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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maurice Ashley.
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 4.
Maurice Ashley vs David Arnett, New York, 1993
4k3/2q2p2/4p3/3bP1Q1/p6R/r6P/6PK/5B2 w - - 0 1
[ Bb5+ Bc6 Bxc6+ Qxc6 Rh8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Daniel Shapiro vs Maurice Ashley, New York, 1993
6k1/6p1/1pQqp2p/1P3p2/2pb3P/5P2/3KR3/rR6 b - - 0 1
[ ..Bc3+ Kxc3 Qd3+ Kb4 Rxb1+ ]

c)
Norman Rogers vs Maurice Ashley, New York, 1994
2r3k1/3b1ppp/p3p3/3nP1PP/1r1N1P2/5N2/1P6/1KR4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3+ if Kc2 Ne2+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Maurice Ashley vs Robert Kempinski, Bad Wessee, 1997
3r1b1r/kp1N1Qp1/p6p/2pP4/8/8/q1PB1PPP/1R1KR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7+ Kxb7 Nxc5+ Kb6 Qb7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Maurice Ashley vs Almira Skripchenko, Cannes, 1998
2rr1nk1/1b3p2/1qn2Ppp/1pR1p3/1p5P/P3QN2/1B3PP1/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6 Ne6 Ng5 Rc7 Qh7+ ]

1d)
mate in 5
Maurice Ashley vs Robert Kempinski

Maurice Ashley Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maurice Ashley vs Ben Deng, Hawaii, 1998
r1b2rk1/pp4bp/1n3pp1/1B1qp3/8/4BN2/PP3PPP/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4 Qxc4 Rxc4 Nxc4 Qd5+ ]

b)
Maurice Ashley vs Charles Van Buskirk, Los Angeles, 2000
6k1/p1r2p1p/4p1pB/1p1nP3/4q3/2P5/PP3QPP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 if Nxf6+ Rd8+ ]

c)
Maurice Ashley vs Robert Olsen, New York, 2000
1r6/2nn1pk1/3p2pp/Rp1P4/1R6/4B2P/BPr2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb3 if Re2 Kf1 ]

d)
Maurice Ashley vs Joshua Friedel, Framingham, 2001
4rrk1/ppn1qppn/2ppb2p/4p3/P1PPPP2/2PN1QP1/6BP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ fxe5 if Bxc4 exd6 Qxd6 Ba3 ]

2a)
Maurice Ashley vs Ben Deng

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