Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Joshua Waitzkin.
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)
Waitzkin vs M Berman, USA, 1990
r1b2rk1/pp1nn1pp/1q2p3/3pP3/1b1P4/5NPB/PP4KP/R1BQ2NR w - - 0 1
[ a3 ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Waitzkin vs Luis Hoyos-Millan, New York, 1992
6k1/5p2/p3bRpQ/4q3/2r3P1/6NP/P1p2R1K/1r6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ ]

c)
Waitzkin vs Stanislav Garber, New York, 1992
2q3k1/1r4b1/7Q/3P3R/6r1/8/6RK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ w/Qf5+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 8. Roman Krant vs Waitzkin, New York, 1992
7k/1N1P3p/8/p1p5/P1Pb1P2/8/1pK1p3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...b1/Q+ Kxb1 e1/Q+ Kc2 Qe2+ Kc1 Be3+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 8. Erez Klein vs Waitzkin, New York, 1993
1r4k1/6pp/B3p3/3nP3/3n4/b1p5/P5PP/K2Q1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb2+ Kb1 c2+ Qxc2 Ba3+ ]



Waitzkin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Josh Manion vs Waitzkin, New York, 1993
5r1k/1b2q1pp/3bp3/8/3BB3/PP6/4Q1PP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 if g4 Bxe4 & if Qxe4 Qf2+ mates ]

b)
Black to move and win. Roman Krant vs Waitzkin, New York, 1993
8/2p3k1/3p2p1/3P1n1p/5P1P/4qBP1/Q5K1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1 if Qf2 Ne2+ ]

c)
Waitzkin vs Jonathan Levitt, New York, 1994
5k2/ppN3p1/2r3pn/5p2/2n3P1/1B3P1P/P7/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ w/Nd4 & Rc1 ]

d)
Waitzkin vs Walter Browne, Modesto, 1995
5nk1/p4r2/1p2p3/3p1Prp/3P2p1/3B3P/PP3RP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ h4 Rgg7 f6 ]

e)
Waitzkin vs Laszlo Vadasz, Budapest, 1997
k1r5/pb1r1pp1/1pqbpn1p/1N6/1PP5/P1BB2P1/4QP1P/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 w/Be4 ]



Waitzkin Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 5. Yochanan Afek vs Waitzkin, Budapest, 1997
2N4k/p6p/2p1p3/P1b5/8/1BP4P/1P1q1nP1/5QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4 Qxf2 Bxf2+ Kf1 Qd2 ]

b)
Black Mates in 3. Jennifer Shahade vs Waitzkin, Chicago, 1997
r4r1k/5p2/3P4/4pP1N/b5P1/b1p2B2/p1P1R2P/K2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb2+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Igor Sorkin vs Waitzkin, Philadelphia, 1997
Q4r2/2k3pp/3b4/4n3/2p1P3/4B3/1Pp3PP/R6K b - - 0 1
[ ...c1/Q+ (or c1/R+) if Bxc1 Rf1# ]

d)
Waitzkin vs Jacques Elbilia, Bermuda, 1999
r5k1/1r3p2/4p2B/p1pn3n/8/6P1/PP3PB1/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 exd5 Bxd5 Rba7 Bxa8 Rxa8 Rxc5 ]

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