King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Nick De Firmian.
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)
Nick De Firmian vs Nicholas Patterson, London, 1978
r4r2/1p1bbpk1/p1n4p/3pP3/1q5B/1N1B4/P1PQ2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6+ Bxf6 exf6+ if Kg8 Qxh6 mates ]

b)
Nick De Firmian vs Leif Ogaard, Gausdal, 1982
3bnrk1/1n1b1qpp/3p4/4pPP1/1p2P3/1P2B1NB/7K/2NQ1R2 w - - 0 1
[ g6 if hxg6 fxg6 Qxg6 Bxd7 or if Qe7 Qd5+ ]

c)
Nick De Firmian vs David Friedgood, London, 1982
1r1qr1k1/5b1p/1n3Pp1/2bpn1P1/1p3NQ1/1P4N1/1BP3BK/R4R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if Rxe5 Nd3 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Nick De Firmian vs Alexander Chernin, Tunisia, 1985
k1b4r/1p6/pR3p2/P1Qp2p1/2pp4/6PP/2P2qBK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa6+ if bxa6 Qxd5+ or if Kb8 Qd6# ]

e)
White mates in 8.
Nick De Firmian vs Predrag Nikolic, Tunisia, 1985
q3r3/1b2bkp1/5N1p/1pp5/1n4N1/3Q3P/1P3PP1/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6+ if Kf8 Nd7# gxh6 Qh7+ Kxf6 Qxh6+ Kf7 Qh7+ Kf6 Bg5+ ]

1e)
mate in 8
Nick De Firmian vs Predrag Nikolic

Nick De Firmian Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nick De Firmian vs Zsuzsa Polgar, New York, 1986
2n1r1k1/5pbp/6p1/p2N3n/1pP1p3/1P4P1/PB2RP1P/4N1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Nick De Firmian vs Edward Formanek, Philadelphia, 1987
r2r3k/b1qn2pp/1p2Bp2/2p2P2/PP1pQ3/7R/1B3PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ ]

c)
Nick De Firmian vs Mark Ginsburg, 1989
1r2rbk1/R5pp/8/1p1pB3/1n5q/1P4Nb/3QN1BK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ if Kxf8 Bd6+ Kg8 Bxh3 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Nick De Firmian vs Anthony Miles, Cambridge Springs, 1988
r4n1k/ppBnN1p1/2p1p3/6Np/q2bP1b1/3B4/PPP3PP/R4Q1K w - - 0 1
[ Qf7 Nf6 e5 if Bxb2 Qb8+ ]

e)
Nick De Firmian vs Thomas Ernst, Lugano, 1989
4r3/p1r2pbk/3QN1pq/3NP2n/1p5P/5P2/PPb5/K2R3R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ if Kg8 Qxc7 ]

2d)
mate in 4
Nick De Firmian vs Anthony Miles

Nick De Firmian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nick De Firmian vs Alexander Chernin, Moscow, 1990
2rn2rk/pp2Qp1p/1q6/5p2/5P2/P1P3R1/1P4PP/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Qe5+ f6 Rxg8+ Kxg8 Qe8+ Kg7 Qd7+ ]

b)
Nick De Firmian vs Aleksa Strikovic, Novi Sad, 1990
4rr2/3R1p1k/1pp1n1pp/p1q1pN2/P3P1Q1/2P4P/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 if h5 Qf3 Rb8 Qf6 ]

c)
Nick De Firmian vs Dore Sheppard, Las Vegas, 1993
3r1bk1/r5pp/pp3q2/3p1P2/3P1B2/1P2R1QP/5RPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Bd6 Bxf6 Bxg3+ Rxg3 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Nick De Firmian vs A Caresana, Ticino, 1993
4r1k1/pp3p2/3p1P1p/3PbR2/1P1p2PQ/P2P3P/2q5/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg5+ hxg5 Qxg5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Nick De Firmian vs Robert Huebner, Polanica Zdroj, 1995
r1bq2rk/pp1n1p1p/5P1Q/1B3p2/3B3b/P5R1/2P3PP/3K3R w - - 0 1
[ Rg7 Nf8 Rxg8+ ]

3a)
Nick De Firmian vs Alexander Chernin

Nick De Firmian Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nick De Firmian vs Casper Rasmussen, Copenhagen, 1999
2b1k2r/1R3ppp/p2Qp3/3n4/8/2q2BP1/P1P2P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 Bxb7 Bxb7 if Qe1+ Kg2 f5 Qb8+ or if Qa5 Bc6# ]

b)
Nick De Firmian vs Markus Hochgraefe, Hamburg, 1999
8/8/2k5/pp1rRP2/b1pP2q1/P1P5/1KPQ4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ if Rd6 Rc5+ mates ]

c)
Nick De Firmian vs Pavel Cech, Copenhagen, 2002
4r2r/p1N1n2q/1pbB4/k2p1P2/2p5/P1P4P/2P2QB1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ a4 w/Bb4+ ]

d)
Nick De Firmian vs Ivo Timmermans, Copenhagen, 2002
r4r1k/2p2ppp/pb3N2/1q2P1B1/3n4/8/1P3PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if h6 Bxh6 mates or if Qd3 Re4 ]

e)
Nick De Firmian vs Pontus Carlsson, Stockholm, 2002
2b5/2q2pk1/p1P2np1/7p/B2Qp3/4N2P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ Kxf6 Nd5+ ]

4e)
Nick De Firmian vs Pontus Carlsson

Nick De Firmian Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nick De Firmian vs Lucien Van Beek, Germany, 2003
r5k1/5p2/3R1Pp1/p3p3/qpQ1P2p/P6P/1P4PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rc6 if Rd8 b3 Qxa3 Rc8 mates or if Rf8 b3 Qxa3 Qc5 mates ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Nick De Firmian vs Hjortur Johannsson, Reykjavik, 2003
1r1r2k1/2qn2bp/3N1p2/PpP1pPp1/1P6/4BQ1P/3R2P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Kh8 Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 8.
Nick De Firmian vs Throstur Thorhallsson, Selfoss, 2003
3rqbk1/5ppp/p2p4/1p1Nr1P1/2P1P2R/1P6/1P4QP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 gxf6+ Kh8 Rg1 Bh6 Rxh6 ]

d)
Nick De Firmian vs Alexander Beliavsky, Copenhagen, 2004
3r2k1/1R4p1/p1p2p2/P1qPp3/2b1P1P1/4P3/2Q3K1/3B4 w - - 0 1
[ d6 if Rxd6 Be2 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Nick De Firmian vs Christian Bleis, Copenhagen, 2005
5rk1/p3pp2/q2p2pQ/7n/2rNP1P1/2P2P2/PP6/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5 if gxh5 Nf5 ]

5c)
mate in 8
Nick De Firmian vs Throstur Thorhallsson


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