King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of P Harikrishna.
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)
White mates in 6.
P Harikrishna vs Hamed Mousavian, Iran, 1998
rq3n2/2r1b1k1/2Rp1p2/1p1PpPpQ/1B1pB3/PP1P2P1/7R/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf3 g4 Qxg4+ Kf7 Qh5+ Kg8 Qh8+ ]

b)
Amgalam Enkh vs P Harikrishna, Iran, 1998
4r1k1/p1p3p1/4rp1p/1p6/3P4/1PP1NP1P/P2nR1PK/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 Rxe3 Rxe3 Rxe3 Nf1+ ]

c)
Canh Huan Hoang vs P Harikrishna, Marina d'Or, 1998
2r5/2b3kp/4bpp1/qpB1p3/3nP2P/P5P1/1Q1N1P2/2R2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd2 if Bxd4 Qxd4 ]

d)
P Harikrishna vs Ponnuswamy Konguvel, London, 2001
2r5/7p/3k4/1Pb1p1p1/5pP1/5P2/5B1P/2R2K2 w - - 1 0
[ b6 ]

e)
P Harikrishna vs Jha Sriram, New Delhi, 2001
3rrnk1/p5pp/2p5/2Q1q2b/8/4B1PP/PP4BK/R4R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ ]

P Harikrishna puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
P Harikrishna vs Irina Krush, Hastings, 2002
2b1k2r/4bppp/p3p3/P7/nB6/5N2/1P2BPPP/5RK1 w k - 1 0
[ Rc1 Bd7 Bxe7 Kxe7 b3 Nb2 Rc2 ]

b)
P Harikrishna vs Wendelin Sprenger, Heraklio, 2002
6rk/5Qp1/4N3/5P2/8/1p5P/1P1q2PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5+ Qh6 Qxh6+ gxh6 f6 ]

c)
White mates in 7.
P Harikrishna vs Jha Sriram, Nagpur, 2002
3R1bk1/5pp1/7p/Q7/2q1n3/2N3P1/5PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Kh7 Qf5+ g6 Rxf7+ ]

d)
P Harikrishna vs Andrei Murariu, Nakhchivan, 2003
r3k2r/ppq1bp1p/2b1pp2/1B6/4N3/5Q2/PP3PPP/2R2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Rxc6 bxc6 Bxc6+ if Qxc6 Nxf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 7.
P Harikrishna vs Chandrashekhar Gokhale, Abudhabi, 2003
8/4R2p/3N2pk/1p1B4/1P3P2/6K1/1r6/1b6 w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Kg7 Ng5+ Kf8 Rf7+ Kg8 Rd7+ ]

P Harikrishna puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
P Harikrishna vs Stewart Haslinger, Edinburgh, 2003
1r1q2k1/2p2rpp/p3R3/1p1n1NQ1/1b1B4/6P1/P1P2P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ Kf8 Bxg7+ Rxg7 Qf5+ ]

b)
P Harikrishna vs Gadir Guseinov, Nakhchivan, 2003
4r1k1/r4pbp/3R2p1/p3P3/3p4/3Q2PP/qP3PB1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb5 if Rae7 Bd5 ]

c)
Ramil Hasangatin vs P Harikrishna, Abudhabi, 2003
8/7p/6p1/rP1kb3/5pP1/1R3P2/5B1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ if Kg2 Kc4 ]

d)
Jiri Jirka vs P Harikrishna, Nakhichevan, 2003
1r6/4k2p/4pn2/rBpp1pp1/Pn6/1P2PPP1/N2R3P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxa2 Rxa2 Rxb5 ]

e)
Mathias Womacka vs P Harikrishna, Catalan Bay, 2004
7r/pkp1R3/1p3p2/2pb1P2/5R1b/1P4pP/PB6/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 if Rf1 Rxh3 mates ]

