King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Stefano Tatai.
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 4.
Stefano Tatai vs Alvise Zichichi, Rovigo, 1966
rn3r1k/2qp1p1p/1b1N2pB/p1pPN3/4P3/1PP3Q1/5PPP/R4bK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nexf7+ Kg8 Qe5 Rxf7 Qe8+ ]

b)
Stefano Tatai vs Antonio Medina-Garcia, Beverwijk, 1967
1r1rb1k1/1q2bppp/3ppnn1/1N6/1p1NP3/1Q2BP2/PP1RB1PP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc7 if Qa8 Ra7 or if Qb6 Nxe6 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Stefano Tatai vs Enrico Paoli, Imperia, 1967
3b2rk/pq3ppp/2r5/1p3P2/3Bn3/6Q1/PPP3PP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7+ ]

d)
Stefano Tatai vs Eleazar Jimenez, Palma de Majorca, 1967
3rr1k1/1p3p1p/p1q2PpQ/4p2n/8/1B3R2/PPP3PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Kxf7 Qxh7+ Ke6 f7 if Rf8 Qxg6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Stefano Tatai vs Marco Albano, Reggio Emilia, 1968
1r3r1q/4k1b1/1p2bpB1/p1p1p3/P1P1Q3/1P2B2P/6P1/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc6 if Rfd8 Bxc5+ ]

Sterfano Tatai puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Stefano Tatai vs Jan Timman, Amsterdam, 1970
6k1/5p1p/1BB3p1/3NP3/5n2/1P1b4/5KPb/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kg7 Ng4 ]

b)
Stefano Tatai vs Antonio Medina-Garcia, Las Palmas, 1972
r3r3/1pQ2qbk/6b1/6p1/nP3p2/P4P1P/4RP2/B3RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Re7 Rac8 Qxb7 Rc1 Rxf7 Rexe1 Rxg7+ if Kh6 Rxg6+ mates ]

c)
Sterfano Tatai vs Eugenio Torre, Skopje, 1972
1r5r/5k2/2qp2p1/2pNnp2/1p6/1P2P1P1/PQ3PK1/3R3R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh8 Rxh8 f4 ]

d)
Stefano Tatai vs Edgar De Castro, Manila, 1973
7k/7p/p4R2/1pp5/8/7P/qP3R1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rg2 ]

e)
Stefano Tatai vs Robert Hartoch, Sant Feliu de Guixols, 1973
3b1r1k/2q2r1p/p2p4/1p1PnRpP/3QN3/2P5/PP2B3/1K3R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 Rxf7 Rxf7 Qxf7 Nxd6 if Qf6 Qxe5 Qxe5 Nf7+ ]

Sterfano Tatai puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Stefano Tatai vs Heikki Westerinen, Sant Feliu de Guixols, 1973
1n2kb2/1r5p/p4pp1/1p2p3/4P3/1N2B3/PP2KPPP/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Rc8+ if Kf7 Na5 ]

b)
Stefano Tatai vs Danny Kopec, London, 1978
2r3k1/1R1p1ppp/3Q4/2p1p3/2P1q3/P5P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8 if Qc6 Qxc6 ]

c)
Stefano Tatai vs Roberto Olivotto, Venice, 1979
6k1/3n1ppp/1pr5/3p4/3P4/4PN2/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Stefano Tatai vs Spyridon Skembris, Budva, 1981
r5k1/1b1pb1p1/p3p1Q1/q3npBB/8/7R/1PP2PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kxh7 Bf7# ]

e)
Stefano Tatai vs Ennio Arlandi, Italy, 1986
3r1rk1/p1Rn1ppp/1p1qp3/1B6/3pb3/P3PN2/1P2QPPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Rxd4 Bxf3 Qxf3 ]


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