Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bela Khotenashvili.
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)
Khotenashvili vs Stevan Djukic, Marina d'Or, 1998
2r2rk1/1p1q1ppp/p2bp3/2pp4/2PPbPP1/1P2P2P/PB1Q2B1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe4 dxe4 dxc5 Rxc5 Red1 Rd8 Be5 Rc6 c5 ]

b)
Khotenashvili vs Alexandra Plo Palacin, Oropesa, 1999
2kr3r/ppp2ppp/2n2n2/3p3b/3P3q/2PB1PN1/PP4PP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 Qf4 g3 Qg5 h4 ]

c)
Khotenashvili vs Ana Gavasheli, Tbilisi, 2001
r2q1rk1/pbpnb1pp/1p1ppn2/5p2/2PP4/1P1BPN2/PBQN1PPP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Khotenashvili vs M Gomes, Heraklio, 2004
r2q1r2/ppp1nk2/3ppp1Q/8/3P3P/2P2P2/PPB2P2/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ ]



Bela Khotenashvili Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khotenashvili vs Sabina-Francesca Foisor, Heraklio, 2004
3r2k1/p4qpp/1pp5/Pn1p4/1P2bP2/1Q4PB/5B1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 if dxe4 Be6 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Khotenashvili vs Miranda Mikadze, Tbilisi, 2004
3qrbk1/p2n4/1pr2pPp/2p2N1Q/4N3/P1BPP3/1P5P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ g7 ]

c)
Khotenashvili vs Rout Padmini, Yerevan, 2007
r6k/1r4bp/b7/p1ppB1R1/1p4P1/P3N3/1PP2R1P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 Rxg7 Rf7 ]

d)
Khotenashvili vs Inga Khurtsilava, Tbilisi, 2010
8/p2n4/2K1kp2/2pN3p/2P1r3/PR4P1/7P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4+ if Ke7 Rb7 Rd4 Nd5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Ljilja Drljevic, Gaziantep, 3/4/2012
q7/1b3r1p/3pRnk1/P2N1p2/1P3P2/6P1/1Q4BP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6+ if Kg7 Rxf7+ ]

Bela Khotenashvili Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Gaziantep, 3/15/2012
r4k2/3R3p/r1p1B1p1/1p3pB1/7P/6P1/P3PP2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ if Ke8 Rg7 or if Kg8 Bh6 Kh8 Bg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Carolina Mazariego-K, Istanbul, 8/28/2012
1r3b2/p4pk1/Ppqp1N1p/8/2P5/3QR2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 ]

c)
Bela Khotenashvili vs Xue Zhao, Beijing, 12/17/2012
5r1r/3n1q2/1kb1pN1p/bpppP2Q/3P4/pP2PN1B/P1P5/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7 Qxf7 Rxf7 Be6 if Re7 Bxd7 Bxd7 Nxd5+ ]

d)
Karolina Olsarova vs Bela Khotenashvili, Gaziantep, 3/3/2012
8/pR2pnk1/1p3pp1/8/r3NP2/2PK4/PP4P1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4 ]

e)
Bela Khotenashvili vs Mircea Parligras, Dubai, 4/13/2013
3r2k1/pQ2Rpbp/3Pb1p1/2nB4/q1p2P2/8/P3PP1P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc7 if Rc8 Bxe6 Rxc7 dxc7 ]

f)
Bela Khotenashvili vs Veronika Exler, Warsaw, 11/8/2013
3k3r/3r1pp1/6p1/2R5/1q3B2/3Q1P2/PP4PP/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Bc7+ if Ke8 Re5+ or if Kc8 Qa6+ Qb7 Bd6+ Kd8 Qa5+ ]


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