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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Kramnik vs Igor Saric, Leningrad, 1991
2r5/pp3k2/2q1br1p/3pQ3/3P2P1/1P2R3/P7/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ w/Rxe6+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Michail Brodsky vs Kramnik, Kherson, 1991
8/4k2p/5p1b/q2bpP2/4B3/8/1PK4P/3QR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa4+ Kb1 Ba2+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Zurab Sturua vs Kramnik, Moscow, 1992
2r1r1k1/5b1p/2q2ppb/1p2p3/p2pP3/PP1Q2PP/1BPN1P1K/2R1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc4 bxc4 bxc4 Qe2 c3 Bxc3 dxc3 Nf3 Bxc1 ]

d)
Kramnik vs Felix Levin, Dortmund, 1992
r1r5/p3p1kp/n1q2pp1/PNp1n3/2QN4/4P2P/3P1PP1/1RR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 w/Nxa7 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Kramnik vs Robert Huebner, Biel, 1993
3R3Q/7r/6rk/6pp/1q2P3/p5P1/3R1P1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ R2d7 Rg7 Qe8 ]



Kramnik Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kramnik vs Ognjen Cvitan, Munich, 1994
2rqnrk1/1p1bppbp/p2p2p1/n3P3/P4P2/1NN1B3/1PP1B1PP/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxa5 Qxa5 Nd5 Qd8 Bb6 ]

b)
Kramnik vs Judit Polgar, New York, 1994
1rbr2k1/2Rnbppp/4p3/q2pP3/3B4/2RB1N2/P3QPPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra7 ]

c)
Black Mates in 6. Leonid Yudasin vs Kramnik, Wijk aan Zee, 1994
kb3R2/6Qp/q1p5/3p3N/1P1rr3/P3p1P1/7P/4KR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Kxd1 Qd3+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Leonid Yudasin vs Kramnik, Wijk aan Zee, 1994
r5k1/ppQ2p1p/6p1/1N1Prn2/P4q2/2P1R3/1P3PPP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe3 if fxe3 Ng3+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Kramnik vs Jaan Ehlvest, Riga, 1995
3k3r/p1rb1p2/5P1b/q1p3B1/1pp1Q3/6P1/PP3P1P/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ Rc8 Rxd7+ Kxd7 Qd5+ ]

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Kramnik Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Veselin Topalov vs Kramnik, Belgrade, 1995
2r1k3/5pbp/p3P1p1/1pB5/1K6/1N1B2n1/PqP5/R3Q3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc3+ Qxc3 a5+ ]

b)
Kramnik vs Nigel Short, Horgen, 1995
5k2/2R2np1/8/3P1p2/B2K1P2/6r1/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ w/Re8+ Re6+ & Re7+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Boris Gelfand vs Kramnik, Berlin, 1996
1r4k1/p5pp/4q3/2Q2pP1/3N4/Prn1P3/1P1B1P1P/KR6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb2 if Rxb2 Qa2+ ]

d)
Kramnik vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Melody Amber (blindfold), 1997
rr4qk/3P2b1/4Np1p/4pQp1/8/p3R3/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa3 Rxa3 d8/Q ]

e)
Black to move and win. Alexander Beliavsky vs Kramnik, Belgrade, 1997
8/p1b2pk1/1pb2rp1/3p4/3P1qPp/2N1r2P/PPQ2PB1/2RR1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 if bxc3 Bb5+ ]

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Kramnik Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kramnik vs Loek Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee, 1998
4rrk1/p3pqbp/1pnp3B/3N1p2/2P5/5P2/PP1Q2PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 if Kxg7 or Qxg7 Nc7 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Jan Timman vs Kramnik, Dortmund, 1999
5r1k/6b1/2bqpnnp/Qpp3p1/4P3/1NP3P1/1P2BN1P/2B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra8 if Rd1 Qb8 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Kramnik vs C Houze, Lyons, 2001
r1b2k2/1p4pp/p4N1r/4Pp2/P3pP1q/4P2P/1P2Q2K/3R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ if Ke7 Re8+ or if Kf7 Qc4+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Garry Kasparov vs Kramnik, Internet, 2001
4r1k1/5p2/5np1/1pRp1b1q/1P6/4PPQ1/6BP/2B4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if fxe4 Qd1+ mates ]

e)
Black to move and win. Vladimir Akopian vs Kramnik, Moscow, 2002
r5k1/bp3pp1/p1n1p2p/Pr6/4NP2/R4NP1/RP2P1KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb4 ]

Kramnik Puzzles, Part V. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Evgeny Bareev vs Kramnik, Monte Carlo (blindfold), 2004
4rbk1/3qr1pp/pp1n1p2/2pP1N2/PnP5/2N1P1PP/5R1K/B3RQ2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf5 Rxf5 Nc2 ]

b)
Alexander Galkin vs Vladimir Kramnik, Moscow, 8/15/2011
2r3k1/p4p2/Bp4p1/q2P4/4r3/1Qb1p2R/N1P3P1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb4 if Bxc8 Rxb3+ cxb3 e2 ]

c)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Teimour Radjabov, London, 3/28/2013
4r1k1/4ppbp/p1N3p1/3rP3/1R6/6PP/q4P2/2Q1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe7+ if Rxe7 Qc8+ Bf8 Rb8 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Morozevich, Moscow, 2013
r6k/2p2R1p/1p1pn2B/3Np1p1/p1P5/P5P1/7P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Re7 ]

e)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Vladimir Kramnik, Tromsoe, 2013
r4rk1/p4ppp/1bpp2q1/4nb2/2P4R/2N2B2/PP1B1PPP/3Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc2 if Qxc2 Nxf3+ or if Qe2 Bd3 ]

Kramnik Puzzles, Part VI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik, London, 2013
2rr2k1/4q1pp/3bp3/5p2/1P2b3/4PN2/1Q2BPPP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 Qb3 Rxe2 Nd4 Bd5 Qd3 Qh4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Vladimir Kramnik vs Sophie Milliet, London, 2014
3k4/pb3p2/1p3N1Q/nP1P2p1/8/n5PP/r3qPB1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ ]

c)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Hikaru Nakamura, London, 2014
r1b1k2r/1pp4p/2np1qp1/1P2bp2/p1P5/Q3P3/PB2BPPP/RN3RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nc3 if Ne7 f4 ]

d)
Wesley So vs Vladimir Kramnik, Leuven, 2016
8/p2r1kp1/4bp2/1R6/3N4/R3P1r1/P2KP3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4+ ]

e)
Yusup Atabayev vs Vladimir Kramnik, Baku, 2016
1k6/2p3p1/bp3p1p/2n4P/1p2P1P1/qP1rRQN1/P7/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na4 if bxa4 b3 axb3 Qxb3+ ]


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