Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Constantin Lupulescu.
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)
White mates in 4.
Lupulescu vs Gabor Pinter, Hungary, 1997
Qr6/2kn1p2/4p3/P3P3/2pP2p1/q5Br/1R5P/1R5K w - - 1 0
[ Rb7+ if Rxb7 Rxb7+ ]

b)
Lupulescu vs Bogdan-Gabriel Vioreanu, Litohoto, 1999
rr3bk1/5ppp/2q5/pNPpp3/P2nP3/B2Q4/5PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ exd5 if Qxd5 Nc7 or if Qc8 Nxd4 ]

c)
Lupulescu vs Valentin Raceanu, Romania, 2000
r5rk/1bq2p1p/p3pP2/4p3/1p2P2Q/2N5/PPP4P/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Rd3 if Bxe4 Qxe4 or if bxc3 Rh3 ]

d)
Lupulescu vs Constantin Ionescu, Bucharest, 2002
1rbr2k1/2q2ppp/p4b2/P3pP2/1p1n4/1N1BB3/1PP3PP/R3QR1K w - - 1 0
[ Nxd4 exd4 Bf4 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Lupulescu vs Jan Markos, Peniscola, 2002
5nrk/5p1p/4pP1Q/p3P3/2qN2P1/r7/1pP4R/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]



Lupulescu Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Lupulescu vs Anastacios Mihailidis, Kavala, 8/6/2004
5rk1/2p1R2p/p5p1/8/BrP5/5nP1/P4RKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 if Nd4 Bd5+ mates ]

b)
Lupulescu vs Fabricio Patuzzo, Istanbul, 9/10/2004
4qn2/pkn2r2/1p2p1p1/3p3r/1B1N2RP/P1R3Q1/1PP5/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf8 if e5 Bd6 or if Nb5 Nxb5 Qxb5 Bd6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Lupulescu vs Gennadij Timoscenko, Calvia, 10/28/2004
5rk1/2b2pPp/p7/1p5N/2n4P/4R3/b1B2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ ]

d)
Lupulescu vs Iulia-Ionela Ionica, Bucharest, 12/16/2004
r2r2k1/5ppp/p1bNp3/R2nn1P1/8/B4P2/1PP2K1P/5B1R w - - 1 0
[ c4 ]

e)
Lupulescu vs Borko Lajthajm, Bucharest, 10/19/2006
r3kb1r/pp1npppp/2p2n2/q4b2/2BP4/2N5/PPPBQPPP/R3K1NR w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nb5 if Qb6 or Qa4 Nd6+ Kd8 Nxf7+ ]

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Lupulescu Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Lupulescu vs Danilo Milanovic, Bucharest, 3/18/2007
4qkn1/5r2/2p3RR/p1Pb1Q1P/1p6/5P2/PPP5/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg8+ Kxg8 Qg6+ ]

b)
Lupulescu vs Victor Agafii, Predeal, 8/??/2007
3r4/r4pk1/2bqp1p1/8/p2Pp1P1/P1N1Q2P/1P4R1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ d5 ]

c)
Lupulescu vs Petar Arnaudov, Plovdiv, 4/22/2008
3q2k1/1b3ppp/pp1nr3/2r5/3Q1B2/5P2/P1N3PP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 fxe6 Qxd6 if Qc8 Qxb6 ]

d)
Lupulescu vs Mihai-Lucian Grunberg, Bucharest, 9/16/2008
3r3k/pp3q2/2p4p/7n/2P5/1P3B1b/P2BrQP1/2RR3K w - - 1 0
[ Bc3+ if Kh7 Be4+ or if Ng7 Rxd8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Lupulescu vs Lucian Filip, Eforie Nord, 2/4/2009
7k/2q1b2p/4QrpP/3p4/3P4/6P1/1P3P2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra8+ if Rf8 Qf6+ ]

Lupulescu Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Lupulescu vs Nicolae-Costel Burnoiu, Baile Olanesti, 2/5/2010
2r3k1/1p3p2/7p/1p1n1Np1/8/1P3PP1/P2b1B2/4RK2 w - - 1 0
[ Re5 if Rd8 Rxd5 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Lupulescu vs Valeri Lilov, Albena, 5/28/2010
2r3r1/3k1pPQ/n1pB3p/pq2P3/8/2P3P1/P1P4P/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5+ Kd8 Qf6+ ]

c)
Lupulescu vs Kiril Badev, Albena, 6/2/2010
r1b1k2r/4bppp/p2q1n2/2pp4/3N4/1N6/PPP1QPPP/R1B1R1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Bf4 Qd7 Nxc5 Qa7 Nc6 if Qxc5 b4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Lupulescu vs Dan-Sebastian Horvat, Brasov, 10/12/2011
8/1q1b1k1p/5pp1/2BPp3/pp2P3/3B1P2/6PP/2Q3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Lupulescu vs Tigran Gharamian, Germany, 11/19/2011
rr4k1/2q1ppB1/2Pp1n2/3P1P2/6P1/1pP1Q3/p5B1/K2R3R w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

Lupulescu Puzzles, Part V. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Lupulescu vs Angelos Sandalakis, Skopje, 3/10/2013
1r4rk/1p2bpR1/2pp3P/p3qp2/2P1P3/P1N5/1P3Q2/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg2 if Rxg7 hxg7+ Kg8 Qh3 ]

b)
Lupulescu vs Boris Grachev, Legnica, 5/10/2013
2r3k1/p6p/2P3p1/6q1/1p1Qp3/8/PP6/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qd7 if Qf5 c7 e3+ Qxf5 ]

c)
Lupulescu vs Doru-Alexandru Ionescu, Mamaia, 9/4/2013
3r2k1/1b1rnp1p/pp1pqpp1/1N1R4/2P1P3/1P3P2/P4QPP/R4BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd4 ]


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