King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the 2008 US Chess Championship.
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 2.
James Berry vs Alexander Gorbunov, Tulsa, 2008
rqb2bk1/3n2pr/p1pp2Qp/1p6/3BP2N/2N4P/PPP3P1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qe6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Mila Mokryak vs M Nugent, Tulsa, 2008
r6r/pp3pk1/2p2Rp1/2p1P2B/3bQ3/6PK/7P/6q1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qxg6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Yuri Shulman, Tulsa, 2008
7r/1k3p2/1q1B4/p2pPp2/p1n2P2/2RQ2K1/2P1B1P1/7r b - - 0 1
[ ...R1h3+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Zorigt Bayaraa vs Vinay Bhat, Tulsa, 2008
7r/1p3bk1/1Pp2p2/3p2p1/3P1nq1/1QPNR1P1/5P2/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Darwin Yang vs Michael Mulyar, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/2R5/4p1pp/8/5PPK/P3Q2P/1q4r1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf6+ ]

2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Chris Claassen vs Devin Hughes, Tulsa, 2008
r2qrk2/4np2/pn1p3p/1ppP1bN1/4N3/P1Q5/1P2B1PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
M Nugent vs Shawn Noland, Tulsa, 2008
3r2k1/6pp/p3p3/2P5/4bK2/2Q5/6qP/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...g5+ if Ke5 Rd5+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Movses Movsisyan vs David Pruess, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/3b3p/1b1p1rp1/1P1Pp2P/4B2R/2q1N3/4KP2/1Q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2+ Kxf2 Qxe3+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Tim Steiner vs Julie Ann O'Neill, Tulsa, 2008
r1b1q2k/3n4/p2p1Np1/1pp3Np/2Q5/3P4/PPP3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Kg7 Nxe8+ Kh7 Qf4 ]

e)
White mates in 7.
Bran Whitcomb vs Alexey Root, Tulsa, 2008
r6Q/p1p2k2/1p3p1p/5N2/8/3B4/PPP2PKb/4q3 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ Kg6 Nh4+ Kh5 Bf7+ ]

2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 9.
Robert Rowley vs Todd Andrews, Tulsa, 2008
2b1rr2/q4pk1/3p1bp1/3Pp3/1pP1Q3/1P4R1/6PP/1BB2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Kxf6 Qh4+ Kg7 Bh6+ mates ]

b)
Alex Yermolinsky vs Alexander Shabalov, Tulsa, 2008
3r1rk1/pp1bn1pp/4pn2/q2p4/5P2/P1N2B2/1PPQ1BPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 ]

c)
Larry Kaufman vs Michael Langer, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/1p4np/q2p1Bp1/2pP4/rPR5/4r2P/2Q3P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 if Kxg7 b5 ]

d)
Ronald Burnett vs Jeff De Jesus, Tulsa, 2008
r1b1k2r/3nbp1p/p3pp2/8/2NPP3/2q2N2/4BPPP/R2Q1K1R w kq - 0 1
[ Rc1 Qb4 Rb1 ]

e)
Robert Plunkett vs Joseph Bradford, Tulsa, 2008
r3k1r1/1pqnnp1Q/p7/3pp3/1P4b1/P4N2/2PBBPPP/R3K2R b KQq - 0 1
[ ...Nf8 if Qh6 (or Qh4) Nf5 Qf6 Nd7 ]

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2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Chouchanik Airapetian vs Gerald Roberts, Tulsa, 2008
r1b1k2r/pp2n2p/2n1p3/3pPpp1/3P1Nq1/P1Q5/3B1PPP/1R2KB1R w Kkq - 0 1
[ Be2 if Qh4 Bh5+ w/g3 ]

b)
John Fedorowicz vs Bart Gibbons, Tulsa, 2008
6k1/1prn1ppp/p2Nrb2/P1q1P3/1R6/B6P/4PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7 if Qxa5 Bb4 ]

c)
Devin Hughes vs J Hyltin, Tulsa, 2008
rnb2rk1/1p2qppp/p3pn2/2b5/P1N2B2/5NP1/1PQ1PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]

d)
Nicholas Schoonmaker vs Mark Ginsburg, Tulsa, 2008
R7/1pp2rk1/4b1pp/1P1nPp2/1q1Bp3/4P1P1/1Q3PBP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb4 Nxb4 Re8 if Bc4 e6+ ]

e)
J Hyltin vs Robert Stepp, Tulsa, 2008
r2q1rk1/1p1bb1pp/2pp1n2/p1nP1p2/2P1p3/2N1BPPN/PP2P1BP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if dxc5 d6 ]

2008 US Chess Championship Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Gorbunov vs Daniel Naroditsky, Tulsa, 2008
r2q1rk1/1b3ppp/p3pn2/1pb1n3/P6Q/1NP5/1P2BPPP/RNB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5 if Qg3 Ne4 Bf3 Nxf3+ ]

b)
Eugene Yanayt vs Nicholas Schoonmaker, Tulsa, 2008
r1bqk2r/ppp1n1bp/2np2p1/5p2/2PNP3/2N1B3/PP1QBPPP/R3K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...f4 ]

c)
Jerry Wheeler vs Devin Hughes, Tulsa, 2008
8/4k2p/p1r2p2/2BRn1p1/4P3/5P2/P4KPP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc5 ]

d)
Chouchanik Airapetian vs Tsagaan Battsetseg, Tulsa, 2008
2r2q1k/1p3rbp/p1npn1p1/4pbB1/2P1B3/1PNR1P2/P2QN1PP/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg5 if Qxg5 Bh6 ]


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