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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Viswanathan Anand.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Ahmed Hamed vs Viswanathan Anand, Salonika, 1984
6k1/5p1p/4p1p1/2p1P3/2P4P/3P2PK/R1Q3B1/1r1n2q1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1 if Rxa1 Nf2+ ]

b)
Javier Gil Capape vs Viswanathan Anand, Gausdal, 1986
3r2k1/4qppp/p7/1pp1n3/4P3/BP6/P2R1PPP/3Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Plinio Pazos Gambarrotti vs Viswanathan Anand, Dubai, 1986
6k1/5p2/6p1/3Q4/3P1K1P/5P2/1P2r1q1/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ if Kg5 Qg3+ or if Kg4 Rg2# ]

d)
Viswanathan Anand vs Kiril Ninov, Baguio City, 1987
3rnrk1/1b3pp1/1q2p1P1/p3P3/1p1N4/4Q3/PPP4P/2KR1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3 ]

e)
White Mates in 5.
Viswanathan Anand vs Praveen Thipsay, Coimbatoire, 1987
8/8/8/2Q5/8/3K4/1k6/q7 w - - 0 1
[ Qb4+ ]



Viswanathan Anand Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Sankar Ganesan, India, 1988
r3k2r/4b2p/3pBp2/1bq5/1p2P3/3N4/PpP1Q1PP/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf5 w/Qh5+ ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Lawrence Cooper, Blackpool, 1988
3r1k2/1b3p1p/p7/1pp4n/8/2PP1q1P/PPB2Q2/4RNK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc5+ w/Qg5+ ]

c)
Viswanathan Anand vs Richard Gerber, Biel, 1988
3k4/5pb1/2P5/pN5P/1p6/1P3p2/1P6/4K3 w - - 0 1
[ c7+ w/Nd6+ & Ne8+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Viswanathan Anand vs Suhakar Babu, India, 1988
3rrk2/1p1qppb1/3p2Q1/pN2n3/P2NP3/1PP4R/6PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Nxf7 Rh7 if Qg4 Ne6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Viswanathan Anand vs Fernie Donguines, Asia, 1989
3r4/3P2bp/3Rp1p1/1p2Pp2/1Pk1r3/3N4/1KP1R2P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe4+ fxe4 c3 ]

Anand vs Leko, Tal Memorial, 2009



Viswanathan Anand Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand, Reggio Emilia, 1989
2k1rr2/ppp3pp/2n3q1/3p1p2/3Pn2b/NNPB1P1b/PPQ3PP/R1B2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf2+ if Rxf2 Bxg2+ mates ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Boris Spassky, Cannes, 1989
8/5b2/6p1/P6p/5k2/1PNn4/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ a6 if Be8 Nd5+ & Ne7 ]

c)
Viswanathan Anand vs Ye Jiang Chuan, Kuala Lumpur, 1989
3rkr2/3b1p2/p1n1p2p/2qpP2B/5P1Q/2N3R1/PPP5/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ Rxf7 Rg8+ if Rf8 Qh5+ mates ]

d)
Giovanni Micalizzi vs Viswanathan Anand, Rome, 1990
r2qkb1r/3bpp2/p1np1p2/1p3P2/3NP2p/2N5/PPPQB1PP/R4RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bh6 Qd3 Qb6 if Rad1 Qxd4 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Viswanathan Anand vs Ivan Morovic Fernandez, Novi Sad, 1990
4rr1k/2P4p/1p2Qp1P/3P2p1/2b5/8/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ c8/Q Rxc8 Qe7 ]

Aronian vs Anand, Mexico City, 2007



Viswanathan Anand, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Viswanathan Anand vs Gary Quillan, Prestwich, 1990
4k2r/p4q2/2nQp2p/B3P1p1/b3r3/P5P1/1RP2P2/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8+ ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Valery Salov, Paris, 1991
r1b2rk1/1p3p1p/pn1p2pB/q3b3/3p4/NB5P/PP3PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd2 w/Rc1 ]

c)
Viswanathan Anand vs Alexei Dreev, Madras, 1991
7r/p3kp1p/bp2P3/1q1p4/3Q4/2R3P1/1r5P/4N1KR w - - 0 1
[ Rc7+ if Kxe6 Qe3+ mates or if Kd8 Rd7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Alexander Beliavsky vs Viswanathan Anand, Munich, 1991
5rk1/p1q2p1N/1p4p1/3bP2P/5Q2/2r1n3/P3B1P1/1K1R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb3+ axb3 Qc2+ Ka1 Qc3+ ]

e)
Viswanathan Anand vs Illescas, Linares, 1992
br4k1/q1r1bppp/pn1pp3/N3n3/1PPBP3/P4P2/5QPP/2RR1B1K w - - 0 1
[ c5 ]

