King-pawn Opening Series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Robert Byrne.
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.
Robert Byrne vs Hans Berliner, New York, 1960
6Q1/3RNp1p/3P2pk/8/3b1P2/6P1/Pn1q1B1P/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ Kh5 Qxh7+ Kg4 Qh3+ ]

b)
Robert Byrne vs Wolfgang Pietzsch, Havana, 1966
4k3/1R5p/1p1B1Pb1/2p5/8/7r/PP6/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ f7+ Bxf7 Re7+ ]

c)
Robert Byrne vs Geber Villarroel, Lugano, 1968
4r1k1/1b3p1p/pq2n1p1/np1pP1B1/3P1NPQ/P1rB1P2/6KP/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Rxe6 Bd8 or if fxe6 Bxg6 hxg6 Bf6 mates ]

d)
Robert Byrne vs Jonathan Penrose, Nice, 1974
8/k4p2/1pBBb3/p1n1P3/1P4p1/P1Q5/1KP5/7q w - - 0 1
[ Qxc5 bxc5 Bxh1 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Robert Byrne vs Robert Jamieson, Haifa, 1976
3nr3/3kq3/p3p3/1p6/2pPQB1P/P1P3PB/2P5/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Kc8 Qa8+ Kd7 Qa7+ ]

1a)
mate in 5
Robert Byrne vs Hans Berliner

Robert Byrne Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Byrne vs Andrew Soltis, Mentor, 1977
1nb2r2/6kp/4B1p1/1rN1p3/6P1/4RP1P/8/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc8 Rxc8 Ne6+ ]

b)
Robert Byrne vs Gonzalez Angel Martin, Montilla, 1977
5rk1/pq1nppb1/3p2p1/3P1r1p/2P5/4BP2/P2QN1PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ng3 if Rf6 Bg5 or if Re5 f4 ]

c)
Robert Byrne vs Enver Bukic, Bugojno, 1978
R7/4rpkp/P5p1/8/r5P1/6B1/1b5P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bd6 if Rd7 Bf8+ mates ]

d)
Robert Byrne vs Wislow, New York, 1986
r4rk1/1b1nbpp1/pp5p/3P1P2/P3n2P/1N2q1B1/1PP3BK/R2Q1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf3 ]

e)
Robert Byrne vs Bergquist, Chicago, 1989
r2qk2r/1bpp1ppp/3b1n2/p3p3/BpPnP3/P2P1N2/1P1N1PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 exd4 e5 Bxe5 Re1 ]

f)
White mates in 6.
Robert Byrne vs Henrijeta Konarkowska-Sokolov, Palma de Majorca, 1989
4r1k1/2q2pbR/p2p4/1p3BPQ/4PB2/R7/1Pr4P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Qh6+ Kg8 Bh7+ Kh8 Qf6+ or if Kf8 Bxd6+ ]

2c)
Robert Byrne vs Enver Bukic

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