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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Michael Rohde. White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Black to move and win. Timothy Taylor vs Rohde, Lone Pine, 1976
2r3k1/6r1/p3p3/3bQp1p/2pP2q1/P1P5/2B1R1PP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ Rxg2 Rxg2+ Kh1 Rxc2+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 2. Malina Boskovic vs Rohde, New York, 1979
3rk3/1p3p2/2p5/7P/1P1qpp1R/P5P1/2Q5/3BK3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ ]

c)
Rohde vs Stefan Mohr, Chicago, 1983
5b1r/2R5/p2r1k1p/5pp1/8/5B2/PP3P1P/4RK2 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5 if g4 h4 gxh3 f4 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Rohde vs Ian Findlay, Quebec, 1984
7r/R4R2/6pk/7p/6rP/6P1/5PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ f4 ]

e)
Rohde vs Marinus Kuijf, Beer-Sheva, 1987
3q1r1k/1p1b2pp/p4p2/2P2N2/2Q5/4R2P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 if Be8 Rxe8 ]

Rohde Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Rohde vs Jay Bonin, New York, 1989
4n2k/3p2np/p2P4/6p1/1qBQP3/6P1/1B4KP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qe5 if Qb8 Bf7 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Joshua Riddell vs Rohde, Philadelphia, 1990
2rq1rk1/5pbp/3pp1p1/4n3/1N6/1PB2P2/PQ4PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. Lubomir Ftacnik vs Rohde, Los Angeles, 1991
r1r3k1/3NQppp/q3p3/8/8/P1B1P1P1/1P1R1PbP/3K4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Rohde vs 'Fidelity Mach 4', Cambridge, 1991
5b1r/pp3B2/6pp/2p4k/Q1P4P/5RP1/P3PPK1/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Qd7 Qe4 Kh3 ]

e)
Rohde vs Alex Yermolinsky, Los Angeles, 1991
4rrk1/pp3ppp/n2p4/2qP1P2/2nB1R2/6P1/PP1Q2BP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 Nxd2 Be3 ]

Rohde Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Rohde vs 'Stalker', Boston, 1992
1R2n1k1/3q1ppp/4p3/r2p4/3P1P2/4P3/2Q2PBP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc7 if Ra1+ Bf1 Qa4 Qa5 ]

b)
Black to move and win. "Mephisto" vs Rohde, Boston, 1992
2r1q1k1/Q2p2pp/4pb2/p7/5P2/B2p4/PP4KP/3R1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg6+ if Kh1 Qe4+ w/...Bd4+ or if Kf2 Rc2+ mates ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Rohde vs Alexander Ivanov, Washington, 1998
r1bR1bk1/ppQ1rp1p/2p3p1/2q5/8/2BB3P/PP4P1/2K2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Kxf8 Qd8+ Re8 Rxf7+ ]

d)
Rohde vs Gary De Fotis, Philadelphia, 2001
2rr2k1/pp1bpp1p/2qp1bp1/3N1P2/1PP1P3/8/P3B1PP/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ fxg6 if hxg6 Rxf6 or if Kg7 Nxe7 ]

e)
Jay Bonin vs Rohde, Philadelphia, 2002
r3r1k1/4qpbp/p2p2p1/B7/P3nP2/2NQ2PP/2P5/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa7+ Kh2 Nxc3 Bxc3 Re3 ]

f)
White Mates in 4. Rohde vs Roger Pedersen, Parsippany, 2004
3rr3/pb1q1p2/1p2R1pp/3pB3/2P2P2/1P4Pk/P1B4P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5+ gxf5 Rxh6+ Kg4 Re3 ]

g)
Black to move and win. Leslie Braun vs Rohde, Long Island, 1989
4rbk1/1q4p1/7p/3n4/NpNBn3/1P3Q2/P5KP/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5 w/...Ne3+ ]

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