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

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

a)
Vladimir Baklan vs H Zayabaatar, Duisburg, 1992
3b2k1/1p1r1pnp/p4Bp1/2Pp4/qP1N2P1/5P2/3Q3P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 Kxg7 Qb2 w/Ra1 ]

b)
Vladimir Baklan vs Athanasios Mastrovasilis, Korinthos, 2004
r2nQ3/3p2pk/p1bP1p1r/P7/5p2/8/1B4PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 dxc6 Bd4 ]

c)
Vladimir Baklan vs Alexander Zubov, Alushta, 2004
r1b1r1nk/4p1b1/p1p1P1qp/2Bp2P1/3P2p1/1PN2N2/2PQ1P1R/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh4 if Qh5 Qd3 Qxg5 Ng6+ ]

d)
Vladimir Baklan vs Das Neelotpal, Balaguer, 2005
r4rk1/2qb3p/3n1bp1/1ppPNp2/2P2P2/2BB2P1/R1Q4P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd7 if Qxd7 Rxa8 w/Bxf6 ]

e)
Vladimir Baklan vs Robert Ruck, Austria, 2005
rnb2r1k/1p3pb1/p2p4/3P2QN/3q4/1B5P/P1P3P1/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rae1 if Nd7 Re4 or if Rg8 Nf6 ]

Vladimir Baklan Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Vladimir Baklan vs Andrei Belozerov, Sochi, 2006
4kr2/3r2bp/2QPp3/1p2q3/8/2P3P1/PP5P/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ Rd8 d7+ Ke7 Qa3+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Vladimir Baklan vs Baris Esen, Kocaeli, 2014
2q1knr1/2r2p2/pBPp1P2/Pp1Qp3/8/6pP/1P1R4/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd6 if Ne6 Bxc7 Qxc7 Qxc7 ]

c)
Vladimir Baklan vs Dragos-Nicolae Dumitrache, Calimanesti, 2014
4rrk1/1b2qp1p/p1p3p1/8/P4R1Q/1PB5/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe7 Rxe7 Bb4 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Vladimir Baklan vs Ilya Duzhakov, Utebo, 2017
1r3k1r/R7/4nqpb/2nB1p1p/2P2N2/4B1PP/8/4QRK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxc5+ if 1...Ke8 2.Bc6+ Kd8 3.Qa5+ or if 1...Nxc5 2.Nxg6+ ]

e)
Vladimir Baklan vs Das Soham, Benasque, 2018
2r3k1/1p4p1/pn2p2q/n2p2b1/3P2P1/PPNBB3/4Q2P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg5 if Qxg5 Qxe6+ Kh8 Qxc8+ ]

f)
Xavier Martinez Pla vs Vladimir Baklan, Benasque, 2018
2kr2r1/pp2p3/2p2p2/3q2p1/PPp1Nn2/2P1Q2P/3P1PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 ]

g)
Orkhan Eminov vs Vladimir Baklan, Cesme, 2019
r7/pb3r1k/1p2Nb1p/3q1p2/P1R2Pp1/3P4/1B3QPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bh4 ]

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