King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Paul Motwani.
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)
Paul Motwani vs Morten Kaspersen, Vordingborg, 1980
3rkb1r/1bq2ppp/pp2pn2/4n3/3N4/2N3P1/PPP1Q1BP/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Paul Motwani vs Michael Freeman, Troon, 1980
2rr4/p6p/1p3k2/2pb4/q2n1PP1/7P/PB1R1QB1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Qh4+ w/Bxd5 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Paul Motwani vs Kevin Wicker, Southampton, 1986
2k5/p1p4R/P3r1p1/2r2p2/8/1R6/8/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rb8+ ]

d)
Paul Motwani vs Lev Ronen, Nethanya, 1987
7k/2R4p/p4ppN/1p1r4/2pp2PP/8/P7/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ g5 if f5 Rc8+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Paul Motwani vs Robert Kula, Berlin, 1991
r1b2RBr/pppk3p/3p2n1/2q3BQ/4P3/2N5/PPn3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bd5 Qxd5 exd5 Rxf8 Qxh7+ ]

Paul Motwani Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Paul Motwani vs Arnaud Payen, Forli, 1991
1r6/4kp1p/3pp1pP/Rbq5/4P3/1P4P1/3Q1P2/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 if Qc6 Qg5+ or if Qh5 Bxb5 Rxb5 Ra7+ ]
Solution edit by Pablo Pena, 'GM slayer'

b)
White mates in 6.
Paul Motwani vs Szabo, Cappelle la Grande, 1992
2b1r1k1/2p2p2/5P2/1p2r1pR/1P1pP3/2q3PP/2PQ2BK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5+ Kf8 Rg8+ Kxg8 Qh6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Paul Motwani vs Douglas Bryson, Scotland, 1993
r2kr2Q/pppq1pp1/5b2/2Pp2N1/7P/8/PP3P2/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ Qxf7 Rxd5+ Kc8 Qxe8+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Paul Motwani vs Craig Pritchett, Scotland, 1993
3n1bk1/pbr1r1p1/1p2p2p/3q1pNQ/3PN2P/P2BP3/1P1R2P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 w/Nf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Paul Motwani vs Lawrence Cooper, Norwich, 1994
rb2rn1k/1R4Rp/3p4/P2P1p2/3P1P2/3Q2P1/3B4/3q1BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5 ]

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Paul Motwani Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Paul Motwani vs Nicol Bathie, Edinburgh, 1999
r7/p6r/1p1N2p1/1Pk2b1p/4nBpP/R7/P1P3P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be3+ Kb4 Rb3+ Ka5 Rd4 ]

b)
Paul Motwani vs Ivan Sokolov, Istanbul, 2000
4r1k1/1p4p1/p2p2qp/3Pnr2/4N3/1P2R2P/P1P1Q3/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rg3 w/Nxd6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Paul Motwani vs Ali Gattea, Bled, 2002
r1qb1rk1/3R1pp1/p1nR2p1/1p2p2N/6Q1/2P1B3/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 fxg6 Rxg7+ Kh8 Qxg6 Rf7 Qh7# ]

d)
Paul Motwani vs Stephen Mannion, Scarborough, 2004
1r5k/2n2rp1/7p/p1NNp3/2P4b/1P3P2/P2R2K1/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc7 w/Na6 ]

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