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Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Larry Christiansen.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
Larry Christiansen vs C. Madsen, USA, 1975
r1b2rk1/pp2qppp/4p3/2bn4/4N3/P2B4/1PPB1PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ c4 Nc7 Qh5 if f5 Bg5 or if Rd8 Nxc5 ]

b)
Larry Christiansen vs Sedamanos Bravo, Buenos Aires, 1975
2r2rk1/pp4pp/4p3/1bbpNq2/3p1P1P/P2P1NP1/1P2R1K1/2R1Q3 w - - 0 1
[ Rec2 b6 Nxd4 ]

c)
Larry Christiansen vs Peter Cleghorn, Lone Pine, 1976
r1b2rk1/pp2nppp/2n1p3/8/4P3/PN4P1/1q1B1PBP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc3 if Qxa3 Ra1 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Larry Christiansen vs J Watson, USA, 1976
1r6/6kp/2qP2P1/2p1b3/1p6/3Q4/6PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ if Kg8 Qh3 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Larry Christiansen Vs Paul Van Der Sterren, Amsterdam, 1978
1n6/p3q2p/2pNk3/1pP1p3/1P2P2Q/2P3P1/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3+ Kf6 Qh6# ]


Larry Christiansen vs Sedamanos Bravo

Larry Christiansen Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Larry Christiansen vs Istvan Csom, Lucerne, 1982
3R1n2/5kpp/3P1p2/2B1pb2/4p3/8/5PP1/4K3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ if Kxf8 d7+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Larry Christiansen vs Edhi Handoko, Surakarta, 1982
3r3k/2R1R3/p4r1p/1p3Pp1/2p3Q1/6P1/P3P1KP/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Qd4 if Qxf5 Rh7+ Kg8 Qxd8+ ]

c)
Larry Christiansen vs Pavel Blatny, Thessalonika, 1988
6k1/2b2rpp/p1p5/q1P1p1Pn/1p2N3/1Q2P1B1/PP3P1P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ g6 hxg6 Ng5 mates ]

d)
Larry Christiansen vs Kamran Shirazi, USA, 1985
5rk1/2p1qr2/3pBb2/p2P2BQ/8/1p4P1/7P/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Ra4 if Bxg5 Rg4 b2 Rxg5+ ]

e)
Larry Christiansen vs Jan Timman, Linares, 1985
6k1/1r4p1/R2rNp1p/1p6/p1n2P2/5P1P/1PR2KP1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ if Kf7 Nd8+ or if Kh7 Nf8+ mates ]


Larry Christiansen vs Kamran Shirazi

Larry Christiansen Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Larry Christiansen vs Cifuentes Parada, Dubai, 1986
q2r3k/1r3pb1/2R1p2p/p4p2/2QN4/1P2P1P1/5P1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra6 if Qb8 Nc6 ]

b)
Larry Christiansen vs Michael Wilder, Estes Park, 1986
8/pp1rpk1p/3r1pp1/8/2P2P2/2B1K3/P3B1PP/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ c5 if Re6+ Kf3 Rc7 Bb5 or if Rc7 Bb4 ]

c)
Larry Christiansen vs Slim Bouaziz, Szirak, 1987
r1r4k/1p3pb1/4b2p/4p1p1/4P1P1/2q5/1Q2BPP1/2NR1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ if Kh7 Qxc3 ]

d)
Larry Christiansen vs Robert Zysk, Germany, 1987
8/1R6/p3r1kp/6p1/P3p1P1/4B2P/5P1K/r7 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Larry Christiansen vs Glenn Flear, Szirak, 1987
n2q1r1k/4bp1p/4p3/4P1p1/2pPNQ2/2p4R/5PPP/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 if Bxf6 Qe4 ]


mate in 4
Larry Christiansen vs Glenn Flear

Larry Christiansen Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 8.
Larry Christiansen vs Daniel Rodriguez, Saint John, 1988
2b1r3/r5pk/2p1pq1N/1pP1N2P/pP1PpP2/P3P1Q1/6R1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6+ if Qxg6 hxg6+ Kh8 Nhf7+ Kg8 Rh2 or if Kh8 Qxe8+ ]

b)
Larry Christiansen vs Anthony Ker, Wellington, 1988
6k1/4bpp1/1pq1r2p/p2RP3/2p1QP2/P1N5/1P4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ f5 if Bc5+ Kh1 Re8 Rd8 ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Larry Christiansen vs Juergen Graf, Germany, 1989
2Q5/3q1r1k/3pNB1p/n3pp2/7P/5P2/P5PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf8+ Kg8 Nxd7+ Kh7 Qh8+ Kg6 Qg8+ ]

d)
Larry Christiansen vs Tibor Tolnai, Lucerne, 1989
2rr2k1/1p3pp1/p6p/3N4/3Q4/6P1/PP1nqP1P/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 or Kh8 Qxd8+ ]


Larry Christiansen vs Anthony Ker

Larry Christiansen Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Larry Christiansen vs Robert Huebner, Europe, 1991
2r5/p1r3k1/1p3pp1/7q/3P3Q/7R/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf4 if Qa5 Qh6+ mates or if Qg5 Qh2 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Larry Christiansen vs John Nunn, Vienna, 1991
4rk2/pp2N1bQ/5p2/8/2q5/P7/3r2PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ ]

c)
Larry Christiansen vs Judit Polgar, Vienna, 1991
2R5/pp2qk2/6p1/5p2/3prn1Q/1P3N2/P5PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 Qxc7 Qh7+ ]

d)
Larry Christiansen vs Gregory Kaidanov, Long Beach, 1993
6k1/6pp/1Rnbqp2/3p4/1Bb5/4P2P/5PP1/1Q4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd6 Qxd6 Qa1 Qc7 Qa8+ ]

e)
Larry Christiansen vs Robert Kuczynski, Germany, 1997
r1r3k1/pp3p1p/4bBp1/2R5/1q1PQ2P/8/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe3 w/Qh6 ]


Larry Christiansen vs Judit Polgar

Larry Christiansen Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Larry Christiansen vs Jorge Armas, Merida, 1998
6k1/5p2/1p2nPpQ/3r4/2p1q1B1/P5PK/5R1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Re2 if Ng5+ Qxg5 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Larry Christiansen vs Boris Gulko, Salt Lake City, 1999
5r2/7p/3pn1k1/1p3R1N/1P6/8/1rq2QPP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rf6+ if Kxh5 Qf3+ or if Rxf6 Qxf6+ ]

c)
Larry Christiansen vs Frederick Kleist, Sackville, 2001
r4rk1/pq1bbppp/2n5/1B2p3/4PB2/5N2/1P2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Qxd7 Nxe5 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Larry Christiansen vs Saidali Iuldachev, Bled, 2002
8/pp3r2/5p2/kPR3p1/3Q4/4P3/q5PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ b6+ if Ka6 Qd3+ ]

e)
Larry Christiansen vs Jesse Kraai, Seattle, 2003
5rk1/5p2/4p2p/5q1Q/1b2R3/5NP1/Pr5P/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rg4+ if Kh7 Ng5+ Kg7 Nxf7+ ]


Larry Christiansen vs Jesse Kraai


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