Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Xie Jun.
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)
Xie vs Irina Levitina, Manila, 1992
3r1r2/4p1k1/3p2b1/2qBbp2/1p5p/1P2N3/2PQ1RPP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 if Rxf5 (if Kh8 Qh6+ mates) Rxf5 Bxf5 Qg5+ & Qxe7 ]

b)
White Mates in 8. Xie vs Manuel Apicella, Cap d'Agde, 1994
8/2K5/k7/1r1b1p2/8/3Q4/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qa3+ Ra5 Qb4 Rb5 Qd6+ Bc6 Qa3+ Ra5 Qb3 Bb5 Qe6+ ]

c)
Xie vs Lyazzat Tazhieva, Moscow, 1994
r3r1k1/5p1p/pp1pn1pB/8/P1q1b3/2P5/2P2QPP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ w/Bg7+ ]

d)
Xie vs Zsuzsa Polgar, Jaen, 1996
4r1k1/5pbn/b5pp/1pBBP3/2p2P2/7P/1P4P1/2R2NK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra1 if Bc8 Bc6 Rd8 Ra8 ]

e)
White Mates in 8. Xie vs Nana Ioseliani, Groningen, 1997
5rk1/qB6/5n1Q/4p2p/P1p2p2/5P2/6PP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 Nxd7 Bd5+ Rf7 Qg6+ ]



Xie Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Xie vs Alexei Barsov, Vlissingen, 1997
r5k1/5pp1/p1q1pn1p/8/3B1b2/3B3P/P3QPP1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 gxf6 Be4 w/Qf3 ]

b)
Xie vs Alexei Barsov, Wijk aan Zee, 1997
6k1/1b3rp1/p3p2p/1p3Nr1/nP6/2P2P2/P1B3P1/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ Rf8 Ne7+ Kf7 Rd7 ]

c)
White Mates in 8. Xie vs Mark Taimanov, Roquebrune, 1998
r3kr2/1b1p1p2/p2Rp2p/1p2Pp1B/2q2P1Q/6RP/P5PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ Rxf7 Rg8+ Rf8 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Rxd7 ]

d)
Xie vs Alisa Galliamova, Kazan, 1999
1kr3r1/2qb1R2/p3p3/1p2P2p/1P1N4/4Q3/P1P3B1/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ Ka8 Rxd7 Qxd7 Nb8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 8. Xie vs Lei Wang, Shenyang, 2000
1r3bk1/2qr1pp1/4p3/p1n1P1Q1/1p1B4/2P2R2/PPB4P/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ Kg8 Rh3 f6 exf6 gxf6 Qh8+ ]

f)
Xie vs Nigel Short, Jinan, 2002
3Q4/6n1/5p1k/8/3N1qp1/8/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Kg6 Qxg7+ ]

g)
Xie vs Harriet Hunt, Calvia, 2004
2r3kr/1bq4p/p2p2p1/1p1P4/3Q4/5B2/PPP5/1K2R2R w - - 0 1
[ Bg4 w/Be6+ ]

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