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Here are some chess puzzles from the US CH of the 1990s.
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.
Yuliya Levitan vs Vesna Dimitrijevic, Waltham, 1992
3r2k1/pp3p1p/1b3qp1/3n1N2/4Q3/1NP4P/PP4P1/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ ]

b)
Whtie mates in 2.
P Kaganovska vs Olga Sagalchik, Modesto, 1995
8/5p1k/4b1p1/r2n2R1/1prBB1P1/8/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh5+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Maxim Dlugy vs Lev Alburt, Jacksonville, 1990
6rk/1pp4p/3p4/p1PPp2q/5r2/3BQp2/PP1N3P/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Ivona Jezierska vs Anna Akhsharumova, Chandler, 1997
Q7/1R2r1k1/6rp/2q2p2/2P1p3/N5Pn/5nKN/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Igor Khmelnitsky vs Lev Alburt, Parsippany, 1996
r3r1k1/pp1n2Bp/5P2/2Q5/3pb3/3q2P1/PP4BP/R4R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qd5+ if Bxe5 Bxe5+ ]


mate in 3
Igor Khmelnitsky vs Lev Alburt

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1990s, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Anjelina Belakovskaia vs Beatriz Marinello, Salt Lake City, 1999
6k1/1p2r2p/p2pN1p1/P1pP4/2q1r3/8/1P4QR/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ Qxg6+ if hxg6 Rh8+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Jennie Frenklakh vs Tatyana Zitserman, Chandler, 1997
3r1k2/p4p2/1p1NpP2/4P1q1/1PR1Q1pp/6P1/P6P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qh7 Qg6 Qh8+ Qg8 Qh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Ivona Jezierska vs Irina Krush, Chandler, 1997
5k1r/pb2r1q1/1p1Q4/8/8/PN2R3/1PB2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd8+ Kf7 Rxe7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Esther Epstein vs Tatyana Zitserman, Chandler, 1997
1nnR3r/p3qpk1/1r2p1p1/RB2P2p/1p2NP1Q/1P5P/2P3P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ Qxf6 exf6+ Kh7 Ng5+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Patrick Wolff vs Gregory Kaidanov, Long Beach, 1993/a>
8/2p3k1/2pp3p/p4Q2/N1Pb1PPP/1P4K1/8/5q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf2+ ]


mate in 4
Esther Epstein vs Tatyana Zitserman

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1990s, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Tal Shaked vs Gregory Kaidanov, Parsippany, 1996
4r1rk/pQ2P2p/P7/2pqb3/3p1p2/8/3B2PP/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kh1 Rg1+ Kxg1 Rg8+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Vesna Dimitrijevic vs Julia Tverskaya, Illinois, 1993
4R3/3n1p1k/p2p1r2/1pq2r2/2p2Q2/2P4P/PPB5/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qh4+ Rh6 Rh8+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Elena Donaldson-A vs Alexey Root, USA, 1994
r7/1nqb2kp/3p2p1/p1pP4/2P2Q1P/P5N1/1R4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh5+ if gxh5 Qg5+ Kh8 Rf7 or if Kg8 Rf7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Vesna Dimitrijevic vs Alexey Root, USA, 1994
6k1/p7/1p4p1/2pnb1P1/4p3/2Pn3K/PP2N1NP/1RB2r2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf2+ Kh4 Ne7 Ne3 Rh1 Ng4 Nf5# ]

e)
Alexander Ivanov vs Maxim Dlugy, Jacksonville, 1990
5r1k/4RB1p/p4pP1/6rb/1p5R/8/1PP4P/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh5 Rxh5 g7+ Kxg7 Bxh5+ ]


mate in 4
Tal Shaked vs Gregory Kaidanov

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1990s, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Yasser Seirawan vs Alex Yermolinsky, Key West, 1994
r1b3rk/bpq3pp/p3pn2/3pn1N1/NBP5/4P3/PP3PQP/1K1R1BR1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg3 if Nfg4 Bh3 or if Nfd7 Nf7+ ]

b)
Joshua Waitzkin vs Walter Browne, Modesto, 1995
5nk1/p4rr1/1p2p3/3p1Pqp/3P2p1/3BQ2P/PP3RP1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxg5 Rxg5 h4 Rgg7 f6 Rh7 Bxh7+ ]

c)
Alexander Ivanov vs Dmitry Gurevich, Modesto, 1995
1r1R4/5ppk/p7/6P1/4P3/2r3q1/1PQ5/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rh1+ Kg6 Qd1 Rc1+ Kxc1 Qxg5+ Rd2 ]

d)
Larry Christiansen vs Gregory Kaidanov, Parsippany, 1996
2k5/ppp1qp1Q/2p5/8/1PP2N2/K2pPb2/P2P3R/6r1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5+ if Kb8 or Qd7 Rh8+ ]

e)
Igor Ivanov vs Joel Benjamin, Durango, 1992
r6k/pp2p1bp/6p1/2p5/5PQn/2Pq4/P2P1P1P/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ if Kg2 Qxf1+ Kxf1 Nxh2+ ]


mate in 5
Vesna Dimitrijevic vs Julia Tverskaya

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1990s, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Igor Ivanov vs Patrick Wolff, Durango, 1992
3q1rk1/3B1p1p/1p2p1p1/4P1N1/3r3P/4N1P1/2Q2P2/1R2b1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 if Qc6 Bxf2+ ]

b)
Sharon Burtman vs Yuliya Levitan, Waltham, 1992
6k1/5p1p/p5p1/3rN3/1p3P2/1Q4PP/PP1q4/3n1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 if Rf2 Qe1+ ]

c)
Irina Levitina vs Anna Khan, USA, 1993
1k4b1/pp2r1p1/5b1p/2p2P2/6B1/PP2p1PP/2PrN2R/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb2+ ]

d)
Benjamin Finegold vs Larry Christiansen, Key West, 1994
3Rbbk1/pp3p1p/4pBp1/4P1R1/1P5Q/P5KP/5PP1/2r3q1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc3+ f3 Qe1+ if Kg4 Rc4+ f4 Rxf4+ ]

e)
Walter Browne vs Larry Christiansen, Key West, 1994
2r4k/3q2bp/pB6/P3p3/5p2/3Qp1P1/6BP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd3 Rxd3 Rc1+ Bf1 e2 ]


mate in 5
Vesna Dimitrijevic vs Alexey Root

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1990s, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Joel Benjamin vs Alex Yermolinsky, Parsippany, 1996
6k1/R7/1p1r2pp/6b1/3NP3/2P1p2P/6P1/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 cxdr e2 Ra1 Bd2 ]

b)
Igor Ivanov vs Gregory Kaidanov, Parsippany, 1996
1r3rk1/2pq2pp/5p2/N1b1pb2/P2n4/1PR3P1/1RN2PBP/3Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 if Qd3 Ne2+ ]

c)
Elina Groberman vs Anna Khan Salt Lake City, 1999
3N1bk1/5q1p/p2p4/1r1Pp1Br/5p2/5Pn1/PP1Q2PP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa7+ Qf2 Ne2+ Kf1 Qxf2+ Kxf2 Nxc1 ]


Alexander Ivanov vs Maxim Dlugy


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