'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the 1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika
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 3.
H Abbou vs Sameer Sursock, Salonika, 1988
8/1p1Q4/3p2kB/p1qPp3/2Pb4/1P6/6KP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg7+ Kf5 Qg5+ ]

b)
Rahman Abdul vs N Zimuto, Salonika, 1988
8/1r3p2/br2pkp1/1n5p/1P6/3NNP2/1R4PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc5 if Ra7 Nd7+ ]

c)
Ofer Bruk vs K Fufuengmongkolkij, Salonika, 1988
3r2k1/pb1r1pp1/2p1p2p/1NP5/4B1n1/4P3/P4PPP/1R1R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Nd6 if f5 Bd3 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Thomas Clarke vs Istvan Csom, Salonika, 1988
8/8/pQn2qB1/Pp1pkN2/3r4/3P4/1P4K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qc7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Neil Fairclough vs Daniel Larouche, Salonika, 1988
r4qrk/5p1p/2n1pPp1/p2pP3/1p3R2/3b3Q/PPPB2PP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Neil Fairclough vs F Yehita, Salonika, 1988
r3n3/2q1Nk2/1pp2P2/p4pQ1/P3n3/7P/1PP3P1/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ Kxf6 Rxf5+ Kxe7 Qf7# ]

b)
Alexander Fauland vs Carlos Gouveia, Salonika, 1988
1r4k1/3bb1pp/2p1p3/q1PpPp2/3N1P2/3BP3/r1R3PP/2RQ2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxa2 Qxa2 Ra1 if Qb2 Rb1 ]

c)
Alon Greenfeld vs John Rodgaard, Salonika, 1988
Q6r/4qpk1/1p2pp1p/8/1b1R4/6P1/4PPBP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg4+ Kh7 Qe4+ ]

d)
Ahmedul Haque vs Renato Cappello, Salonika, 1988
r1bk3r/pp2ppbp/2p1P1p1/4n3/2P3n1/2N2N2/PP2BPPP/R1B1K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Nxe5 Nxe5 f4 ]

e)
Petter Haugli vs J Pineau, Salonika, 1988
8/6k1/3R1np1/1p2r1Np/8/1P3R1P/r5P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ if Kf7 Nd8+ ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
R Hernandez vs Heinz Wirthensohn, Salonika, 1988
4q1rk/6pp/1p1p4/p1rPpR2/2P1Pp2/1P3P1Q/1P5P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rh5 if h6 Rxh6+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Carsten Hoi vs Boris Gulko, Salonika, 1988
r3rn2/p7/3qp2k/1p5n/3P1p1p/1PPQ1P2/P1B2P2/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Nxh7 Rg6# ]

c)
White mates in 3.
J Jaldin vs Jaime Escofet, Salonika, 1988
8/p5b1/1p1Q3p/1q2n1k1/3BB3/2P3PK/7P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Be3+ Kh5 g4+ ]

d)
Anthony Ker vs Haydn Barber, Salonika, 1988
3Q4/6kp/3pq1p1/1p3b2/p4R2/P4NP1/1P3PKP/2r5 w - - 1 0
[ g4 if Bd3 Qf8# or if Rc8 gxf5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Robert Kuczynski vs Leif Kristensen, Salonika, 1988
3r1k2/1p4bp/5pb1/p2B1p2/Pq5N/4Q2P/5PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg6+ hxg6 Qe6 ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Eric Lobron vs Wlodzimierz Schmidt, Salonika, 1988
Q7/5pkp/2NBp1p1/1P2p3/P3qb2/R3n2P/2r2P2/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Kf6 Be7+ ]

b)
Francis Maynard vs Rahim Abdul, Salonika, 1988
2r1r3/1p1q1nbk/1P1p1n1p/3Ppp2/3p2p1/BQ2P1P1/2R1NPBP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc7 Rxc7 Rxc7 Qd8 Rxf7 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
V Mukab vs Richard Battin, Salonika, 1988
r3qrn1/pppb1Npk/2nb3B/7Q/2BPP3/8/PPP3PP/RN3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ Kh8 Bxg7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Alexandre Nascimento vs M Madad, Salonika, 1988
2b2rk1/qr5p/p2ppppQ/3Nn3/4P1P1/5P2/PP2B1K1/2R4R w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ if Kf7 Qxh7+ Kxf6 g5+ or if Rxf6 Rxc8+ ]

e)
Roman Pelts vs Keith Allen, Salonika, 1988
Q2b2k1/3q1p2/1p4p1/p6p/P4B1P/1P4P1/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bg5 ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Jozsef Pinter vs Keith Allen, Salonika, 1988
4r2k/pp1R4/4N1p1/2P3N1/7K/8/PP4r1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ Kg8 Rg7+ ]

b)
Plasa vs C Perdikis, Salonika, 1988
k2r2r1/pq2bp2/Q1R1pn1p/8/1P3B1N/6P1/P4P2/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxb7+ Kxb7 Rc7+ Kb6 Rxe7 ]

c)
Raja Ravisekhar vs Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Salonika, 1988
1rbq1r1k/2n2pbp/pn1pp1p1/3P4/2p1PP1Q/2N2N2/1PP1B1PP/R1B2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 if h6 Nxf7+ ]

