'Tactics in the Openings' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Eric Schiller.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
David Rumens vs Eric Schiller, London, 1982
3r4/p7/1pp5/2b1kB1p/K1P1P2P/8/PP1n4/3R1N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...b5+ if cxb5 Rd4+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Eric Schiller vs W Coe, Chicago, 1986
7r/3n1p1k/3q2p1/1p1p4/1Pr1b1N1/R5N1/3Q2PP/3B2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ Kg8 Ra8+ if Nb8 Rxb8+ ]
Solution tweak by Pablo Pena. Thx!

c)
Eric Schiller vs Kenneth Wallach, Chicago, 1988
2k3r1/1bp4p/1p1qp2r/n2p2pn/P2P4/N1PB1NP1/5P1P/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 w/Ng4 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Jennie Frenklakh vs Eric Schiller, California, 1994
7r/4nk2/5bp1/p1pP1p2/Q1P1q3/1p3N2/PP2BP2/K3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb2+ w/Qc2+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Eric Schiller vs David Jackson, USA, 1996
5r2/5p1k/2rP1B2/ppp3Rp/8/2P2N1P/PP6/7K w - - 0 1
[ Nh4 Kh6 Rg7 Rxd6 Nf5# ]

Eric Schiller Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Eric Schiller vs Yuri Yakovich, New York, 1998
6k1/1p3p2/1B4pp/p1b5/2PN2q1/3nQ1P1/P4PKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 w/Qe8+ & Qe5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 6.
Oliver Chernin vs Eric Schiller, Hawaii, 1998
6r1/pp4qk/2p1p2n/2PpPp2/1P3P1p/4P1rB/PR1Q3K/4BR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ ]

c)
Alan Kobernat vs Eric Schiller, Hawaii, 1998
N1b3kr/pp2b1pp/3p4/4P3/3QP1n1/2N5/PPP3qP/R1B1KR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh4+ if Kd1 Qxf1+ mates ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Eric Schiller vs Vinay Bhat, San Francisco, 1999
4rn1r/kp4pp/1pp1b3/3p4/1P1N4/4P1B1/P3B1PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5+ ]

e)
Matthew Ho vs Eric Schiller, San Francisco, 2000
2B2rk1/3p1p1p/4p1p1/3bP2n/1q6/RN2Q3/1PP2R1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ Kf1 Qd1+ Qe1 Bc4+ Re2 Bxe2+ Kf2 Rxc8 ]

Eric Schiller Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 10.
Eric Schiller vs Sergio Giardelli, Internet, 2003
3n1bk1/p4p2/1p1q2pp/8/1PQ5/PB1p4/1B3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc3 Qxh2+ Kxh2 Bd6+ Kg1 Kf8 Qh8+ Ke7 Bf6+ Kd7 Qxd8+ Kc6 Qc8+ Bc7 Qe8+ Kb7 Bd5+ Ka6 Qa4# ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Eric Schiller vs Nolan Denson, Internet, 2003
3R4/p1p2k1p/1p1p2pr/5P2/bPPB1P2/P2B3P/6P1/3nR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ f6 Ne3 Rxe3 Be8 Re7+ Kf8 Rdxe8# ]

c)
Eric Schiller vs Dimitri Bogdanov, Internet, 2003
r1b1rnk1/1pq2pbp/2p2np1/pP6/P1P1p3/B1N1PN2/2Q1BPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd6 ]

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