King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Goldin.
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 4.
Alexander Goldin vs Igor Efimov, Kislovodsk, 1982
r4rk1/p5pN/6QR/1np2p2/8/8/3q1PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe6+ Rf7 Qe8+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Goldin vs Andrei Lukin, Klaipeda, 1988
5q1k/p3R1rp/2pr2p1/1pN2bP1/3Q1P2/1B6/PP5P/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ Qxg7 Re8+ ]

c)
Alexander Goldin vs Milko Popchev, Moscow, 1989
r2q1rk1/pp1n1ppp/n1pp2b1/3Pp1b1/2P1P3/P1N1B1PP/1P1NBP2/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5 Qxg5 h4 w/h5 ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Hans-Ulrich Gruenberg vs Alexander Goldin, Moscow, 1989
R7/2r1kppp/4p3/p3P3/2NnnPK1/1P4PP/P7/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5+ if exf6+ Nxf6+ or if Kh4 Nf3+ ]

d)
Maia Chiburdanidze vs Alexander Goldin, Palma de Majorca, 1989
6k1/p4p1p/3p1qp1/P1pPn2n/R3P3/2P3PP/3Q1P2/1r2N1KB b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 Qxd3 Rxe1+ Kg2 Rxh1 if Kxh1 Qxf2 w/...Nxg3+ ]

Alexander Goldin puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Goldin vs Lars Bo Hansen, Warsaw, 1990
r4q1k/1bn2B2/1p2p1Q1/p2p3N/3P2pP/P3P3/1P3P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Goldin vs Francisco Sanz Alonso, Dos Hermanas, 1991
1r6/p3RN1k/5R1p/3p4/3P2P1/r3b2P/P5K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd8+ Kg8 Re8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Renard Anderson vs Alexander Goldin, New York, 1991
3r2k1/1N1r1p2/p3b1pp/2P1b2q/1Q6/4B2P/P2R1PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd1+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Goldin vs Eric Prie, Paris, 1994
1q6/6k1/1bP1Q1p1/pp1B2P1/8/8/PP6/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Qd7+ Kh8 Qh3+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Alexander Goldin vs Larry Kaufman, Philadelphia, 1995
3bQ3/1p2r3/2p1kpN1/p2p4/P2P1B2/6P1/1q3P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf8+ ]

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Alexander Goldin puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Goldin vs Gyula Horvath, Budapest, 1996
5Q2/pkq5/1p1p4/3Pr1p1/1PP1P1r1/3KP2p/7P/R1R5 w - - 1 0
[ Rxa7+ Kxa7 Ra1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Nebojsa Ristic vs Alexander Goldin, Krynica, 1997
6k1/p4pp1/b3p2p/1q6/3R1P2/1Pp1Q1P1/2r3BP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Alexander Goldin vs Larry Kaufman, New York, 1998
5r2/p1qPNp2/1p5k/2p2Rp1/P2bQ3/6pB/6K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 ]

d)
Noah Siegel vs Alexander Goldin, Philadelphia, 1998
4r1k1/p1R2pp1/q5p1/3pP1n1/3B4/PQ4P1/5P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne6 if Rxa7 Nxd4 ]

e)
Maurice Ashley vs Alexander Goldin, Oak Bridge, 2000
2r4k/7p/pq3rp1/1p1n4/4N2R/5N2/PbP2QPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if gxf3 Bd4 ]

f)
Black mates in 3.
Zakhar Fayvinov vs Alexander Goldin, Philadelphia, 2002
2r4k/1b5p/4p1p1/1p4P1/1P3P2/p2Q1nP1/PqN2K2/1R3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc2+ Ke3 Re2+ Qxe2 Qd4# ]

g)
Alexader Goldin vs Leif Johannessen, Calvia, 2004
8/7k/1p2pqrr/p2p1pR1/3P1P1Q/4P3/PP6/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6 Qxg6 Qe7+ Kh8 Rxg6 ]

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