Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Nigel Short.
White to move and win.

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


a)
White Mates in 4. Short vs Joel Benjamin, London, 1977
1n1rrk2/1bq2p1Q/pp1pp1p1/4n1P1/2P1P1N1/1P2R3/P5P1/1BB2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 dxe5 Ba3+ ]

b)
Short vs Johannes Van Mil, Manchester, 1982
3r1rk1/1p3ppp/p4q2/b2R4/5B2/6P1/1PP2P1P/1R1Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 Rxd5 Qxd5 Qb6 b4 Bxb4 Be7 ]

c)
Short vs Klaus Bischoff, Dortmund, 1983
r1bR4/pp3kbp/2p1nn2/6q1/2P1Q3/1P2p1P1/PB2P1BP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7 Nxd8 Bxf6 ]

d)
Short vs Sargon 2.5, Guensburg, 1983
1rb2rk1/bppp1ppp/p1nq4/4pPB1/PP4Q1/N1PP4/B4PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 w/Bf6 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Short vs Patrick Carton, Brighton, 1984
8/1k2r1p1/1p1R1p1p/pNn1pP1P/2P3P1/1P3q2/PK1Q4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb6+ Kxb6 Qd8+ Ka6 Qd6+ Kb7 Qxe7+ ]



Short Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Short vs Heinz Wirthensohn, Lucerne, 1985
1r1r1bk1/6p1/p1q1pP2/4P3/8/1Pp1p3/P1P5/1K1Q2RR w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Short vs Juergen Fleck, Germany, 1986
kr6/pR5R/1q1pp3/8/1Q6/2P5/PKP5/5r2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb6 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Short vs Robert Mandl, Germany, 1986
4r1k1/3b1p2/3pp2B/p6Q/2pbPPp1/8/PPP5/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ e5 Bxe5 fxe5 Kh7 Bg5+ ]

d)
Short vs Stuart Wagman, Lugano, 1986
4r3/pp4k1/5bp1/q2pp3/6Q1/4B2P/PPP3P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Kxf6 Bg5+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Short vs Gennadi Sosonko, Brussels, 1987
5k1r/pp3p2/3Rp3/5bP1/8/2P1QP2/4RK2/7q w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ if Ke7 or Kg7 Qe5+ ]

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Short Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Short vs Petar Velikov, Solingen, 1987
r1b1rk2/1p2n1nQ/p3p3/4PpN1/3q4/2N5/PPP4P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ if Kf7 Nd8+ Rxd8 Rxg7+ Ke8 Rxe7+ or if Nxe6 Qh6+ ]

b)
Short vs Xu Jun, Subotica, 1987
1r1q1rk1/1n2bppn/3p2b1/1B1Pp3/Np2P1P1/4BP2/1P1NQ3/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Short vs Jonathan Mestel, Swansea, 1987
4b1k1/2r2p2/1q1pnPpQ/7p/p3P2P/pN5B/P1P5/1K1R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 9. Short vs Yasser Seirawan, Manila, 1990
r2nk3/1rRN1p2/p3p2p/1p1pPb1P/3P4/4P3/P3BK2/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kf8 Rg1 if Bg6 hxg6 Rxc7 g7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Short vs Jan Timman, Tilburg, 1991
2b1rrk1/2pR1p2/1pq1pQp1/p3P2p/P1PR1K1P/5N2/2P2PP1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Kg5 ]

Short Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Short vs Anatoly Karpov, Linares, 1992
r2r2k1/2p2ppp/5n2/4p3/pB2P3/P2q3P/2R2PP1/2RQ2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd2 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Short vs Leonid Yudasin, Yerevan, 1996
2Rrk1r1/1p4p1/3PPn2/p4Q1q/8/8/P4P1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh5+ if Nxh5 R1c7 ]

c)
Short vs Ivan Sokolov, Bugojno, 1999
2r1rk2/5ppQ/p1p2q1p/1p1n4/P2P4/2P4P/2B2PP1/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5 if Rc7 or Rb8 Qh8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Short vs Utut Adianto, Internet, 2000
1r5r/5R1p/2Q1ppkq/8/2B5/7P/P1P2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe4+ if Kxf7 Qxe6+ ]

e)
Short vs Judit Polgar, Wijk aan Zee, 2000
6k1/5rpp/2q1p3/p3B2n/2P1R3/P4r2/6QP/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rh4 ]



