Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Gata Kamsky.
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)
White Mates in 6. Kamsky vs Fikret Sideif Zade, Pavlodar, 1987
6k1/4rb1p/5RpB/1P1Bp3/1r1p1n2/7P/5RP1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 w/Rc2 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Kamsky vs Theodore Tsorbatzoglou, Innsbruck, 1987
4rqk1/2r2ppp/p1b2n2/1p2NB2/1P1p3Q/P3R1R1/2P2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Kamsky vs Gogoladze, USSR CH-JR, 1988
1qr1r1k1/1n1R4/p1n2p1p/Pp2p2P/2p1P3/P1Q3PB/5P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 ]

d)
Kamsky vs Mikhail Gurevich, USSR CH-JR, 1988
1qr1r1k1/1pb1Rp2/2p3pn/2P1n1Np/pP1p4/P5P1/QB3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ R1xe5 w/Rxf7 ]

e)
Kamsky vs Igor Khenkin, Borzhomi, 1988
3rq1k1/2p1npbp/1p4p1/3B4/r1P5/PQB3P1/5P1P/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ ]



Kamsky Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kamsky vs Leonid Basin, Minsk, 1988
4bk2/pp3p2/4B1p1/4b1Np/3R2nP/2r5/P1P3P1/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 ]

b)
Black Mates in 7. Alexei Shirov vs Kamsky, Ivano-Frankovsk, 1988
3r1k2/6b1/6Q1/pp2pP2/1np5/5q2/PP2N3/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3+ Kb1 Qe4+ Rd3 Qxd3+ Ka1 Nc2+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Patrick Wolff vs Kamsky, New York, 1989
8/4R2p/3p2pk/3Ppq2/8/2P1RNPP/5P1K/1r6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2 Kg2 Rb2 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Kamsky vs Francois Leveille, Buffalo, 1989
3q2k1/p4p2/3rp1p1/4P1Q1/3r4/2pp4/P4RP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Alonso Zapata vs Kamsky, Manila, 1990
q2r3k/5pb1/2p1b2p/1pP1N1pP/1P2P3/r3R1Q1/4BPP1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 if fxe3 Qb8 ]

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Kamsky Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kamsky vs Jon Vidarsson, Reykjavik, 1990
b2q2k1/5p2/rpp3p1/3nR2p/P1NP3P/1Q4P1/5PB1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 w/Qb5 ]

b)
Kamsky vs Viswanathan Anand, Tilburg, 1991
5k2/1R3p2/4b3/4K3/4P3/1p3rp1/3R4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Kamsky vs Luc Winants, Tilburg, 1992
5k2/5p2/2p5/1pP5/1qb2N1Q/5P2/6PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ Kg7 Nh5+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Kamsky vs Vasil Spasov, Tilburg, 1992
5r2/R4Nkp/1p4p1/2nR2N1/5p2/7P/6PK/1r6 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Ruben Rodriguez vs Kamsky, Manila, 1992
4Bk2/2qQ1pb1/p3p1p1/2P5/5p2/P5N1/1r5P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...fxg3 if Qxc7 Bd4+ & g2+ mates ]

Kamsky Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Alexander Beliavsky vs Kamsky, Linares, 1993
1r3rk1/6bp/p7/2NPn1p1/5pBq/7P/1PQ2PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg4 hxg4 Rxb2 ]

b)
Kamsky vs Viswanathan Anand, Sanghi Nagar, 1994
r2n1k1r/pp1q1pbp/3p2p1/2pP3n/P4B2/1QP2N2/1P1N1PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb5 ]

c)
Kamsky vs Yasser Seirawan, Moanaco, 1994
7r/1nr2p1k/pp1p3p/2pPqP1Q/2P1p1R1/1P2P3/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg6 ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. Paul Van Der Sterren vs Kamsky, Wijk aan Zee, 1994
2R2b2/pQ5p/2pr3k/5p2/N6n/1P5P/P4PP1/q4BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Rg6+ ]

e)
Kamsky vs Valery Salov, Sanghi Nagar, 1995
3r3k/r4p2/p1Rbpp1p/3q4/5P2/4P1RP/1PQ3P1/4B1K1 w - - 0 1
[ e4 ]

Kamsky Puzzles, Part V. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Kamsky vs Julio Granda Zuniga, Buenos Aires, 2005
2r3b1/1p2p1kp/p2p1p2/P3r1pq/1PPQP3/4RP2/1N4PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd3 if Re6 f4 ]

b)
Gata Kamsky vs Quang Liem Le, Amsterdam, 7/14/2012
7r/1p1qk1pp/p2p1p2/n1rB3Q/2P2R2/2P3P1/P3P2P/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Qf7+ Kd8 Qxf6+
or if Kxf6 Rf1+ Ke7 Rf7+ Kd8 Qg5+
]

c)
White mates in 3.
Gata Kamsky vs Mateusz Bartel, Eilat, 10/15/2012
3r1br1/2pk3p/Q6P/3pP1p1/4q3/2P1P3/1P3P2/2B1KB1R w K - 1 0
[ Bb5+ if c6 Qxc6+ ]

d)
Gata Kamsky vs Peter Leko, Beijing, 12/17/2012
r7/3P4/1p6/1P3kp1/4N3/5PKP/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Ke6 Nc8 if Kxd7 Nxb6+ ]

e)
Gata Kamsky vs Kaido Kulaots, Gibraltar, 1/27/2013
1r6/R3b2p/4knpP/2p1p1B1/2P5/4NP2/8/4K3 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 if Nxd5 cxd5+ or if Bd8 Bxf6 Bxf6 Ra6+ ]

Gata Kamsky Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gata Kamsky vs Lenier Dominguez, Thessaloniki, 5/22/2013
3k4/4p3/pR1b2p1/P7/1P1B1p1r/2P2K2/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6+ ]

b)
Gata Kamsky vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Khanty Mansyisk, 6/8/2013
2r5/Pk2r1b1/1p2p1Qp/1N1pq3/2p2pP1/2P2B2/5PP1/R4K2 w - - 1 0
[ Re1 if Qg5 Nd6+ Ka8 Qxg5 hxg5 Nxc8 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Alexander Grischuk vs Gata Kamsky, Beijing, 12/14/2013
1k3nr1/1p3P2/p1pNp3/2RpP3/1P1P4/P2P1Qpq/7r/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh8 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Gata Kamsky vs Hayk Manvelyan, Las Vegas, 6/13/2014
4rk2/Q3b1Rp/3B2p1/3p1q2/3P2N1/8/P3NPb1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe7+ Kxg7 Bf6+ ]

e)
Mikhailo Oleksienko vs Gata Kamsky, Philadelphia, 4/20/2014
5r1k/1p3qnp/2p1p1pQ/p1Pp4/P2P2N1/1P3r1P/4R3/2B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Kh2 Qf3 Rg2 Rxe1 ]

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