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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Elena Donaldson-A.
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.
Elena Donaldson-A vs Sabine Warkentin, Buenos Aires, 1978
4r1kr/ppp1R1pp/2q2nn1/5NN1/3Q4/8/PPP3PP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Elena Donaldson-A vs Tunde Csonkics, Budapest, 1985
2rr4/1q3pk1/3p2n1/1p1N2Q1/1P2P3/P3N1K1/5R2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ ]

c)
Elena Donaldson-A vs Margarita Voiska, Jajce, 1986
3q1r2/3b1pkp/p2R2p1/3N4/2PpPP2/6P1/P5BP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ e5 d3 Nf6 ]

d)
Anda Safranska vs Elena Donaldson-A, Manila, 1992
q7/5p1k/4p1pp/2b1P3/5PPP/4R3/5K2/4Q3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe4 if f5 Qf4+ ]

Elena Donaldson-A puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Elena Donaldson-A vs Corey Russell, Seattle, 1993
1q4k1/1p3pbp/r1pr4/5P1n/1PQ5/6PP/5BB1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd6 Qxd6 Re8+ Bf8 Qg4+ Ng7 Bc5 ]

b)
Elena Donaldson-A vs Anjelina Belakovskaia, USA, 1994
1r6/pB5p/Pb1k1pp1/4p3/4P3/5KP1/2R2P1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rc6+ Kd7 Rxb6 axb6 a7 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Elena Donaldson-A vs Alexey Root, USA, 1994
r7/1nqb2kp/3p2p1/p1pP4/2P2Q1P/P5N1/1R4P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5+ gxh5 Qg5+ Kh8 Rf7 ]

d)
Anna Levina vs Elena Donaldson-A, Seattle, 2002
1r3rk1/2pqbppp/p2p1n2/3N2B1/1p1QP3/8/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd5 if Qxd5 Rb5 ]

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