Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Michael Basman.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
Black Mates in 4. Bertus Enklaar vs Basman, Sinaya, 1965
6k1/6p1/3r1n1p/p4p1n/P1N4P/2N5/Q2RK3/7q b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ if Ke3 Ng4+ or if Kf2 Qf1+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Henrique Mecking vs Basman, Hastings, 1967
8/5pkp/r2p2pq/2pP4/2n2P2/N7/PP1nQ2P/K4R1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa3 if bxa3 or Qd1 Qh4 or if h4 Nb3+ Kb1 Ncd2+ Kc2 Nd4+ ]

c)
Basman vs Martyn Corden, Birmingham, 1972
7k/2q3pp/b4r2/pp2pB2/1P6/n1NR4/4Q1PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 if Qc8 Qxf6 ]

d)
Basman vs Peter Griffiths, Birmingham, 1972
3q1r2/1p3pk1/p4Rp1/4PbNP/8/2Q5/P4P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ h6+ if Kg8 e6 ]

e)
Black Mates in 4. Stuart Hutchings vs Basman, England, 1973
k6r/8/p1b5/2pp2r1/8/1PNP2q1/P4QB1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ ]



Basman Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Basman vs Richard Webb, Dublin, 1974
r4rk1/1p2qp2/p2b3p/2pPn1p1/2P1Npb1/3B4/PPQB2PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 Qxd6 Rxe5 if Qxe5 Bh7+ w/Bc3 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Maxwell Fuller vs Basman, London, 1975
2r1k2r/pb1p1p2/1p2p3/4P1Np/1PqPNn2/P6P/5P2/1R1Q2KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe4 if Nxe4 Rg8+ ]

c)
Basman vs David Rumens, London, 1982
7r/p5kp/2p3p1/6P1/2B1nPKR/4b3/P3Q1P1/1Nq5 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1 Qxh1 Qb2+ Kf8 Qxh8+ Ke7 Qe5+ w/Qxe4 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Basman vs Craig Dawson, Torquay, 1982
r5nr/6Rp/p1NNkp2/1p3b2/2p5/5K2/PP2P3/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 if Kxf5 e4+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. John Henderson vs Basman, Hastings, 1995
2b3rk/1p4q1/3N3b/1PpPp3/2Pn1p1p/r4P1P/5QPK/1R2RBB1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if gxf3 Qxg1+ mates or if Qxh4 Rxh3 ]

f)
Black to move and win. Jonathan Mutton vs Basman, Torquay, 1998
2kr2r1/pp1bqpb1/4p1np/2P1P2Q/P2B1P2/1BN5/1PP4P/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc6+ Kg1 Bxe5 if fxe5 Nf4+ ]

English GMs
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