Viswanathan Anand, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Viswanathan Anand vs Lev Polugaevsky, Monaco, 1992
3b1r1k/1p4R1/2q1pr1p/1pPp3Q/1P3P2/P3P3/4KP1P/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ R1g6 ]

b)
White Mates in 6.
Viswanathan Anand vs Evgeny Bareev, Linares, 1993
3qbrk1/5p2/8/3pP1bQ/1PpB4/2P5/6PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf6 if Be2 e6 ]

c)
Viswanathan Anand vs Gundela Heinatz, Bad Mergentheim, 1993
r3r1k1/pp1b1pbp/1np3p1/8/3PP2q/1B2BP2/P2QN1PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 w/Ng3 ]

d)
Viswanathan Anand vs Zsuzsa Polgar, Monaco, 1993
r1b1k2r/p4pp1/1pn1p2p/4Pn1P/3p2q1/P2B1N2/2PB1PP1/1R2QK1R w - - 0 1
[ Rh3 w/Nh2 ]

e)
Viswanathan Anand vs Sandra Ulms, Bad Morgentheim, 1993
rnb2rk1/pp2ppbp/3p1np1/8/2PNP3/2N1B3/Pq2BPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Na4 if Qa3 Nb4 w/Bd2 ]



Viswanathan Anand, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Viswanathan Anand vs Sonja Noll, Bad Mergentheim, 1993
1q2r3/pp5k/1np3R1/4n2p/P6P/1QNBb3/1P3r2/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Viswanathan Anand vs Andreas Bilawer, Frankfurt, 1994
r4b1r/1k2p1pp/p1RP1n2/3Q4/1q6/8/P4PPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc7+ Kb8 Rc8+ Ka7 R1c7+ Kb6 Rb7# ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Viswanathan Anand vs R Meschkat, Frankfurt, 1994
r7/1nqr2pp/kp1p1b2/3BpP2/1PP1P3/3RBQ2/P6P/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Ra3+ Na5 Rxa5+ bxa5 b5# ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Viswanathan Anand vs Tor Arne Paulsen, Frankfurt, 1994
rn4k1/pp4b1/2p1p1B1/4P1BQ/1q1P4/2n5/PPP3P1/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Rf1+ ]

e)
Alexander Morozevich vs Viswanathan Anand, Moscow, 1995
2b1k1r1/2qnbp2/p2p1n1p/4pP2/1r2P1p1/1NN1B1Q1/1PP1B1PP/2KRR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3 if cxb3 Nxe4 ]

Viswanathan Anand, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Gata Kamsky, Monaco, 1995
2r3k1/2P1rpp1/p1R4p/1p2P3/1b1pR3/1Q4BP/3q1PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 ]

b)
White Mates in 7.
Viswanathan Anand vs Gata Kamsky, Las Palmas, 1995
6k1/8/5Pp1/3n2Np/1qP2Q2/2r4P/1p3PP1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ f7+ Kg7 f8/Q+ w/Ne6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Viswanathan Anand vs Predrag Nikolic, Paris, 1995
1nrr3k/3qpR1p/p2B2p1/3B1p2/2pP1P2/1Q4P1/5P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be5+ Kg8 Rg7+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6.
Viswanathan Anand vs Vasily Ivanchuk, Dos Hermanas, 1996
2r5/5R2/6pk/1p2Q2p/4n3/7P/3q1PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qg7+ Kg5 h4+ Qe5 Rf8 Qxe4+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5.
Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Leko, Dortmund GER, 1996
2q5/5p1p/p3pk2/5p2/7P/1P4P1/r1PQ1P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ Ke5 Qg7+ f6 Qh6 ]

Viswanathan Anand, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
a) White Mates in 4.
Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Chernin, Eupen, 1999
2q1nrk1/p3pp2/3p1P1Q/2pP2P1/4P2P/2b2R2/Pn4R1/7K w - - 0 1
[ g6 ]

b)
Stefan Djuric vs Viswanathan Anand, Bastia, 2000
1kr5/1pqB1ppp/pr2p3/3p4/Q2Pn3/R4RPP/PPP2P2/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb4 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Viswanathan Anand vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Monaco, 2000
1rr3k1/2qb1pp1/2n1pb2/4p2P/4QP2/PpNBB3/1P6/1K4RR w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Bc5+ ]

d)
Anand vs Alexei Shirov, Frankfurt, 2000
r5k1/1b1n1r1p/1p2p1pQ/pq2Pp1N/2pP1P1P/B1P3R1/6P1/R3K3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ hxg6 Qxg6+ Kh8 Qxf7 Rg8 Bf8 mates ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Sinisa Drazic vs Viswanathan Anand, Bastia, 2000
1r4k1/3b1p2/2p3nq/2Q3R1/P2PN1n1/4P1P1/1r3PB1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ Kf1 Nxe3+ fxe3 Qxg2+ ]

