Here are some chess puzzles from the games of James E Tarjan.
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)
Black Mates in 3. James Harkins vs Tarjan, Ventura, 1971
8/6pk/pb5p/8/1P2qP2/P3p3/2r2PNP/1QR3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...exf2+ Kh1 f1/Q+ ]

b)
Tarjan vs Robert Bellin, Norway, 1972
4kr2/3b1p1p/p2R1p2/N3pP1B/1n2P3/8/1P4rP/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rhd1 if Bb5 Re6# or if Bc8 Rb6 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Tarjan vs Serge Velickovic, Norway, 1972
r2q1rk1/1b5p/p1npp1pQ/1p1N4/4P3/8/PPP4P/2KR1BR1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ hxg6 Qxg6+ Kh8 Qh6+ Kg3 Bh3 Qf6 Rg1+ Kf7 Qh5+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Tarjan vs Lawrence Gilden, El Paso, 1973
2R2bk1/5rr1/p3Q2R/3Ppq2/1p3p2/8/PP1B2PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Kxf8 Rh8+ Rg8 Bxb4+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Tarjan vs Ramon Lontoc, Nice, 1974
3q3r/r4pk1/pp2pNp1/3bP1Q1/7R/8/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ if Kg8 Rxh8+ or if Qxe8 Qf6+ ]



Tarjan Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. R Hammie vs Tarjan, USA, 1975
3b1r1k/1b1q4/4P1pP/8/3B1P2/1BP1p3/1PK4Q/r2N3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 if cxd4 Be4+ mates ]

b)
Black to move and win. Stevce Georgievski vs Tarjan, Skopje, 1976
1r1q1rk1/3b2b1/3p2pp/1p2n3/1P1NPp2/3P1B1P/3B1P1K/1R3QR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb6 if Bc3 Nxf3 Nxf3 Bxc3 ]

c)
Tarjan vs Jose Gutierrez, Bogota, 1979
r2k4/p2b1R2/2pqp2Q/1p1n4/8/P1P3Pp/1P2RK1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Be8 Rxe8+ Kxe8 Rxe6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Tarjan vs Edmar Mednis, Riga, 1979
2r3k1/5p2/p5pQ/1b1pR2p/1p1q4/8/PP5P/K5R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Qxg6+ ]

e)
Tarjan vs Harry Radke, Palo Alto, 1981
1rr3k1/5pp1/1P5p/2q5/1Qp5/4R2P/5PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

Tarjan Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Robert Ciaffone vs Tarjan, Palo Alto, 1981
2rr3k/1q2Q1p1/p6p/2p5/PnP2P2/1P4PP/7K/2R1R1B1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2+ if Re2 Qxe7 ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Milorad Kapelan vs Tarjan, Vrsac, 1983
3r2k1/pp5p/6p1/2Ppq3/4Nr2/4B2b/PP2P2K/R1Q1R2B b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2+ Kxh3 Rh2+ Kg4 h5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Tarjan vs Eric Lobron, Jakarta, 1983
2r1k3/2P3R1/3P2K1/6N1/8/8/8/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Kf8 Nh7+ ]

d)
Tarjan vs Dusan Rajkovic, Vrsac, 1983
r1b1r1k1/1p3q1p/p3pp2/2B1n2Q/2R5/1P4P1/P4PBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if fxe5 Rg4+ ]

e)
Tarjan vs Sergey Kudrin, Berkeley, 1984
2Q5/6kp/3p1np1/2pr4/5P2/3q4/6PP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Kh6 Qf8+ ]


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