'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
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)
Black mates in 4.
Jakub Zeberski vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Poraj, 2003
k2r4/pp3p2/2p5/Q3p2p/4Kp1P/5R2/PP4q1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd4+ Kxe5 Qg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Darcy Lima, Turin, 2006
1r2Rr2/3P1p1k/5Rpp/qp6/2pQ4/7P/5PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ ]

c)
Olav Sepp vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Turin, 2006
2r2bk1/1b3ppp/3pp3/p1q5/2r1PP2/2P1R1PP/NP4BK/2QR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra4 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
San Segundo Carrillo vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Turin, 2006
3Q1rk1/8/7R/p1N1p1Bp/P1q5/7b/3Q1PPK/1r6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Vladimir Potkin, Warsaw, 2011
6R1/1r3p2/4pNpk/4P2p/p4P2/2b2KPP/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ g4 ]

Radoslaw Wojtaszek Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Miroslaw Grabarczyk, Warsaw, 2011
r5k1/p1r1qpp1/B1b1pn1p/2PpN3/8/1Q2P3/P4PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxc6 Rxc6 Qb7 ]

b)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Dawid Janaszak, Trzcianka, 2013
r2r2k1/pp3p2/2ppb1p1/4q1Rp/2P1n3/1PN4P/P2QBPP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe4 Qxe4 Bf3 if Qh4 g3 Qxh3 Bg2 ]

c)
Igor Kurnosov vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Yurmala, 2013
4r3/6bk/p5pp/3PR1P1/8/PQ6/K3Rq2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd4 if Qb2 Rxe5 ]

d)
Hrant Melkumyan vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Germany, 2013
4r3/2B5/1p3k2/p4r1p/Pn1K3P/8/1P1R4/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd5+ Kc4 Rc5+ ]

e)
Zbynek Hracek vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Wroclaw, 2013
5r1k/pb4pp/1p2r3/2n5/2Q3N1/7P/P4P2/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5 Ne3 Rg6+ if Kf1 Ba6 ]

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Radoslaw Wojtaszek Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Trzcianka, 2014
6kr/pp3pb1/5q2/3pp2p/3PnN2/BP2PQ2/P4P2/K5R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Mateusz Bartel, Trzcianka, 2014
5r2/pp3p2/3p1bkB/2pP4/2q5/5P2/PPPQr3/1K1R3R w - - 1 0
[ Rdg1+ if Kf5 Rg5+ or if Kh7 Bf4+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Arkadij Naiditsch, Trzcianka, 2014
3r1r2/ppq2p1Q/8/2bpP1k1/PpP3b1/8/5P1P/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ h4+ Kf4 Qh6+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Eltaj Safarli, Shamkir, 2014
3r2r1/pp3kbR/1q3p2/3p4/6B1/8/PP1Q4/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Bh5+ Kf8 Qe2 ]

e)
Wlodzimierz Schmidt vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Trzcianka, 2014
4rrk1/p2q1ppp/2pb2b1/3p4/3Pn3/1PNBPR1P/PBR3P1/2Q3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5 ]

Radoslaw Wojtaszek Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Viktor Erdos, Novi Sad, 2016
r1b3k1/4Q1b1/p2pn3/1ppq1p2/P4P2/8/4B1RP/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Bh5 if Bb7 Bf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Antonios Pavlidis, Tallinn, 2016
5r1k/1pp2r1p/3pRp2/5P1Q/1n4R1/p6P/q4PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7 ]

c)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Rasmus Svane, Doha, 2016
5rk1/2qn1ppp/4p3/pPb1N3/8/1P3Q2/1B3PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd7 Qxd7 Qc3 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Patrick Zelbel vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Tallinn, 2016
2k4r/1pq2pp1/p1n1p1p1/3p4/3P2nr/2PB1QN1/PP3PP1/2R1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Daniel Drozdzynski, Katowice, 2017
5n2/pp2rbkp/2p1qNp1/3r4/3P1Q1R/2PB4/1P3P2/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxh7+ Nxh7 2.Rxh7+ Kf8 3.Qh6# ]

Radoslaw Wojtaszek Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Valeriy Neverov, Batumi, 2018
5bk1/5ppp/q6r/p1p2P2/Pp2r3/1P1P2R1/1B4KP/2QR4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxg7 (if 1.dxe4 Qe2+ 2.Kg1 Qxh2+)
1...Bxg7 2.Qg5 Re2+ 3.Kf1 Qf6 4.Qxf6
]

b)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Rauf Mamedov, Douglas, 2019
6k1/5qp1/2r1p2p/1p6/2nQ4/2B3PP/4PP1K/R7 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ra8+ Kh7 2.Qe4+ if 2...g6 3.Rh8# ]

c)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Aleksandr Volodin, Batumi, 2019
4Qbk1/p1q2p2/2pN2p1/2pr4/1P4RP/6P1/P4P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nxf7 if 1...Qxf7 2.Rxg6+ or if 1...Kg7 2.Ne5 ]

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