Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Hastings 2011/12.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Richard Almond vs Gary O'grady, Hastings, 2011
6k1/6pp/8/4Pp2/1Rbp1P2/2r2B2/5PKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc4 ]

b)
R Bharathi vs Oissine Murchadha, Hastings, 2011
5r1k/1p1b2pp/p2bp3/4N3/Pq1PP3/2N3Q1/1P4PP/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 ]

c)
Anthony Bourached vs Povilas Lasinskas, Hastings, 2011
2rq1rk1/1b2bppp/p3pn2/n1P5/Pp6/1N2PNP1/1PQ2PBP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be4 ]

d)
Andrew Green vs David Flynn, Hastings, 2011
rnbqk2r/4bppp/p2p1n2/1p2p3/2B1P3/2N1BN2/PPP2PPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bd5 ]

e)
Ali Jaunooby vs Harnish Olson, Hastings, 2011
2r3k1/1b2rp1p/p5p1/1p6/4n3/1N2P2P/P1R1BPP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8+ ]

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Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tereza Olsarova vs Arghyadip Das, Hastings, 2011
N3kb1r/ppB4p/6p1/1b1BP3/3Q4/5K2/2qN1P1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc5 if Qf4 Qd3+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Alexandre Roubaud vs Adam Taylor, Hastings, 2011
1r1q1r1k/p2BQ3/3R2p1/1bp4p/8/5P2/PPP3P1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ ]

c)
J Saranya vs Ollie Willson, Hastings, 2011
2n1r1k1/p1nq1pp1/3p3p/1ppP1N2/2P2Q2/PP5P/5PP1/2R1N1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4 ]

d)
Black Mates in 6. Jim Burnett vs Jack Rudd, Hastings, 2011
r2r2k1/3q1pp1/p2b1n2/1p1P3b/1P1Np2p/P1B1P1P1/1Q1R1PKP/3N1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf3+ Nxf3 exf3+ Kxf3 Qg4+ ]

e)
Arghyadip Das vs Petr Marusenko, Hastings, 2011
1r3r1k/p5bp/nqp2ppn/5b2/PPBPN3/2B2N2/6PP/R3QR1K w - - 0 1
[ a5 if Qb7 Nd6 ]

Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mark Hebden vs Alex Vuilleumier, Hastings, 2011
1nR5/prr1qppk/1p1p3p/3Pp3/1P2P3/P2Q4/5PPP/2R2NK1 w - - 0 1
[ R1xc7 ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Povilas Lasinskas vs Sundar Shyam, Hastings, 2011
8/5pk1/4p3/4PP2/1Q1bK1P1/7r/1P1r4/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re3+ Kf4 Rf2+ Kg5 f6+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. Antoine Canonnevs Ian Snape, Hastings, 2011
6k1/1b3p1p/p5PQ/1p4P1/1Ppp4/2P3K1/1B1P4/5q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3+ if Kh4 Qf2+ ]

d)
Glenn Flear 2472 vs Samuel Franklin 2179, Hastings, 2011
7k/1pp5/3p4/3P1q1p/2PN1P2/3n2P1/PP2r1Q1/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf2+ ]

e)
Michael Fletcher vs George O'toole, Hastings, 2011
5qk1/pp3p2/3ppPn1/7Q/4P2B/2rP4/8/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Qxg6+ Kh8 f7 ]



Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Babu Lalith vs Andrei Istratescu, Hastings, 2011
6k1/1p2b1pp/p3b3/5p2/3p4/1P4P1/PR2PPBP/2r2NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb4 if a4 Bc3 ]

b)
Woot Van Veen vs Mikael Roelvaag, Hastings, 2011
r7/4kp1p/1p2p3/2bp1p2/2n2P2/1RR1P1K1/6PP/3N4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Rb2 Nd4+ ]

c)
David Eggleston vs Ali Jaunooby, Hastings, 2011
3r2k1/p3b1pp/1p2p3/3n1p2/3P4/1PN1B3/P4PPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba3 if Rc2 Rc8 ]

d)
Samuel Franklin vs Simon Williams, Hastings, 2011
5rk1/2R3Pp/b3p1p1/p2pP3/nr1B1N2/1q1P1P2/1P1Q4/1K5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf4 if Qxf4 Nc3+ ]

e)
David Haydon vs Dieter Kurka, Hastings, 2011
r1rq2k1/5ppp/2pbbnn1/p2p4/Np1P2P1/1N1BPPBP/PP2Q3/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxd6 Qxd6 Nb6 ]

Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part V. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 3. Amy Hoare vs Jack Rudd, Hastings, 2011
r1r5/4kp2/4p2p/3pP2P/5P2/ppP3R1/PP1n1N2/K2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...axb2+ Kxb2 Rxa2+ ]

b)
Gudmundur Kjartansson vs Richard Almond, Hastings, 2011
4r2r/pbn1qpkp/1p2p1p1/3pP1N1/7Q/4R1PB/PP3P1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf3 if Ref8 Rxf7+ Rxf7 Rxc7 Qxc7 Nxe6+ ]

c)
Simon Knott vs Fernando De Andres Gonalons, Hastings, 2011
3r1rk1/pp1bqpp1/2n2n1p/3p4/3N4/2R1BPP1/PP2P1BP/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 Bxc6 Bc5 ]

d)
Jason McKenna vs Andrey Vovk, Hastings, 2011
3r3k/1p4pp/pq6/3P1B2/P1P5/1P1Q4/5rPP/R6K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf6 Rf1 Rxf1+ Qxf1 Rf8 ]

e)
White Mates in 2. Vladimir Prosviriakov vs Antoine Canonne, Hastings, 2011
3kr3/p6R/1pp1p1p1/4B1P1/P1B5/2P3K1/8/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Bc7+ ]

Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part VI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 2. Ollie Willson vs Andrew Green, Hastings, 2011
r1b1r1k1/p1N2p1p/Pp4p1/5n2/2P1p1q1/2P1b3/1PQN2PP/R1B2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Edouard Romain vs Rout Padmini, Hastings, 2012
1q1k3r/1pNnb1pp/p5b1/N3p1P1/r7/2Q1B3/PPP5/2KR1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Ke8 Nxg7+ Kd8 Bb6+ ]

c)
Boris Furman vs Stig Martinsen, Hastings, 2012
5n1r/p4pkr/bp1p1q1p/n1pPpPpR/2P1P1P1/2PB1N1Q/P5K1/2B4R w - - 0 1
[ Nxg5 if hag5 Bxg5 ]

d)
Stephen Gregory vs Gerd Kewes, Hastings, 2012
8/4rp2/p2p2qk/4p3/2P5/3Q4/PP5P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh3+ if Qh5 Rf6+ ]

e)
Murali Karthikeyan vs Revanth Krishna, Hastings, 2012
2r2rk1/pp1b2pp/4pn2/3p4/3n1q2/3B1NNP/PP3PP1/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 Bxc8 Nxd4 if Qxd4 Bxh7+ ]

Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part VII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Hendrik Obsieger vs Gorak Rajesh, Hastings, 2012
r2q1rk1/pp2b1pp/3p1n2/1N2p1B1/4P3/5Q2/PP3PPP/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc7 Rc8 Ne6 ]

b)
Tereza Olsarova vs Povilas Lasinskas, Hastings, 2012
6k1/5p2/6p1/2Rp1r2/8/6PK/2P1r3/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh5+ Kg4 Rf2 if Rcxd5 f5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Hamish Olson vs Marc Repplinger, Hastings, 2012
1q3k2/5p1p/4pNnP/1p2P3/p2Pb3/P1Q3P1/1r5r/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc8+ ]

d)
Deep Sengupta vs Maxence Godard, Hastings, 2012
5r2/ppr2pk1/1n2pR2/3pP1q1/3P2P1/Q7/P2N3P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf3 ]

e)
Wout Van Veen vs Michael Waddington, Hastings, 2012
2rq1rk1/pp1b1pbp/4pnp1/1Bnp4/5P2/2NPPN2/PBP3PP/R1Q2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb5 Nxb5 Nxd3 if Qb1 Nxb2 Qxb2 Ng4 ]

Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part VIII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Arghyadip Das vs Babu Lalith, Hastings, 2012
2krr3/pp4pp/2q5/3Nb3/1P6/2PQ4/P5P1/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd5 if Qxd5 Qh6+ mates ]

b)
Adrien Demuth vs Ali Jaunooby, Hastings, 2012
8/kp2r3/2p1q3/7p/P4RP1/3Q1P1K/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Re4 if Qf7 Qe3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Revanth Krishna vs Andrew Green, Hastings, 2012
1r2rn2/3bR2p/3P2pk/1p1B2N1/2Pp1B2/1P4PP/8/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ if Kh5 Bf3+ or if Kg7 Be5+ ]

d)
Vladimir Prosviriakov vs Thomas Rendle, Hastings, 2012
6r1/ppQbkp2/4p3/4P3/qn1p2pN/N2P4/PP5P/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Qd6+ Ke8 Qb8+ ]

e)
Marc Repplinger vs David Calvert, Hastings, 2012
6k1/p2r1p1p/Ppr3p1/1N1pP3/3P4/2b2PP1/4R1P1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc2 Bxa1 Rxc6 Kf8 Rc1 ]

Hastings 2011/12 Puzzles, Part IX. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 5. Stephen Gregory vs Revanth Krishna, Hastings, 2012
6r1/1k6/p2Qp3/3pP3/3q4/3P1B2/4KR2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5+ ]

b)
Alexandre Roubaud vs John Anderson, Hastings, 2012
3r1rk1/p2N2bp/2q1ppp1/3Rp3/8/4PQ1P/PPP3P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ if Bxf6 Rxd8 Qxf3 Rxf8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Gavin Lock vs Ian Snape, Hastings, 2012
r6k/pp3p1p/1q1r1n1Q/4N3/2p4R/2P1R2P/2P2PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg3 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Arne Hagesaether vs Petr Marusenko, Hastings, 2012
2rr1kn1/pp6/1q1P4/2p1nNQ1/2P5/5p2/PP3PP1/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qg7+ Ke8 d7+ Nxd7 Rxd7 ]

e)
Sahiti Lakshmi vs Pawel Lewicki, Hastings, 2012
rnbqkb1r/pp2pp1p/3p2p1/8/3NP1n1/2N1B3/PPP2PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bb5+ ]


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