'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



P Harikrishna puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Leonid Kritz vs P Harikrishna, Mainz, 2005
2rkr3/pR3ppp/3p4/3P1q2/3Q4/P4P2/1P1K1P1P/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc1 Kxc1 Qc8+ ]

b)
P Harikrisha vs Balgan Bayamandah, Turin, 2006
2qrrb1k/pp3Rp1/1np1bn1p/4P3/3P3N/P7/1PQ3BP/2B1R2K w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ Kg8 Rxf8+ ]

c)
P Harikrishna vs Jan Timman, Wijk aan Zee, 2012
3r4/7p/k1n3r1/1p4p1/p1b1NnB1/P3B3/5PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc5+ if Kb6 Ne6+ ]

d)
P Harikrishna vs Daniele Vocaturo, Wijk aan Zee, 2012
2r3k1/p2q1ppp/2r2b2/1Q1B4/8/B5P1/P4P1P/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc6 if Rxc6 Qxc6 ]

e)
P Harikrishna vs Maxim Rodshtein, Biel, 2012
6k1/6p1/2r4p/1R1p4/2nq4/6RP/1P3PQ1/4rBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8+ if Kh7 Rb7 Rg6 Rxg6 or if Kf7 Rxg7+ Qxg7 Rb7+ ]

P Harikrishna puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
P Harikrishna vs Fabiano Caruana, Dubai, 2014
r1b2r1k/pp3p2/5q1b/2np4/3P1P2/2PB4/PP1NQ3/1K4RR w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 ]

b)
P Harikrishna vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Beijing, 2014
3rr2k/p5bp/1n4p1/1Q3p2/5B2/6P1/q3PPBP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc7 Rc8 Bb7 if Rxc7 Qxe8+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
P Harikrishna vs Michael Richter, Berlin, 2015
3Q4/1p1R3p/2q1p1pk/4P3/6rP/8/P5P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ ]

d)
P Harikrishna vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Shamkir, 2016
3b2k1/1R3p1p/1pr3p1/p7/P3pB2/2P4P/1P3PP1/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
P Harikrishna vs B Adhiban, Wijk aan Zee, 2017
4r3/3br3/1bp2p1R/pp1p2k1/3P3N/P2NP3/1P3K2/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ Kxh4 Rh1+ Bh3 Rg3 ]

P Harikrishna puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dronavalli Harika vs Tuvshintogs Batchimeg, Riyadh, 2017
1r1r2k1/pb2q2p/1p2P1p1/2pBR3/8/1P3QPP/P6K/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qf7+ Qxf7 2.exf7+ if 2...Kg7 3.Re8 or if 2...Kf8 3.Bxb7 ]

b)
Dronavalli Harika vs Almira Skripchenko, Riyadh, 2017
3r3k/p2bR1rp/1pp3q1/2p2p2/5Q2/3PR1PP/PP4BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qc7 ]

c)
P Harikrishna vs Gata Kamsky, Istanbul, 8/31/2012
4k3/2p5/p1n2p2/PrBR4/4rPK1/1pP5/1P6/7R w - - 1 0
[ Kf5 if Re2 Kxf6 mates ]

d)
White mates in 2.
P Harikrishna vs Loek Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee, 1/17/2013
7r/3n1n1k/pp1pN1p1/3B2Pp/P3Q3/8/1P1q3P/2r2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxg6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
P Harikrishna vs Alexander Takeda Fier, Czech Republic, 11/2/2013
1R6/pr4q1/1kp4p/7P/2Q5/BP6/P1P3r1/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Bc5+ if Kc7 Qf4+ ]

f)
Dronavalli Harika vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, Shaoxing, 2019
4r1k1/5pp1/r3b2p/ppqP3Q/2p1pR2/P3P3/1P4PP/4BRK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf7 if 1...Bxf7 2.Qxf7+ or if 1...b4 2.Rc7 ]

g)
Valentina Gunina vs Dronavalli Harika, Monaco, 2019
2k1r3/ppbb1BBR/2p5/2P5/3P1p2/8/PP6/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re1+ 2.Kd2 Ba5+ 3.Kc2 Bf5+ ]

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