King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Jim Plaskett.
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)
Jim Plaskett vs Peter Clarke, Ayr, 1978
r1b2r2/1p3pkp/1q4p1/p3R2n/2B2Q2/1NP5/PP3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5 gxh5 Rd6 ]

b)
White Mates in 7.
Jim Plaskett vs Ian Rogers, Shiene, 1979
7k/5Rr1/6qp/4Q3/1p1p4/1P2p1P1/P3r2P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Qxg7 Rf8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Konstanty Kaiszauri vs Jim Plaskett, London, 1979
8/1p3k1p/8/3P4/2q5/P3B3/3P1PK1/R5Rr b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ ]

d)
Jim Plaskett vs Lincoln Lucena, London, 1980
2bqnrk1/6pp/3p1p2/p1n1pPP1/2PpP1NQ/3P3R/P6P/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ g6 if Rf7 Qxh7+ Kf8 Nh6 ]

e)
Jim Plaskett vs Peter Fransson, Gausdal, 1981
1R6/2nnqrkp/p2p2p1/P1pPp1P1/B1P3PP/6B1/4Q1K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd7 if Qxd7 Bxe5+ ]

Jim Plaskett puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ralf Akesson vs Jim Plaskett, Bergsjo, 1981
8/p3Brkp/1p1Qp1p1/8/1P6/P3qB1P/2r3P1/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Dan Cramling vs Jim Plaskett, Graz, 1981
6k1/R4pp1/1p2p1n1/1P1pPn1p/7P/5P2/2rN1BP1/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ ]

c)
Jim Plaskett vs Joseph Gallagher, Chichester, 1982
rnb4Q/4q2N/p6k/1p3pNp/1b6/8/P1P3PP/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Nf8+ Kxg5 h4+ ]

d)
Jim Plaskett vs Poul Rewitz, Esbjerg, 1982
3r1rk1/p1pq2pp/1nn1pb2/8/3p4/1P1Q1NP1/P2BPPBP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if Qxc6 Ng5 ]

e)
White Mates in 6.
Jim Plaskett vs Darryl Johansen, Paris, 1983
r2r2k1/1pp2p1p/n3bp1Q/p1q1Pp2/5R2/P7/1PB3PP/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rg4+ fxg4 exf6 Qg5 Bxh7+ ]

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Jim Plaskett puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jim Plaskett vs Jean Hebert, Hastings, 1985
r1b1kb1r/3q1pp1/2npp3/1N4Bn/4P2P/1N6/PPPQ1P2/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 if dxc5 Qxd7+ & Nc7# ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Kimmo Valkesalmi vs Jim Plaskett, Jarvenpaa, 1985
r2r2k1/p1b2p2/2p2n2/3p3q/1P3P1p/2P1Pbp1/P5RP/R2BQNBK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Kxg2 h3+ if Kxg3 Ne4# ]

c)
Jim Plaskett vs Gavin Crawley, Southampton, 1986
r3kr2/ppp1p1Qp/2b1Bq1B/8/7P/8/PPP4n/2KR2N1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Qxf8 Bxf8 Kxf8 Rd2 if Nf3 Rg2 mates ]

d)
Jim Plaskett vs Aaron Summerscale, London, 1987
r2rqk2/4b1pp/pn3n2/4N3/3Pb3/PB5Q/5PPP/2BRR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 if Nxe4 Qxh7 w/Ng6+ ]

e)
Julian Hodgson vs Jim Plaskett, Hastings, 1987
8/4pkbp/1R6/p1r5/7P/2N5/PP3K2/8 b - - 0 1
[ Bd4+ Kg2 Rxc3 ]

Jim Plaskett puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jim Plaskett vs Angus Dunnington, Hastings, 1988
1rr5/p1nq1kp1/1p1B2pb/3Pp2p/2P1N3/PQ4PP/1P2B3/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc7 w/d6 & c5 ]

b)
Jim Plaskett vs Matthias Wahls, Hastings, 1988
r4k2/3b1rp1/p1qppp1Q/8/4P2R/1P6/1BP2P1P/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Rxg7 Qxf6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4.
Jim Plaskett vs Jon Arnason, Oakham, 1988
5kr1/p1pp3R/3qp3/5rBQ/2pP1P2/2P5/P7/K7 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6.
Jim Plaskett vs Lars Bo Rasmussen, Luxembourg, 1990
7r/3r4/1q1pNkp1/p2P4/Pb2P2p/1P6/4Q1PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qb2+ ]

e)
Jim Plaskett vs Jovanka Houska, Islington, 1998
3r2k1/1R3pbp/p7/2Pp2p1/5B2/8/PP5P/3K4 w - - 0 1
[ c6 ]

f)
Jim Plaskett vs Colin McNab, Southend, 1999
5rk1/p3Bp2/2p1b1p1/1pP1P3/2nr2P1/P6Q/1P1qB3/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc4 if Rxc4 Bf6 ]

g)
White mates in 2.
Jim Plaskett vs Sergi Mingarro Carceller, Lorca, 2017
2r2k2/1b1r1pR1/pp2pQ2/8/4qB2/P7/1P3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bd6+ ]

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