Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Igor Khenkin.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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


a)
Khenkin vs Alexey Vyzmanavin, Barnaul, 1988
r2q1rk1/pb3pp1/1p6/2pn2B1/8/P1QB4/1P3P1P/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ if Kxh7 Qh3+ or if Kh8 Qg3 Qe8 Qh4 mates ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Khenkin vs Valeriy Neverov, Moscow, 1989
4r1k1/pp3b1q/4QR1B/8/8/1P2p3/P5PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe8+ ]

c)
Khenkin vs Thomas Engqvist, Stockholm, 1990
6k1/1p5p/p1pBqpp1/2P1n2n/3r1P1Q/2N5/PP4PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if fxe5 Qd8+ mates ]

d)
Khenkin vs Nikolaos Kalesis, Iraklion, 1992
1r1r4/p2nn1kp/3R2p1/2p1p3/Q1P1Pp1P/P4N2/1q3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Qxd7 Kf8 Qe6 if Qb6 Rd6 w/Ng5 ]

e)
Khenkin vs Gad Rechlis, Tel Aviv, 1992
6r1/p4pk1/2p1p3/2r4p/2PR1Q2/2q5/P4PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ R4d3 if Qe5 Rg3+ Kf8 Qh6+ or if Qxc4 Rg3+ Kf8 Qd6+ ]



Khenkin Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khenkin vs Vasilios Kotronias, Chalkidiki, 1992
1r2q2k/p2p3p/6p1/2p1nr2/4QB2/2P2PKP/P5P1/1R1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb8 Qxb8 Rxd7 if Rxf4 Rb7 or if a6 Re7 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Khenkin vs Vlastimil Piza, Pardubice, 1993
5rk1/5pb1/r1pnp1p1/q1Pn2P1/1p1P1P2/pP1Q4/P3NB1R/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Bxh8 Qh3 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Khenkin vs Darius Zagorskis, Weilburg, 1995
2Q5/6kp/pp2pNp1/8/3qP3/6PP/P2n1P1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qg8+ Kxf6 Qf8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Khenkin vs Kuno Thiel, Bad Ragaz, 1995
r7/3PQp1p/p5pk/1q2B3/1p6/5b1P/1P4P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qh4+ Bh5 Qf4+ g5 Qf6+ Bg6 Qg7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Khenkin vs Roland Schmaltz, Recklinghausen, 1996
2r4k/1p1RB3/p5Bp/1n2P3/5PK1/6PP/4r3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6+ Kg8 Rh7 ]

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Khenkin Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khenkin vs Almira Skripchenko, Recklinghausen, 1996
4k2r/3pnppp/2b1p3/2p1P3/1qP2P2/4B3/2Q1B1PP/R5K1 w k - 0 1
[ Rb1 Qa3 Rb8+ ]

b)
Khenkin vs Adalberto Villavicencio, Las Palmas, 1997
3q2k1/p4pb1/6p1/4p2p/1P1rP3/PNQ1n3/5PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 exd4 Qc8 ]

c)
Khenkin vs Gianni De Vita, Porto San Giorgio, 1997
7k/pbQn3p/1p2q3/5pr1/3p4/2NBPP2/PP6/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4 if Qc6 Qd8+ or if Qe8 Qxb7 ]

d)
Khenkin vs Ted Barendse, Haarlem, 1997
rn2r3/pb1N1k2/1p1pp2p/2pP3P/7p/P7/1P2PPBP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ dxe6+ if Kxe6 Nxc5+ or if Rxe6 Bxb7 ]

e)
Khenkin vs Colin McNab, Koszalin, 1997
r2q2k1/ppp2p1p/3p2pQ/1r1N4/8/7R/P1P2PB1/b5K1 w - - 0 1
[ c3 if Rxd5 Bxd5 Qf6 Qxh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]

