King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vasile Sanduleac.
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)
White mates in 3.
Vasile Sanduleac vs Dan Pasarelu, Bucharest, 1995
4kn2/p1q2p2/3rbQp1/2pB2Br/P7/1P4Pp/2P2P1P/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6+ ]

b)
Christophe Gilbert vs Vasile Sanduleac, Bucharest, 1996
3rr1k1/1p1q2p1/2p3Qp/p5PP/3Pp3/1P2P1R1/P4K2/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re6 Qf5 Rf8 ]

c)
Ivan Opic vs Vasile Sanduleac, Samobor, 1998
3r4/p4pk1/2n1p1pp/q7/2p2N2/P1P1R3/1PQ2PPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf5 if Re4 Qxe4 ]

d)
Dorel Oltean vs Vasile Sanduleac, Romania, 1999
4r1k1/pp4pp/4Nb2/3P4/1P4pP/Pbn1B1P1/4r1B1/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kxg2 Bxd5+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Vasile Sanduleac vs Dusan Rajkovic, Pancevo, 2002
5b1r/5Q2/4pN1k/ppr4p/3p1q2/3P3R/P4PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh5+ Rxh5 Qxh5+ Kg7 Ne8+ ]

Vasile Sanduleac puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Vasile Sanduleac vs Mihai Ionescu, Satu-Mare, 2002
6k1/pp1R1p2/5Ppp/2q1P3/8/7P/P2Q2PK/1r6 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ if Kh7 Rh8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Vasile Sanduleac vs Viktor Varadi, Szombathely, 2003
r2qr3/1p4pp/p4n2/5kN1/Pb1pN3/3Q4/1P4PP/R1B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Ke5 Bf4+ ]

c)
Vasile Sanduleac vs Ivan Popov, Sombor, 2004
2r3k1/pq2bp1p/6pP/3r2P1/1p2NQ2/8/PPP5/1K1R3R w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Vasile Sanduleac vs Francois Dutel, La Fere, 2008
5rk1/2q1bpp1/ppP5/3B1Qn1/8/1P4P1/PB3PK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Qg6 if Bf6 Bxf6 ]

e)
Vasile Sanduleac vs David Bazart, Creon, 2008
r3r1k1/pp3p1p/4bnpq/P1bp2N1/6PP/2PB1P2/1PQN4/2K1R2R w - - 1 0
[ Nxe6 if Rxe6 Rxe6 fxe6 g5 ]

Vasile Sanduleac puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Remi Soupizon vs Vasile Sanduleac, Avoine, 2008
r1bqk3/pp1n1p1p/4pnrb/3P4/B1p1P3/8/PPPBQ2P/RN2K1NR b KQq - 0 1
[ ...Qb6 if Nf3 Qxb2 Bc3 Qc1+ Qd1 Qe3+ ]

b)
Vasile Sanduleac vs Sergei Bargan, Kishinev, 2009
r4kr1/3q4/1pp5/2p2Pp1/p1P1NnQ1/P2P4/1P6/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf4 if gxf4 Qxg8+ ]

c)
Vasile Sanduleac vs Alexandru Nitelea Barbu, Eforie Nord, 2009
rq3rk1/pp3ppp/4b3/8/4BP2/P3Q3/1P4PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ f5 Bc4 f6 if Bxf1 Qg5 or if gxf6 Qh6 Re8 Bxh7+ Kh8 Rad1 mates ]

d)
Vasile Sanduleac vs Sergei Bargan, Iasi, 2010
8/6p1/3R1n2/1b1p2k1/1p1B1p2/pP6/P1P5/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6+ ]

e)
Stas Mihalchenko vs Vasile Sanduleac, Evpatoria, 2010
8/p5kp/Ppp3p1/3n1b2/3PP3/6P1/1P1NQ1qP/2RK4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 ]

f)
Vasile Sanduleac vs Constantin Paun, Arad, 2012
r1b1k1nr/ppQ3pp/1q2pp2/1Nb5/8/8/PPP2PPP/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Be3 if Bxe3 Nd6+ ]


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