'Chess Opening' series from wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Julio Becerra Rivero.
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)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Nestor Velez, Cuba, 1992
2kr3r/ppp1qp1p/4bnp1/2p1Q3/4P3/2N2N2/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

b)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Marcel Sisniega, Havana, 1992
2n5/1R3p1k/p1r2bpp/2rqp3/Q1N5/P2P3P/3N1PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 w/Nc3 ]

c)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Ron Livshits, Moscow, 1994
r3kb1Q/p1qp2p1/1p2bnp1/6N1/8/2P5/PP3PPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ dxe6 Qxf8+ ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Maxim Sorokin, San Martin, 1995
6rk/1R4n1/pR3B2/4pp1p/P1P5/3Pp3/6Bq/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ Rxg7 Rh6+ Kg8 Rb8+ Kf7 Bd5+ ]

e)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Amador Rodriguez, Cienfuegos, 1996
1r1r3k/7p/6p1/p2B4/3pPb1q/Q5N1/1Pb3PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc5 w/Qxc2 or Qxd4+ ]

Julio Becerra Rivero Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Ricardo Leyva, Las Tunas, 1996
r3r1k1/ppq1bpp1/2n2n1p/1Bpp1NB1/8/2PP3P/PP2QPP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 w/Nxe7+ ]

b)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Daniel Paz Ladron de Gurvara, Malaga, 1999
1k6/1p6/4PBp1/p5P1/2n2rPn/P7/8/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Be5+ Nxe5 e7 ]

c)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Ronald Simpson, New York, 2000
2rr2k1/ppq2pbp/5np1/n1p2p2/P1N1P3/2P2Q1P/1P4P1/R1B1RBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 ]

d)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Jay Bonin, New York, 2003
3rr1k1/1p3pp1/3b2p1/pN1p4/n7/2P1B2P/1P3PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ b3 ]

e)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Peter Sloan, New York, 2003
r1b1Bk1r/1p3n1p/p2bpqp1/3p4/8/2N3B1/PPP1QPPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7 if Bxg3 fxg3 ]

f)
White mates in 4.
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Jorge Szmetan, Internet, 2003
6k1/pp1R1r2/2p2qpQ/2P1bp2/1P4p1/P5P1/5P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 ]

g)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Alexander Riazantsev, Internet, 2004
1r4k1/2q2pp1/p1P1p2p/2R5/3n4/P5P1/5P1P/1Q3BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb8+ ]

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