Characteristic Puzzles in the Openings

Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Robert Wade.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)
Lodewijk Prins vs Robert Wade, Trencianske Teplice, 1949
r4rk1/1Q3ppp/p3b1n1/q5b1/3P4/1BN1B3/PP4PP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe3+ Rxe3 Rab8 Qc6 Bxb3 ]

b)
C Walsh vs Robert Wade, Dublin, 1951
r2r2k1/pbp1bppp/1pn1p3/8/3P1B2/P1Q2BN1/qPP2PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4 if Bxb7 Ne2+ mates or if Rxd4 Rxd4 Qxd4 Bxf3 gxf3 Rd8 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Robert Wade vs Alexander Tolush, Hastings, 1953
b4r1k/5pRp/1p2pP2/3qP3/1P6/3r4/4Q1PP/3R1K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

d)
Robert Wade vs George Philippe, Amsterdam, 1954
r1bqr1k1/5ppp/p3pb2/1p6/1npPP3/2N2N2/PP2QPPP/RB3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if Bg5 Qe4 ]

e)
Robert Wade vs Jiri Fichtl, Marianske Lazne, 1956
r6r/p1qb1kpp/2p2p2/2B2p2/2P5/Q7/PP3P1P/3R1KR1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg3 if Qxg3 Rxd7+ ]

1e)
Robert Wade vs Jiri Fichtl

Robert Wade Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Wade vs Josef Lokvenc, Munich, 1958
8/1r2rkp1/2R1p2p/2Rn4/2B1p3/1P4P1/5PKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if exd5 Bxd5+ Ke8 Rc8+ Kd7 Bxb7 ]

b)
Robert Wade vs Pal Benko, Buenos Aires, 1960
r4r1k/pp1b2bp/q2p4/3P4/4pN1B/5P2/PP1Q3P/R3K1R1 w Q - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Nh5+ Kf7 Qf4+ mates or if e3 Qd4 Rxf4 Rg6+ mates ]

c)
Robert Wade vs Paul De Rooi, Amsterdam, 1961
2r5/3Rr2k/1p3b1p/p4pp1/5P2/1RN4P/P5PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

d)
Willem Wolthuis vs Robert Wade, Amsterdam, 1961
5rk1/1q3pp1/2Q2n1p/8/8/P4P2/1r3P1P/1BR2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb1 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Frank Parr vs Robert Wade, Whitby, 1962
r7/2p2p2/3p3k/pR1P1Kb1/3P2pr/B1PB1b2/P4P2/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...g3 Bxd6 cxd6 fxg3 Bg4+ ]

2a)
Robert Wade vs Josef Lokvenc

Robert Wade Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Robert Wade vs MR Myant, Bognor Regis, 1965
5r2/pp2R3/1q1p3Q/2pP1b2/2Pkrp2/3B4/PPK2PP1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4+ Bxe4 Qg7+ ]

b)
Robert Wade vs Enver Bukic, Skopje, 1968
7R/1b1rr1k1/p7/1p4P1/8/4p1K1/PP2B2R/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Rxd3 R2h7+ or if Be4 Bxe4 Rxe4 R2h7+ Kg6 Rxd7 e2 Rg8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Juan Fernandez vs Robert Wade, Cienfuegos, 1975
8/3P1pk1/8/1p5p/1N4p1/2P5/3qb1PP/2R1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf3 if gxf3 gxf3 ]

d)
Robert Wade vs Waldo Serrano, Cienfuegos, 1975
2rr2k1/1pq1ppb1/p4np1/P1pP2Np/2Q4P/2P2N2/1P3PP1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Re8 d6 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Hermann Heslenfeld vs Robert Wade, Bad Woerishofen, 1991
r4rk1/4bp2/1Bppq1p1/4p1n1/2P1Pn2/3P2N1/P2Q1PBK/1R5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ if Bxh3 Nf3# ]

3a)
mate in 3
Robert Wade vs MR Myant

Robert Wade Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Wade vs Mark Miller, Bad Woerishofen, 1992
4rrk1/pb2q1p1/1p2p2p/2ppN3/3PnP1Q/2PBP3/PP5P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7 Rxe7 Ng6 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Robert Wade vs Arpi Shah, Hampstead, 1998
3r1k2/r1q2p1Q/pp2B3/4P3/1P1p4/2N5/P1P3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Ke7 Rxf7+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Robert Wade vs Colin Horton, Gibraltar, 2007
8/1R3p2/3rk2p/p2p2p1/P2P2P1/3B1PN1/5K1P/r7 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5+ Kf6 Nh5# ]

4b)
mate in 3
Robert Wade vs Arpi Shah

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