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Here are some chess puzzles from the 1996 US Open in Alexandria.
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 2.
James Mennella vs Larry Kaufman, Alexandria, 1996
r1b4r/1p3pk1/2pp2p1/pPn2P2/2PbP2q/3B1NNp/P1Q3P1/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
C Freeman vs Timothy Rogalski, Alexandria, 1996
1kr5/7p/b3Qpp1/2b5/Pp3r2/2pn4/2Q1K1PP/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2+ Kd1 Rf1+ Qe1 Rxe1# ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Shabalov vs Vinay Bhat, Alexandria, 1996
r3r1k1/pp3pb1/3pb1p1/q5B1/1n2N3/3B1N2/PPP2PPQ/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Qxg7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Dean Ippolito vs Donald Cotten, Alexandria, 1996
2kr4/1p2b1p1/2p1P1q1/1P3p2/Q1P2Pn1/5NP1/4R1KP/6B1 w - - 1 0
[ Qa8+ Kc7 b6+ Kd6 Qa3+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Timothy Rogalski vs Charles Gelman, Alexandria, 1996
3q4/6Q1/p2kpr2/1b1pN2p/1P1P3P/6P1/1PR2P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qa7 w/Qc5# ]

1d)
mate in 4
Dean Ippolito vs Donald Cotten

1996 Alexandria US Open puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Lawrence Kaufman vs Alexander Reprintsev, Alexandria, 1996
4r2k/4P1R1/p3PB2/6p1/2rp4/3b3P/P4K2/2q3R1 w - - 1 0
[ R7xg5+ Kh7 Rh5+ Qh6 Rg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
James Ellis vs Timothy Spanton, Alexandria, 1996
1r1q3r/1pp4k/p2pp1pp/3R3N/4P3/1Q6/PPP1n1PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ Kg8 Rg7+ Kf8 Qf3+ ]

c)
G Rusyniak vs Mohammad Salman, Alexandria, 1996
r3k2r/1p2bppp/p7/2q1N3/P7/8/1PP1BPbP/R2Q1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Qd7+ Kf8 Qf5 if Qd5 Bc4 or if f6 Nd7+ ]

d)
Gabriel Schwartzman vs Alex Yermolinsky, Alexandria, 1996
1q3b1k/7p/p1r2npN/1pp1p1Q1/4P3/1P4PP/P5BK/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if Qxd8 Nf7+ ]

e)
Ray Satterlee vs Rigel Cappallo, Alexandria, 1996
4r1k1/1p2rpn1/p5p1/2pQnqPp/7P/2P3B1/PP1N1PK1/3RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 Qxf5 Nxe1+ ]

f)
Lawrence Kaufman vs Thomas Beckman, Alexandria, 1996
5rk1/1q2p1bp/3p4/BNpP1r2/P5n1/6R1/QP4PP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb5 if axb5 Bd4+ mates ]

2f)
Lawrence Kaufman vs Thomas Beckman


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