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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Colin Crouch.
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 4.
Colin Crouch vs F Zullo, London, 1979
4r2k/4r3/1qpp1p2/p1p2PNp/2P5/PP1P4/3Q3P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Rxf7 Qh6+ ]

b)
Colin Crouch vs M Prettejohn, Brighton, 1984
3rbr1k/2q2pb1/8/P1N1n3/3pB3/P4P2/2Q2P1P/3R2RK w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Ne6+ ]

c)
Colin Crouch vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Hastings, 1991
6k1/1R6/1p4p1/p1r3N1/3K2P1/1P3P2/8/1b6 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8+ Kg7 Ne6+ ]

d)
Colin Crouch vs Andri Arquint, Lenk, 1991
2rr2k1/p2NR3/1p5p/2n5/8/P7/6PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kf8 Rxa7 Ne6 Nd5+ Kg8 Ne7+ ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Colin Crouch vs Karl-Otto Jung, Metz, 1991
5r1r/1q2p1k1/1n1pQp2/pNpP1pb1/Pn2P3/1P4R1/3B2PP/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Bxg5 if Rxh2+ Kxh2 Rh8+ Bh6+ Kxh6 Qxf5 ]

Colin Crouch puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Ilya Gurevich vs Colin Crouch, Hastings, 1991
rkbR4/p4Q2/1p2p3/4PpP1/2pP1K2/2n4P/5P2/7q b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ Ke3 Qe4+ if Kd2 c3+ Ke1 Nxd4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Joseph Gallagher vs Colin Crouch, Krumbach, 1991
2r4k/p6p/4pp2/Q2p4/3P2PP/3n4/PP1Nq3/1K3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Theo Dekker vs Colin Crouch, Netherlands, 1992
3r3k/pp5p/4Pnq1/1Qb2p2/5K2/1BB4p/P5P1/2R1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ Ke5 Bd6+ Kxf6 Rf8# ]

d)
Colin Crouch vs Ned Farrel, Cappelle la Grande, 1993
5rk1/1q1rbpp1/2bp3p/1p3N2/pn6/3BPPB1/PP1R2PP/1Q3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Julian Hodgson vs Colin Crouch, Dublin, 1993
5n2/R1Q2pkp/p5p1/4Prq1/P7/2N1P2r/4NPP1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kxh1 Qh4+ Kg1 Qxf2+ ]

Colin Crouch puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Colin Crouch vs Ian Thompson, Hastings, 1994
r1b1kb1R/1p4Q1/4p1P1/p2p4/4N1P1/P4q2/1PP2r2/R1B1K3 w Q - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Kd8 Bg5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Mark Walker vs Colin Crouch, London, 1994
4r1k1/pRQ2p2/6p1/2Pp4/N2b4/4rPq1/P3R3/5KN1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3+ Nxf3 Qxf3+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Colin Crouch vs Carl Storey, New Castle on Tyne, 1995
1R2R1nk/p1q1r1rp/1p3ppQ/2p5/P4N2/2N5/1PP3PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg8+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Colin Crouch vs A S Bulbeck, Hull, 1996
r1b1r3/1pqn1Qpk/p3p2b/2pp4/3P4/2P1P3/PP1N1PP1/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ Kxh6 Rh1+ if Kg5 Nf3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Bernd Kievelitz vs Colin Crouch, Decin, 1996
2kr4/3q1Q2/4p3/4P2B/1Pp1b3/8/1Bn2P1P/5KR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd3+ Be2 Qh3+ ]

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Colin Crouch puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Colin Crouch vs Mark Ferguson, Hove, 1997
r1b2rk1/4q3/3R1p1Q/p4p2/Pp3p2/1P1BP3/N5PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4+ Rf7 Rxf6 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Colin Crouch vs Jack Rudd, Hove, 1997
8/1Q3p1p/p2p2p1/3P2k1/3Bb1P1/1P5P/q1r5/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7+ Kf4 Qxd6+ Kg5 Qf6+ Kh6 Be3# ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Jurij Markov vs Colin Crouch, Newport, 1998
5B2/5pp1/p1k4p/QpPp4/3P4/P5KP/5pP1/6q1 b - - 0 1
[ f1/N+ Kf3 Qe3+ Kg4 Nh2+ ]

d)
Frans Vreugdenhil vs Colin Crouch, Coulsdon, 1999
r4rk1/p1p1qp1p/3pn1p1/5b2/Q4n2/2P2N2/PPBN1PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ Ne2+ Kh1 Nc5 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
David Gunter vs Colin Crouch, Sutton, 1999
8/1kp2Q2/1p1b4/p2P4/3N1P1p/1R5P/6PK/1q1nr3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kxh1 Nf2+ ]

Colin Crouch puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Colin Crouch vs Heather Richards, London, 2000
r3k1nr/1b1p1ppp/p1n1p3/2B5/2P5/P1N5/1P3PPP/R3KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Ne4 if Na5 Nd6+ Kd8 Nxf7+ ]

b)
Colin Crouch vs Robert Eames, England, 2002
1r4k1/Q4p1p/3p1pp1/p2P4/4P2P/qrR5/5PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxb8+ ]

c)
Colin Crouch vs Zdzislaw Wojcieszyn, Durham, 2007
r1b1r1k1/pp1n1ppp/2p5/3n4/1qBPN3/4P1N1/PQ3PPP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxb4 Nxb4 Nd6 Rf8 Ngf5 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Colin Crouch vs Chris Ross, Durham, 2007
r7/7p/pnPP2pk/1q6/3Q3P/1B4p1/P7/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe3+ if Kg7 Rf7+ Kg8 Qd4 or if g5 Rf6+ Kg7 Qe7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Colin Crouch vs Ian Reynolds, England, 2008
3R1rk1/p1Q2ppp/q3bn2/4N3/r3p3/P5P1/1B2PP1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7 if Nd7 Nxd7 ]

Colin Crouch puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Colin Crouch vs Sergey Grigorchuk, Heraklion, 2008
1r1q2k1/2b2ppp/1p6/1NpQ4/5P2/6P1/PP2r2P/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf3 if Rd2 Rxd2 Qxd2 Nxc7 ]

b)
Colin Crouch vs Vincent Homolka, Ascot, 2011
rn1q1rk1/p3ppbp/1p4p1/2pbN1B1/2BPpP2/2P1P3/PP4PP/R2QK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Bxe7 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Colin Crouch vs Daniel Rosen, Paington, 2011
r4n2/p2b3Q/2q2kp1/1pPp1p2/P2P1N2/2P3P1/5P2/R1B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd5+ if Ke6 Qg8# or if Qxd5 Bg5+ Kxg5 Qh4# ]


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