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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maxim Matlakov.
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)
Matlakov vs Victor Toporov, St. Petersburg, 2002
2r4k/b3q1pp/p7/1pP5/1P2b3/1B3pP1/5B1P/1Q3R1K w - - 0 1
[ Re1 if Re8 Bc2 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Matlakov vs Sasa Martinovic, Halkidiki, 2003
r4r2/1pp5/1bnp3p/p2B1Pnk/P5p1/2PP2K1/1P6/R1B2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Matlakov vs Daniel Alsina Leal, Kirishi, 2003
8/R6p/2r3p1/6Bk/p3p2P/2P5/5PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ f3 exf3 Kh3 ]

d)
Matlakov vs Ivan Rozum, Dagomys, 2006
r3r1k1/pp1b1p1p/1qp3p1/4n3/3R4/2P4P/PP3PP1/R1BQ1BK1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if f6 Qb3+ ]

e)
Matlakov vs Konstantin Rjabzev, St. Petersburg, 2009
6k1/3r2p1/pq2r3/2pQR3/P7/2P3P1/6K1/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ if Kh7 Qe4+ or if Kf7 Rf1+ mates ]



Matlakov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Matlakov vs Shamil Arslanov, Kemer, 2009
b4rk1/6p1/4p1N1/q3P1Q1/1p1R4/1P5r/P4P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ if Kf7 Qg6+ ]

b)
Matlakov vs Alexey Reshetnikov, Moscow, 2010
1k3r2/p1q2p2/8/2p1NN1P/4Q3/5Pp1/PP3nP1/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Qd5 if Re8 Nd7+ Kc8 Nd6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Matlakov vs Andrey Baryshpolets, Chotowa, 2010
4k3/1p2rn2/pP1p1Q2/3Pp3/4Pp2/5q2/1PR5/1KN3B1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ Nd8 Qg6+ Rf7 Qg8+ ]

d)
Matlakov vs Sebastian Nilsson, Rogaska Slatina, 2011
6k1/1R3r1p/6p1/p3Bp2/1b2N1P1/1n2P2P/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kg7 Nxh7 if Kg8 Rb8+ ]

e)
Matlakov vs Andrey Vunder, St. Petersburg, 2011
1kr2b2/pp6/5R1p/3pP3/2pP4/P1P1B1Q1/1q1N4/2nK4 w - - 0 1
[ e6+ Ka8 Qc7 Re8 e7 ]

f)
Matlakov vs Anton Shomoev, Khanty Mansyisk, 2011
5r1k/r4ppp/4p3/p1q1n1Q1/2P1B2P/6P1/5P2/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if f6 Qe3 or if Rc7 Rxf8+ w/Qxe5 ]

Matlakov Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 4. Pavel Trapeznikov vs Matlakov, Smolensk, 2001
3r2k1/pqp3pp/6b1/8/5Bnb/P1N1Pp1P/1PP5/1RQ2K1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa6+ Nb5 Qxb5+ c4 Bd3+ ]

b)
Vitaly Dolgov vs Matlakov, Smolensk, 2005
7r/1R3pkr/p1p1q1p1/P1Pp2n1/3P4/4PPP1/6B1/4RQK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Bxh3 Rxh3 Qg2 Qf5 Rb2 Qg5 ]

c)
Alexander Kopylov vs Matlakov, Dagomys, 2008
3r2k1/p4pp1/4p3/8/1n4q1/8/2R1QR1P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ ]

d)
Simon Rosberg vs Matlakov, Vung Tau, 2008
2rr2k1/1q2bppp/pn2p3/N2nP3/1p1P1B2/5NPP/PPQ2PK1/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4+ gxf4 Qxf3+ ]

Tactics in the openings series


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Matlakov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Valdis Saulespurens vs Matlakov, Riga, 2009
3r3k/4N1pp/b7/5P2/6q1/6Q1/7P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ ]

b)
Sergey Solovjov vs Matlakov, St. Petersburg, 2009
r3r1k1/pp3pb1/3p2pp/5b2/2P2B2/2N3QP/1qPK1PP1/1R2N2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3+ if Qxc3 Re2+ ]

c)
Alexandr Ulanov vs Matlakov, Rybinsk, 2009
6k1/p4ppb/2p2q1p/2n5/PQNpP1P1/3rNP1P/1P4K1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe4 fxe4 dxe3 Rf1 Qd4 Rf4 e2 ]

d)
Andrey Zhigalko vs Matlakov, Sestao, 2010
4kr2/1Rp3p1/2p5/3b1n1p/5B2/2P2NPP/2P2PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh4+ ]

e)
Maxim Matlakov vs Andrey Stukopin, Tiumen, 6/25/2012
r4k2/1bq3pQ/1p2pr1p/p1b5/8/P4N2/2B2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ if Kf7 Rd7+ ]

Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Maxim Matlakov vs Oleg Gladyszev, St. Petersburg, 11/3/2012
2r1r1k1/1p1Q2b1/2pp2p1/p1qPp1P1/4Pp2/2N5/PP3P2/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7 if Kxh7 Qf7 ]

b)
Mohammed Al-Sayed vs Maxim Matlakov, St. Petersburg, 11/4/2012
8/5ppk/1b5p/p3PPq1/8/2BQ3P/1P4PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4+ if Kh1 Qc1+ Kh2 Bf2 ]

c)
Maxim Matlakov vs Peter Michalik, Czech Republic, 2/17/2013
2n1r2k/3q2p1/6Q1/1PPprNP1/p6P/P3pB2/1K6/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Bg4 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Maxim Matlakov vs Mikhail Antipov, St. Petersburg, 9/1/2013
3R4/p3rpk1/2p1bpnp/2q2B2/8/6NP/1P1Q1PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh5+ Kh7 Rh8+ ]

e)
Maxim Matlakov vs Florian Grafl, Rhodes, 10/20/2013
2bq1r1k/4b1pp/2p5/2n2p2/Q2Pp3/2N1P1P1/3N1P1P/BR4K1 w - - 1 0
[ dxc5 if Qxd2 Rd1 ]

Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Maxim Matlakov vs Kirill Alekseenko, St. Petersburg, 2014
2b4k/p6p/4BR2/3P4/1r3QK1/5P1P/P5P1/4q3 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ ]

b)
Jaroslav Ulko vs Maxim Matlakov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2014
2r2bk1/5pp1/bN2p2p/B1nn4/4N3/8/P1B2PPP/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxb6 Bxb6 Nd7 if Bd1 Bd3 ]

c)
Vladimir Belous vs Maxim Matlakov, Vladivostok, 6/7/2014
2rr3k/6pp/4Qn2/6q1/7P/P2BPP2/1P3K2/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2+ if Bxc2 Rd2+ mates ]

d)
Boris Kantsler vs Maxim Matlakov, Jerusalem, 2015
r5k1/2R2pp1/1p2qn1p/1P1b4/4pP2/r1B1P1N1/6PP/1Q3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne8 if f5 Qd6 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Maxim Matlakov vs Vladislav Artemiev, Sochi, 2015
7k/p1Q4r/1p5R/6pP/7r/5BK1/5PP1/1q6 w - - 1 0
[ Qd8+ Kg7 Qf6+ ]

Tactics in the openings series


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Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Yuri Krupenski vs Maxim Matlakov, Tallinn, 2016
8/5pkp/1b4p1/1N6/8/2Rr1qP1/1PQ4P/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Maxim Matlakov vs Daniil Dubov, Sochi, 2016
2r2rk1/pp3pp1/1q1n4/2nPp1P1/4N1Q1/7P/PP3PB1/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Maxim Matlakov vs Michael Richter, Germany, 2016
rb3k2/1b5p/1p2r3/1Pnp1p2/3Q1P1q/p3P3/P5R1/BB3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ Ke7 Qg7+ Kd6 Be5+ ]

d)
Maxim Matlakov vs Alan Pichot, Doha, 2016
r1q2r2/p4p1k/3pNBp1/2pP3p/4P2Q/4n3/P6P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Qxh5+ gxh5 Rg7+ Kh8 Ng5 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Maxim Matlakov vs Evgeniy Najer, Antalya, 2017
2r1k1r1/3nbNp1/p1b3Qp/4P3/qp6/8/PP3PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ng5+ ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Maxim Matlakov vs Tamir Nabaty, Batumi, 2018
4b2k/1pp3r1/6nN/p2P2p1/2q5/7Q/P5PP/1B3R1K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nf7+ Kg8 2.Qh8+ Nxh8 3.Nh6# ]


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