See 2, 3 or 4 moves ahead



Here are some chess puzzles from the US CH of the 2000s.
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.
Eugene Perelshteyn vs Anna Levina, Seattle, 2002
b7/p4R2/P1p3pp/2P1kp2/1PBr1N2/7P/6P1/6K1 w - -1 0
[ Nxg6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Vladimir Lipman vs Guillermo Rey, Seattle, 2002
5r2/1rB1N2k/3p2pb/1N1Pp3/P3P3/5qpb/4R3/1R1Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Esther Epstein vs Tuvshintogs Batchimeg, Tulsa, 2008
5R2/2pB3p/1b3p1k/7r/5PK1/7r/P6P/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...f5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Carmilla Baginskaite vs Olga Sagalchik, Seattle, 2000
1k3q1r/ppp5/b3P3/6pp/6n1/2Np1QP1/P2BnPBP/1R5K w - - 1 0
[ Rxb7+ Kc8 Rb8+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Stripunsky vs Walter Browne, Stillwater, 2007
4r1kr/6qp/p2pP2Q/6P1/5R2/4p3/P6P/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rf7 ]


mate in 3
Carmilla Baginskaite vs Olga Sagalchik

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 2000s, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Ivanov vs Michael Langer, Stillwater, 2007
5rk1/2R4p/3QP1p1/3p4/4p3/1P5P/q7/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Rf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Stripunsky vs Larry Kaufman, Seattle, 2002
3q4/k1p2pp1/p1Bp1b2/P1p5/2P2P2/1R3Q1p/KPP2P2/4r3 w - - 1 0
[ Rb7+ Ka8 Rxc7+ Kb8 Qb2+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Grigory Serper vs Dean Ippolito, Seattle, 2003
r1b1nrk1/pp1n1pp1/8/2Pp2q1/1P1B4/P2Bp3/1Q6/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh2+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Walter Browne vs Camilla Baginskaite, Seattle, 2003
8/pb1N1Qpk/1p5p/1n1p4/7P/P5P1/1q3PBK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf8+ Kh8 Ng6+ Kh7 Ne7 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alisa Melekhina vs Tsagaan Battsetseg, Saint Louis, 2009
5rk1/4p2p/3p1r1P/1ppP4/2pq4/P4R2/1P1Q2P1/2K1R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Rg6 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Qxe7+ ]


mate in 4
Alexander Stripunsky vs Larry Kaufman

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 2000s, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Olga Sagalchik vs Yelena Gorlin, Seattle, 2000
2kr4/ppp4p/q7/4R3/1KP5/1Q4P1/r7/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd6+ c5 a5+ Kc4 Ra4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Anna Hahn vs Aaron Pixton, Seattle, 2003
r4rk1/pp2p3/2p4p/2PpP1Pb/1P2p3/P5Pq/3QPP2/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf3 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Ronald Burnett vs Alexander Ivanov, Seattle, 2003
5r1k/1p3r1p/3N2pb/P2Npq2/1P6/5nP1/Q5KP/3R1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh4+ if gxh4 Qg4+ or if Kg1 Qxf1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Jesse Kraai vs Igor Novikov, San Diego, 2004
4rnk1/1b5p/3p1Bp1/1p4P1/N6Q/5q2/1PP4P/3R1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Alex Yermolinsky vs Julio Becerra Rivero, San Diego, 2004
2kr4/pb6/4R3/8/8/8/P1r2RPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ Rd1+ Rf1 Rxg2+ ]


mate in 4
Alisa Melekhina vs Tsagaan Battsetseg

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 2000s, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Tyler Hughes vs Ildar Ibragimov, Saint Louis, 2009
2r3k1/p6R/1p2p1p1/n5N1/PK3P2/8/1n2r1P1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ Kb5 Rb2+ Ka6 Nc5+ ]

b)
Yelena Gorlin vs Sharon Burtman, Seattle, 2000
2r1r1k1/pp2pp1n/6pQ/8/3qp3/5R2/P1P1B1PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 Kxf7 Qxh7+ Ke6 Bg4+ Kd6 Rd1 ]

c)
Cindy Tsai vs Walter Browne, Seattle, 2002
r2r2k1/2n1pp2/5bp1/p1qP4/4Q3/1B1R4/P3NRPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ d6 if exd6 Qxg6+ mates ]

