Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Nana Dzagnidze.
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)
Dzagnidze vs Veronika Machalova, Mureck, 1998
r3k2r/pppb1q2/2n1p2b/7p/3PN1p1/P2BP3/1PQ3PP/R3K1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nd6+ if cxd6 Bg6 ]

b)
Dzagnidze vs Lela Javakhishvili, Tbilisi, 1998
r4r2/1b1q2bk/2pp2np/5p2/2P2p2/1Q1P2P1/1B2N1BP/RR5K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Dzagnidze vs Nadia Ortiz Aguirre, Oropesa, 2000
3r4/1prn1Rbk/p2qB1p1/2pPp3/4P3/P6P/1P4P1/2Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Rf7+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Dzagnidze vs Bachana Morchiashvili, Tbilisi, 2000
6Q1/q6p/Pb1p1kp1/3Bpp2/2P5/3PP1P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf8+ Kg5 Bf3 Qf7 Qxf7 h5 Qf8 ]

e)
White Mates in 2. Dzagnidze vs Tsiala Kasoshvili, Tbilisi, 2000
2b3k1/1p5p/2p1n1pQ/3qB3/3P4/3B3P/r5P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ ]



Dzagnidze Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Dzagnidze vs Inga Charkhalashvili, Tbilisi, 2002
1Q1b4/r2q1pk1/3p2p1/p1pB3p/2P5/P3P1P1/1R3PKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bb7 ]

b)
Dzagnidze vs Natalija Pogonina, Halkidiki, 2003
4q3/nr4bk/3pB1p1/1p1Pp2n/pP2Pp1P/N2P1P1K/5BQ1/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxa7 Rxa7 Nxb5 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Dzagnidze vs Tamar Tsereteli, Tbilisi, 2004
1r6/R5pk/1q2p2p/1pQbNp2/3PpP2/2P1P3/2K3PP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ ]

d)
White Mates in 2. Dzagnidze vs Inga Charkhalashvili, Tbilisi, 2004
rn5r/p4pp1/3n3p/qB1k4/3P4/4P3/PP2NPPP/R4K1R w - - 0 1
[ Nf4+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Dzagnidze vs Miranda Mikadze, Tbilisi, 2007
r6r/ppqn1pk1/3p3p/3P1PpQ/2p1P2B/2P3R1/P4P1P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5+ if Kf8 Qxh6+ ]

f)
White Mates in 8. Dzagnidze vs Zhu Chen, Nanjing, 2009
r2k4/3n1p1p/3b1pr1/1B1p3q/P2Q4/4B2P/1P3P2/2R1RK2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ Rxf6 Bb6+ Bc7 Bxc7+ Kc8 Ba5+ ]

Nana Dzagnidze Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Nana Dzagnidze vs Kateryna Lahno, Gaziantep, 3/15/2012
1b4k1/1P3p2/8/5N1Q/8/4P2P/1q3PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ if Kh7 Qh6+ ]

b)
Nana Dzagnidze vs Salome Melia, Batumi, 6/4/2012
6k1/2p2pp1/1p4np/p2NP3/4Q2P/P5P1/1q3PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ e6 fxe6 Qxe6+ Kh7 h5 Nf8 Qf5+ Kg8 Ne7+ ]

c)
Sopio Gvetadze vs Nana Dzagnidze, Batumi, 6/4/2012
2rr2k1/1b2bppp/pp1ppn2/2q1n3/2P1PQ2/N1N2PBP/PP2B1P1/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh5 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Ana Matnadze vs Nana Dzagnidze, Istanbul, 9/9/2012
6k1/Q5p1/1p1q2r1/p6p/P1p1p3/3n2nP/6B1/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Sophie Milliet vs Nana Dzagnidze, Astana, 3/5/2013
2r2n1k/1b3Ppp/3p4/6PQ/1qP1P3/3B3R/7P/rNKR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc4+ Bxc4 Rxb1+ Kc2 Bxe4+ ]

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