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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Darryl Johansen.
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)
Black mates in 2.
William Jordan vs Darryl Johansen, Adelaide, 1980
5r2/1p4pk/p5p1/2b5/6Q1/2Pq4/PP2R2P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Sergey Kudrin vs Darryl Johansen, London, 1982
4rr1k/pp6/1bpp4/3P2pp/5p2/1BP2K2/PP6/R1B2N1R b - - 0 1
[ ...g4+ ]

c)
Darryl Johansen vs William Jordan, Melbourne, 1983
r3r1k1/1b2bNp1/pnq4p/1p1n1B2/2p5/2N1P1B1/P1Q2PPP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5 if Qf6 Bh7+ Kf8 Nxd5 or if Qd6 Bh7+ Kf8 e4 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Darryl Johansen vs Mahmood Lodhi, Salonika, 1984
2bk3r/p1q2p2/1r3N2/1p1PQp2/3P4/PpP2P2/6PP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Richard Britton vs Darryl Johansen, London, 1984
5r1k/5rb1/7p/p1pBp1pP/PpP3q1/1P4P1/Q3nPK1/2BR1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2+ Rxf2 Qxg3+ ]

Darryl Johansen puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Darryl Johansen vs Ralf Lau, Elberfeld, 1986
r5k1/2R2ppp/1p6/8/8/rq3QP1/5PKP/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd3 ]

b)
Tim Reilly vs Darryl Johansen, Adelaide, 1987
r1b1k2r/ppp1qpp1/2np1n1p/4p3/2PP3B/2PBP3/P1Q1NPPP/R3K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...g5 Bg3 e4 ]

c)
Darryl Johansen vs Stewart Booth, Gosford, 1988
1r6/r2q1p1k/n1Rp1bpp/2pPp2n/2P1P3/5NPP/2QB1P1K/1R3B2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxa6 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Darryl Johansen vs Tim Reilly, Melbourne, 1989
3q1kr1/r2n1p2/7R/p1p1pN2/Ppb1P3/2P1Q3/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc5+ if Nxc5 Rxd8# or if Ke8 Ng7+ Rxg7 Rh8+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Darryl Johansen vs Konrad Hornung, Canberra, 1990
5r1k/1p1R1r1p/1q2p2Q/2N5/pP6/P5RP/n4PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg7 ]

Darryl Johansen puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
John Hanks vs Darryl Johansen, Adelaide, 1991
6k1/p4pp1/1b2p2p/1B1pP3/1N3PK1/1P1n2P1/R6r/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5+ ]

b)
Darryl Johansen vs Roberto Rodriguez, Jakarta, 1993
2b1r1k1/4qpbp/p2p2p1/3P4/2N1n3/Q1B3P1/P4PBP/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7 Kxg7 Bxe4 Qxe4 Qb2+ Kg8 Nxd6 ]

c)
Darryl Johansen vs Guy West, Canberra, 1994
3r1rk1/p4p1p/1q2nPpQ/2p1PpP1/2p5/8/PP2NRbP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf4 ]

d)
Darryl Johansen vs Gregory Canfell, Melbourne, 1994
6r1/1R1n1r1k/3p1q1p/3P1p2/3ppQ1P/1R4PB/P4P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Qxf5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Darryl Johansen vs Andrew Allen, Sydney, 1995
r5r1/6qk/2pp2pp/1p1nP2Q/1PnP4/P1BB1P2/5K2/6RR w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6 ]

'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Darryl Johansen puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Freeman vs Darryl Johansen, Melbourne, 1996
rn2r1k1/p2p4/1p1n4/2pP1ppp/Q1P2P1q/4PKNP/PB4P1/4R2R b - - 0 1
[ ...g4+ hxg4 fxg4+ Kf2 Ne4+ ]

b)
Darryl Johansen vs Gerard Den Hollander, Haarlem, 1997
1rbr2k1/pp2nppp/7P/8/2Pq4/6P1/PQ3PB1/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rbd1 ]

c)
Darryl Johansen vs Ian Rout, Geelong, 1998
r1bqk2r/ppp2ppp/2np1n2/2bNp3/Q1P5/4PN2/PP1P1PPP/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ d4 if exd4 exd4 Bb6 Nxb6 cxb6 d5 ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Mikhail Gluzman vs Darryl Johansen, Canberra, 1998
r1b2rk1/1pqn1ppp/p2bp3/6B1/3N2n1/2P2N1P/PP3PP1/R2QRBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh2+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Darryl Johansen vs Richard Valenti, Melbourne, 2001
2rqr1k1/5pn1/p1b1pPp1/1pPp2Q1/1P1N1Pp1/P6R/6BP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

Darryl Johansen puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Darryl Johansen vs Justin Tan, Canberra, 2003
5rk1/5pp1/1p2pbp1/8/2rq1B2/6P1/PP2QP1P/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rad1 Qc5 Bd6 ]

b)
Darryl Johansen vs Ronald Yu, Adelaide, 2004
8/5kpp/2N5/pPp2P2/r7/P3P3/5P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ b6 Rxa3 b7 Rb3 b8/Q ]

c)
David Hacche vs Darryl Johansen, Elwood, 2005
3r2k1/p6p/1p5b/1P2Q3/2P1Ppp1/6P1/5P1P/3r1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f3 if Qc3 Rb1 c5 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Rd1+ Qe1 Rxe1+ Kxe1 bxc5 ]

d)
Darryl Johansen vs Gregory Canfell, Brisbane, 2006
2r3k1/1p2qrb1/n2p1n1p/p2pp3/2P1Pp1N/P1N4P/1PQB1P2/2K3RR w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 Qd7 Nxh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Darryl Johansen vs M Vlietstra, Canberra, 2007
5k2/ppp4r/2qpR3/8/5PP1/1QB3P1/PP6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf6+ if Ke7 Qe6+ ]

Darryl Johansen puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Darryl Johansen vs Junta Ikeda, Parramatta, 2008
2r3k1/2P2p1p/p2q4/2pn1P2/8/6P1/P2Q3P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kf8 f6 Qxf6 Qxf6 Nxf6 Rd8+ ]

b)
Darryl Johansen vs Anya Corke, Queenstown, 2009
5q1k/pp4pp/3p4/1N2n3/2P5/1P3rPb/PB2Q2P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ba3 Rf6 Bxd6 Rxd6 Nxd6 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Darryl Johansen vs Tomek Rej, Canberra, 2009
1r6/3bqk2/3p1r1Q/2pPpP1p/pp1nP3/3P3B/PP3R1K/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh5+ ]

d)
Darryl Johansen vs Zachary Loh, Cammeray, 2013
5k2/4Rr2/3p3p/2PBnpp1/8/6P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Nxf7 c6 Ke7 Bxf7 ]

e)
Black mates in 3
Eddy Levi vs Darryl Johansen, Melbourne, 2016
6k1/5ppp/pb4n1/1p6/1B2b3/P4qPB/1PP4K/1N2Q3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf2 if Bd6 Bxe1 ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Darryl Johansen vs Kevin O`Chee, Sydney, 2019
r3r1k1/4q1b1/2p1bp1Q/pp3P2/3P2R1/1BP3P1/P4P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]


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