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

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

a)
Igor Zhdanov vs Aleksey Dreev, Leningrad, 1982
2r2k2/pp3pb1/4b3/2q5/4Q1pr/2NR4/PP2BPP1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...g3 if Qe3 gxf2+ Kxf2 Bd4 ]

b)
Jose Castillo vs Aleksey Dreev, Bucamaranga, 1983
1b2rrk1/1R3pp1/6p1/8/2N1p1P1/1P5P/1P2QP1q/3RK3 b - - 0 1
[ ...e3 if Nxe3 Qh1+ & ...Qxb7 ]

c)
Alexei Vyzhmanavin vs Aleksey Dreev, Lvov, 1987
r5k1/p5pp/1pp5/8/2PP1qb1/3Q4/P1B3PP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf5 if Qxf5 Qxd4+ ]

d)
Aleksey Dreev vs Igor Glek, Frunze, 1988
r4bk1/p2r1p1p/Qnp3p1/4p1B1/2P1P3/1N1q1P2/P5PP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re3 w/c5 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Aleksey Dreev vs Eduardas Rozentalis, Vilnius, 1988
5rk1/2qN1p2/b1p2Qp1/3p4/1b1P1PB1/1p2P3/rP3P1P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Be6 if Bd3 Rxg6+ ]

Aleksey Dreev Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Aleksey Dreev vs Demetrios Agnos, Groningen, 1989
r1bqk2r/pppnpNb1/3p3p/6p1/2BPP3/2N5/PPP3PP/R2QK2n w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6+ ]

b)
White mates in 7.
Aleksey Dreev vs Georgy Georgadze, Tbilisi, 1989
2r3k1/1p4p1/6PP/3bp1Q1/p3q3/4B3/5RPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ hxg7 w/Qh6 ]

c)
Uwe Bonsch vs Aleksey Dreev, Groningen, 1989
r3r1k1/p1p3bp/2p1bpp1/1q1n4/3PN3/P2N1Q2/1P1B1PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 if Qxg4 Qxd3 ]

d)
Aleksey Dreev vs Jose Fernandez Garcia, Logrono, 1991
r5k1/1p4bp/p2N2p1/q1Bp4/P2r4/5Q2/5PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ w/Ne8 ]

e)
Aleksey Dreev vs Evgeny Gleizerov, Moscow, 1992
rn1r2k1/p5pp/3q4/2pp4/4p3/BQP3P1/P3PP1P/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 w/Rd1 & Rxd8+ ]

Aleksey Dreev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aleksey Dreev vs Konstantin Sakaev, Moscow, 1992
2b2rk1/2r1bppp/2N1pn2/1p1q2B1/3p1P2/3B4/PP2Q1PP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7+ w/Bxf6 if gxf6 Qg4+ & Qh4 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Julian Hodgson vs Aleksey Dreev, SKA, 1995
r7/5B2/3npkP1/7K/1P3p2/5P2/p7/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh8+ w/...Nf5 ]

c)
Aleksey Dreev vs Jeroen Piket, Monte Carlo, 1996
3r2k1/5p2/1r3n1p/pNRp2p1/P7/4PN1P/1b3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc2 ]

d)
Aleksey Dreev vs V Tukmakov, Kremlin PCA rapid, 1996
2r3k1/2r1Rp1p/2Bp1Pp1/p1nP3q/P6P/5RP1/8/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe2 w/Rxc7 & Qe8+ ]

e)
Aleksey Dreev vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Merida, 2005
Q3b2k/1r2q2p/6p1/2p5/2B1pP2/7P/6P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Bd5 Ra7 Qb8 e3 Bc6 ]

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Aleksey Dreev Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aleksey Dreev vs Bojan Kurajica, Solin, 2006
r1b1r3/pp1k1q2/3p4/Q5p1/3P4/2P1pB2/P4P2/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg4+ Ke7 Qc7+ Kf8 Qxf7+ ]

b)
Robert Ruck vs Aleksey Dreev, Dresden, 2007
2r3k1/p2b1p2/6pp/qB1p4/3N4/2n1P2P/PQ3PP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb5 if Nxb5 Ne2+ ]

c)
Aleksey Dreev vs Danilo Polajzer, Rogaska Slatina, 2011
1r6/p2n1pk1/1r1p1q1p/2p1p3/2P1BP2/PP1RP3/5P2/3QK2R w K - 1 0
[ Qg4+ ]

d)
Aleksey Dreev vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Apatity, 2011
r3k3/1R2br2/4R3/1p2Bpp1/1p6/4PP2/5P2/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Bd6 if Ra6 Rbxe7+ or if b3 Rexe7+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Aleksey Dreev vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Astana, 2012
3rr1k1/1RR3p1/4PqNp/p2p4/1n4Q1/7P/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 if Re7 Qxe7 Rxe7 Kh7 Rxg7+ ]

Aleksey Dreev Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aleksey Dreev vs Ilmars Starostits, Helsingor, 2012
3r3k/6p1/2p4p/1pP2p2/1q1b1N2/6P1/3R1PKP/3Q4 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6 if Re8 Rxd4 ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Aleksey Dreev vs Yana Kim, Kirov, 2012
1q6/4Qp2/2pP1nkp/p1Nn2p1/8/1P1N1PP1/P4K1P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5+ Kf5 g4+ Nxg4 fxg4+ Kf4 h3 ]

c)
Yana Kim vs Aleksey Dreev, Kirov, 2012
r4rk1/pp4pp/2pb1n2/5pN1/3P4/2P1B3/PP4PP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Aleksey Dreev vs Arman Pashikian, Legnica, 2013
r1q3k1/pp3p2/1n1R3p/3Q2p1/2r5/1N3P2/P3R1PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ ]

e)
Aleksey Dreev vs Ahmed Adly, Dubai, 2014
4Rrk1/3r1p1p/1p4p1/p1n5/8/B4P2/5P1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Kxf3 Rxd7 ]

Aleksey Dreev Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aleksey Dreev vs Levon Aronian, Dubai, 2014
r7/1pp2pkp/3p1np1/3Pr3/pq2P3/1P3RP1/PQ3PBP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 Kxf6 f4 ]

b)
Mircea Parligras vs Aleksey Dreev, Yerevan, 2014
8/p7/6p1/6k1/2B1n1P1/5K2/PR2p1P1/4r3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Kxe2 Rf2+ Ke3 Rxb2 Kxe4 Rxg2 ]

c)
Aleksey Dreev vs Valeriy Neverov, Skopje, 2019
rn1q1rk1/1b2bp2/p5pp/1p1pB1Nn/2pP4/P1N3P1/1PQ1PPB1/3RK2R w K - 1 0
[ 1.Ne6 if 1...Qd7 2.Nxf8 Bxf8 3.g4 Ng7 4.Rxh6 or if 1...fxe6 2.Qxg6+ mates ]

d)
Aleksey Dreev vs Vladislav Artemiev, Izhevsk, 2019
8/5p1k/2p2rp1/p5qp/P3P3/2Q3P1/1P4bP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.h4 ]


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