Tactics in the openings series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Jeffrey Xiong.
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.
Jeffrey Xiong vs John Bryant, Fremont, 2012
3q4/3P4/p1r4p/2r1k1pP/4p1B1/1Q6/PPP3P1/1K3R2 w - - 1 0
[ Qg3+ Kd5 Rd1+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Jeffrey Xiong vs Joshua Mu, Internet, 2013
r5bk/pp2N3/2p2bQ1/2n1P3/2P5/8/PP4p1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ Bh7 Qxf6# ]

c)
Matt Helfst vs Jeffrey Xiong, Fremont, 2012
2r3k1/1r1b1p2/ppn1p1p1/4bnN1/2P2qPB/1PN2B1P/P4Q2/2RR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxh4 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
T Patton vs Jeffrey Xiong, Davis, 2012
2r1k2r/1p3p2/5p2/p1bN3p/2K1n2N/P5P1/2b1PP1P/R1R5 b k - 0 1
[ ...b5+ Kxb5 Nd6+ ]

e)
Andrew Wang vs Jeffrey Xiong, Internet, 2012
r2qkbnr/pp4pp/2bp4/4ppN1/4P3/3QB3/PPP2PPP/RN2K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...f4 if Ne6 Qe7 ]



Jeffrey Xiong Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Michael Barron vs Jeffrey Xiong, Rockville, 2014
3r2k1/5pp1/1p3r2/1Q1n3p/P5q1/1NPRB1P1/1P3n1P/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3 Bxf2 Qxf2+ Kh1 Qxe1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Matthias Bluebaum vs Jeffrey Xiong, Wijk aan Zee, 2018
1r5k/1p1P2b1/p2Q3p/7P/2q5/2B4R/PP2n1r1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxc3+ 2.Rxc3 Rxb2+ ]

c)
Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Jeffrey Xiong, Saint Louis, 2018
3q2k1/5p1p/4p1p1/p1Q1Pn2/R7/5BP1/P2r1P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qd3 2.Ra3 Qb1+ 3.Kg2 Qe1 4.Bb7 Nd4 ]

d)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Jeffrey Xiong, Saint Louis, 2018
1r4k1/1P3pb1/6pp/8/2n2B1P/p4N2/5PPK/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ 1...a2 ]


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