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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Stephen Solomon.
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.
Stephen Solomon vs William Jordan, Melbourne, 1983
5b1k/1b3Prp/p3NQ2/4n2B/1p3R2/4p3/PPq3PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qxg7+ ]

b)
Stephen Solomon vs Gregory Canfell, Sydney, 1990
8/5knQ/p1r1r3/1p1q1p2/8/P7/1P4RP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf5+ Qxf5 Rxg7+ Kf6 Rf7+ ]

c)
Stephen Solomon vs Kevin Casey, Queensland, 1994
3r4/1p3kq1/p1pBrb2/P1P2p2/2P4p/5QP1/5PB1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5+ if Qg6 Qxg6+ ]

d)
Stephen Solomon vs John Myers, Queensland, 1994
r1b1r1k1/pp1n1pbp/2p1n1p1/8/3BP1N1/2N4P/PqPQB1P1/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7 Kxg7 Qh6+ Kg8 Rxd7 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
C Tandy vs Stephen Solomon, Canberra, 1994
r7/3knp1p/8/pP1bP3/4q1p1/2K5/PP3p2/R2Q1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc8+ Kd2 Qd4+ ]

Stephen Solomon puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Stephen Solomon vs Lee Jones, Gold Coast, 1997
6k1/p4pb1/R1p3p1/1PP1p3/2q1P3/1b2B3/4QP1P/3r1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd1 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Neil Wright vs Stephen Solomon, Sydney, 1997
8/p3kpp1/1pPb4/1P5p/2b1P2P/2P1P1PK/P7/5rNR b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Stephen Solomon vs John Harris, Hervey Bay, 1998
r1bq4/pp2bN1k/4p3/8/6r1/3NQ3/PPP2P1P/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ Kg8 Qh8+ ]

d)
Stephen Solomon vs Alek Safarian, Suncoast, 1999
r6r/6pp/4kp2/pQ6/2N5/3q4/5PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Re1+ Kf7 Ne5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Stephen Solomon vs Mark Chapman, Melbourne, 2000
3q1rkn/2r3b1/p1p1R3/1p1p1Qp1/3P4/2P3P1/PPB2P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf7 Qh5+ ]

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Stephen Solomon puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Stephen Solomon vs Igor Bjelobrk, Melbourne, 2002
2rq2rk/5p1p/bpn4Q/p4N2/3p4/6P1/PPP2R1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Stephen Solomon vs Eddy Levi, Adelaide, 2004
r6r/4QPpb/p1k4p/1p4BP/2PP2P1/1B3N2/2P2K2/q7 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5+ Kb6 c5+ Ka5 Nc6# ]

c)
Stephen Solomon vs George Xie, Adelaide, 2004
3q3r/p3bk1p/2p1p1nQ/2p1P1P1/2N2B2/1P6/P1R3PP/3rR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ ]

d)
Slobodan Krstic vs Stephen Solomon, Victoria, 2004
r4rk1/p1p3pp/2p2p2/3p2n1/3P1Bq1/6Q1/PP3P2/RN3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf4 if Qxf4 Nh3+ ]

e)
Stephen Solomon vs Peter Green, Auckland, 2005
6k1/2Q2q2/pP3P1p/3p2p1/8/1r6/1B3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc8+ if Kh7 Qc2+ or if Qf8 Qc2 Rxb6 Qg6+ ]

Stephen Solomon puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Stephen Solomon vs David Castor, Sydney, 2010
1r3bR1/2rk1P2/2pN3p/2P4P/3PQ3/pPp5/P6q/1KB5 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Stephen Solomon vs Erik Teichmann, Canterbury, 2010
3r3k/2p2Qbn/2PP4/8/2B5/pP6/q7/2BK3R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

c)
Stephen Solomon vs Bobby Cheng, Canterbury, 2010
r5k1/1pR3p1/1q2p1bp/3pP2P/3N2P1/1P2Q3/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Nf5+ ]

d)
Maher Ayyad vs Stephen Solomon, Khanty Mansyisk, 2010
8/4kppp/4p3/1nPp4/1P4P1/1N1R1P2/4K1P1/1r6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Stephen Solomon vs Velimir Kresovic, Sydney, 2011
2r1nrk1/5p1p/p3pRpQ/qp1pP1P1/3B2P1/1P1B4/P1n2R1P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Rxf7+ ]

f)
Black mates in 5.
Svetozar Stojic vs Stephen Solomon, Ballarat, 2014
2b3k1/5ppp/p1Q1pb2/q7/1r2B3/8/P1P2PPP/2K3RR b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1+ Kxb1 Qb4+ Kc1 Bg5+ ]

g)
White mates in 5.
Stephen Solomon vs Michael Steadman, Cammeray, 2015
r7/1bp1nk2/5N1Q/p2pP3/1p1P4/8/PPP3q1/2K2R2 w - - 1 0
[ e6+ Kxe6 Ng4+ if Kd7 Ne5+ ]


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