## King-pawn Opening Series

### Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maxim Rodshtein. White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Rodshtein vs N Djuric, Litohoto, 1999
r2q2k1/r1pnn1bp/1p1p2p1/1P1Pp3/PNB1Pp2/2B2P2/R1Q3PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6 if Nxc6 dxc6+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Teddy Coleman vs Rodshtein, Halkidiki, 2003
2rr1qk1/p4p1p/1p2b1p1/3n2Q1/3P1P1P/6P1/PB2R1B1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ f6 Bxd5 Rxd5 (if fxg5 Bxe6+ and White wins) ]

c)
Rodshtein vs Martin Becker, Vlissingen, 2005
r2q1rk1/3bbppp/p1p5/1p2P3/2p5/2N3P1/PP2QPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ e6 if fxe6 Bxc6 Ra7 Bxd7 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Bram Van Den Berg vs Rodshtein, Vlissingen, 2005
r3kbnr/p2b1ppp/1p2p3/4P3/2BP4/PR3N2/5PPP/2B1K2R b Kkq - 0 1
[ Rc8 if Nd2 b5 ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Rodshtein vs Prasad Arun, Batumi, 2006
3RQn2/2r1q1k1/4Bppp/3p3P/3p4/4P1P1/5PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6+ if Nxg6 Rg8+ ]

Maxim Rodshtein Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxim Rodshtein vs Boris Avrukh, Natanya, 2009
r1b1k3/4q2p/p1pbpp1B/3p1p2/2PP2rN/6P1/PP2QP1P/R3R1K1 w q - 0 1
[ c5 if Bc7 Nxf5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Maxim Rodshtein vs Michal Krasenkow, Hoogeveen, 2013
2Q5/6bk/p6p/2pB4/2Pp4/3b2PP/q2B1P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg8+ ]

c)
Peter Hopman vs Maxim Rodshtein, Hoogeveen, 2013
2r1b1k1/6b1/5pP1/3PpP2/4P3/3BK2R/1p2N3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb5 if Bb1 Rc1 Kd2 Bxe2 ]

d)
Maxim Rodshtein vs Rui Gao, Helsingor, 2014
r2q1rk1/pp2ppb1/2p3p1/7P/3P4/7Q/PPn1NP1P/R1B2KR1 w - - 1 0
[ hxg6 fxg6 Qb3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Boris Savchenko vs Maxim Rodshtein, St. Petersburg, 2014
3rk2r/1p3pp1/pB3np1/4p3/4n2P/1NP3Pq/PP2BP2/R1Q2RK1 b k - 0 1
[ ...Nxg3 if f4 Qh1+ Kf2 Qh2+ or if Bf3 Rxh4 ]

Maxim Rodshtein Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxim Rodshtein vs Marcin Tazbir, Germany, 2016
3r3r/6k1/p2bRnpp/2Q2p2/PpB3q1/6P1/1P3P1P/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ if Kf8 Rf7+ Ke8 Qc6+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Maxim Rodshtein vs Petar Arnaudov, Katowice, 2017
r5nk/2pq1r2/p6P/1p1PpbQ1/2P1N2R/8/PP6/K5R1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qg7+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Maxim Rodshtein vs Mikolaj Tomczak, Katowice, 2017
3qrk2/3rbp1p/p2p1n2/1p1P2Q1/3B4/P2B4/1PP3PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxh7 ]

d)
Maxim Rodshtein vs Bassem Amin, Brest, 2019
5r1k/p3R2p/5p2/3npB2/8/1P4P1/3r3P/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxh7+ Kg8 2.Rd7 Kh8 3.Be6 ]

e)
Maxim Rodshtein vs Pavel Eljanov, Nethanya, 2019
4r1k1/5pp1/q6p/3p1N2/1p4P1/1P1nbPBP/2R1Q1K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ra2 Qb5 2.Nd6 ]

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