d)
Juan Reyes vs Roberto Rodriguez, Salonika, 1988
1r5k/4bP1p/p1n3q1/7Q/p7/2P1B3/1P4PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bd4+ if Nxd4 Qe5+ ]

e)
Adolfo Rodriguez vs Luis Baquero, Salonika, 1988
r5k1/2pq2pp/p1n1p3/1p2PrN1/3b4/3Q4/PP1B1PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe4 ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
El H A Sidding vs Yan Joseph, Salonika, 1988
3rrk2/pp3p2/2p4p/8/3BPP2/3Q1K2/q7/2R3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc5+ ]

b)
Hideo Suzuki vs Anis Slimani, Salonika, 1988
8/p4pk1/1p2p1p1/4P2p/3qrP1P/1P4P1/P1R3QK/8 w - -1 0
[ Rc4 ]

c)
Laszlo Tapaszto vs Antonio Fernandes, Salonika, 1988
3rr3/1n3kpp/p1q1pp2/1pb2P2/8/2PN4/QP2N1PP/3RR2K w - - 1 0
[ Nef4 ]

d)
Craig Thomson vs Fernand Gobet, Salonika, 1988
4r1k1/p6p/1p4p1/3r4/4qB2/2R3P1/5P1P/Q5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re3 ]

e)
Rongguang Ye vs Lars Schandorff, Salonika, 1988
8/p1n3R1/P3p3/5p2/4k1r1/5q2/5PPQ/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg4+ Qxg4 f3+ ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Graham Morrison vs Vladimir Kalinin, Salonika, 1988
5bk1/pp4p1/q3pPQp/8/5B2/6PP/PP2pPB1/3rR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ f7+ Kh8 Qxh6+ gxh6 Be5+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Anna Akhsharumova vs Susan Lalic, Salonika, 1988
3rRr1k/5P1p/7P/1B4p1/pP6/P7/4N1K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd8 ]

c)
Aida Ferreira vs Girmie Fontanilla, Salonika, 1988
1rb2rk1/ppq2p1n/4p1p1/3pb2p/7B/2PB3P/PP3PP1/RNQ1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 Qxe5 Bg3 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Zirka Frometa vs D Atukpokoh, Salonika, 1988
r1b1k3/p1p1b1r1/2p2nNp/3q1p2/1P1P1B2/2P5/P3QPPP/RN2R1K1 w q - 1 0
[ Qxe7+ Rxe7 Rxe7+ Kd8 Bxc7# ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Zirka Frometa vs Luba Kristol, Salonika, 1988
3r2k1/pb1q2p1/1p1BRbB1/3p4/1P1p2Q1/P1P2P1P/6P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sabine Fruteau vs Patricia Mendoza, Salonika, 1988
4rbk1/1p3p2/p2R2p1/2B1p3/1P2P1Q1/2q4P/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Qxg6+ Bg7 Qxe8+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Jessica Harmsen vs Margarita Voiska, Salonika, 1988
2b2rn1/p4pk1/4pN1b/q2pPnBR/2pP4/2P2NP1/PrBQ2K1/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh6+ if Nfxh6 or Ngxh6 Qg5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Nilufer Ipek vs Paule Domingue, Salonika, 1988
r4rk1/ppp3pp/2b2p2/4NN2/8/P1Q5/1P3PPP/n1B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Kh8 N5g6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Sheila Jackson vs Regina Ribeiro, Salonika, 1988
5r1k/rp1q4/4ppQ1/p2pPn1P/P1pP4/2P3R1/1PB2P2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf5 exf5 Qh6+ Qh7 Qxf8+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Susan Lalic vs Adriana Salazar, Salonika, 1988
rn1qk2r/pp2pp1p/6p1/3p4/4N3/4Q2P/PPP2PP1/2KR3R w kq - 1 0
[ Nf6+ ]

1988 Chess Olympiad in Salonika puzzles, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sandra Malajovich vs Cathy Forbes, Salonika, 1988
3Qr1k1/4Pppp/8/1q6/8/8/5PPP/1b2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re5 if Qc6 Rc5 Qa4 Rc8 ]

b)
Gordana Markovic vs Aspasia Dimitriadi, Salonika, 1988
2rqk2r/1bb2pp1/pp2pn1p/4N3/3P1B2/1B3P2/PP2Q1PP/R2R2K1 w k - 1 0
[ Nxf7 if Kxf7 Qxe6+ mates ]

c)
Emmanuel Perez vs Jessica Harmsen, Salonika, 1988
3r3k/2n1r1bp/ppq1p1p1/5p2/P1bP1P2/2BN2P1/1PB4P/R3RQK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb4 if Bxf1 Nxc6 or if Qd6 Qxc4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Judit Polgar vs Pavlina Chilingirova, Salonika, 1988
r1b2rk1/pp1p1p1p/2n3pQ/5qB1/8/2P5/P4PPP/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Bh6+ ]

e)
Celine Roos vs Ceu Silva, Salonika, 1988
r1b2rk1/1pq1bppp/p1p1p3/4n3/3R4/1P3NP1/PBQ1PPBP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe5 Qxe5 Rg4 ]


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