'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the 2011 European Team CH.
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 2.
Zhaoqin Peng vs Elisabeth Paehtz, Porto Carras, 2011
3R2rk/2p3rp/6p1/p3Q3/7q/2P2P2/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Sarah Hoolt vs Adriana Nikolova, Porto Carras, 2011
7r/5pk1/5p2/1P1pnP2/3Nb3/4q2P/R3B1PK/3Q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Irina Chelushkina vs Ellisiv Reppen, Porto Carras, 2011
qn1n1rk1/5R1p/1p1NQbp1/r2p4/3P1B2/5N2/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Kxf8 Bh6+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Valentina Golubenko vs Olga Alexandrova, Porto Carras, 2011
5N1k/2q1r1rp/1n2BppQ/pb1p4/4p2R/2P3P1/5P1P/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg6+ Rxg6 Qf8+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Natalija Pogonina vs Maria Kursova, Porto Carras, 2011
5r1k/3pR3/b1pN1pBp/2P5/8/rP5P/5PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 if Bd3 Rh7+ or if Ra8 Nxh6 ]

Puzzles from the 2011 European Team CH, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Michael Adams vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Porto Carras, 2011
3Q3R/1r3k1p/2p1p3/5p2/4pP2/7P/1q4P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ Kg7 Rg8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Olga Zimina vs Jovanka Houska, Porto Carras, 2011
3r4/pp2R3/4p1k1/q7/8/8/PPP1QP2/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg5+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Sune Berg Hansen vs Levon Aronian, Porto Carras, 2011
4Qr1k/6r1/b1p2p1p/p3pP1Q/P3N2P/2P1q3/2B2R2/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ Rh2 Rxg1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Mika Karttunen vs Nicholas Pert, Porto Carras, 2011
2r4r/5ppk/p5b1/4Q1Pp/3P3P/P1Pq1P2/1P2R3/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Rokas Klabis vs Ilmars Starostits, Porto Carras, 2011
4rk2/R7/2q2b2/1p3p2/1P3Pp1/6Pp/Q6P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ Rxd4 Qh1+ ]

Puzzles from the 2011 European Team CH, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Vrachimis Boulos vs Cemil Can Ali Marandi, Porto Carras, 2011
8/7k/Q4p1q/4pP2/1P1r3N/6PK/3r3P/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh4+ gxh4 Qe3+ Kg4 Rg2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Tijana Blagojevic vs Turkan Mamedjarova, Porto Carras, 2011
1r4k1/p4bpp/r4p2/B1P2P2/1P1p4/K1n3P1/6BP/4R2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa5+ if bxa5 Rb3# or if Kb2 Ra2+ Kc1 d3 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Erie Hansen vs Giedre Vanagaite, Porto Carras, 2011
2rr2k1/1b3pBp/p2bp3/8/1p6/1P3P2/4q1PP/QNRR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 if Nd2 Bxf3 Rg1 Rxd2 ]

d)
Pavel Eljanov vs Luka Lenic, Porto Carras, 2011
5rk1/5ppp/p1q1P3/1p1rP3/1Pp5/6PP/P1Q4K/3R1R2 w - - 1 0
[ e7 if Re8 Qg2 or if Rc8 Qf5 ]

e)
Viktor Bologan vs Christian Jeitz, Porto Carras, 2011
1rn5/2r2kbp/1pp1qBp1/p2pPpP1/N2P1P2/1PR4P/P3Q3/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd8 if Rcb7 Rxc6 Qe8 Rxc8 ]

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Puzzles from the 2011 European Team CH, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Katharina Newrkla vs Marina Makropoulou, Porto Carras, 2011
6r1/2p2pk1/2pp1b2/1r3qNp/1P1P1Q2/6R1/5PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne4+ Kf8 Rxg8+ Kxg8 Nxf6+ ]

b)
Vesna Rozic vs Erle Hansen, Porto Carras, 2011
r1b2r1k/1p4bp/pBn3p1/4pp1n/1q6/1QN2NP1/PP2PPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxb4 Qxb4 Bc5 ]

c)
Hubert Mossong vs Bjorn Thorfinnsson, Porto Carras, 2011
r3k2r/ppb2p2/2nqbnp1/2p3N1/3pPNPp/3P3P/PPP3B1/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ e5 if Nxe5 Nfxe6 fxe6 Rxf6 or if Qxe5 Ngxe6 fxe6 Re1 ]

d)
Nargiz Umudova vs Kristina Saric, Porto Carras, 2011
5rk1/4q2p/pp1p2p1/7n/P2BP2R/5r2/1P2Q2P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh5 if gxh5 Qg2+ ]

e)
Emilia Djingarova vs Emel Kaya, Porto Carras, 2011
r6r/1bqnbkpp/p7/1pp5/8/4PN2/PP2QPPP/R1BR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Qxd7 Ne5+ Ke8 Nxd7 Kxd7 Qg4+ ]

