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

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


a)
Malakhov vs M Ab Rahman, Duisburg, 1992
4r2k/ppn3bp/n1p2r2/3pN1p1/3P4/BP2P2B/P4P1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd7 w/Be7 ]

b)
Malakhov vs Ventzislav Inkiov, Porto San Giorgio, 1998
1r1k4/Rnnbb1pp/3p4/1p1P1P2/1PpN2B1/2P3pP/1B1N4/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ ]

c)
Malakhov vs Peter Wells, Bled 2001
3q1rk1/p4pp1/2p2n2/3b3p/N5r1/1P1B2P1/P2Q1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5 ]

d)
Malakhov vs Peter Nielsen, Istanbul, 2003
r1br2k1/ppq2ppp/1npN1n2/2B5/3RP3/P5P1/1P3PBP/2Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if cxb5 Qf4 ]

e)
Malakhov vs Alexander Areshchenko, Moscow, 2005
3rkb1r/pp1n1ppp/4p3/1Q2p2q/3R4/5N1P/PPP2PP1/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 g4 ]



Vladimir Malakhov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Ivan Salgado Lopez, Plovdiv, 2012
4rrk1/p1pq3p/1p1pb1n1/5p1N/2PR4/2Q2B2/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 if Qxc6 Rxd6 ]

b)
Jacob Hoyer vs Vladimir Malakhov, Helsingor, 2012
r6k/2R4p/3p4/P2Pb3/4P3/5B1P/2p5/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ w/...Bc5 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Sergey Karjakin vs Vladimir Malakhov, Moscow, 2014
2kr3r/1p2n1p1/2p2np1/p1qpNp2/P4P2/3P2P1/1PP3BP/R2QR2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Kxh2 Rh8+ if Bh3 Qf2+ ]

d)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Sergei Iskusnyh, St. Petersburg, 2015
r1r5/p1bb1kqQ/4pp2/3p4/8/1P2RN2/P2B1PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc7 if Rxc7 Ng5+ or if Qxh7 Rxd7+ Kg6 Ne5+ ]

e)
Nikita Meskovs vs Vladimir Malakhov, Yurmala, 2016
r2rq1k1/1p3p1p/p5p1/2P5/PP1R4/1Q5P/5PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 Rxd4 Qe1+ Kh2 Qe5+ ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Vladimir Malakhov vs Falko Bindrich, Doha, 2016
2r3k1/pp5p/5R2/5N1q/4p1p1/1P1nP2P/PQ4P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ ]

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