Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ray Robson.
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 4. Robson vs Rao Prasanna, Heraklio, 2004
2rqnk2/pp2p1b1/3pbpQR/4P1p1/2r3P1/1NN1BP2/PPP5/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ if Bg8 Rxg8+ w/e6 ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Robson vs Pieter Bierkens, Chicago, 2006
2r5/1bqkrQ2/pp1p4/4Pp2/2P4R/1NN5/PP4PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ e6+ Kc6 Nd4+ Kc5 Qxf5+ d5 Na4+ Kb4 a3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Robson vs S Shankland, Peabody, 2007
5k1r/6p1/1Qq2p1p/2r1p3/2B3P1/1P6/1PP5/2K2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ if Qe8 Rxf6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Robson vs Eugene Perelshteyn, Peabody, 2007
r3k3/3b3R/1n1p1b1Q/1p1PpP1N/1P2P1P1/6K1/2B1q3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

e)
Robson vs David Vigorito, Chicago, 2007
1rrnb3/2k3p1/Pp3p1p/1R2pP2/N2pP3/3P4/1R1B2PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc2+ if Nc6 Nxb6 w/Ba5 or a7 ]



Ray Robson Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 8. Jay Bonin vs Robson, Foxwoods, 2007
3r4/N4p2/1k2p3/p5r1/QbpPq2P/6P1/1P3P2/R5KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3+ if fxg3 Qxd4+ Kg2 Qe4+ Kf1 Qf3+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Vojtech Plat vs Robson, Kemer, 2007
1n1r1rk1/p3qpb1/bpp1p1pp/8/P1NPN3/1B2PQ2/1P3PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb4 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Ray Robson vs David Recuero Guerra, Saint Louis, 2014
rn3r1k/pb3p2/4p3/2p1PnQP/3p4/2PB1q2/2P2P2/R3K1R1 w Q - 1 0
[ Qf6+ Kh7 Qg7# ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Yangyi Yu vs Ray Robson, Las Vegas, 2014
k1r3r1/1R2b3/p7/3R4/8/5Q2/2q3PP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ Qxg2 Rc1+ ]

e)
Ray Robson vs Alexander Shabalov, Saint Louis, 2017
r4rk1/p5bp/bpp1p1q1/3pP1PN/8/3P1N1Q/P6R/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Kf7 Nd4 Bc8 Nxh7+ or if Bxf6 gxf6 Kh8 Rg1 Qf7 ]

f)
White mates in 4.
Michael Roiz vs Ray Robson, Caleta, 1/29/2011
3r3k/p4Bp1/1p3R1p/2p2Q2/2P2P2/1P3q1P/P4P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ ]


US GMs

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