King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Awonder Liang.
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)
Awonder Liang vs Sanjay Ghatti, Philadelphia, 2012
5rk1/pp2qpp1/1nr4p/3pPR2/3P1QNP/1P4P1/P7/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 exf6 or if Kh8 Rh5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Awonder Liang vs Lawrence Kaufman, Rockville, 2012
2r2k2/r2q3p/4QPp1/p1pp2N1/2p5/P7/1P2RPPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh7+ Qxh7 Qxc8+ Kf7 Qe6+ ]

c)
Awonder Liang vs Jay Bonin, Mashantucket, 2014
4rR2/p5kp/1pprq1p1/2p5/2P1p3/3P3P/P1P2QP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Awonder Liang vs Luka Budisavljevic, Porto Carras, 2015
r3r1k1/q6N/p2p1p1Q/1p2pR2/4P3/P2B4/1PP3PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ Kf7 Nd5+ Kg8 Rg5+ ]

e)
Awonder Liang vs Valentin Iotov, Dallas, 2015
8/pp2kp2/2PR2p1/nP3p1p/5P2/P1r3PP/6B1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd7+ if Ke8 Rxb7 ]

Awonder Liang puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Awonder Liang vs Janus Christensen, Reykjavik, 2016
r1b5/1p4p1/2pp2Q1/p1b2P1p/2PN1Rpk/1P2P3/Pq5P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf3+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Awonder Liang vs Laurens Schilstra, Vlissingen, 2016
r1b3kr/5p1p/p1p1pqpB/7B/8/6Q1/PPP3PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 if Qxe5 Rd8# ]

c)
Awonder Liang vs Warre De Waele, Bruges, 2016
r2r1nk1/pp3p1p/1qp1n1pP/3pPNb1/1P6/P2P3B/1BP1QP2/R3K1R1 w Q - 1 0
[ Rxg5 if Nxg5 Ne7+ mates ]

d)
Awonder Liang vs Illya Nyzhnyk, Greensboro, 2016
r3r1kb/4p3/1pp1bppB/2p5/p1PqN1P1/P2P1Q2/1P3P2/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Be3 Qe5 Bf4 Qd4 Rxh8+ if Kf7 Rh7+ or if Kxh8 Qh3+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Awonder Liang vs Erik Santarius, Sitges, 2016
6r1/p2b1p1q/1p1r1Q1P/3pp2k/1P3B2/P7/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5+ ]

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Awonder Liang puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Awonder Liang vs Frode Lillevold, Fagernes, 2017
r4k2/1p3r1p/2p2PR1/2p5/p3N3/3P1q2/1PP4Q/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Qd6+ Ke8 Rg8+ ]

b)
Awonder Liang vs Cosmin Parligras, Rome, 2017
rn3rk1/ppq2ppp/2p5/5b2/2B1nN2/8/PPP1QPPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ g4 ]

c)
Awonder Liang vs Gupta Sankalp, Stockholm, 2017
4q3/p1rnP2k/3RQ1pp/5p2/2P5/8/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg6+ Qxg6 Rxg6 ]

d)
Awonder Liang vs Johannes Haug, Stockholm, 2017
5r2/p4pk1/1p2bp1p/2p4Q/2PrB3/1P2R1PP/q4P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bb1 Qd2 Rxe6 if fxe6 Qg6+ mates ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Edwyn Mesman vs Awonder Liang, Reykjavik, 2017
1rr3k1/p4pbp/3pb1p1/q7/2pBP3/5P2/P2R2PP/K2Q1BNR b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd4+ Rb2 Rxb2 Bxc4 Rb3+ ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Awonder Liang vs Sean Nagle, Internet, 2018
r2k3r/1R3Q2/1n1qB2p/p6P/1p1P4/8/1PP3P1/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ Ke8 Bf7+ ]


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