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

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


a)
Kobalia vs Alexander Riazantsev, Moscow, 1996
r6k/1p1R2pp/2p5/p3q2n/P4p2/5P2/BPP3PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ Qe8 Rxe8+ Rxe8 Bf7 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Kobalia vs Logman Guliev, Moscow, 1996
r4rk1/2q2pp1/p2pbbRQ/2BBp3/4P3/2p5/PPP2P1P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ w/Rg1 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Kobalia vs Laurent Fressinet, Calicut, 1998
4rk2/p3Np2/b3p1Bp/n3Q3/2qP4/2P5/P4PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 if e5 Nf5 ]

d)
Kobalia vs Alexey Korotylev, Moscow, 1999
2r1k3/1q2bpr1/p3p2p/Bp4p1/8/2RQ4/PPP3PP/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qd4 if Kf8 Qa7 Qa8 Rd7 f6 Rxc8 Qxc8 Bb4 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Kobalia vs Tigran Nalbandian, Moscow, 1999
3brrnk/p1nq1p1p/1pp5/2PpPPp1/3P1NR1/4B2Q/PPB4P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 f6+ Kh8 Rxg5 ]



Kobalia Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kobalia vs Goran Cabrilo, Pula, 1999
4k2r/p4p2/qp2p1p1/3pPnB1/3P3p/1P3Q1P/PbrN1PP1/1R1R2K1 w k - 0 1
[ Rxb2 Rxb2 Qc3 if Rxa2 Qc6+ mates ]

b)
Kobalia vs Olli Salmensuu, Linares, 2001
5rk1/1p4pp/4p3/p3n3/2Q2P2/PP2p2P/5qP1/2B2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qb5 ]

c)
Kobalia vs Alexander Vaulin, St. Petersburg, 2001
Black has just played f7-f5
R7/1r2b1p1/3p4/3PkpP1/2P1Np2/2K2P2/8/8 w - f6 0 1
[ Nf2 ]

d)
Kobalia vs Javad Maharramzade, Ubeda, 2001
5r2/p1RR1n2/5r1p/2N2kp1/8/6P1/6PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd5+ Kg6 Nd7 ]

e)
Kobalia vs Pavel Eljanov, Kharkov, 2002
3r4/p2P2kp/b3p1p1/8/2p5/5N1P/P5P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 ]

Kobalia Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Kobalia vs Valeri Yandemirov, Tomsk, 2004
r3rk2/p3bp2/2p1qB2/1p1nP1RP/3P4/2PQ4/P5P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ ]

b)
Kobalia vs Pavel Tregubov, Internet, 2004
5rk1/pp2q1p1/4p3/3pPpN1/6b1/3Q4/PPP2P2/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg4 ]

c)
Kobalia vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Sochi, 2008
q2r2k1/4bp1p/p5p1/4B3/P4Q2/4R1NP/1P3PbK/R2r4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 ]

d)
Kobalia vs Imre Hera, Budva, 2009
4nrk1/pp1b2p1/3bR3/2p2PN1/2Pp4/1P1B4/P4Q1P/q3B1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 if Nf6 Rxd6 ]

e)
Kobalia vs Gaioz Nigalidze, Tbilisi, 2009
5rk1/1q2bp2/6p1/p1p1r3/1p1Rp1B1/1P4QP/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Qb8 f4 ]

Mikhail Kobalia Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mikhail Kobalia vs Mikhail Gurevich, Konya, 2012
3qn1k1/pp3p1p/6p1/1Q1N1N2/8/2P2P2/P5PP/3n2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nfe7+ if Kg7 Qe2 or if Kf8 Qb4 Qd6 Qd4 ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Zulzaga Byambaa vs Mikhail Kobalia, Khanty Mansyisk, 2013
6k1/5ppp/1q6/3npQ2/8/2P2P2/KP4PP/2r2B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3+ if bxc3 Qa5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Kobalia vs Ivan Rozum, St. Petersburg, 2015
2r1r3/1bq1k3/p3p1pQ/1p6/2nPNR2/P7/BP3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kd7 Rf7+ ]

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