"Chess Olympiads" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of James Tarjan.
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)
Black mates in 3.
James Harkins vs James Tarjan, Ventura, 1971
8/6pk/pb5p/8/1P2qP2/P3p3/2r2PNP/1QR3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...exf2+ Kh1 f1/Q+ ]

b)
James Tarjan vs Robert Bellin, Norway, 1972
4kr2/3b1p1p/p2R1p2/N3pP1B/1n2P3/8/1P4rP/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rhd1 if Bb5 Re6# or if Bc8 Rb6 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
James Tarjan vs Serge Velickovic, Norway, 1972
r2q1rk1/1b5p/p1npp1pQ/1p1N4/4P3/8/PPP4P/2KR1BR1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ hxg6 Qxg6+ Kh8 Qh6+ Kg3 Bh3 Qf6 Rg1+ Kf7 Qh5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
James Tarjan vs Lawrence Gilden, El Paso, 1973
2R2bk1/5rr1/p3Q2R/3Ppq2/1p3p2/8/PP1B2PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Kxf8 Rh8+ Rg8 Bxb4+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
James Tarjan vs Ramon Lontoc, Nice, 1974
3q3r/r4pk1/pp2pNp1/3bP1Q1/7R/8/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ if Kg8 Rxh8+ or if Qxe8 Qf6+ ]

1d)
mate in 4
James Tarjan vs Lawrence Gilden

James Tarjan Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
R Hammie vs James Tarjan, USA, 1975
3b1r1k/1b1q4/4P1pP/8/3B1P2/1BP1p3/1PK4Q/r2N3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 if cxd4 Be4+ mates ]

b)
Stevce Georgievski vs James Tarjan, Skopje, 1976
1r1q1rk1/3b2b1/3p2pp/1p2n3/1P1NPp2/3P1B1P/3B1P1K/1R3QR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb6 if Bc3 Nxf3 Nxf3 Bxc3 ]

c)
James Tarjan vs Jose Gutierrez, Bogota, 1979
r2k4/p2b1R2/2pqp2Q/1p1n4/8/P1P3Pp/1P2RK1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Be8 Rxe8+ Kxe8 Rxe6+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
James Tarjan vs Edmar Mednis, Riga, 1979
2r3k1/5p2/p5pQ/1b1pR2p/1p1q4/8/PP5P/K5R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Qxg6+ Kf8 Qf6+ ]

e)
James Tarjan vs Harry Radke, Palo Alto, 1981
1rr3k1/5pp1/1P5p/2q5/1Qp5/4R2P/5PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ if Rxe8 Qxc5 or if Kh7 Qxc5 ]

2b)
Stevce Georgievski vs James Tarjan

James Tarjan Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Ciaffone vs James Tarjan, Palo Alto, 1981
2rr3k/1q2Q1p1/p6p/2p5/PnP2P2/1P4PP/7K/2R1R1B1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2+ if Re2 Qxe7 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Milorad Kapelan vs James Tarjan, Vrsac, 1983
3r2k1/pp5p/6p1/2Ppq3/4Nr2/4B2b/PP2P2K/R1Q1R2B b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2+ Kxh3 Rh2+ Kg4 h5+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
James Tarjan vs Eric Lobron, Jakarta, 1983
2r1k3/2P3R1/3P2K1/6N1/8/8/8/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Kf8 Nh7+ ]

d)
James Tarjan vs Dusan Rajkovic, Vrsac, 1983
r1b1r1k1/1p3q1p/p3pp2/2B1n2Q/2R5/1P4P1/P4PBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if fxe5 Rg4+ ]

e)
James Tarjan vs Sergey Kudrin, Berkeley, 1984
2Q5/6kp/3p1np1/2pr4/5P2/3q4/6PP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Kh6 Qf8+ ]

f)
James Tarjan vs Dagur Ragnarsson, Sault Ste. Marie, 2017
r1b1kn1r/pp6/1q2p3/6pp/1Ppb4/P2B4/1B3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ 1.Bxd4 if 1...Qxd4 2.Bg6+ or if 1...Qd6 2.Bxh8 Qxd3 3.Qxh5+ ]

3b)
mate in 4
Milorad Kapelan vs James Tarjan


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