'Tactics in the Openings' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bassem Amin.
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 5.
Bassem Amin vs Cegmed Batchuluun, Oropesa, 2001
rr3n1k/1b2bP1p/1qn3pP/3p4/p1pP1B2/P1P2NP1/4QPB1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe7 if Nxe7 Be5+ ]

b)
Bassem Amin vs Giumas Youssef, Ajelat, 2003
r2q1rk1/1bp1nppp/pbnp4/1p4N1/3PP3/1BN5/PP3PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 h6 Bxf7+ if Kh8 Ne6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Bassem Amin vs Arik Braun, Belfort, 7/27/2005
8/6p1/5b1r/3R1B1k/6R1/8/5PKP/2r5 w - - 1 0
[ Kh3 g5 Bd3 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Bassem Amin vs Fouad El Taher, Dubai, 9/19/2005
1q3r2/1Q3pr1/1n1Np1p1/k3P3/p1pP1R1P/RnP5/1P3P2/3K4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxa4+ if Kxa4 Qa6+ or if Nxa4 Nc4# ]

e)
Bassem Amin vs Yuriy Kuzubov, Batumi, 10/25/2006
r4rk1/ppqb1p2/3bpp1p/4n3/8/P1N1PN2/1PQ1BPPP/3RK2R w K - 1 0
[ Qd2 if Be7 Nxe5 or if Nxf3+ gxf3 ]

1d)
mate in 3
Bassem Amin vs Fouad El Taher

Amin Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bassem Amin vs Phemelo Khetho, Windhoek, 2007
1r1q2k1/3n1p1p/b3p1pP/2p1PnN1/p1Pp1QN1/P2P2P1/1r3PB1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 if Nb6 Nf6+ Kf8 Ngxh7+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Bassem Amin vs Ashraf Omar, Egypt, 2008
rnbq1r2/pp2npp1/2p3k1/4p1N1/2PP2Q1/B7/P1P2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ if Kh6 Qxg7+ or if Kf6 dxe5# ]

c)
Bassem Amin vs Vladimir Burmakin, Cappelle la Grande, 2010
4r3/pq2kpQ1/4p3/3r2P1/2Np4/P4PP1/6K1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ if Kd7 Qxf7+ ]

d)
Bassem Amin vs Mejdi Kaabi, Doha, 2011
1R3b2/5k2/1p3rpp/1p3N2/3P2P1/1n3N2/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5+ if Kg8 Nd7 or if Ke6 Rxb6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Bassem Amin vs Francis Dimarucut, Dubai, 2012
r4r2/p3bp1k/1nq4p/2ppPN1Q/1n5P/3P2P1/1P3PB1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ e6 ]

2c)
Bassem Amin vs Vladimir Burmakin

Amin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bassem Amin vs Robert Gwaze, Istanbul, 2012
r4rk1/pn2qbpp/5n2/4p3/1Pp1N1QN/2P4B/P6P/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 ]

b)
Bassem Amin vs Abdelrahman Hesham, Kazan, 2013
2r3k1/R4b1p/6p1/6P1/3Q1p2/6P1/5P2/4qBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 Kxf7 Qd7+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Bassem Bassem Amin vs Dmitry Gordievsky, Wijk aan Zee, 2018
5b1r/r2R1Qp1/pkB1p2p/1pp1P1N1/8/2P5/q4PPP/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb7+ if Rxb7 Qxb7+ Ka5 Rxb5+ or if Ka5 R7xb5+ Ka4 Rxc5+ ]

d)
Anton Korobov vs Bassem Amin, Wijk aan Zee, 2018
5k2/1p6/3p4/P1pP1pPB/3q1P2/1p4p1/6P1/4Q2K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qe4 ]

e)
Bassem Amin vs Etienne Bacrot, Cap d'Agde, 2019
1r4k1/2p2ppp/2p5/8/2Q1n3/2P1PN1P/PP4q1/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qb4 if Rxb4 Re8# or if Ra8 Qxe4 ]

3b)
Bassem Amin vs Abdelrahman Hesham


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