'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Mark Hebden.
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)
Mark Hebden vs John Fedorowicz, Lewisham, 1981
1rr2bk1/p2qp2p/b1p1n1p1/B1p1Pp2/N1Pp1P1Q/1P1P1N1P/P5P1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Nxg5 Nxc5 Qe8 Nxa6 ]

b)
Mark Hebden vs Peter Large, Southport, 1983
5r1k/4Rpbp/7B/2pn1P2/pp1q1N1Q/7P/P5P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ if Kxg7 Ne6+ ]

c)
Mark Hebden vs Dmitry Gurevich, Hastings, 1984
5rk1/p2n1pb1/3p2p1/qr4BP/2pP4/2P3PB/P2Q4/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Be7 if Re8 Bxd7 ]

d)
White mates in 8.
Mark Hebden vs Eric Prie, London, 1984
2r3rk/q4pp1/7p/pp1pPQ1P/1n1P2R1/6R1/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 Rxg7 Qf6 Rhg8 Qxh6+ h6 ]

e)
Mark Hebden vs Andrew Martin, Edinburgh, 1985
3r2k1/6pp/pp1q4/2nb1Q2/2B1r3/P1B5/1P4PP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5+ if Qxd5 Rcd1 ]

1d)
mate in 8
Mark Hebden vs Eric Prie

Mark Hebden puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mark Hebden vs John Toothill, corr., 1985
r3k1nr/pp1q1pnp/2p5/3pP2b/3P1Pp1/8/PPPQN3/2KN1BRR w kq - 0 1
[ f5 if f6 e6 Qd6 Ng3 ]

b)
Mark Hebden vs Bruno Belotti, Cap d'Agde, 1986
r1r3k1/1p2n1p1/4Npp1/qPPpb3/8/P1N2R2/3Q2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if fxe5 Qg5 Re8 Qxe5 ]

c)
Mark Hebden vs Jean-Pierre Boudre, Le Touquet, 1987
3r1rk1/1bpn1ppp/8/p3P3/Pp2n3/1B1NB3/1PP3PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e6 if fxe6 Bxe6+ Kh8 Bxd7 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Mark Hebden vs Franciscus Borm, Toulon, 1987
2b1Nr1k/p3R2p/1r1P4/1p3pQ1/6p1/6P1/PqP5/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Re7+ ]

e)
Mark Hebden vs Neil Bradbury, London, 1988
1q2r2k/r1R3b1/p2P2pp/PppQ1p2/1P4PB/3B3P/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa7 Qxa7 d7 ]

2a)
Mark Hebden vs John Toothill

Mark Hebden puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 8.
Mark Hebden vs Jean-Mark Jancu, Toulon, 1988
2k3r1/pp2bp1p/1qp3p1/4B3/8/P5QP/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4+ f5 Qc4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Mark Hebden vs Jean Pichon, Cappelle la Grande, 1990
1q3r1k/5pp1/3p1N1p/3P2NQ/n1P5/7P/r4PP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7 Rg8 Qg6 ]

c)
Mark Hebden vs Patrick Van Dongen, Toulouse, 1990
8/1bqr3p/3pppkP/1p4p1/1P2P3/1PN1R2R/3Q1PPK/5r2 w - - 0 1
[ Qe2 if Ra1 Qh5# ]

d)
Mark Hebden vs Chris Baker, Eastbourne, 1991
3r1b1k/1p1P2p1/pR5p/4p3/3Q3P/2B1P3/2q2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ if gxh6 Qxe5+ mates or if Kg8 Qd5# ]

e)
Mark Hebden vs James Poulton, London, 1992
4r3/1PP5/3k4/3p4/8/8/3K4/2R3q1 w - - 0 1
[ c8/N+ (if c8/Q or b8/Q Qd4+ mates) if Rxc8 bxc8/N+ ]

f)
White mates in 5.
Mark Hebden vs Simon Williams, Bunratty, 2019
1Q2b1k1/2r1q1pp/4P3/3B4/1p1n4/6P1/7P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxe8+ Qxe8 2.e7+ Ne6 3.Rf8+ ]

3f)
mate in 5
Mark Hebden vs Simon Williams

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