See 2, 3 or 4 moves ahead - Be a Mate-Head !



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Michael Basman.
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)
Black mates in 4.
Bertus Enklaar vs Michael Basman, Sinaya, 1965
6k1/6p1/3r1n1p/p4p1n/P1N4P/2N5/Q2RK3/7q b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ if Ke3 Ng4+ or if Kf2 Qf1+ ]

b)
Henrique Mecking vs Michael Basman, Hastings, 1967
8/5pkp/r2p2pq/2pP4/2n2P2/N7/PP1nQ2P/K4R1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa3 if bxa3 or Qd1 Qh4 or if h4 Nb3+ Kb1 Ncd2+ Kc2 Nd4+ ]

c)
Michael Basman vs Peter Griffiths, Birmingham, 1972
3q1r2/1p3pk1/p4Rp1/4PbNP/8/2Q5/P4P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ h6+ if Kg8 e6 Bxe6 Rxg6+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Stuart Hutchings vs Michael Basman, England, 1973
k6r/8/p1b5/2pp2r1/8/1PNP2q1/P4QB1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kxh1 Qxf2 ]

e)
Michael Basman vs Richard Webb, Dublin, 1974
r4rk1/1p2qp2/p2b3p/2pPn1p1/2P1Npb1/3B4/PPQB2PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 Qxd6 Rxe5 if Qxe5 Bh7+ Kg7 Bc3 ]

1e)
Michael Basman vs Richard Webb

Michael Basman Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxwell Fuller vs Michael Basman, London, 1975
2r1k2r/pb1p1p2/1p2p3/4P1Np/1PqPNn2/P6P/5P2/1R1Q2KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe4 if Nxe4 Rg8+ Ng3 Qd5 ]

b)
Michael Basman vs David Rumens, London, 1982
7r/p5kp/2p3p1/6P1/2B1nPKR/4b3/P3Q1P1/1Nq5 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1 Qxh1 Qb2+ Kf8 Qxh8+ Ke7 Qe5+ Kd8 Qxe4 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Michael Basman vs Craig Dawson, Torquay, 1982
r5nr/6Rp/p1NNkp2/1p3b2/2p5/5K2/PP2P3/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 if Kxf5 e4+ Ke6 Rgd7 ]

d)
John Henderson vs Michael Basman, Hastings, 1995
2b3rk/1p4q1/3N3b/1PpPp3/2Pn1p1p/r4P1P/5QPK/1R2RBB1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if gxf3 Qxg1+ mates or if Qxh4 Rxh3 ]

e)
Jonathan Mutton vs Michael Basman, Torquay, 1998
2kr2r1/pp1bqpb1/4p1np/2P1P2Q/P2B1P2/1BN5/1PP4P/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc6+ Kg1 Bxe5 if fxe5 Nf4+ ]

2b)
Michael Basman vs David Rumens

English GMs
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