Short Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Short vs Luiz Rouanet, Sao Paulo, 2001
1r1qr3/p4bk1/3p1bp1/3P3p/1pp1N2P/4BQ2/PPP5/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 ]

b)
Short vs Vinicius Van Riemsdijk, Sao Paulo, 2001
2b2k2/6b1/2n3pp/pr1np3/1p2N3/3P2PP/1PP1N1B1/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 ]

c)
Short vs Hannes Stefansson, Reykjavik, 2002
4brk1/5p1p/4PRpP/4r3/1pp3P1/8/1PP3BK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5 if Rxd5 e7 ]

d)
Short vs Amina Mezioud, Ajelat, 2003
5q1k/2p1r1pp/ppQ5/2p2rN1/2P2n2/7P/PP3PP1/3RR2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7 Qxe7 Qe4 if Qxe4 Rd8+ mates or if Qf8 Qxf5 mates ]

e)
White Mates in 10. Short vs Christopher Lutz, Budapest, 2003
3b1kr1/3p1p1R/q1rP4/3R2P1/4QP2/PK6/1P6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qf5+ Kg7 Qxd7+ ]

Short Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Short vs Andrew Muir, Catalan Bay, 2004
2r2n1k/2q3pp/p2p1b2/2nB1P2/1p1N4/8/PPP4Q/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Nxh7 Rxh7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Short vs Ye Jiangchuan, Taiyuan, 2004
4r1rk/4b2p/p2p2p1/2qnp3/2P5/3P2RQ/P5PP/2B2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

c)
Short vs Michal Paterek, Warsaw, 2004
rn3rk1/pp1qbppp/2p1p3/3pP3/3P2Pn/2PB1N2/PP3P1P/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh4 Bxh4 g5 w/Qh5 ]

d)
Short vs Andrey Zhigalko, Warsaw, 2004
r4rk1/1b3ppp/p2q1b2/1ppNp3/4P3/P2B3Q/1PP3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Qh6 Bxd5 exd5 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Short vs Natalia Zhukova, Gibraltar, 2006
r1b2rk1/5pb1/p1n1p3/4B3/4N2R/8/1PP1p1PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Stefan Kindermann, Potsdam, 10/14/2012
4r2k/p4q1p/6pP/2p2p2/1p3Q2/1P2R3/P1P2PP1/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Qc7 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Elisabeth Paehtz vs Nigel Short, Potsdam, 10/14/2012
1r4k1/5p2/P2p1q1p/3P2p1/2B5/3PQ1P1/6KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb2+ if Kh3 Qf5+ ]

c)
Dariusz Swiercz vs Nigel Short, Potsdam, 10/14/2012
8/R4p2/2b1pk2/2r1n3/4P3/P5P1/3N4/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 if Nb3 Nf3+ mates ]

d)
Nigel Short vs Attila Czebe, Pattaya, 4/21/2013
4r1k1/1p3pPp/8/8/4b1q1/Q3B1P1/5K1P/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6 if Qc8 Qf8+ ]

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nigel Short vs Gilles Jobin, Ottawa, 7/13/2013
3q3r/p2b1k2/2p2pp1/2Pp4/1P1B4/2Q2PP1/P4K2/7R w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 Qxf6 Qxf6+ Kxf6 Rxh8 ]

b)
Nigel Short vs Arthur Calugar, Ottawa, 7/14/2013
1Q1q2k1/7p/p5pB/5P2/2P5/1P5P/P3R2K/3q4 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

c)
Maxence Godard vs Nigel Short, Gibraltar, 1/25/2013
8/3bp1bp/3p2k1/2nP1p2/2p5/2P1B1PB/r2N1P1P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f4 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Colin McNab, England, 5/3/2014
r3nr1k/pb2q2p/5p1Q/2p1pP2/1pB1P1R1/4N3/PPP4P/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rdg1 if Bd5 Bxd5 Nc7 Rg7 ]

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