Puzzles from the 2011 European Team CH, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ferenc Berkes vs Jure Borisek, Porto Carras, 2011
2rr2k1/5p1p/p5p1/Npnpn3/8/P3B3/1P1R1PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc5 Rxc5 Nb7 ]

b)
Giedre Vanagaite vs Laura Stoeri, Porto Carras, 2011
6k1/5rP1/p2p3p/3P4/4rp1N/1B6/P4K2/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc2 if Re5 Bh7+ mates ]

c)
Veselin Topalov vs Michele Godena, Porto Carras, 2011
3r2k1/p2r1pp1/1p5p/n1p1P1qn/P1B1Q3/2P2P1P/6PB/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ e6 Nf6 exf7+ if Rxf7 Bxf7+ or if Kh8 Qe8+ ]

d)
Kanwal Bhatia vs Tijana Blagojevic, Porto Carras, 2011
4r1k1/2pq2pp/1p1p4/pP1P1p1P/P1PBrn2/2Q3R1/6P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf4 (if Rxg7+ Qxg7 Bxg7 Ne2+) Rxf4 Rxg7+ ]

e)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Irina Chelushkina, Porto Carras, 2011
1kn5/8/p4R2/Pqp1r1p1/1p6/1Pr2P2/5QP1/R4NK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg3 c4 Re6 ]

"A History Not Past" by Nan Harvey



Puzzles from the 2011 European Team CH, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Carmen Voicu vs Vesna Rozic, Porto Carras, 2011
8/pp4kp/4pbb1/3pN3/1P1P1P2/P2B2RP/7K/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg6 if hxg6 Rxg6+ ]

b)
Leif Erlend Johannessen vs Jiri Stocek, Porto Carras, 2011
2r3k1/5pp1/2b4p/p2p4/2qP4/2N1P3/1Q3PPP/4K2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Bb5 if Ne2 a4 or if Qxb5 Qxb5 Nxb5 Rc1+ ]

c)
Davit Shengelia vs Gabriel Sargissian, Porto Carras, 2011
6k1/2R2qp1/bp2r2p/p7/8/1P2N1Q1/P4P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 ]

d)
Joanna Majdan vs Mirjana Medic, Porto Carras, 2011
4r1k1/p4bp1/2Rb4/5p1N/3p1N2/3P3P/1P1r2P1/1R3K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf4 Nxf4 g5 ]

e)
Darius Zagorskis vs Laurent Fressinet, Porto Carras, 2011
2rr2k1/pp2p2p/1b1qbpp1/4P3/2P5/P1Qn1PP1/1B1NR2P/1R3B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc5 Bg2 Nf2+ if Kg1 Nd1+ ]

Puzzles from the 2011 European Team CH, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Rokas Klabis vs Nicholas Pert, Porto Carras, 2011
8/1p3rkp/6p1/8/1P1b4/PQ2N3/3q1PPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2 Rxf2 Qe1+ Rf1 Bxe3+ ]

b)
Trajce Nedev vs Ferenc Berkes, Porto Carras, 2011
6k1/p5p1/p3p2p/Pr1bP3/3P1RP1/5N1P/1r3P2/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...R5b3 if Nh2 Rb1+ Rxb1 Rxb1+ Nf1 Bc4 or if Ne1 Rb1 ]

c)
Arthur Williams vs Graham Morrison, Porto Carras, 2011
5bk1/3n1p2/p3q2p/1p2P3/3BQ1N1/1P4P1/P6K/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 ]

d)
David Howell vs Bartosz Socko, Porto Carras, 2011
8/3Pk2p/6p1/8/1p6/p5P1/P1p1KP1P/2B1b3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Kxd7 Kxe1 b3 ]

e)
Iolo Jones vs Emre Can, Porto Carras, 2011
5r2/2pb4/p2p4/1P1Pk3/4Pnp1/1P6/P5B1/3R1NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ ]

f)
Silvia Collas vs Natalija Pogonina, Porto Carras, 2011
6k1/ppr3pp/1b1p1p2/3P1q2/1Pr5/4P1P1/1B1Q1P1P/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 ]

g)
Dmitry Svetushkin vs Davit Shengelia, Porto Carras, 2011
5rk1/6p1/pr2p1p1/3p2b1/2pP2P1/2P2P1P/P1R1N1K1/1n2RB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na3 ]


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