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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maxim Matlakov.
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)
Black mates in 4.
Pavel Trapeznikov vs Maxim Matlakov, Smolensk, 2001
3r2k1/pqp3pp/6b1/8/5Bnb/P1N1Pp1P/1PP5/1RQ2K1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa6+ Nb5 Qxb5+ c4 Bd3+ ]

b)
Maxim Matlakov vs Victor Toporov, St. Petersburg, 2002
2r4k/b3q1pp/p7/1pP5/1P2b3/1B3pP1/5B1P/1Q3R1K w - - 0 1
[ Re1 if Re8 Bc2 ]

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

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

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

Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxim Matlakov vs Ivan Rozum, Dagomys, 2006
r3r1k1/pp1b1p1p/1qp3p1/4n3/3R4/2P4P/PP3PP1/R1BQ1BK1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if f6 Qb3+ ]

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

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

d)
Maxim 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 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Maxim Matlakov vs Shamil Arslanov, Kemer, 2009
b4rk1/6p1/4p1N1/q3P1Q1/1p1R4/1P5r/P4P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ if Kf7 Qg6+ ]

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

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

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

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

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

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Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxim Matlakov vs Sebastian Nilsson, Rogaska Slatina, 2011
6k1/1R3r1p/6p1/p3Bp2/1b2N1P1/1n2P2P/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kg7 Nxh7 if Kg8 Rb8+ ]

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

c)
Maxim 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 ]

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

e)
White mates in 5.
Maxim Matlakov vs Oleg Gladyszev, St. Petersburg, 2012
2r1r1k1/1p1Q2b1/2pp2p1/p1qPp1P1/4Pp2/2N5/PP3P2/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7 if Kxh7 Qf7 ]

Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mohammed Al-Sayed vs Maxim Matlakov, St. Petersburg, 2012
8/5ppk/1b5p/p3PPq1/8/2BQ3P/1P4PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4+ if Kh1 Qc1+ Kh2 Bf2 ]

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

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

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

e)
White mates in 2.
Maxim Matlakov vs Kirill Alekseenko, St. Petersburg, 2014
2b4k/p6p/4BR2/3P4/1r3QK1/5P1P/P5P1/4q3 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ ]

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Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
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 ]

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

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

d)
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+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Yuri Krupenski vs Maxim Matlakov, Tallinn, 2016
8/5pkp/1b4p1/1N6/8/2Rr1qP1/1PQ4P/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ ]

Maxim Matlakov Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Maxim Matlakov vs Daniil Dubov, Sochi, 2016
2r2rk1/pp3pp1/1q1n4/2nPp1P1/4N1Q1/7P/PP3PB1/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ ]

b)
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+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Maxim Matlakov vs Alan Pichot, Doha, 2016
r1q2r2/p4p1k/3pNBp1/2pP3p/4P2Q/4n3/P6P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Qxh5+ gxh5 Rg7+ Kh8 Ng5 ]

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

e)
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# ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Maxim Matlakov vs Alexander Moiseenko, Bastia, 2018
2Q5/1p4bk/p6p/2PB4/PP5P/4N1q1/3r4/4RK2 w - - 1 0
[ Be4+ Qg6 Bxg6+ ]


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