Here are some chess puzzles from the games of James Plaskett.
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)
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. Plaskett vs Ian Rogers, Shiene, 1979
7k/5Rr1/6qp/4Q3/1p1p4/1P2p1P1/P3r2P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Qxg7 Rf8+ ]

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

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

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



Plaskett Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win.
a)
Plaskett vs Poul Rewitz, Esbjerg, 1982
3r1rk1/p1pq2pp/1nn1pb2/8/3p4/1P1Q1NP1/P2BPPBP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if Qxc6 Ng5 ]

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

c)
Plaskett vs Jean Hebert, Hastings, 1985
r1b1kb1r/3q1pp1/2npp3/1N4Bn/4P2P/1N6/PPPQ1P2/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 if dxc5 Qxd7+ & Nc7# ]

d)
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 ]

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

Plaskett Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Plaskett vs Angus Dunnington, Hastings, 1988
1rr5/p1nq1kp1/1p1B2pb/3Pp2p/2P1N3/PQ4PP/1P2B3/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc7 w/d6 & c5 ]

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

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

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

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

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