Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Hrant Melkumyan.
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)
White mates in 4.
Hrant Melkumyan vs Artyom Benza, Belgorod, 2008
r3q1n1/pppb4/3p2Nk/3P3p/2PQB3/6PP/PP3R2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Kg5 Qg7 ]

b)
Hrant Melkumyan vs Alexey Dreev, Warsaw, 2011
5rk1/p1qn1ppp/QpN5/2b5/8/PP3BP1/5PKP/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ b4 Bd4 Ne7+ ]

c)
Hrant Melkumyan vs Zoltan Zambo, Warsaw, 2011
r3k2r/pp3pp1/2p1bb1p/q3N3/2B1Q3/P3P3/1P3PPP/1K1R3R w kq - 1 0
[ Nxf7 Kxf7 Qxe6+ if Kg6 Bd3+ mates ]

d)
Hrant Melkumyan vs Csaba Balogh, Legnica, 2013
3r1rk1/1p1n1p1p/p1n3p1/3N4/qP2BP2/2Q5/5RPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra1 Qb5 Ra5 ]

e)
Hrant Melkumyan vs Gregory Canfell, Sydney, 2014
5bk1/3r1p2/3P2r1/2Q1p3/2N1q1p1/4N3/PP3P2/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qc8 if Qb7 Qxb7 Rxb7 d7 ]



Hrant Melkumyan Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Avetik Grigoryan vs Hrant Melkumyan, Martuni, 2007
3R4/p4pkp/1p2bp2/4q3/P2R1Q1P/5BP1/2r2PK1/4r3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg1+ Kxg1 Qe1+ ]

b)
Homayoon Toufighi vs Hrant Melkumyan, Kemer, 2007
3k4/pp6/7p/2p2p2/1P1pn1q1/3Q4/P1P2P2/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 if Qf3 Nd2+ or if Ke2 Qxf2+ mates ]

c)
Michal Matuszewski vs Hrant Melkumyan, Warsaw, 2009
r5k1/1p1nppbp/5np1/qN6/p2P4/P3PQ1P/1Br1BPP1/1R3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd2 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Alexei Fedorov vs Hrant Melkumyan, Warsaw, 2011
8/1b4pk/6qp/p1p1p3/1pPp1r2/3P1r1P/PP4P1/R3RBQK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ if Qh2 Rxf1+ Rxf1 Qxg2# ]

e)
Sargis Manukyan vs Hrant Melkumyan, Yerevan, 2014
3r2k1/2R2pbp/1n2p1p1/8/2b1PB2/2N2P2/1P3KPP/r4B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ if Be3 Bxe3+ Kxe3 Rxf1 ]

Hrant Melkumyan Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sargis Manukyan vs Hrant Melkumyan, Yerevan, 2014
3r2k1/2R2pbp/1n2p1p1/8/2b1PB2/2N2P2/1P3KPP/r4B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ ]

b)
Nikita Matinian vs Hrant Melkumyan, Sitges, 2017
r3rnk1/ppq1bppp/2p1n3/3pP3/4b3/3BBNNP/PPPQ1PP1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxf3 2.gxf3 d4 if 3.Bf4 g5 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Hrant Melkumyan vs Aaron Do, Melbourne, 2018
4R3/p3r1p1/P1pk1b1p/2p1pB2/1PK5/2P2PP1/2P4P/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.bxc5+ Kc7 2.Rc8# ]

d)
Zhen Low vs Hrant Melkumyan, Cha-Am, 2018
6k1/ppb3pp/b3qp2/8/3B4/1PPN1P1P/2Q3P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxd3 if 2.Qxd3 Qe1+ 3.Qf1 Bh2+ ]


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