Viswanathan Anand Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 6.
Etienne Bacrot vs Viswanathan Anand, Bastia, 2001
5rk1/p4ppp/R3p3/7q/Q3P3/2P1n1P1/Pr3PBP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Elizbar Ubilava, Villarrobledo, 2001
8/pp3rk1/1q1PQnp1/2p5/2P4r/3R1R2/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Rxf6 Qe7+ ]

c)
Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Khalifman, Prague, 2002
rn3rk1/3q1ppp/p2p1b2/1ppbp3/4P1N1/P1PP3P/1P3PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ gxf6 Bh6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Viswanathan Anand vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Monaco, 3/22/2004
2r2r1k/1p1b3p/5bp1/p3qN2/Pn1NPp2/1B3P2/1PP4Q/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

e)
Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Leko, Dortmund, 2004
r1bq1r1k/p3nppp/3p3b/2pNp3/2B1P3/P1PP1N2/5PPP/1R1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7 Qxe7 Bd5 ]

Viswanathan Anand Puzzles, Part X.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Giovanni Vescovi vs Viswanathan Anand, Sao Paulo, 8/23/2004
5Qbk/1p6/2p4p/5Kp1/P3n3/4B2P/1P4B1/3q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd7+ Kg6 Qe6+ Qf6+ Qxf6+ Kh5 Qf7+ ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Jan Timman, Wijk aan Zee, 2004
2q5/2nb1rk1/p2ppbp1/8/1p1NPN2/1Pr1BP2/P1P4Q/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6 Rxe3 Ne7+ ]

c)
Viswanathan Anand vs Eckhard Schmittdiel, Germany, 2004
r3b2k/pp6/3bN3/2pPnr1p/2p5/P1N4P/1P2R1B1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Nf7 Nxd6 w/Nc7 or if Bb8 Ng3 ]

d)
Viswanathan Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Monte Carlo, 2004
r7/P1q2p1k/6p1/R6p/3Qp2P/6P1/5P1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ ]

e)
Viswanathan Anand vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Leon, 2005
2r5/2q1kpr1/p3P3/2b1n1P1/2B5/PPQ1p3/2P5/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ Nxd7 Qxg7 ]

Viswanathan Anand Puzzles, Part XI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Viswanathan Anand, Moscow, 11/22/2007
5rk1/3Q1p1p/6pq/3Bp3/4Pr2/2P1b3/R4pKP/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg5+ Kh1 Qg1+ ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Arkadij Naiditsch, Dortmund, 2007
8/7k/4NR2/5P2/2p3b1/2r5/5K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ Kg8 Rg6+ Kf8 Nh7 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Viswanathan Anand vs David Pardo Simon, Benidorm, 12/??/2007
r1r1q1k1/p4p1p/4nPp1/1p2P3/1P1pR2R/P1pP2Q1/6PP/2B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7 if Nf4 Qh4 Nh5 Rxh5 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Viswanathan Anand vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Moscow, 11/16/2009
3r1q1r/1p4k1/1pp2pp1/4p3/4P2R/1nP3PQ/PP3PK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ if Kg8 Rxh8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Viswanathan Anand, London, 12/11/2010
2r4k/R7/1p5q/5Qb1/3p3p/P2P4/1P4P1/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ Kh2 Qd6+ ]

Viswanathan Anand Puzzles, Part XII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Alexei Shirov, Wijk aan Zee, 1/26/2011
3rr1k1/5pp1/p2Bp2p/q1nbN3/1bpR4/4P3/P1Q1BPPP/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh5 if Rxd6 Bxf7+ Kf8 Bxe8 Kxe8 Qg6+ ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Grischuk, Monaco, 3/15/2011
4r1k1/2Q2p1p/q5p1/8/3Bn1P1/Pp3N1P/1Pb5/K3R3 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Peter Svidler vs Viswanathan Anand, Stavanger, 5/7/2013
6k1/p2p3p/2p1p1p1/N1Pn2K1/2b1B1P1/5P2/P6r/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Kg7 if Bxd5 e5 ]

d)
Andrei Istratescu vs Viswanathan Anand, London, 12/12/2013
6k1/p4p2/2q1pbpQ/2p5/3r2P1/P4P2/4R1K1/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg4+ if Kf2 Bh4+ ]

e)
Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian, Khanty Mansyisk, 3/13/2014
3r2k1/5pp1/7p/1p6/1R1B4/1P3P1P/1n3KP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ke3 Re8+ Kd2 Rd8 Kc3 ]

f)
Black mates in 2.
Daniel Prill vs Viswanathan Anand, London, 12/6/2014
8/1p2k3/5p1p/2pP2p1/p1K2P2/Pr5P/1P3RP1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Kd6 ]


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