d)
Robby Adamson vs Julio Becerra Rivero, San Diego, 2004
3k4/3r4/p1b1p2b/4p3/1P2P3/1P1B4/1PK1R1PP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3 Kxd3 Bb5+ ]

e)
Alex Yermolinsky vs Alexander Kaliksteyn, Seattle, 2002
r3k2r/pp1n1ppp/1qp5/4pb2/2P2n2/B5Q1/PP1NBPPP/R3R1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Qg5 ]


mate in 4
Olga Sagalchik vs Yelena Gorlin

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 2000s, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Larry Christiansen vs Igor Foygel, Seattle, 2002
r7/ppkn2Qp/2p3p1/1q4B1/3P4/2P2r1P/PP3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re5 ]

b)
Alexander Fishbein vs Jennifer Shahade, Seattle, 2002
2b4k/r2n1n1p/p2p1P2/2pPq1P1/1pP5/1P6/PN1Q1R2/1BK5 w - - 1 0
[ Re2 ]

c)
Matthew Hoekstra vs Esther Epstein, Seattle, 2002
r1b1kr2/p3ppQp/2n1p1p1/qp2P3/8/2N2N2/PPPR1PPP/2K4R w q - 1 0
[ Ng5 if Bd7 Nxh7 ]

d)
Eugene Perelshteyn vs Matthew Hoekstra, Seattle, 2002
k5r1/prR5/4p1p1/1b1pB3/1P3p2/5P2/P4KPP/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Rc8+ ]

e)
Larry Christiansen vs Jesse Kraai, Seattle, 2003
5rk1/5p2/4p2p/5q1Q/1b2R3/5NP1/Pr5P/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rg4+ Kh7 Ng5+ ]


mate in 4
Tyler Hughes vs Ildar Ibragimov

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 2000s, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Shabalov vs Irina Krush, San Diego, 2004
5r2/4Q2p/p2p1Pp1/4pk2/2p4P/2P2b2/P1q1N3/4K1R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd4+ if exd4 Rg5+ mates ]

b)
Sergey Kudrin vs Ray Robson, Stillwater, 2007
2r2b1r/1bkn1Rp1/pq1p2P1/3P4/P7/1pP1Q2P/1P4B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7+ if Kxd7 Qxb6 ]

c)
Julio Becerra Rivero vs Justin Sarkar, Stillwater, 2007
8/2k1r2p/3b4/2p5/5p2/1q2BQP1/5P1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 if Kxd6 Bxf4+ ]

d)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Stephen Muhammad, San Diego, 2004
1r6/2k3pp/2bb1p2/2p5/2B5/4BP2/1P4PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 ]

e)
Ronald Burnett vs Laura Ross, San Diego, 2004
5rk1/p4pp1/1p1N3p/2rRn2q/8/P5Q1/1P3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne4 if Rxd5 Nf6+ ]


Robby Adamson vs Julio Becerra Rivero

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 2000s, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Katerina Rohonyan vs Anna Zatonskih, Stillwater, 2007
r4q1k/1p4pp/2bNQ1P1/p1p5/5P2/2b4P/1nP2B2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ if Kg8 gxh7+ Kxh7 Ng5+ mates ]

b)
Irina Krush vs Esther Epstein, Tulsa, 2008
rn1q2k1/p2pb1p1/1p2p2p/5r2/2P2n1P/P1N1BP2/1PQ2P2/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Qe4 ]

c)
Boris Gulko vs Doug Eckert, Saint Louis, 2009
r1b3k1/pp2pp1p/6p1/2Pr4/3P1B2/q7/3Q1PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra1 if Qb3 Rfb1 Qc4 Rb4 ]

d)
Tegshsuren Enhbat vs Stephen Muhammad, San Diego, 2004
2br1rk1/p3b1pp/4p2q/2Pp4/P2P2n1/1Q3NP1/6BP/2B1RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 ]

e)
Sergey Kudrin vs Gregory Kaidanov, Stillwater, 2007
4r1k1/5pp1/p1q4p/8/P1pQ4/2Pn1P1P/R4BP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ....Nc1 ]

f)
Tatev Abrahamyan vs Anna Zatonskih, Tulsa, 2008
k5rr/pp2n2q/2nBPp2/3p2b1/2pP3N/P1P2Q1R/1P4NK/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh4 Nxh4 Qxh4 ]


Alexander Shabalov vs Irina Krush


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