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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Robert Hess.
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)
Robert Hess vs Junta Ikeda, Halkidiki, 2003
r1bqkb1r/pppp3p/2nn2p1/1N2pp2/8/1B3Q2/PPPP1PPP/R1B1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qd5 if Qe7 Nxc7+ ]

b)
Robert Hess vs Noah Belcher, Kerhonkson, 2003
1r2kb1r/1pqb1ppp/p3p3/2p1Pn2/2P5/N2B2Q1/PP1B1PPP/R4RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Bxf5 exf5 e6 if Qxg3 exd7+ ]

c)
Robert Hess vs Nelson Castaneda, Stratton, 2004
5kn1/pp6/4b1p1/3p1q2/5Q2/1B6/PPP1N3/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 if Qxf4 Nxe6+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Robert Hess vs Effim Treger, New York, 2007
1R4nr/p1k1ppb1/2p4p/4Pp2/3N1P1B/8/q1P3PP/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ if Kxb8 Qd8+ Kb7 Nc5# ]

1d)
mate in 3
Robert Hess vs Effim Treger

Robert Hess Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first..
a)
Robert Hess vs Niclas Huschenbeth, Belfort, 2005
3qkb1r/Q2b1p2/p2pp2p/1p1Np3/2r5/5N2/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 w k - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if dxe5 Nf6+ or if exd5 Nc6+ Be6 Nxd8 ]

b)
Luis Vera vs Robert Hess, Villa Giardino, 2002
3rr1k1/1ppq1pp1/p1nb1n1p/4pP2/8/P1PB1N2/1PQ2PPP/2BRR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 if Bxe4 Nxe4 Rxe4 Rxe4 Qxe4 Bxh2+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Benjamin Coraretti vs Robert Hess, Dallas, 2006
5r1k/1b2qppp/pP6/6PN/3p2P1/2pP3P/2P5/2QK1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 if Ng3 Bf3+ ]

d)
Adam Maltese vs Robert Hess, New York, 2005
r4rk1/pp4bp/3pp1p1/2p1n1q1/4Pn2/2P2P2/PPQN2PP/R1B1RB1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ned3 if Re3 Nf2+ Kg1 N4h3# ]

2b)
Luis Vera vs Robert Hess


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