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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Hastings 08-09.
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)
James McDonnell 2041 vs Martin Mitchell 2169, Hastings, 2008
2r1q1k1/1br2pb1/pn4pn/1p2p1B1/1P2P3/PB3NNP/4Q1P1/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe3 ]

b)
Francis Rayner vs Evangelos Kakkanas, Hastings, 2008
b1r5/p3qpk1/2p1pnpp/1pPrQ3/3PN2P/1P2R1P1/P4PB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ Qxf6 Nxf6 w/Bxd5 ]

c)
Stewart Haslinger vs Alan Grant, Hastings, 2008
r3nrk1/2q1Qppp/4p3/1b1R2P1/4P3/P1N2P2/1PP4P/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Qxc7 Nxc7 Rc5 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Einora Juciute 1815 vs Adrian Pickersgill 2043, Hastings, 2008
1k1rr3/1p3pBp/1P1b4/1NpP4/2P1p1Pq/3n4/4QPP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ Kxa8 Qa2+ Kb8 Qa7+ Kc8 Qa8+ Bb8 Na7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 3. James McDonnell 2041 vs Jens Nebel 2199, Hastings, 2008
6k1/5pp1/p3p2p/3bP2P/6QN/8/rq4P1/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ Kh7 Qg6+ ]

Hastings 08-09 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 7. Vladimir Prosviriakov vs Simon Knight, Hastings, 2008
rn1qr3/p1p2Q2/bp2p1pk/6b1/3PN3/2PB2P1/PP2KP2/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1+ if Bh4 Nf6 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Emanuel Berg vs Luc Bergez, Hastings, 2009
3r1rk1/1bpqp2p/pn4p1/1p1PQ1P1/3P4/PBN2P2/1PP5/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 Kxh7 Rh1+ Kg8 Qh8+ ]

c)
Milos Pavlovic vs Karl Mcphillips, Hastings, 2009
6k1/3q1pp1/2rPp2p/pp6/4Q3/1P4P1/P4P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc6 ]

d)
Adam Hunt vs Feliks Kwiatkowski, Hastings, 2009
5rk1/3bn2p/1q1p4/ppr1bpN1/8/2P1Q1P1/PPN3BP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]

e)
Christine Flear 2092 vs Karl Mcphillips 2222, Hastings, 2009
b1r1r1k1/p1b1qppp/1p3n2/1P6/2N1pP2/2B1P3/PQ2B1PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb4 if Qe6 f5 ]



Hastings 08-09 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Milos Pavlovic vs Robert Eames, Hastings, 2009
r1b2rk1/1p1n2bp/p1pNq1p1/4ppBn/2P5/2N3PP/PP2PPB1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Rb8 Nc7 or if cxd5 Bxd5 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Bernard Cafferty vs Jacques Bernard, Hastings, 2008
r4rk1/p2b2bp/3Pp1p1/R4p2/N1P1n3/B3PN2/n3BPPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxa4 if Rxa4 Nac3 ]

c)
Black Mates in 2. Einora Juciute vs Alan Barton, Hastings, 2008
N5k1/5p2/6p1/6Pp/4bb1P/P5r1/7K/2R3R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ ]

d)
Arne Hagesaether vs Aaron Summerscale , Hastings, 2009
2q1rbk1/5ppp/8/3p1N2/2r1n1P1/P2Q1P2/6PB/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc5+ if Ne3 Nf6 Rfe1 Rc3 ]

e)
James McDonnell vs Norman Hutchinson, Hastings, 2009
2r2rk1/5p1p/pb2pn2/1p1b2pq/1P1P4/P3QNPP/1B3PK1/1BR1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...g4 ]

f)
Black Mates in 2. Arne Hagesaether 2181 vs Raymond Cannon 2041, Hastings, 2009
2r3k1/1p3ppp/p3p3/7P/P4P2/1R2QbP1/6q1/1B2K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ ]


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