Here are some chess puzzles from the games of David WL Howell.
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)
Howell vs Terrence Cox, Kidlington, 2001
2r3k1/pp2qppp/1b2p1b1/1P6/Q2rn1P1/P1N2N1P/4BP2/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 if Rxd1+ Qxd1 Qd8 Rxc8 or if exd5 Rxc8+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Howell vs Graham Walker, Southend, 4/13/2001
5rk1/5ppp/1R2p2b/3pP2Q/q2B4/3NP3/2r3PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ Rxf7 Rb8+ ]

c)
Howell vs Panagiotis Pampalos, Chalkidiki, 2002
rn1r1bk1/1q4pp/p2P1p2/1p2pN2/2p3Q1/2P3PP/PP3P2/R1B1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ Kh8 Qe6 if gxh6 Qxf6+ Kg8 Qxd8 ]

d)
Howell vs John Shaw, Edinburgh, 2003
3q4/r7/1pp2rpk/p1p1p1p1/4P1Pp/3P1R2/PPPQ2K1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh4+ Kg7 Qxg5 if Ra8 Rxf6 or if Raf7 Qh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Howell vs Graeme Kafka, Scarborough, 8/2/2004
1qr3k1/p2RBp1p/6p1/3Q4/1P3b2/P4P1P/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bd8 ]



Howell Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Howell vs John Trevelyan, St. Helier, 2/17/2005
r1b1r3/1p1n1pk1/2pQ2p1/p3Pn2/P6q/6NP/1PP1N1B1/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Howell vs Paal Royset, Copenhagen, 7/25/2006
b2q1b2/4k1pQ/3nP3/1p6/1B1Np3/7P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4+ if Ke8 Qh5+ ]

c)
Howell vs Vladimir Lazarev, France, 11/25/2006
r2q2kr/pb2np2/5p1B/7Q/B1p5/2P5/1P3PPP/1N2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe7 if Qxe7 Qg4+ ]

d)
Howell vs Petar Velikov, France, 2007
1k2b2r/1pr1npp1/4p2p/p3P2P/P1pP4/7R/1qN2PP1/R2Q1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb1 if Qa2 Ra3 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Howell vs Dean Ippolito, Philadelphia, 6/2/2007
r3kb2/p1p4p/2pqB3/5Q2/6R1/P7/KPP5/8 w - - 1 0
Correction by Gideon - Thx !
[ Qf7+ Kd8 Rd4 ]

Howell Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Howell vs Krzysztof Bulski, Yerevan, 10/12/2007
2r2k2/1bqr1p1p/p2p2p1/1p1P2P1/1P1QP1N1/P5N1/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Ke7 Nf5+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Howell vs Tanguy Ringoir, Liverpool, 9/11/2008
1q1rr3/pb2bk2/1pn1p1pp/3n3Q/3PN3/P3B3/1P3PPP/1B1RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ if Bxd6 Qxg6+ or if Kf8 Bxh6+ ]

c)
Howell vs T Vout, Halifax, 11/29/2008
2rr2k1/pb3pp1/4qb1p/3p4/2pP4/4PN2/P1Q2PPP/1BR1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Bf5 ]

d)
Howell vs Ali Bitalzadeh, Wijk aan Zee, 1/31/2009
r1b2r2/p1q1bppk/1pn1p2p/8/2BPN1Q1/2P5/P4PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh6 if gxh6 Nf6+ Bxf6 Bd3+ mates
or if Kxh6 Qh3+ Kg6 g4 mates
]

e)
White mates in 2.
Howell vs Tomasz Warakomski, Germany, 11/13/2010
rnR5/p3p1kp/4p1pn/bpP5/5BP1/5N1P/2P2P2/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Be5+ ]

Howell Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Howell vs Aaron Summerscale, Halifax, 11/20/2010
8/5pk1/4r1p1/3Nb2p/1pq5/5QPP/1P2RPK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 ]

b)
Howell vs Ryan Griffiths, Hastings, 12/28/2011
2kr3r/p2q2b1/1pnpb2p/5p2/2Pn1N2/4B3/PP3PQP/2KR1BNR w - - 1 0
[ Bxd4 if Nxd4 Qa8+ Kc7 Qxa7+ Kc8 Qxb6 or if Bxd4 Nxe6 ]

c)
Howell vs Simon Williams, Bournemouth, 4/22/2012
r7/kp6/2p5/p1n4p/q1B1Q3/1R5P/1PP5/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Qd4 if b6 Ra3 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Howell vs Aljoscha Feuerstack, Germany, 10/20/2012
k2r4/ppRn2p1/6p1/1P3p2/3p1B2/6P1/P4PBP/4n1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxb7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Howell vs Hugh Murphy, England, 3/22/2014
4kbR1/p1r2p2/2p1p3/1q1pP2Q/1nnP1P2/1N1N4/1PP2B2/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 ]


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