Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ernesto Inarkiev.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
Inarkiev vs Aleksandr Karpatchev, Elista RUS-CH, 2001
8/1Qrr1k1p/p1n1p3/6p1/PpNp2q1/8/1P3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc6 w/Ne5+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 3. Volodymyr Jakymov vs Inarkiev, Halkidiki, 2001
2B5/7p/3p2p1/8/1R2n1P1/1P2k3/1P5r/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ Kg1 Nf3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Inarkiev vs Elmira Mirzoeva, Linares, 2003
r5r1/1bqp3p/2n1p1kP/2p1P1p1/p1P1R3/P2N1PK1/1P6/2Q2B1R w - - 0 1
[ Qxg5+ ]

d)
Inarkiev vs Petr Kiriakov, Tomsk, 2004
1n3rkr/2q1bp2/p1P1p1p1/2B1PnNp/1p3N1P/5QP1/P4PK1/2R2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 if Nxe7 Nfxe6 or if Qxe7 c7 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Inarkiev vs Evgeny Postny, Ermioni, 2006
5r1k/4R3/6pP/r1pQPp2/5P2/2p1PN2/2q5/5K1R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ ]



Ernesto Inarkiev Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Inarkiev vs Csaba Balogh, Gurzuf, 1999
3k4/2rb1p1p/4p3/3p2P1/1P3Q2/p1b2R2/2R4P/qBK5 w - - 0 1
[ Rfxc3 if Rxc3 Qf6+ ]

b)
Inarkiev vs Sergej Beradze, Kazan, 2001
r1b2rk1/ppqnbppp/2p2n2/4p1N1/2BPP3/8/PP3PPP/RNBQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ if Kh8 Ne6 or if Rxf7 Qb3 ]

c)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Sergej Dyachkov, Dagomys, 2010
5r2/7k/1p1r1qp1/p4pRp/P1Ppp3/5BQ1/4PPR1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Bxh5 if Rg8 Qh2 or if gxh5 Rxh5+ mates ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Zaven Andriasian, Warsaw, 2010
1R6/2rk2r1/p1p1qp2/2Pp4/3BpQ2/2P4P/P7/KR6 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc7+ ]

e)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Anton Shomoev, Taganrog, 6/16/2011
1k1r3r/5pp1/2q1p2p/1N6/2b3P1/4QP2/1P2B2P/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qa7+ Kc8 Rc1 if Rd3 Qa4 or if Rd7 Rxc4 ]

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Ernesto Inarkiev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Viacheslav Diu, Taganrog, 6/18/2011
8/kp5P/8/p3q3/2P3Q1/r4BPK/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qe4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs David Arutinian, Konya, 7/9/2011
5r2/p2q3k/3b2rN/2p3Q1/2P1bp2/7R/PB3PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Ivan Salgado Lopez, Khanty Mansyisk, 8/28/2011
r7/pbp4R/1pp3k1/5p1N/5Pr1/1P2R3/P1P2K2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ if Kh6 Re6+ or if Kxh5 Rh3+ ]

d)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Konya, 7/11/2012
8/p4R2/7p/3pk3/3N1R2/r7/1r6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf3+ if Kd6 R4f6+ Kc5 Rc7+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Sergei Chekhov, St. Petersburg, 8/30/2012
6r1/3R1pk1/4p1p1/2p1P1Q1/2P1bP2/1R1p4/6PP/4qB1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qf6+ Ke8 Qxe6+ ]

Ernesto Inarkiev Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Oleg Rychkov, Vladivostok, 9/17/2012
3k1rr1/2p2qb1/2Q5/2NPpp1p/8/6RP/PP4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb7+ Kc8 Ra3 ]

b)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Yuri Yakovich, Vladivostok, 9/21/2012
5Q2/1p6/p2pk1p1/8/P5p1/1P3b2/K1P1q3/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Re1 ]

c)
Marina Romanko-Guseva vs Ernesto Inarkiev, St. Petersburg, 8/24/2012
2b1r3/p1q3bk/6pp/2p1p2n/PpN1p2Q/1Pn3P1/2PB1PBP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf6 ]

d)
Ivan Cheparinov vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Poikovsky, 9/2/2013
r4rk1/2q1bppp/pp1pp1n1/8/2P1N3/BP3QP1/P3PPKP/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...d5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Evgeniy Najer, Dubai, 6/20/2014
2rr1nk1/p6p/1p1n1Q2/2p2p1p/2P2P2/PP1N1B2/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd5+ ]

Ernesto Inarkiev Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Mladen Palac vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Yerevan, 2014
r1b5/1p3p1k/2p1nq2/p1b1pN1p/4Pn1N/2P2PK1/PP1Q2P1/3RRB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg1 ]

b)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Rauf Mamedov, Dubai, 2014
1r1qrbk1/5p1p/2bp1n2/2pNn1p1/1p2P3/1P2BPPP/2PQN1K1/3RRB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 Kxf3 Nxe4 if Qd3 Re5 ]

c)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Mikulas Manik, Baku, 2014
1r4k1/pbp1rp2/1n1p2pp/2p5/2P1Pq2/5B1P/PBQ3PK/4RR2 w - - 1 0
[ g3 Qg5 h4 ]

d)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sochi, 2014
1r5k/5pp1/4bpn1/p1p1q2p/2P1B3/1P4N1/P2Q1PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg6 fxg6 Re1 ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Sergei Chekhov vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Moscow, 2015
2r3k1/5pp1/p7/N3pq1p/1pP3n1/4b1QP/4K1P1/3RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ if Rd2 Qxd2+ Kf3 f5 or if Kf1 Nh2+ ]

Ernesto Inarkiev Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Sergei Chekhov vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Moscow, 2015
2r3k1/5pp1/p7/N3p2p/1pP3n1/4b1QP/2q3P1/3RRK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh2+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Maya Tereshechkina, Sochi, 2015
1r5r/p1nq1p2/3p1pkp/2pP1N2/4PPP1/7Q/1P4P1/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5+ ]

c)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs David Klein, Jerusalem, 2015
r2q1r2/pp1nppkp/6p1/2p1Pn2/2P1N3/4Q2P/PP4P1/1B1R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf5 gxf5 Qg5+ Kh8 Nf6 if exf6 Qxf5 ]

d)
Vladislav Artemiev vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Sochi, 2016
5k2/8/2pp4/7n/2P5/3P1pNP/8/2q2QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg3 ]

e)
S P Sethuraman vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Moscow, 2017
6R1/2pnk1p1/3b1p1p/4p3/r1P1P3/2B1NP1P/6P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc5 if Bd2 Ra2 ]

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