Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vernon Small.
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)
Vernon Small vs Lindsay Cornford, Upper Hutt, 1976
r3k2r/pp1nbppp/2p1pn2/q3N3/3P4/2N5/PPP1QPPP/R1B1R1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nxf7 if 0-0 Ng5 e5 dxe5 Ne8 Qc4+ or if Rf8 Nd6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Vernon Small vs Greg Hjorth, Melbourne, 1983
8/p3R3/1p4k1/5r1p/4Qnp1/1P3N1P/P4PPK/3q4 w - - 1 0
[ Qc6+ if Rf6 Qe8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Kaarto Schepel vs Vernon Small, Melbourne, 1983
5rk1/3Q2pp/4p3/5p2/6nP/4qP1R/P2R2P1/1r1B1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Anthony Ker vs Vernon Small, New Zealand, 1984
3r2k1/pQ3ppp/5nq1/8/2P5/P2r1p2/1P3P1P/R1B3RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg1+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Anthony Dowden vs Vernon Small, New Zealand, 1985
7r/5Q2/kp2p3/1p1pPn2/1B6/P1P3P1/8/3q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kxh1 Qxf1+ Kh2 Qf2+ ]


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