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

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


a)
So vs Josef Strasser, Bad Wiessee, 2006
5rk1/pp1R1ppp/4n3/5Q2/7P/1BP1q1P1/PP5K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

b)
So vs Ahmed Adly, Dubai, 2008
r1b5/1p6/p1kqp1Q1/3Np3/4P2b/3B2p1/PPP5/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ if Kc5 b4+ or if Bd7 Qxa8 or if Qd7 Bb5+ ]

c)
So vs Prasad Arun, Gaziantep, 2008
4k1r1/2qb1p1p/4pP2/pQ6/4P3/1R4P1/PPP4P/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Qd8 Qa7 if Bc8 Rb8 Rg6 Rxc8 ]

d)
So vs Rolando Nolte, Dapitan, 2009
3r1rk1/1p1b1ppp/4n3/p3PB2/Pn1pN2q/2B5/1PP3PP/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Be1 Qe7 Qh5 g6 Qh6 Nd5 Bh4 ]



So Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
So vs Gao Rui, Subic Bay, 2009
r3b3/4b2k/p1p1p1p1/2P2p2/5P2/2B5/PPK1B3/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1+ Kg8 Bc4 Bd8 Bxe6+ Kf8 Rh7 ]

b)
So vs Dmitry Bocharov, Moscow, 2010
6k1/5p1p/pBq3p1/3p2P1/6b1/1N1n4/PPP4P/1K2Q3 w - - 0 1
[ Qg1 if Nb4 Bc5 or if Ne5 Bd4 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. So vs Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Tagaytay City, 2010
q7/4R2p/p5pk/2QR4/P1p2r2/7P/2r3P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh5+ gxh5 Qd6+ ]

d)
So vs Viktor Laznicka, New Delhi, 2011
3b2rk/p6p/4br1Q/qp2N3/2p1PNP1/3p3P/PP6/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

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So Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Vladimir Burmakin vs So, Bad Wiessee, 2006
4r1k1/pp1n1pp1/2p2np1/3p4/PP1P1qP1/1NP1rP2/4RRKP/2Q2B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg4 fxg4 Qxg4+ Kh1 Rxe2 ]

b)
Gerhard Niebergall vs So, Bad Wiessee, 2006
4k3/p4pb1/6p1/3pP3/3P1n2/2N2qQ1/Pr3P1R/R4K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg3 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Chan Wei-Xuan vs So, Singapore, 2007
8/6k1/3p1rp1/3Bp1p1/1pP1P1K1/4bPR1/P5Q1/4q3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf4+ Kxg5 Bb6 ]

d)
Friso Nijboer vs So, Wijk aan Zee, 2009
2R5/8/3N4/6P1/3kp3/3n4/2K4P/6r1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ Kd2 e3+ Ke2 Nf4+ Kf3 Rxc8 ]

e)
Black Mates in 6. Maxim Rodshtein vs So, Biel, 2010
6rk/p6p/1p1R1p1q/4nP1N/4b2Q/7P/P5P1/5B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ if Bxg2 Qc1+ Kh2 Nf3+ ]

Wesley So Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Wesley So vs David Navara, Wijk aan Zee, 1/22/2011
8/3qpk1p/1p1rp1p1/2p5/5Pn1/4PNP1/PPQ4P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ h3 ]

b)
Laurent Fressinet vs Wesley So, Wijk aan Zee, 1/21/2011
8/5p1k/5r2/2P2Pr1/4K3/6Rp/P5R1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3 if Rxg3 h2 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Wesley So vs Marcin Dziuba, Reykjavik, 2/26/2013
2r2k2/2P2pp1/4pN2/8/1P1R4/6P1/5P2/2q2BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ if Ke7 Ng8# ]

d)
Erik Kislik vs Wesley So, Reykjavik, 2/20/2013
5k2/p3ppbp/bp4p1/8/4PP2/2N5/PP1rNKPP/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Wesley So vs Elshan Moradiabadi, New York, 4/6/2014
1rbq1r1k/2p4n/ppn1p3/2Pp2R1/1P1P1P1p/P3P3/1BQ5/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]


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