Characteristic Puzzles in the Openings



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maxim Turov.
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.
Maxim Turov vs Tamas Pikler, Finland, 1995
2n5/p6R/6p1/7b/2BbP2k/6N1/3B2KP/r7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ gxh5 Nf5+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Maxim Turov vs Julian Estrada Nieto, Budapest, 1996
r6r/pp2pk1p/1n3b2/5Q1N/8/3B4/q4PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ Kxe7 Qxf6+ Kd7 Bf5+ ]

c)
Maxim Turov vs Peter Acs, Budapest, 1997
2b1k3/2p2q2/np1P1p2/3Qp1p1/4P3/2P1BPP1/5KB1/8 w - - 0 1
[ d7+ if Qxd7 Qg8+ Ke7 Qg7+ Kd6 Qxf6+ ]

d)
Maxim Turov vs Vitaly Kushchenko, Kolontaevo, 1997
2rr2k1/1p1npp1p/p2n1bp1/3N4/3BqP2/P6P/BP1RQ1P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if exf6 or Nxf6 Ne7+ ]

Maxim Turov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Rund Bosch vs Maxim Turov, Helmond, 2012
2kr1br1/pp2pp1p/2p2p2/7q/2PP1Bb1/1P3N2/P3QPPP/2KR2R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 if Bg3 Ba3+ Kb1 e4 or if dxe5 Ba3+ Kc2 Qf5+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Maxim Turov vs Oskar Von Bahr, Fagernes, 2018
r2kb3/p4R1p/3NPpp1/8/1p6/4K3/1P6/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rb7 a5 2.e7# ]

c)
Maxim Turov vs Henrik Haavamae, Tallinn, 2018
r1bqkb1r/pp3ppp/4pn2/2p1N3/2pn4/6P1/PP2PPBP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ 1.e3 if 1...Nf5 2.Qxd8+ Kxd8 3.Nxf7+ ]

d)
Maxim Turov vs Alexander Olkhovskiy, Tallinn, 2019
r2q2k1/pbnnb2p/4p1pP/1pp2rB1/3p4/3P1NP1/PPPQ1PBN/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxe7 Qxe7 2.Nh4 if 2...Bxg2 3.Nxf5 ]

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