King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Max Blau.
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 3.
Max Blau vs H Janssen, Denmark, 1934
rnb2rk1/pppqnp1p/3bpB2/8/3P4/3B4/PPP2PPP/R2QK1NR w KQ - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

b)
Max Blau vs Peter Leepin, Basel, 1945
r4rk1/2p3pp/pbn1q3/1p1p4/4n3/2P2N2/PPB2PPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe4 if dxe4 Bb3 ]

c)
Max Blau vs Alexander Tsvetkov, Hilversum, 1947
5r1k/pp4bp/q2p2p1/3Np3/2PnP1Q1/1P5R/P5PP/2B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7 if Rf6 or d5 Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh3+ mates ]

d)
Max Blau vs Jan-Hein Donner, Neuchatel, 1958
r5k1/5p2/4bnp1/1p2q2p/1Pp1P3/2P1B1P1/2B3PN/4Q1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf4 ]

e)
Arthur Dunkelblum vs Max Blau, Munich, 1958
2r3k1/4pp1p/1p4pb/3n4/1NpPq3/P1B1P1P1/1Q3P1P/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 ]

1b)
Max Blau vs Peter Leepin

Max Blau puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Andreas Dueckstein vs Max Blau, Arlesheim, 1961
5k2/5p1p/1bpp2p1/8/1PbN1PP1/2PNR1KP/8/1r6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd4 cxd4 Rb3 ]

b)
Max Blau vs Ilkka Kanko, Habana, 1966
r1b2rk1/1pq1bppp/p4P2/4p3/5P2/2N2p2/PPP2B1P/2KR1BR1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 if Qa5 Nxe7+ mates ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
J Mollekens vs Max Blau, Habana, 1966
b4rk1/4bpp1/7R/4p3/2B2n2/8/1P1N2PP/3Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ ]

d)
Max Blau vs Charles Salameh, Lugano, 1968
3r1q1k/p3b2p/bp2p3/3p1p2/3P4/P1N4Q/1PP1NP1P/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Max Blau vs Herbert Kargoll, Germany, 1976
r1bqk3/1pppbpQ1/p7/2n1PP1r/B2p3p/8/PPP3PP/RNB2RK1 w q - 1 0
[ e6 if fxe6 fxe6 ]

2a)
Andreas Dueckstein vs Max Blau


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