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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Julio Kaplan.
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)
Julio Kaplan vs J F Olivera, Habana, 1966
r4rk1/ppqnbppp/2p5/2P1p1N1/2Q1N3/4P3/PP3PPP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Ne6 if fxe6 Qxe6+ Rf7 Rxd7 Qc8 Nd6 ]

b)
Julio Kaplan vs Stefano Tatai, Malaga, 1968
r3k2r/5p1p/6p1/p3b3/P7/3B4/1P4KP/2R2R2 w kq - 1 0
[ Rce1 if f6 Rxf6 Ke7 Rb6 ]

c)
Julio Kaplan vs Borivoje Vujacic, Stockholm, 1969
1q5r/pp2pk1p/4p1p1/3nQ1B1/8/1P3P2/PP4PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 if exd5 Qxe7+ mates ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Julio Kaplan vs D Calderon, Skopje, 1972
2rq1rk1/1b2bp1p/p1n1p1p1/1p1pP2N/1P6/P2B1NB1/1nPQ1PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 if Bf6 Nxf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Julio Kaplan vs Craig Pritchett, Skopje, 1972
2r5/1b4pk/1p5p/p7/2Q4P/1P5q/P1P5/1K2R1R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Re7+ or if Kh8 Rh7+ Kxh7 Re7+ ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Julio Kaplan vs Shimon Kagan, Sao Paulo, 1973
1n1r4/p2k4/3B4/1qP5/4Q2p/8/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxa7+ if Qb7 Qe7+ ]

g)
White mates in 4.
Julio Kaplan vs Vladimir Liberzon, Lone Pine, 1980
3r1k2/pbR3bQ/1p1r1q2/n5N1/1B1p4/8/P4PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ if Qxe6 Qxg7+ ]


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