Khenkin Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khenkin vs Miron Sher, Koszalin, 1997
1rb1r1k1/p4p1p/pn4p1/4b3/8/BP2N1PP/R1P2PB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 if Re6 Rd8+ Kg7 Bf8+ Kf6 Ng4+ Kg5 Nxe5 Rxe5 f4+ ]

b)
Khenkin vs Yuri Shulman, Stockholm, 1998
8/p4p1k/3B2pp/3P4/4N3/5P2/r6P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kg7 Be7 Re2 d6 ]

c)
Khenkin vs Lorenz Drabke, Bolzano, 2000
r3kb1r/pp2nppp/1q2p3/3pN3/3PbB2/1QN5/PP3PPP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Qxb6 axb6 Nb5 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Khenkin vs Dimitri Anagnostopoulos, Athens, 2000
r4rk1/pp2pn1p/2p5/n2q2pP/3B4/2PB1Q2/P1P2PP1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ Kxh7 Qd3+ ]

e)
Khenkin vs Carlos Beltran, Cali, 2000
r4rk1/5pb1/ppnqp2p/4N1pP/2BP4/P7/1PQ2PP1/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Rxf7 Rxe6 Qd7 Rxc6 or if Kxf7 Rxe6 ]

. Khenkin Puzzles, Part V. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 4. Khenkin vs Michael Drexel, Bad Wiessee, 2001
2r2k2/3R1p1p/2qP1N2/6Pp/3Q4/5P2/2p3K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh5 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Khenkin vs Marianne Spiel, Bad Wiessee, 2001
r1b2rk1/pp2qNp1/1np2bQp/4p3/2BP4/4PN2/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ N7g5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Khenkin vs Sergey Kalinitschew, Senden, 2001
7k/pp2r3/8/7q/1PP5/P2Q4/7P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ Qe8 Qd4+ ]

d)
Khenkin vs Ludwig Deglmann, Fuerth, 2002
r1bqk2r/ppp3bp/3p2p1/4np2/1PP5/6P1/PB2PPBP/RN1Q1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ f4 ]

e)
Khenkin vs Erik Hedman, Stockholm, 2004
3rb1k1/bpq2pp1/2p2n1p/p3N3/3P1Q2/P6P/BP2NPP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 ]

Khenkin Puzzles, Part VI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khenkin vs Gerlef Meins, Bad Wiessee, 2005
1q1r1k2/5p2/1r1bpp2/pB1p3Q/P2P4/6P1/1PR2P2/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8 if Rxc8 Qh8+ ]

b)
Khenkin vs Michael Schimmer, Bad Homburg , 2006
r4r1k/2qb1p1p/3p1Pp1/ppnPb3/2p1P2Q/P1N1BR2/1PB3PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

c)
Khenkin vs Swayangsu Satyapragyan, Andorra , 2006
2kr3r/pp1n1p1p/2pQ2p1/4P3/2PNPqB1/P7/6PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if bxc6 Rb1 ]

d)
Khenkin vs Sebastien Maze, Geneva , 2007
2r5/2P2ppk/1p2rq1p/p2R4/8/P3PPB1/3Q1PKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 Re8 Rxe8 if Rxe8 Qc2+ ]

e)
Khenkin vs Erwin L'Ami, Germany, 2007
6r1/1p2rp2/1pp2n1k/5Bpb/P2RP3/2N2P2/1P3K1P/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6 ]

Khenkin Puzzles, Part VII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 2. Khenkin vs Anthony Kosten, Andorra, 2007
5k2/R7/4P2p/5Kpn/P2B4/2P5/6r1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ ]

b)
Khenkin vs John Van Der Wiel, Nordhorn, 2009
r2q1rk1/1p1b2p1/p2p1pP1/3Pp2p/4P2b/2N1BP1n/PP2QN1P/R4KR1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if Bg4 Rxg4 hxg4 Qxg4 or if Nxg1 Qxh5 Re8 Qh7+ mates ]

c)
Khenkin vs Falko Bindrich, Bad Liebenzell, 2010
1r4k1/1p3Np1/p1p4p/P6n/2Br4/1R5P/1P1b1PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5+ if Kh7 Bd3+ Kh8 Nxc6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Khenkin vs Wolf-Dietrich Guth, Bad Homburg, 2010
2R5/6pk/4N1p1/p2p4/8/5P2/5KPP/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ Kh6 Nf7+ ]

e)
Khenkin vs Hans Klip, Tromsoe, 2010
2rn1rk1/p3q2p/4b1pb/2p5/Q4p2/BNP2BP1/P3P2P/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc5 if Rxc5 Qd4 ]


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