'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



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

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

a)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Emanouel Pandavos, Athens, 1984
r3r1k1/p1pq1ppp/8/1bbpPP2/2pN4/2P1BQ2/P1P3PP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ e6 w/Nxb5 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Vasilios Kotronias vs A Karmbinas, Karditsa, 1984
1r2b3/R7/1p2p2p/1p1pPpk1/3P1p2/2PN4/1P3KPP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Bg6 h4+ Kxh4 Nxf4 Kg5 g3 Rg8 Rxg8 Kg4 Rxg6# ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Vasilios Kotronias vs Miklos Orso, Budapest, 1986
1nb2k2/r4rbR/p2pp3/5p1Q/1q1NP3/2N1B3/1PP5/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Bxh8 Qxh8+ Ke7 Bg5+ Rf6 Bxf6+ Kf7 Rg7+ Kxf6 Qh6+ Ke5 Nf3# ]

d)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Suat Atalik, Pucarevo, 1987
Q3bb1r/1p3q1p/5pp1/2k5/2p1B3/8/P1P2PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa3+ Kd4 Qe3+ Ke5 Bxg6+ ]

e)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Nikolaos Skalkotas, Akropolis, 1988
2b1r1k1/5qbp/1Np2pp1/4p3/4P2B/r7/P1Q2PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 w/Nd6 ]

Vasilios Kotronias Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, Salonika, 1988
1b1r2k1/1p3p2/6pp/3p1n2/q2N2Q1/2B3P1/1P3P1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 w/Nxh6+ ]

b)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Teodor Hellborg, Stockholm, 1988
3r2k1/5p1p/1rR2P2/p3p1P1/1pRb4/5K2/P1B2P1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd4 ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Vasilios Kotronias vs Alexander Goldin, Moscow, 1989
8/3Q1pkp/p1n1r1p1/1p6/4P1P1/1P4KP/8/2B4b w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ Kxh6 Qxf7 g5 h4 gxh4+ Kxh4 Rg6 Qf8+ ]

d)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Rikard Winsnes, Gausdal, 1990
5r1k/1p1nr1pp/8/2PpP2N/1q6/7Q/2B3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 g5 Ng6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Vasilios Kotronias vs Daniel King, New York, 1990
r4rk1/p4ppp/Pp4n1/4BN2/1bq5/7Q/2P2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 if gxh6 Nxh6# ]

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Vasilios Kotronias Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Ivan Radulov, Chalkidiki, 1991
r2r1qk1/5p1p/2b2Pp1/1pp1P1Q1/p2p3R/5N1P/PPP3P1/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 (if Kxh7 Qh4+ & Ng5) w/Rg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 8.
Vasilios Kotronias vs Alte Gronn, Gausdal, 1991
5r2/3qppk1/3p4/1prP2Pp/p4Rp1/P1PQ4/1P6/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Rxf7 Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf8 g6 e5 Qxd7 ]

c)
Vasilios Kotronias vs Dimitrios Kiriazis, Greece, 1991
1k3r2/2pr3p/R3pBp1/1p1qb3/1P6/8/2Q2PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if Qxe5 Qc6 mates ]

d)
Kotronius vs A Skripchenko, Gibraltar, 2005
r5rk/1p3ppp/p1bp1n2/4pPQ1/2B1P3/P1N4R/2q3PP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re2 ]

e)
Vasillios Vasilios Kotronias vs Hikaru Nakamura, Gibraltar, 2009
r4rk1/pp3pp1/4pn1p/2p4P/2PP3R/4PNq1/PPQ3P1/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rf4 w/Rh3 ]

Vasilios Kotronias Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Vasilios Kotronias vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Budva, 2009
3r1b1k/1p3R2/7p/2p4N/p4P2/2K3R1/PP6/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ (if Nf6 Rc1#) ]

b)
Spyridon Kapnisis vs Vasilios Kotronias, Athens, 2017
2r3k1/5p1p/ppqp3b/4rP2/PP6/2N2QPP/2R3K1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxf3+ 2.Kxf3 Re3+ ]

c)
Vasilios Kotronias vs J Sai Agni Jeevetesh, Budapest, 2017
2r2nk1/ppr1n1p1/3bp2p/3p4/3P1PNq/3BBR1P/PP2Q1P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bf2 Qh5 2.Nf6+ gxf6 3.Rg3+ ]

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