Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Boris Grachev.
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)
White Mates in 5. Grachev vs Valerij Shchelkunov, Moscow, 1997
4qk2/3nbrpp/p1RpQ3/1p2p3/1P6/PB5P/1B3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8 if Bd8 Rxd8 ]

b)
Grachev vs Yuri Khramiankov, Mureck, 1998
3r2qk/1br3pp/1n1N1p2/pB1np3/P7/Q1NR1P2/1P3KPP/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 Rxb7 Nxd5 Rxd5 Rxd5 Nxd5 Bc6 ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Grachev vs Sergey Chapar, Chalkidiki, 2001
1rb2k2/pp3ppQ/7q/2p1n1N1/2p5/2N5/P3BP1P/K2R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qg8+ ]

d)
Grachev vs Ivan Akimov, St. Petersburg, 2001
r1b1r1k1/1p1n1pb1/2ppn1p1/p6p/1qP1P3/1PN1B1PP/P1Q1NPB1/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ a3 Qxa3 Ra1 ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Grachev vs Varuzhan Akobian, Moscow, 2009
7k/1pqr2p1/1R2Q2p/r2p4/6R1/4P2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ Kh7 Rxh6+ ]



Boris Grachev Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Boris Grachev vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Moscow, 2/3/2011
6k1/pp3pp1/3rpnp1/5q2/2P5/1P1R1N1P/P1Q2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 if Qxc2 Rd8+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Boris Grachev vs Dmitry Kryakvin, Taganrog, 6/15/2011
r2q3r/pp1b1kpQ/4n3/1n1N4/5b1P/5RP1/PB2PPB1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf4+ Nxf4 Qxg7+ Ke8 Qxh8+ ]

c)
Robert Kreisl vs Boris Grachev, Aix les Bains, 3/22/2011
1k6/ppp4r/8/5B2/3Pn1p1/2B1P1br/PP3PK1/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ Rxh2 Rxh2+ if Kg1 Nxf2 ]

d)
Boris Grachev vs Aleksandr Poluljahov, Sochi, 4/13/2012
5rk1/2r2ppp/p1N1pb2/1p2N3/4n3/6P1/PP2PP1P/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd7 if Re8 Ne7+ ]

e)
Boris Grachev vs Oleg Zilbert, Moscow, 11/10/2012
8/p2r1qpk/1p6/3bQp2/5P1P/6R1/PB3KP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Qxg7 Qxf5+ ]

Boris Grachev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Sergey Volkov vs Boris Grachev, Nakhchivan, 5/3/2012
1k5r/1p6/p6q/1p1P2p1/5b1r/2RR1Q2/P4PK1/5N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg4+ ]

b)
Vasily Papin vs Boris Grachev, Moscow, 11/10/2012
2rq1rk1/1b2bppp/p1n1pn2/1p1pN3/3P1B2/1QN3P1/PP2PPBP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na5 Qc2 b4 ]

c)
Boris Grachev vs Zdenko Plenkovic, Bol, 5/15/2014
r2r4/ppp2pkp/6p1/4p3/2QnP1q1/5NP1/PP2PP1P/2R2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ Kxf7 Nxe5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Deep Sengupta vs Boris Grachev, Basel, 1/5/2014
3r2k1/6p1/p6p/2P3r1/8/4pp1P/1P5P/R1R2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Alexander Riazantsev vs Boris Grachev, Vladivostok, 6/7/2014
6k1/5p2/5Pp1/4p1Pp/4P2P/3r3q/7N/Q6K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 if Qg1 Rb2 ]


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