King-pawn Opening Series

Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Loek Van Wely.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)
Loek Van Wely vs Fitzgerald Krudde, Dieren, 1988
6k1/p6p/3r1qpP/4Qn2/8/3p4/5PP1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb8+ if Qd8 Qxd6 ]

b)
Loek Van Wely vs John Van Der Wiel, Rotterdam, 1990
5rk1/1bQn1ppp/p4b2/1p1q4/3p4/1P3N2/PBN2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb4 ]

c)
1r3rk1/1p3ppp/pqbNpn2/2n5/3Q4/P1N3P1/1P2PPBP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 if Qa7 Bxc6 bxc6 b4 ]

d)
Loek Van Wely vs Lucas Brunner. Biel, 1993
3q2k1/1p4pp/8/6P1/8/1P2Q3/b5BP/3rR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5+ if Rxd5 Qe6+ mates ]

e)
Loek Van Wely vs Jan Timman, Almelo, 2004
1n6/5p2/1N3k2/Bn2p1pp/4P3/3r1P2/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5+ if Ke6 Rb1 ]

1c)
Loek Van Wely vs Vladimir Gurevich

Loek Van Wely Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Loek Van Wely vs Jeroen Bosch, Netherlands, 2006
4k3/1R2b2p/4n1p1/4Pp2/1p3P1P/r4NP1/3B4/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ if Kxe7 Bxb4+ ]

b)
Loek Van Wely vs Peter Svidler, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
r4rk1/4pp1p/pq4pQ/1pR5/3nPNb1/3B4/P4PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg5 if Bd7 Rh5 or if Bf3 Rg3 ]

c)
Loek Van Wely vs Deepak Aaron, Philadelphia, 2011
5r1k/1p2n1qp/4P3/p2n4/Pp4pB/1B2Q3/1P4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Qxf8 Bxd5 if Nxd5 Qe5+ ]

d)
Loek Van Wely vs Gata Kamsky, Philadelphia, 2011
2n1r1k1/rQ1b3p/p3p1p1/q2pPp2/P4P2/4P1P1/1R2N2P/2R2BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb8 if Qxa4 Rxc8 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Joshua Friedel vs Loek Van Wely, Berkeley, 2011
6k1/8/4p2b/4Pp1Q/2q5/P2n3P/7P/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ if Kg2 Qc2+ or if Kf1 Nf4+ ]

2c)
Loek Van Wely vs Deepak Aaron

Loek Van Wely Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Chiang vs Loek Van Wely, Orlando, 2011
3b2k1/1b3pp1/3p4/1p1Np3/4P3/PP3nPp/1Br1RP1P/5B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Bc3 Rc1 or if f3 Rxb2 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Michael Fung vs Loek Van Wely, Spijkenisse, 2011
3r2k1/pp3p1p/4p1p1/q1P2n2/4QP2/1B6/P1P2RPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Rf1 Qxc5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Loek Van Wely vs Daniel Fridman, Wolvega, 2012
8/6k1/p5p1/1b1PP1N1/1K3Q2/7q/P7/7q w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ if Kh6 Nf7+ or if Kg8 Qf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Loek Van Wely vs Pablo Almagro Llanas, Linares, 2013
2r2r2/pp3k2/4bB1p/4Q1pP/4p3/8/qP3PP1/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd7+ if Kg8 Rg7+ Kh8 Rxg5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Loek Van Wely vs Kirill Stupak, Riga, 2014
4k3/1pr2pp1/1q4rp/2pRP3/PpP4P/1P4P1/3R3K/3Q4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Ke7 R2d7+ ]

3e)
mate in 4
Loek Van Wely vs Kirill Stupak

Loek Van Wely Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Loek Van Wely vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Dubai, 2014
5rk1/Q3Rp1p/1p3qp1/3B4/8/3R2P1/Pbr2P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf3 if Qd4 Rexf7 mates ]

b)
Kevin Terrieux vs Loek Van Wely, Saint-Quentin, 2014
2q3k1/pp1brpb1/3p2p1/2rn3p/P1p1BP2/2N2QPP/1P1B2K1/R2N3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 Nxc3 Bxc3 if Bxc3 Rxe4 Qxe4 Bc6 ]

c)
Loek Van Wely vs Erwin L'Ami, Amsterdam, 2014
r1bq1rk1/b1pp2pp/p1n5/1p1Np1B1/2Q5/5NP1/PPP2nBP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Kh8 Ng6+ hxg6 Qh4+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Florian Hahn vs Loek Van Wely, London, 2014
2r1k2r/1b3ppp/pq2p3/1p6/6n1/1N4PP/PP3bB1/RQB2R1K b k - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ ]

e)
Milos Pavlovic vs Loek Van Wely, Zurich, 2017
4bk2/5ppp/2Nb4/1p6/r5P1/2nNPB1P/5P2/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxc6 2.Bxc6 Ne2+ ]

4c)
Loek Van Wely vs Erwin L'Ami

Loek Van Wely Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Loek Van Wely vs Bilel Bellahcene, Chartres, 2017
r3r1k1/p4pp1/2q4p/1pbRPQ2/2p5/2N3P1/PP3PP1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.e6 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Tycho Dijkhuis vs Loek Van Wely, Netherlands, 2017
4qk1r/p4pp1/6b1/2pN4/2P3P1/8/PP3P1b/R1BQ3K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Be4+ 2.f3 Bxf3+ 3.Qxf3 Qe1+ ]

c)
Loek Van Wely vs Claude Adrian, Sanem, 2017
3r1rk1/pp4pp/1b5q/5pN1/1P5P/P2P2P1/6K1/R2Q1R2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qb3+ Kh8 2.Nf7+ ]

d)
Christian Haenssel vs Loek Van Wely, Sanem, 2017
r4rk1/pp1q1nb1/2p3p1/5b1p/2PPpNnP/1PN1B1P1/P2Q2B1/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxe3 if 2.Qxe3 Bxd4 ]

e)
Loek Van Wely vs Yi Xu, Ho Chi Minh City, 2019
6k1/p1R3p1/2n1r1rp/3N4/P1p4P/4R2K/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe6 Rxe6 2.Rxc6 Rxc6 3.Ne7+ ]

f)
Alexander Donchenko vs Loek Van Wely, Porticchju, 2019
5r1k/1b2rpbp/2pN2p1/pp2P3/8/1P4P1/q1P3BP/1R1QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nxb7 if 1...Rxb7 2.Qc1 a4 3.Ra1 ]

5b)
mate in 4
Tycho Dijkhuis vs Loek Van Wely

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