'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Joshua Waitzkin.
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)
Joshua Waitzkin vs M Berman, USA, 1990
r1b2rk1/pp1nn1pp/1q2p3/3pP3/1b1P4/5NPB/PP4KP/R1BQ2NR w - - 0 1
[ a3 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Joshua Waitzkin vs Luis Hoyos-Millan, New York, 1992
6k1/5p2/p3bRpQ/4q3/2r3P1/6NP/P1p2R1K/1r6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ ]

c)
Joshua Waitzkin vs Stanislav Garber, New York, 1992
2q3k1/1r4b1/7Q/3P3R/6r1/8/6RK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Qf5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 8.
Roman Krant vs Joshua Waitzkin, New York, 1992
7k/1N1P3p/8/p1p5/P1Pb1P2/8/1pK1p3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...b1/Q+ Kxb1 e1/Q+ Kc2 Qe2+ Kc1 Be3+ Kb1 Qd1+ ]

e)
Black mates in 8.
Erez Klein vs Joshua Waitzkin, New York, 1993
1r4k1/6pp/B3p3/3nP3/3n4/b1p5/P5PP/K2Q1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb2+ Kb1 c2+ Qxc2 Ba3+ if Qb3 Rxb3+ axb3 Nc3+ ]

1e)
mate in 8
Erez Klein vs Joshua Waitzkin

Joshua Waitzkin Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Josh Manion vs Joshua Waitzkin, New York, 1993
5r1k/1b2q1pp/3bp3/8/3BB3/PP6/4Q1PP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 g4 Bxe4 if Qxe4 Qxh2# ]

b)
Roman Krant vs Joshua Waitzkin, New York, 1993
8/2p3k1/3p2p1/3P1n1p/5P1P/4qBP1/Q5K1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1 if Qf2 Ne3+ ]

c)
Joshua Waitzkin vs Jonathan Levitt, New York, 1994
5k2/ppN3p1/2r3pn/5p2/2n3P1/1B3P1P/P7/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ if Kf7 Nd8+ or if Kg8 Nd4 Rc8 Rc1 b5 Nxb5 ]

d)
Joshua Waitzkin vs Walter Browne, Modesto, 1995
5nk1/p4r2/1p2p3/3p1Prp/3P2p1/3B3P/PP3RP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ h4 Rgg7 f6 ]

e)
Joshua Waitzkin vs Laszlo Vadasz, Budapest, 1997
k1r5/pb1r1pp1/1pqbpn1p/1N6/1PP5/P1BB2P1/4QP1P/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 gxf6 Be4 ]

2e)
Joshua Waitzkin vs Laszlo Vadasz

Joshua Waitzkin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Yochanan Afek vs Joshua Waitzkin, Budapest, 1997
2N4k/p6p/2p1p3/P1b5/8/1BP4P/1P1q1nP1/5QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4 Qxf2 Bxf2+ Kf1 Qd2 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Jennifer Shahade vs Joshua Waitzkin, Chicago, 1997
r4r1k/5p2/3P4/4pP1N/b5P1/b1p2B2/p1P1R2P/K2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb2+ Kxa2 Bxc2+ ]

c)
Joshua Waitzkin vs Jacques Elbilia, Bermuda, 1999
r5k1/1r3p2/4p2B/p1pn3n/8/6P1/PP3PB1/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 exd5 Bxd5 Rba7 Bxa8 Rxa8 Rxc5 ]

3b)
mate in 3
Jennifer Shahade vs Joshua Waitzkin

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