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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Paul van der Sterren.
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.
Paul van der Sterren vs K Greben, Netherlands, 1974
r3Q2r/3p1Pk1/p1bq1p2/7p/Pp6/1P1B3P/1P4P1/4RR1K w - - 1 0
[ f8/Q+ Rxf8 Qg6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4.
van der Sterren vs Carsten Hoi, Tjentiste, 1975
2k3rr/p4q1p/N2B4/p3PpQ1/3P2n1/8/2P2PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 Qc7 Qxf5+ Kd8 Rb8+ Qxb8 Qd7# ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Paul van der Sterren vs Oyens De Mares, Netherlands, 1976
r6k/p5R1/4pB1p/P2p3b/1P1P3N/8/4qPPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ ]

d)
Paul van Der Sterren vs Fred Van der Vliet, Leeuwarden, 1977
8/2r3bk/p2Rrpqp/1pB1p3/1P2NnP1/P6P/5R1K/4Q3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf4 Rxd6 Bxd6 Rc4 Rf5 ]

e)
van der Sterren vs Leonard Hofland, Leeuwarden, 1977
3q3k/pp2p1bp/2n1B1p1/3pP3/3P4/nP5R/P4QPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7 if Qf8 Qxg6 h6 Rf3 ]

Paul van der Sterren puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Paul van der Sterren vs Kevin Wicker, London, 1980
r2b2k1/p1pq2pp/1pn1p3/4Pr2/1P1P4/3Q1N2/P2B2PP/R1R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe4 if Rxf3 Qxf3 Nxd4 Qxa8 Ne2+ Kf2 Nxc1 Bxc1 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Paul van der Sterren vs Nigel Short, Amsterdam, 1983
2rq3k/R3R2p/1n1P1p1r/2pBQ1p1/6P1/7P/1P3P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6+ ]

c)
Paul van der Sterren vs Johannes Van Mil, Copenhagen, 1984
1r2k3/p3p2Q/b3p1p1/2pPq3/4P3/7R/B5PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ if Qxh8 Rxh8+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Paul van der Sterren vs Brian Hartman, Salonika, 1984
rb5k/p2R1pq1/P6p/5Qp1/4B3/4P1P1/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ ]

e)
Paul van der Sterren vs Dirk De Beer, Hilversum, 1984
3r2k1/p1R1p2p/1p3rp1/3q1n2/8/1Q3R2/PP3BPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd3 ]

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