'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Gerald Hertneck.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
White mates in 6.
Gerald Hertneck vs Antonio Ferreira, Ravenna, 1983
r2q1r1b/ppn1pk2/2p2p1P/3pP3/3P4/8/PPPBQPP1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ e6+ Nxe6 Qh5+ Kg8 h7+ Kg7 Bh6+ Kxh7 Bd2+ Kg8 Qh7# ]

b)
Gerald Hertneck vs Gilbert Volpert, Marktredwitz, 1984
r4rk1/p4ppp/1p1Nnq2/3Q4/1P3P2/6P1/P6P/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ f5 if Ng5 h4 ]

c)
Gerald Hertneck vs Wolfgang Eisenmann, Munich, 1985
r1b2rk1/p1nq2p1/1p1b3p/2p2p2/2NP1P1B/2PB4/P3Q1PP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 if g5 Bc4+ Kh8 Qe5+ or if Qxd6 Be7 ]

d)
Gerald Hertneck vs Rainer Schmidt, Dortmund, 1988
5r2/1b2qpkp/1n2n1pN/p3P1P1/1prp2BQ/4BR2/PP2P2P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ gxf5 Qh6+ Kh8 Bxf5 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Gerald Hertneck vs Peter Rahls, Germany, 1989
r3nrk1/1q4p1/p2p1p2/1ppPnN1Q/P1B1P2R/8/1PP3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be2 g6 Qh8+ Kf7 Rh7+ Ng7 Rxg7+ ]

1a)
mate in 6
Gerald Hertneck vs Antonio Ferreira

Gerald Hertneck Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 5.
Gerald Hertneck vs Marc Santo-Roman, Europe, 1991
r1b1k1r1/1pPn2b1/5q2/1N1P1pp1/4p3/Q3P1B1/pP3PP1/K2BR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5+ Qf7 Nd6+ Ke7 Nxc8+ Kf6 Qd6+ Qe6 Qxe6# ]

b)
White mates in 8.
Gerald Hertneck vs Vitali Golod, Bad Wiessee, 2000
5rk1/p2b2bR/4p1p1/qp1nPpB1/2rPQ3/1B3P2/P3NKP1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qh4 if Rg8 Qh7+ ]

c)
Gerald Hertneck vs Ante Jurkovic, Aschach, 2003
1R6/r5p1/2krbp2/p3p3/P1p1P1P1/2P4P/8/2KR1B2 w - - 0 1
[ Rb6+ Kxb6 Rxd6+ ]

d)
Gerald Hertneck vs Martin Grundherr, Austria, 2003
2r1r2k/2bq2pp/1p3pb1/p1nP1N2/P5PP/4BQ2/5PB1/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if bxc5 d6 Bb8 Rb7 Qe6 d7 ]

e)
Gerald Hertneck vs Alexander Bertagnolli, Austria, 2018
r4rk1/pb2q3/1p1b1p1p/4N1p1/8/6B1/PP2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ if Kg7 Nc6 Bxc6 Bxd6 ]

2a)
mate in 5
Gerald Hertneck vs Marc Santo-Roman

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