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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Michael Adams.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
Michael Adams vs Andrew Whiteley, England, 1981
4b2k/ppp1q1r1/4prRp/2Pp3P/5N2/P3Q3/1PP3P1/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 exd5 Qxe7 Rxe7 Rxf6 ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Michael Adams vs D Sedgwick, London, 1984
7k/p1r2b2/4pq2/1p1p1nR1/5P2/P2B4/1P2Q2P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh5+ if Bxh5 Qxh5+ Qh6 Qe8+ or if Nh6 Rxh6+ w/Qe5+ ]

c)
Michael Adams vs Franz Aschwanden, Arnheim, 1988
r4rk1/4b1pp/p1qppn2/1p2p1B1/PP2n3/2N2N2/Q1P2PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6+ if Rf7 Nxe5 or if Kh8 Nxe4 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Michael Adams vs Luis Comas Fabrego, Adelaide, 1988
r4kr1/1b2R1n1/pq4p1/4Q3/1p4P1/5P2/PPP4P/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Kxf7 Qe7# ]

e)
Graham Morrison vs Michael Adams, Blackpool, 1988
6k1/p5p1/7p/4Np2/2P5/1P4P1/q1QK1P1n/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa5+ if Qc3 Qxe5 & ...Nf3+ ]


Michael Adams vs Andrew Whiteley

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Adams vs Fernandez, Haifa, 1989
r3rk2/1p1n1p1Q/p1b1p3/2q3pN/8/2PB4/P1P2PP1/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bg6 ]

b)
Michael Adams vs Angus Dunnington, Haringey, 1989
r4rk1/2n1p1bp/b2qP1p1/p1pp1pN1/P1nP1N2/2P3QP/2B2PP1/1RB1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh7 w/Qxg6+ & Bxf5 ]

c)
Michael Adams vs Larry Christiansen, Reykjavik, 1990
5rk1/qb4p1/3P1pPb/2p1r3/2P1p2R/1P5Q/6PP/3RB2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 w/Qd7 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Michael Adams vs Eric Lobron, Brussels, 1992
8/7p/5pk1/3n2pq/3N1nR1/1P3P2/P6P/4QK2 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ Kg7 Nf5# ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Michael Adams vs Vasilios Kotronias, Halkidiki, 1993
3r3k/6pp/p3Qn2/P3N3/4q3/2P4P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ Kh8 Qg8+ Nxg8 Nf7# ]


Michael Adams vs Andrew Whiteley

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Michael Adams vs William Stanton, London, 1993
1r3r1k/1nb2p1p/5p2/1p1q4/6Q1/2P3P1/1PB2P1P/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 if f5 Qf6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 7.
Kiril Georgiev vs Michael Adams, Groningen, 1993
3r2k1/p4pp1/q3p2p/1p1n4/2r3N1/5Q1N/PK3PPP/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2+ Kxc2 Nb4+ Kc1 Qc8+ Kb2 Qc2+ Ka3 Qa4+ Kb2 Qxa2+ Kc1 Qc2# ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Michael Adams vs Sherhard, London, 1993
2bq1k1r/r5pp/p2b1Pn1/1p1Q4/3P4/1B6/PP3PPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6+ Qxd6 Rxc8+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Michael Adams vs Jeroen Piket, Wijk aan Zee, 1993
8/2k2r2/pp6/2p1R1Np/6pn/8/Pr4B1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Kb8 Rd8+ ]


mate in 3
Michael Adams vs Sherhard

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Adams vs S Vanderwaeren, Moscow, 1994
5k1r/pb2qn1p/1p3p2/1B1pp3/3P1N2/4QP2/P5PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 (if Qxc7 or Qd8 Ne6+) Qd6 Rxb7 if exf4 Qe8+ mates ]

b)
Michael Adams vs R Cunningham, New York, 1996
r5k1/ppqr1p1p/2p1pBn1/4b3/8/1BP4Q/PP3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 w/Qh6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Michael Adams vs P Burkart, London, 1996
2r3k1/p4p2/1p2P1pQ/3bR2p/1q6/1B6/PP2RPr1/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ exf7+ Bxf7 Re8+ Rxe8 Rxe8+ Qf8 Rxf8# ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Michael Adams vs Neil McDonald, West Bromwich, 1997
5k2/1b5p/p3R3/1pq2p1P/8/1BP2P1Q/PP3r2/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Kxg8 Re8+ Kg7 Qg3+ Kh6 Qf4+ Kxh5 Bf7# ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Michael Adams vs Sinisa Drazic, Copenhagen, 1997
4R3/6k1/3bp1p1/1p6/p3b1QK/2P1P3/3q4/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Kxf7 Qxe6+ ]


mate in 4
Michael Adams vs P Burkart

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Adams vs Stuart Conquest, Hastings, 1997
3R1bk1/2p3pp/p1r4r/7P/2R5/1P4N1/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 w/Ne7+ or Nxh6+ ]

b)
Michael Adams vs Albert Easton, Ebbw Vale, 1998
r1q1br1k/ppp3p1/1bn2n1p/8/2B4N/2N4P/PPQ2PP1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8 Qxe8 (if Nxe8 Ng6+ mates) Ng6+ Kh7 Nxf8+ ]

c)
Michael Adams vs Jan Timman, Dortmund, 1999
8/8/p1rbkn1p/2p2Rp1/N1PpK1P1/1P5P/P2B4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ Kxf6 Kd5 ]

d)
Michael Adams vs Michael Bezold, England, 2001
5rk1/r3pnbp/p4np1/3q2N1/8/1QB2N2/PP4PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5 w/Bxg7 & Ne6+ ]

e)
Michael Adams vs Edvins Kengis, Leon, 2001
5k2/3b4/1Rnr3p/4p3/5p2/2N2B2/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Rg6 Be4 Re6 Bf5 or if Rf6 Na7 ]


