Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Fabiano Caruana.
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)
Caruana vs Jose Guerra, Bogota, 2003
r1b1kbQ1/ppp1n3/3p4/5pPq/5P2/2N3K1/PPPB3P/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ Kxe7 Nd5+ w/Nf6+ ]

b)
Caruana vs Josko Mukic, Arco, 2005
r1q2rk1/1p2bpp1/2p1p3/p1P1N3/1PP4p/P2R1QP1/5P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7 w/Nb6 ]

c)
Caruana vs Javier Vallejo Diaz, Madrid, 2006
r2r2k1/1p1n1pbp/2p1p1p1/1qP5/1P1P1R2/1Q4PP/1B3PB1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 Kxf7 Bf1 if Qa4 Qxe6+ mates ]

d)
Caruana vs Maurizio Diotallevi, Porto Mannu, 2007
r4r2/1pq2pk1/p2b2pp/4p3/5nb1/1BP1QNB1/PP3PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf4 if exf4 Qd4+ or if Bxf3 Bxh6+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Zlatko Ilincic vs Caruana, Budapest, 2007
8/5pk1/1p1p2p1/3Pp2r/2P1P1q1/PQ2R1P1/5PKn/2R3Nr b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf1 if Kxf1 Rxg1+ mates ]



Caruana Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Caruana vs Jan Werle, Wijk aan Zee, 2009
8/2p2p1k/p1q4p/P2nbNpP/1p1p2P1/1P1P1Q2/2PB1P2/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qe4 ]

b)
Caruana vs Mikhail Klenburg, Budva, 2009
3q1bk1/2r3pp/4R3/1p1bN3/p1p5/P6P/1PB1QPP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ if Kh8 Qh5 or if Kxh7 Qh5+ Kd8 Re8 Qd6 Ng6 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Caruana vs Peter Vavrak, Rogatska Slatina, 2009
R2r3r/2k1qp1p/1p2p1p1/1Pnp4/Q7/1p2B3/5PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa7+ Kd6 Bf4+ ]

d)
Caruana vs Dmitry Andreikin, Moscow (blitz), 2010
r2r4/5kpp/1np1p3/4Pp2/1qBQ4/pP1R3P/2P2PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6+ ]

e)
Caruana vs Boris Gelfand, Moscow (blitz), 2010
r4rk1/ppq2pbp/5R2/2ppp1B1/7Q/8/PPP3PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd3 Rfd8 Bh6 Bxh6 Qxh6 e4 Rg3+ ]



Caruana Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura, Moscow (blitz), 2010
4rr1k/p4R1p/b1p4N/8/P5PP/3pq3/5Q2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Kg7 Nf5+ ]

b)
Caruana vs Alexander Areshchenko, Olginka, 2011
5r1k/p3p2p/1p2Pn2/3PBQ2/7q/3B4/4KP1P/8 w - -0 1
[ d6 ]

c)
Caruana vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Poikovsky, 2011
6k1/6p1/3p1p1p/p1p2Pr1/P1P2QP1/1q4PK/5P1R/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qe4 w/f4 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Pierluigi Piscopo vs Caruana, Martina Franca, 2008
3r2k1/2q2r1p/p4bp1/8/1p1B4/1P2Q3/P1P1R2P/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re7 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Damian Lemos vs Caruana, Caleta, 2011
2r4k/2n4p/5b2/pp3P1Q/2p5/P1P1q1rP/6B1/B2R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2 Kxg2 Rg8+ Kh1 Rg3 ]

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Fabiano Caruana Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black to move and win. Jean-Christophe Olivier vs Caruana, Switzerland, 2011
8/5pk1/2Q3p1/1P4q1/7p/3B3P/3n1rP1/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3 Bf1 Qg3 ]

b)
Fabiano Caruana vs Nikita Vitiugov, Reggio Emilia, 1/5/2012
k1r5/qpr2p1B/n2Qp2p/R2pP3/5Pp1/8/P1P3PP/1R5K w - - 1 0
[ Rb6 Rc6 Raxa6 if bxa6 Rxc6 or if Rxd6 Rxa7+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Fabiano Caruana vs Nils Grandelius, Malme, 5/15/2012
1Q6/5pk1/4p2p/2PpP1Pp/6P1/6B1/5RKP/r3q3 w - - 1 0
[ gxh6+ ]

d)
Irina Krush vs Fabiano Caruana, Reykjavik, 3/8/2012
5b1k/2p5/1q4pp/4p3/4P3/2PQ4/1r2N1PP/R6K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf2 ]

e)
Fabiano Caruana vs Gata Kamsky, Thessaloniki, 6/3/2013
4R1n1/6rk/3p4/1p4p1/1P1q3p/3PN2P/6P1/3Q2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5+ Nh6 Re6 ]



Fabiano Caruana Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen, Zuerich, 2/4/2014
1n1r4/5pk1/p4qp1/Pp5p/1N1N1P1P/2Q3P1/6BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 if b4 Nf5+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Fabiano Caruana vs Anish Giri, Stavanger, 6/2/2014
1q2b1k1/5p1p/6p1/3Np2P/3pP3/Q2P1RP1/P1r2PK1/4bB2 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kg7 h6+ Kxh6 Qf8+ Kg5 Rf5+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Fabiano Caruana vs Baadur Jobava, Dubai, 6/16/2014
r1bk3r/pp3pq1/2p1pN1p/8/2B3p1/5RP1/P1P1QPP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd2+ if Kc7 Qf4+ or if Ke7 Qb4+ ]

d)
Alexander Grischuk vs Fabiano Caruana, Stavanger, 6/3/2014
8/7k/3p2pb/3P1p2/3q3P/1rrN1BP1/Q3PPK1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3 if exd3 Rb2 ]


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