Here are some chess puzzles from the 2008 US Chess Championship.
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)
Alex Yermolinsky 2518 vs Alexander Shabalov 2633, Tulsa, 2008
3r1rk1/pp1bn1pp/4pn2/q2p4/5P2/P1N2B2/1PPQ1BPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 ]

b)
Larry Kaufman vs Michael Langer, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/1p4np/q2p1Bp1/2pP4/rPR5/4r2P/2Q3P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 if Kxg7 b5 ]

c)
Ronald Burnett vs Jeff De Jesus, Tulsa, 2008
r1b1k2r/3nbp1p/p3pp2/8/2NPP3/2q2N2/4BPPP/R2Q1K1R w kq - 0 1
[ Rc1 Qb4 Rb1 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Robert Plunkett vs Joseph Bradford, Tulsa, 2008
r3k1r1/1pqnnp1Q/p7/3pp3/1P4b1/P4N2/2PBBPPP/R3K2R b KQq - 0 1
[ ...Nf8 if Qh6 (or Qh4) Nf5 Qf6 Nd7 ]

d)
Chouchanik Airapetian vs Gerald Roberts, Tulsa, 2008
r1b1k2r/pp2n2p/2n1p3/3pPpp1/3P1Nq1/P1Q5/3B1PPP/1R2KB1R w Kkq - 0 1
[ Be2 if Qh4 Bh5+ w/g3 ]

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2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
John Fedorowicz vs Bart Gibbons, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/1prn1ppp/p2Nrb2/P1q1P3/1R6/B6P/4QPP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7 if Qxa5 Bb4 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Mila Mokryak vs M Nugent, Tulsa, 2008
r6r/pp3pk1/2p2Rp1/2p1P2B/3bQ3/6PK/7P/6q1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qxg6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 9. Robert Rowley 2231 vs Todd Andrews 2312, Tulsa, 2008
2b1rr2/q4pk1/3p1bp1/3Pp3/1pP1Q3/1P4R1/6PP/1BB2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Kxf6 Qh4+ Kg7 Bh6+ mates ]

d)
Devin Hughes vs J Hyltin, Tulsa, 2008
rnb2rk1/1p2qppp/p3pn2/2b5/P1N2B2/5NP1/1PQ1PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]

e)
Nicholas Schoonmaker 2202 vs Mark Ginsburg 2365, Tulsa, 2008
R7/1pp2rk1/4b1pp/1P1nPp2/1q1Bp3/4P1P1/1Q3PBP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb4 Nxb4 Re8 if Bc4 e6+ ]

2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
J Hyltin vs Robert Stepp, Tulsa, 2008
r2q1rk1/1p1bb1pp/2pp1n2/p1nP1p2/2P1p3/2N1BPPN/PP2P1BP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if dxc5 d6 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Tim Steiner vs Julie Ann O'Neill, Tulsa, 2008
r1b1q2k/3n4/p2p1Np1/1pp3Np/2Q5/3P4/PPP3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Kg7 Nxe8+ Kh7 Qf4 ]

c)
White Mates in 2. James Berry 2087 vs Alexander Gorbunov 2210, Tulsa, 2008
rqb2bk1/3n2pr/p1pp2Qp/1p6/3BP2N/2N4P/PPP3P1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qe6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Chris Claassen vs Devin Hughes, Tulsa, 2008
r2qrk2/4np2/pn1p3p/1ppP1bN1/4N3/P1Q5/1P2B1PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Bran Whitcomb vs Alexey Root, Tulsa, 2008
r6Q/p1p2k2/1p3p1p/5N2/8/3B4/PPP2PKb/4q3 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ Kg6 Nh4+ Kh5 Bf7+ ]

2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 4. Zorigt Bayaraa vs Vinay Bhat, Tulsa, 2008
7r/1p3bk1/1Pp2p2/3p2p1/3P1nq1/1QPNR1P1/5P2/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5 ]

b)
Alexander Gorbunov vs Daniel Naroditsky, Tulsa, 2008
r2q1rk1/1b3ppp/p3pn2/1pb1n3/P6Q/1NP5/1P2BPPP/RNB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5 if Qg3 Ne4 Bf3 Nxf3+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. Darwin Yang vs Michael Mulyar, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/2R5/4p1pp/8/5PPK/P3Q2P/1q4r1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf6+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. M Nugent vs Shawn Noland, Tulsa, 2008
3r2k1/6pp/p3p3/2P5/4bK2/2Q5/6qP/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...g5+ if Ke5 Rd5+ ]

e)
Eugene Yanayt vs Nicholas Schoonmaker, Tulsa, 2008
r1bqk2r/ppp1n1bp/2np2p1/5p2/2PNP3/2N1B3/PP1QBPPP/R3K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...f4 ]

2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part V. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 5. Movses Movsisyan vs David Pruess, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/3b3p/1b1p1rp1/1P1Pp2P/4B2R/2q1N3/4KP2/1Q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2+ Kxf2 Qxe3+ ]

b)
Jerry Wheeler vs Devin Hughes, Tulsa, 2008
8/4k2p/p1r2p2/2BRn1p1/4P3/5P2/P4KPP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc5 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Julio Becerra Rivero vs Yuri Shulman, Tulsa, 2008
7r/1k3p2/1q1B4/p2pPp2/p1n2P2/2RQ2K1/2P1B1P1/7r b - - 0 1
[ ...R1h3+ ]

d)
Chouchanik Airapetian vs Tsagaan Battsetseg, Tulsa, 2008
2r2q1k/1p3rbp/p1npn1p1/4pbB1/2P1B3/1PNR1P2/P2QN1PP/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg5 if Qxg5 Bh6 ]


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