Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.
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)
White mates in 3.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Elista, 1998
1r1k1br1/R3n2p/3NR1p1/5p2/5P2/2PP4/2K3BP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Dmitry Melnikov, St. Petersburg, 1999
r1b5/4R1pp/1pp2p2/7k/8/5NQ1/q4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re5+ if Bf5 Rxf5+ g5 Rxg5+ or if Kh6 Qh4+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Emir Dizdarevic, Solin/Split, 2003
8/p3q1p1/1p2p1np/kP2Bp2/2P5/5QP1/P4P1P/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Bc3+ Qb4 a3 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Bojan Kurajica, Solin, 2005
3r1r2/1R2Np1p/p1p3pk/4B3/6R1/5B2/q1P2PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ gxf5 Bf4+ Kh5 Rg3+ ]



Ekaterina Kovalevskaya Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Sylvia Pilane Masego, Ekaterinburg, 2007
5R2/p1pk4/1pNp2r1/1P1Pp3/4P2q/2N4p/1PPQ3P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qf2 if Qxf2 Rd8# ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Irina Vasilevich, Serpukhov, 2008
2r3k1/5p1p/4bqpP/4R3/8/2Q2B2/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc8+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Maria Schoene, Germany, 2009
r1b2r1k/p1n3b1/7p/5q2/2BpN1p1/P5P1/1P1Q1NP1/2K1R2R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ Bxh6 Qxh6+ Qh7 Qxf8+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Carmen Voicu vs Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Germany, 2008
2k3r1/1pp1b2p/p1p2p2/NP2pq2/P1P2p2/3r3P/1Q3PPK/3R2R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Rxg2 Qxh3+ ]


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