Puzzles from my Games

GM JMB2010
Aug 18, 2015, 1:29 PM |


 I've been really busy playing recently, so I haven't had time to post, but hopefully you enjoy these puzzles. The last one is a real headache, so be ready! 








#1 - Here I am white and am clearly fighting for a draw. For the moment, though, it appears I have everything covered. If black ever plays Rh1, I can play Rf1 and defend everything. The only problem is that I don't have any useful moves! So I played a waiting move, Bc5, which turns out to be a huge mistake. Can you find why?

Now because I put my bishop on c5, I cannot take on a5 because my bishop would simply be hanging! Next black will play a4 and the position will be hugely uncomfortable for me, because if black ever somehow wins the a2 pawn I always have to worry about him queening his a-pawn.


#2 - Here I am white and am up a pawn, but black has a lot of compensation. What move did black play that believe it or not, practically wins?



#3 - The next 3 puzzles all come from the same game where I am white. If you can solve them all (especially the last) then you are grandmaster strength! In this first one, black can win instantly. How?
#4 - Instead my opponent played Qe6, which would be good if not for a neat tactical point.
#5 - However, it turns out that after Rd6 black could have saved the game! This is simply one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life in chess.