Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergei Azarov.
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)
Azarov vs Vitaly Bachin, Moscow, 1998
2rr1k2/pq2bpp1/bpn2n1p/5R2/5B2/P1N2N2/1PQ2PPP/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 Bxf6 Qh7 if Ne7 Qh8+ or if g5 Nxg5 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Azarov vs Yuri Drozdovskij, Las Palmas, 2003
r2rbn1k/pp2N1p1/6np/3p4/3B2R1/5Q2/P1q3PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Nxf8 Rxg7 ]

c)
Azarov vs Chakkravarthy Deepan, Nakhichevan, 2003
7k/8/3p2qp/p1rB4/R1PbPp2/1Q6/1P4P1/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Kh7 b4 ]

d)
Azarov vs Emil Sutovsky, Internet, 2004
1r2k3/q3pp1Q/p2pb3/8/N3Pb2/1B5r/PPP5/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qg8+ Kd7 Bxe6+ fxe6 Qg4 ]

e)
Azarov vs Tejas Bakre, Pardubice, 2005
4r3/2R5/p4p1k/1bB4P/1Pp3K1/2P5/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bd6 ]



Azarov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Azarov vs Michael Wiedenkeller, Saint Vincent, 2005
r3r2k/1b1nq2p/p4ppB/1p2p3/7Q/1BP4P/PP3PP1/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 if g5 Qg4 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Azarov vs Piotr Bobras, Internet, 2005
3R1r1k/6qp/8/p4p2/5P2/1B1Qp1PK/P4b1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Qxf8 Qd4+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Azarov vs Patryk Lagowski, Warsaw, 2005
8/7p/5p1k/8/3B4/2P1N1RP/q4PPK/1r6 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Azarov vs Kirill Bryzgalin, Internet, 2006
5b1k/5p1p/p2r1P2/1p4Q1/P7/8/1qP3PP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Qg7+ ]

e)
Azarov vs Bragi Thorfinnsson, Fuegen, 2006
2r1k2r/2qbbppp/4p3/3pPP2/pp2n1P1/3BBQ2/PPP1N2P/1K1R1R2 w k - 0 1
[ fxe6 Bxe6 Bb5+ Kf8 Nd4 ]

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Azarov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Azarov vs Yaroslav Zherebukh, Voronezh, 2007
6rk/6bp/p2p3r/3N1P2/7q/2Pn1B2/P5QP/4R1RK w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Azarov vs Piotr Murdzia, Czech Republic, 2008
6rk/2R5/p6p/1p1p1r2/6P1/q4P1P/P1B5/4Q2K w - - 0 1
[ Qe5+ ]

c)
Azarov vs Falko Bindrich, Moscow, 2008
r1b2b2/7k/2p2Rp1/4p1Q1/4P1q1/8/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Bg7 Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qxe5+ Kh7 Rd8 ]

d)
Azarov vs Anton Kovaliov, Internet, 2008
6k1/5pp1/6p1/2qpR3/rp6/2r2P1P/P1P3P1/4Q2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Qf8 Qe7 Qxe8 Qxe8+ Kh7 Qxa4 ]

e)
Azarov vs Aloyzas Kveinys, Warsaw, 2008
4nk2/5pp1/2P1p2p/Q7/8/P4B1P/5qPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qb4+ Kg8 Qb8 ]



Sergei Azarov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergei Azarov vs Kaido Kulaots, Yurmala, 2/17/2012
8/R1Rpq1k1/2b1p2p/4rp2/6pP/8/2Q2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc3 if Qf6 Rxc6 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Yuriy Kuzubov vs Sergei Azarov, Plovdiv, 3/30/2012
8/7R/8/B3p3/Pp2k3/1P1n3P/2K5/5r2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ke3 ]

c)
Tania Sachdev vs Sergei Azarov, Philadelphia, 7/8/2012
r5k1/2Q2p2/4q1p1/p6p/3n1P2/P6P/2N3P1/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc8 if Nxd4 Qa6 Qe5 Qxf1+ ]

d)
Kidambi Sundararajan vs Sergei Azarov, Rockville, 7/30/2012
8/5ppk/R3p2p/8/1q2P3/3Q2P1/2r2P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ ]

e)
Sergei Azarov vs Jeffrey Xiong, Rockville, 2014
r1b2k1r/1p4pp/p2p1b2/q2P2N1/8/8/PPP2PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 if g6 Qh6+ Bg7 Re8+ Kxe8 Qxg7 ]

f)
Black mates in 4.
David Anton Guijarro vs Sergei Azarov, Minsk, 2017
8/2Q2pk1/5n2/1P2p3/1P1b1n2/1B1P2KP/5r2/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ne2+ 2.Kh4 Rf4+ 3.Kg5 Nh7+ ]


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