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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vladimir Akopian.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Vladimir Akopian vs Pavel Blatny, Adelaide, 1988
8/4rk1p/1R2n1p1/1B2np2/5N2/2P5/1P3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Ra7 Be8+ ]

b)
Vladimir Akopian vs Deen Hergott, Belgrade, 1988
8/5p2/4n3/pk5P/8/5P2/2N2K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4+ Nxd4 h6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Vladimir Akopian vs Yury Piskov, Uzhgorod, 1988
6rk/1R3Qpp/p4b2/3p1N2/P1pP4/5qP1/2P2P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6 ]

d)
Vladimir Akopian vs Semko Semkov, Yerevan, 1988
r3n1k1/qbrN1pp1/p3p2p/8/1P2P3/5P2/3Q2PP/R2R1B1K w - - 0 1
[ b5 w/b6 ]

Vladimir Akopian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Vladimir Akopian vs Janusz Siekanski, Oakham, 1990
6k1/p4pp1/4p1p1/2p5/2P1b3/Pq5P/1P1QBPP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ w/Qh4+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Vladimir Akopian vs Gildardo Garcia, Los Angeles, 1991
4rk2/pb1Q1p2/6p1/3p2p1/2pP4/2q1PPK1/Pr4P1/1B2R2R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kg7 Rh7+ Kxh7 Qxf7+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Vladimir Akopian vs Yuri Yakovich, Moscow, 1991
3R2Q1/2r3p1/2p3kp/6p1/8/P5P1/5PKP/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6+ Kh5 Qe6 g4 Qe5+ ]

d)
Vladimir Akopian vs Csaba Horvath, Niksic, 1991
1k6/1pq2p1p/2b1p3/2Q5/4r2P/R5P1/P2rBP2/2R2K2 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Rg4 or Re5 Qf8+ ]

e)
Vladimir Akopian vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Sochi, 2007
8/4nNk1/6pp/2r5/5r2/6RP/6PK/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nd8 if Nf5 Ne6+ ]

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Vladimir Akopian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladimir Belov vs Vladimir Akopian, Moscow, 2007
r2q1rk1/2p2ppp/p7/1p2Q3/4n3/1BP2b2/PP3PPP/RN2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 ]

b)
Vladimir Akopian vs Joel Lautier, Paris, 2009
r4rk1/1bq1bppp/p7/2p5/N3p3/1P6/PBP1QPPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4 if g6 Rd7 Qc8 Nb6 Qc6 Nd5 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Vladimir Akopian vs Vadim Zvjaginsev, Rijeka, 2010
r7/4k1Pp/2n1p2P/q2pp1N1/1p4P1/1P6/P4R2/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ ]

d)
Vladimir Akopian vs Jose Daniel Gemy, Istanbul, 2012
r7/1p1br3/1npn2kp/2Np4/1P1N1PB1/3P4/2R1PK2/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd7 Nxd7 Nxc6 if bxc6 Rxc6 or if Rf7 Bxd7 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
O Suleimaniants vs Vladimir Akopian, St. Petersburg, 2012
4q3/7k/1p1Q2bp/8/3p1p2/5pP1/1P3P1P/2N2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd3+ ]

Vladimir Akopian Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Anton Kovaliov vs Vladimir Akopian, St. Petersburg, 2012
6k1/5pp1/8/1Np1p2p/B3P2P/P1R2KP1/1r4r1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rbe2 ]

b)
Vladimir Akopian vs Pontus Carlsson, Dubai, 2013
2n3k1/p3r1p1/6p1/1B2n1N1/P7/7P/4P3/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd1 ]

c)
Vladimir Akopian vs Valery Rjanova, St. Petersburg, 2013
3q1rk1/7r/p3Pp1Q/2pp1RP1/1p6/1PbB2BP/P5PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 e7 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Vladimir Akopian vs Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Dubai, 2018
r1b5/ppkn1P1r/3NR3/7p/1qp5/5Q1P/PP3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ne8+ if 1...Kd8 2.Qf6+ or if 1...Kb8 2.Qg3+ ]


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