Michael Adams vs Michael Bezold

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Michael Adams vs Vladislav Borovikov, Halkidiki, 2002
3r2k1/1p3p1p/p1n2qp1/2B5/1P2Q2P/6P1/B2bRP2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ Rxe8 Rxe8+ Kg7 Bf8+ ]

b)
Michael Adams vs John Nunn, Internet, 2003
6k1/1p3ppp/p1n1b3/q1B5/6P1/P6P/1PPr1QB1/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 ]

c)
Michael Adams vs Viktorija Cmilyte, Reykjavik, 2003
5rk1/1pq2pb1/p1p1b2p/4N1p1/1P2P3/R6P/1BPr1PP1/Q3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd3 Bxb2 Qxb2 w/Qc3 ]

d)
Michael Adams vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Internet, 2004
3r3k/1b3pp1/pn2p2p/Bpq2N1r/3b1P2/P2B2QP/1PP3P1/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 Rxd4 Bc3 ]

e)
Michael Adams vs Miikka Maki-Uuro, Izmir, 2004
r4rk1/pp3ppp/1qb1pn2/2b1B3/2P5/2NB4/PP2QPPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 gxf6 Bxh7+ w/Qg4+ & Rd3 ]


mate in 4
Michael Adams vs Vladislav Borovikov

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Adams vs Artur Jussupow, France, 2005
5rk1/p3Rr2/1p3p1Q/3p1qp1/3B4/2P4P/bP3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 Kxf7 g4 if Qg6 Re7+ ]

b)
Michael Adams vs Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Turin, 2006
3r2k1/p3Q2p/1p4p1/3qNp2/P4n2/2P3RP/5PP1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Nf7 if Rc8 Nh6+ mates ]

c)
Michael Adams vs Mikhail Gurevich, Turin, 2006
r5k1/p3r1pp/1p2pq2/1P1pQn2/3P1N1P/R5P1/1P3P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 ]

d)
Michael Adams vs Loek Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee, 2008
8/2r2p2/3kp2p/1B1b4/5Pp1/P1N3Pn/1P1R3K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Be2 w/Nb5+ or Bxg4 ]

e)
Michael Adams vs Alexei Slavin, England, 2011
r6r/pp2ppk1/1n3bp1/2pP1q1p/2PnNP2/6PP/PP4B1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 hxg4 hxg4 Qc8 g5 ]


Michael Adams vs Artur Jussupow

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Adams vs Charles Monroy, Caleta, 1/25/2011
3q1rk1/5ppp/1pr1p3/2n1P3/p1R4b/P3B2P/4BPP1/3Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd4 Qe7 Bb5 Rcc8 Qh5 if g5 g3 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams, London, 12/7/2012
6k1/5p2/4b1pQ/2R1p2p/1pB1P2P/1P4P1/r4PK1/3q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Michael Adams vs Javier Aguera Naredo, Bunratty, 3/3/2013
r1b3r1/p4p1p/2p1kBp1/b7/2p1N3/2P5/PP3PPP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Rd6+ Kf5 Ng3+ ]

d)
Michael Adams vs Kacper Piorun, Germany, 3/17/2013
1r2r1k1/1p2bpp1/p1n3b1/3Np3/qP2P1P1/P3QN2/5PB1/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb6 if Qc2 Rd2 or if Qb5 Bf1 ]

e)
Michael Adams vs Yunguo Wan, Tromsoe, 8/13/2013
r1bk1r2/1pqnbQpp/p4n2/6B1/2B5/5N2/PPP2PPP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Nd4 if Rxf7 Ne6+ Ke8 Nxc7+ Kf8 Bxf7 ]


mate in 3
Michael Adams vs Javier Aguera Naredo

Michael Adams Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Michael Adams vs Wenjun Ju, Gibraltar, 2017
r6r/p6p/bb1R2pB/3R2Nn/1p4k1/8/1PP2PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ h3+ Kf4 Rf6+ Nxf6 g3# ]

b)
Michael Adams vs Cegmed Batchuluun, Tbilisi, 2017
1r6/3R4/1p3p2/pNp1kn2/P1P3p1/6P1/1P3PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rd5+ if 1...Ke6 2.Nc7+ or if 1...Ke4 2.Nc3# ]

c)
Michael Adams vs Alan Merry, Douglas, 2018
3q2k1/6p1/b1p2p1p/2Rrp3/1pQ4P/4P1P1/5P2/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 ]


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