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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Valentin Lukov.
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)
Valentin Lukov vs Mladen Gochev, Sofia, 1981
3r2nk/R7/6Rp/1p6/4BPp1/7P/1r6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6 ]

b)
Reynaldo Vera vs Valentin Lukov, Cienfuegos, 1983
3r2k1/pR3ppp/1b1rb3/3Bp3/2P5/4N1P1/P3PP1P/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe3+ fxe3 Rxd5 cxd5 Bxd5 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Valentin Lukov vs Nedeljko Kelecevic, Tuzla, 1990
2rk3r/pR4pp/4Qb2/2p2p2/3q1B2/5B2/P4PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc7+ ]

d)
Nicola Pietralunga vs Valentin Lukov, Marostica, 1993
2r2rk1/pp2bppp/b3pn2/8/2N2P2/8/PP1NPPBP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rfd8 ]

e)
Valentin Lukov vs Gustavo Mateo, Nigran, 1994
2rb2k1/5p1p/1p2p1p1/pP6/2q5/B2Q2P1/P3PP1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc4 ]

Valentin Lukov puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Valentin Lukov vs Cristian Aranda Marin, Villalba, 1996
6k1/1p4p1/2q1r1P1/R6Q/4p2P/1p2P3/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qd5 if Qxd5 Ra8+ ]

b)
Valentin Lukov vs Laurent Large, Issy Les Moulineaux, 1996
5b1k/p4q2/1p1p1p1B/3PpB1b/1Pr5/7P/P2Q4/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Be6 if Qe7 Rg8+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Valentin Lukov vs Ricardo Gervasio, Paris, 1998
1r3bk1/1p2Rppp/p7/P2B1NQ1/1prP4/1q6/5P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ Kh8 Nxf7+ Kg8 Ne5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Anthony Black Bellaiche vs Valentin Lukov, Clichy, 1998
7r/4b1k1/1q6/p2p2n1/5P2/P3n3/1P2QP2/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kh2 Nxf4+ Kg3 Rh3+ ]

e)
Dominique Primel vs Valentin Lukov, Sautron, 2002
2r1r1k1/1p3p1p/p2p2p1/3Pn3/1PPq4/1Q1B4/5PPP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd3 if Rxd3 Qxc4 or if Qxd3 Re1+ ]

f)
Laurent Riquier vs Valentin Lukov, Le Touquet, 2005
2rq1rk1/4ppbp/bp4p1/p2p4/Q2P4/PP2PN2/1B1N1PPP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc1 Rxc1 b5 ]


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