"Tactics in the Queen's Gambit" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maria Velcheva.
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 3.
Maria Velcheva vs Louisa Orton, Duisburg, 1992
r7/p5Q1/bqp1kNp1/5p2/1P6/2p1P3/P5P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6+ Kxd6 Qd7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Maria Velcheva vs Rumiana Gocheva, Pernik, 1992
1rk5/p2R3p/2p1Kp2/2b1p3/2N1P3/P1R3P1/5r1P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Bxd6 Rxc6+ ]

c)
Elka Marinova vs Maria Velcheva, Bankja, 1992
r2q1rk1/p3p2p/2pp1ppQ/4n2P/4P3/1PN2P2/1PP3P1/R3K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...g5 Ra6 Nf7 ]

d)
Maria Velcheva vs A Vujashi, Europe, 1993
r3k2r/pppq1p1p/2bp4/1B1QbP2/8/8/PPP3PP/R1B1R1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Rxe5+ dxe5 Qxe5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Maria Velcheva vs Andrew Whiteley, Cappelle la Grande, 1994
2rnq2r/pp2Qb1k/4N2P/3pB1P1/3P2p1/P7/8/1R3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ g6+ Kg8 Qxe8+ ]

Maria Velcheva puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tsagaan Battsetseg vs Maria Velcheva Maria, Halle, 1995
3r1rk1/pp2n1bp/1q4p1/2p1p1B1/2Pn4/P4BP1/1P2P2P/1RQN1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Maria Velcheva vs Gordana Sulc, Pula, 1998
1rq1r1k1/1p6/p5pP/8/P1PB1Q2/1P6/7P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ h7+ Kxh7 Qh4+ Kg8 Qh8+ ]

c)
Tatjana Plachkinova vs Maria Velcheva, Pamporovo, 2001
rr4k1/4nppp/4p3/2P5/3P1N2/1qQ1PP2/p5PP/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc3 Rxc3 Rb1+ Rc1 Rxc1+ ]

d)
Mariska De Mie vs Maria Velcheva, Wijk aan Zee, 2001
4r1k1/p5p1/2p2p2/3n3p/2RP4/4N3/P4PPP/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Maria Velcheva vs Zehra Topel, Sofia, 2003
4r3/p3p1kp/1n4p1/2b2pN1/2B2B2/1P6/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be5+ Kh6 Nf7+ ]

Maria Velcheva puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Maria Velcheva vs Milena Stefanova, V.Tarnovo, 2005
2kn1b1r/pp3Rp1/8/2p2N1p/2P1Q3/7P/Pq4P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd8+ Kxd8 Qd5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Pavlina Chilingirova vs Maria Velcheva, V.Tarnovo, 2005
q5k1/5ppp/1p6/p1NbP3/6P1/6BP/6r1/1Q2RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc4+ if Nd3 Qf3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Svetla Jordanova vs Maria Velcheva, V.Tarnovo, 2005
2r3k1/1b2b1pp/p3pn2/1p3p2/5q2/P1N3PP/1PB1R2K/1QR5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ hxg4 Qh6+ Kg1 Bc5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Gulmira Dauletova vs Maria Velcheva, Turin, 2006
2R1R3/p2r3p/3kp3/p5K1/3p4/1P1P4/2P4r/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg7+ if Kf4 Rf2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Betul Yildiz vs Maria Velcheva, Plovdiv, 2008
5r1k/p5p1/Q5np/3pPp2/4q3/1B6/PP1R1PPP/3K3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ Ke2 Nf4+ Kf3 Qe4+ Kg3 Nh5+ ]

f)
White mates in 2.
Maria Velcheva vs Danai Agnanti, Porto Rio, 2014
r1r2b1k/1b3Pn1/8/1p1pP2p/1P1B4/2PB3R/4N2P/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ e6 ]


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