Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Etienne Bacrot.
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)
Bacrot vs Pascal Stefanski, Belfort, 1992
r3n1k1/pp3qbp/6p1/2Pp4/3pb3/1Q4PP/PP3P2/R3RBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 if dxe4 Bc4 ]

b)
Bacrot vs Mohamed Haddouche, Paris, 1995
3rr3/pppnnpk1/2bp2p1/2q3Pp/4PN2/P1N4P/1PPQ1PB1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 if Qb6 b5 w/Rb1 or if Qe5 Nd3 w/b5 ]

c)
Bacrot vs Oleg Romanishin, Balatonbereny, 1996
3r4/p3qpkp/2p1p1p1/npPn4/5P2/P3P3/1PQ1NPBP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 w/Qc3+ ]

d)
White Mates in 9. Bacrot vs Malina Etchegaray, Cannes, 1996
5k1r/5p2/1p3N2/p3PPQ1/2b4P/q5P1/6BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nh7+ Rxh7 (if Ke8 Bc6#) Qd8+ Kg7 f6+ Kg6 Be4+ Kh5 Qd1+ ]

e)
Bacrot vs Darko Anic, Enghien, 1997
5rrk/p2n3p/4qPp1/3p2B1/2pP2PQ/2N2P2/P6P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Re1 if Qb6 Re7 or if Rxf6 Nd5 ]



Bacrot Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 7. Bacrot vs Luis Galego, Escaldes, 1998
1r2r1k1/4bp2/p2q4/PpNPp1p1/4P1P1/5Q2/1P3PK1/R6R w - - 0 1
[ Ne6 if fxe6 Rh8+ w/Qf7 & Rh1+ or if f6 Qf5 ]

b)
Bacrot vs Jordi Magem Badals, Pamplona, 1998
r1b3rk/pp2qp1p/3Npp2/8/2n1PP1Q/2P2R2/P5PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh3 Rg7 e5 ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Bacrot vs Laurent Fressinet, Besancon, 1999
2r5/3nbkp1/2q1p1p1/1p1n2P1/3P4/2p1P1NQ/1P1B1P2/1B4KR w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Bacrot vs Jan Gustafsson, Germany, 2001
5r2/R2R4/4B1pk/p4p2/8/6Kp/1r3P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Kg5 f4+ Kf6 Bd5 ]

e)
Bacrot vs Johannes Van Mil, Germany, 2001
3q1rk1/p4p2/1n2RrpQ/3p4/3p4/1P4PB/P4PK1/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1 if Rxf2+ Kg1 w/Rxg6+ & Be6+ ]



Bacrot Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win.
a)
Bacrot vs J-M Corival, Auberville, 2002
1rb2rk1/3n1pbp/p2p1np1/qp1Np3/2P5/1PN3P1/PB1QPPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ w/Nc6 ]

b)
Bacrot vs Joel Lautier, Paris, 2002
2r2rk1/3q2pp/3Pp3/1pp5/1nb1Pp2/2Q3P1/1B1R1PBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra7 if Qxa7 d7 ]

c)
Bacrot vs Robert Huebner, France, 2004
2r5/2PR4/p1R2rpk/4p1qp/p3Q3/4P2P/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ h4 ]

d)
Bacrot vs Vladimir Chuchelov, Germany, 2004
r3qk1r/2p2p2/p1Qpb2p/1P1n4/6P1/6PP/P2N1B2/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 ]

Etienne Bacrot Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Etienne Bacrot vs Richard Gerber, Geneva, 2010
r3r1k1/1p2qb2/2p5/P1P1bp1p/1P1N1P2/4n3/3Q2BP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxc6 bxc6 Qxe3 Bf6 Qg3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Guillaume Lamard vs Etienne Bacrot, Nice, 2/20/2011
6k1/3q1p1p/6pb/p2bp3/Pp6/1BnN2P1/1Q3P2/2N2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Ray Robson vs Etienne Bacrot, Khanty Mansyisk, 8/30/2011
7k/pp1n3p/3P1qpN/2p5/2Pb2Q1/4r1P1/PPB4P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3+ ]

a)
Etienne Bacrot vs Nicolas Brunner, Belfort, 6/8/2012
1rbr2k1/1pb5/p1p2qpB/2Pn1pN1/8/8/PQ3PPP/1BR1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 Nxf6 Re7 if Rd7 Rce1 ]

Etienne Bacrot Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Etienne Bacrot vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Bastia, 10/29/2012
2b1k1r1/1p1p1p1p/7r/1P6/4B3/6P1/4PP1P/qN1Q1K1R w - - 1 0
[ Qc1 ]

b)
Etienne Bacrot vs Michael Massoni, Calvi, 2013
6k1/1pr4p/6p1/6N1/2n5/1B5P/Pb4P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Kg7 Ne6+ ]

c)
Etienne Bacrot vs Richard Rapport, Calvi, 2013
r2qr1k1/pp3p1p/2pp1BpQ/3P1n2/8/5P2/PPP2P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd8 Rxe1+ Rxe1 Nxh6 Re8+ Kg7 Bf6+ ]

d)
Etienne Bacrot vs Viktor Laznicka, Dubai, 2014
8/1p5p/2p5/5R2/2kr1P2/4K3/1P5P/8 w - - 1 0
[ b3+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Etienne Bacrot vs Allan Rasmussen, Berlin, 2015
6r1/1b2k3/pq2prB1/np6/7Q/8/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb4+ ]

Etienne Bacrot Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Etienne Bacrot vs Markus Lammers, Deizisau, 2015
3r4/1Q5p/4q1kN/p7/2P3PP/4BP2/Pb4K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ h5+ Kf6 g5+ Ke5 f4+ Kd6 c5# ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Tadeusz Panek vs Etienne Bacrot, Trzcianka, 2015
r3b1k1/4ppbp/6p1/p3q1P1/P4n2/4pBKP/8/1RQ1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ Kg2 Qg3+ Kf1 Qxf3# ]

c)
Etienne Bacrot vs Anna Muzychuk, Cap d'Agde, 2016
b2r2k1/p4p1p/2p1p3/b2q2p1/2Q5/2P1P1B1/3r1PPP/RR3BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd5 R2xd5 c4 Rc5 Rxa5 Rxa5 Bc7 ]

d)
Matthieu Cornette vs Etienne Bacrot, Cap d'Agde, 2016
5rk1/2Q3pp/bp2pn2/2p1B3/3Pq2b/P1P1P2P/1P1R1PP1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb7 ]

e)
Michael Richter vs Etienne Bacrot, Germany, 2017
bq2r1k1/p2n1p2/6p1/PPp3Np/R2b4/7P/5PP1/1Q2NBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4 if Ngf3 Bxf2+ Kxf2 Qxa4 ]

f)
Etienne Bacrot vs Vladimir Lazarev, Balagna, 2017
r1b1kb1r/1p3ppp/p1npp3/q1pN2B1/B2nP3/3P1N2/PPP2PPP/R2QR1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ 1.Nxd4 cxd4 2.Bxc6+ bxc6 3.b4 Qa4 4.Nc7+ ]

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