Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Humpy Koneru.
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)
Black to move and win. Irina Krush vs Koneru, Calicut, 1998
8/5k2/B4bp1/p1pR3p/P7/1K4PP/5P2/2r5 b - - 0 1
[ ...c4+ ]

b)
Koneru vs Stephen Orton, Millfield, 2000
4rrk1/pp2p2p/4b1p1/q1p1Np2/1nP5/1P4P1/n2RPPBP/QN1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc3 if Rd8 Nxa2 & Nd3 ]

c)
Koneru vs Matthew Broomfield, Witley, 2000
b1rr2k1/1q3ppp/1p6/pNbnB3/8/PP4P1/2R1QPBP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rcd2 if Qe7 Bxd5 Bxd5 Rxd5 Rxd5 Rxd5 f6 Qg4 ]

d)
Koneru vs S Sanchez Castillo, Athens, 2001
4b3/2R3p1/p4k1p/5B1P/1P3K2/r3P3/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ e4 ]

e)
Koneru vs Ekaterina Ubiennykh, Goa, 2002
2q1nbk1/3n1pp1/p6p/Np1p1p2/1P1N4/P1rPB1P1/2PQ1P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 ]



Koneru Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Tatiana Stepovaia vs Koneru, Hyderabad, 2002
3rr1k1/pbpq2pp/1p1b1p2/n1P2P2/3P2P1/P1Q1B3/R3B1NP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh2+ Kxh2 Qd5 ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Y Pratibha vs Koneru, Calicut, 2003
8/6k1/6p1/4p1K1/pPp1P1PP/3n1P2/6r1/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 h5 Ne6+ Kh4 g5+ Kh3 Nf4# ]

c)
Black to move and win. Jacob Kaaber vs Koneru, Copenhagen, 2003
2r2rk1/1R2b1pp/1pp5/4q3/1PP1P3/4R1P1/2QN2pP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 if Rd3 Bxd2 Rxd2 Qa1+ or if Ra3 Qd4+ Kxg2 Rf2+ ]

d)
Koneru vs Peter Acs, Wijk aan Zee, 2003
6k1/pp3pp1/3n1np1/1P1pQ3/1q3N2/1NR1PP1P/r5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd3 if Qa3 Nbc1 ]

e)
Koneru vs Cecile Van Der Merwe, Elista, 2004
b4R2/2n1k2p/p2p2pB/P1pP1p2/B2b4/2N4P/2P2PPK/4r3 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8 if Bxc3 Bg5+ Kf7 Rxc7+ ]

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Koneru Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Koneru vs Ruediger Seger, Budapest, 2005
1qrr2k1/p4pb1/1p1P1np1/1Q1B4/4p3/4B2P/PP4P1/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7 if Kxf7 Qb3+ Kf8 Rxf6+ w/Bh6+ or if Kh7 Qg5 or if Kf8 Rxf6 Bxf6 Bh6+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Wu Shaobin vs Koneru, Kuala Lumpur, 2005
6k1/p1q1b1p1/bp2p2p/4P3/4BP2/1PBp2P1/P2Q3P/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc3 ]

c)
Koneru vs Vikramaditya Kamble, Visakhapatnam, 2006
1rb2r1k/6bp/p4qp1/2pBR3/5Q2/1P4P1/PB5P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 if Bxf6 Re8 ]

d)
Koneru vs MS Thejkumar, Visakhapatnam, 2006
2r3k1/ppqbrppp/2p1n3/4P3/3P1N2/2PB3P/P2Q1RP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ d5 if Nxf4 d6 Nxd3 Qxd3 ]

e)
Koneru vs Atousa Pourkashiyan, Doha, 2006
5nk1/p3r1pp/3N4/3pr1qn/8/3B4/PPQ3PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ Nxh7 Qc8+ Nf8 Qxf8+ Kh7 Nf7 ]

Humpy Koneru Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Humpy Koneru vs Sopiko Khukhashvili, Batumi, 6/5/2012
8/8/p4Qpk/1p2P2p/1Pb5/q6P/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ ]

b)
Humpy Koneru vs Elizaveta Bronnikova, Eilat, 10/15/2012
8/3q1r1k/3pN1p1/Pp2nr1p/1P5P/4R1P1/3Q4/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 if dxe5 Nf8+ ]

c)
Craig Hanley vs Humpy Koneru, Caleta, 1/25/2012
6k1/2pN2p1/4p3/3n1rnp/2N4P/2q3P1/P3QPK1/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ if gxf4 Qh3+ ]

d)
Alisa Galliamova vs Humpy Koneru, Kazan, 6/22/2012
r3r1k1/1p3pp1/p1bp4/P1p1nPq1/2N4R/2PB2BP/2Q2K2/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc4 Bxc4 Qe3+ ]

Humpy Koneru Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Wenjun Ju vs Humpy Koneru, Jermuk, 7/28/2012
6rk/1pp3rp/4Rp2/1p1P4/7n/P2Q3P/1P3R1K/2q2B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg5 if Bg2 Qxg2+ ]

b)
Humpy Koneru vs Elina Danielian, Dilijan, 6/17/2013
2krr3/1b3p2/p1p3p1/2N3P1/2QNnq2/8/PP6/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxb7 Kxb7 Qxc6+ Ka7 Nb5+ axb5 Rd8 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Humpy Koneru vs D. Wang, Shijiazhuang, 11/11/2013
r2b4/1p4pk/3P2R1/2p2rPn/q1B5/7P/PpQB1P2/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rh6+ gxh6 Qxf5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Anna Muzychuk vs Humpy Koneru, Beijing, 12/16/2013
2r3k1/5pp1/4p3/1p6/1N2PQ2/P3nPPp/5q1P/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1 ]


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