Brussels, 1986
1r3rk1/1nqb2n1/6R1/1p1Pp3/1Pp3p1/2P4P/2B2QP1/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1

d)
Nunn vs Jim Plaskett, London, 1986
4r1k1/pppq1ppp/3p4/8/1nPPRQ2/3B4/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 ]



e) White Mates in 3. Nunn vs Miroslaw Sarwinski, Naleczow, 1987
4r2k/4R1pp/7N/p6n/qp6/6QP/5PPK/8 w - - 0 1

Nunn Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nunn vs Kiril Georgiev, Linares, 1988
r1b1kbnr/pp1np1p1/1qp1p2p/8/3P4/3B4/PPPB1PPP/R2QK1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qh5+ Kd8 Ba5 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Nunn vs Lajos Portisch, Reykjavik, 1988
6rk/2p2p1p/p2q1p1Q/2p1pP2/1nP1R3/1P5P/P5P1/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

c)
Nunn vs Jozsef Pinter, Haifa, 1989
r3rbk1/5qpn/p3bpnp/Pp2pN1N/1Pp1P3/2P1B1QP/2B2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nhxg7 if Bxg7 Nd6 ]

d)
Nunn vs Michael Barnes, Sheffield, 1991
4bk2/5pbp/1r5q/3p4/1p1N4/2PB3Q/1P4PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Kxe8 Qc8+ Ke7 Nf5+ ]

e)
Nunn vs James Howell, Sheffield, 1991
2bq2k1/pp1n2nr/3p1p2/1QpPpPp1/P1P1P1N1/6P1/2PBB1K1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if Kf8 Nf7 ]

Nunn Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nunn vs Andrew Kirisman, London, 1993
4rk2/1Q3p2/p3p3/3p1n2/1P4r1/P2P1RP1/1B5q/K3R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 if exf5 Rxe8+ w/Qc6+ mates ]

b)
Nunn vs Normunds Miezis, France, 1999
r2qk2r/pp2npbp/7n/2p2RB1/3pN1p1/2PP4/PP4PP/RN1Q2K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Rf6 if Bxf6 Nxf6+ mates or if Neg8 Rxf7 or if Nhf5 Rxf5 ]

c)
Nunn vs Mike Stolz, Germany, 2001
2Rb2r1/3nkp1p/1pQ1p3/p2pP2q/3P2P1/5N1P/1P3P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6+ Ke8 Qc7 Ke7 Rxd8 ]

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