Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Lilit Mkrtchian.
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)
Mkrtchian vs Eva Moser, Verdun, 1995
r3rnk1/p1q2pp1/b1n1p2p/3pP2Q/2pP3B/2P3R1/PPpN1PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bf6+ Kh7 Nf3 mates ]

b)
Mkrtchian vs Thi Tuong Nguyen, Elista, 1998
6k1/5q1p/6p1/p2p4/6Q1/1P1P3P/3r2P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Qc8+ if Kg7 Qc3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Mkrtchian vs Monica Vilar Lopez, Elista, 1998
4q2r/5npr/1R1Qpkb1/3p1pR1/2pP1P1P/2P1KB2/2P3N1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ ]

d)
Mkrtchian vs Lela Javakhishvili, Tbilisi, 1999
r3k2r/p3bp1p/2n1qp2/1pP1p3/8/1N2BQ2/PP3PPP/3R1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Rd6 ]

e)
Mkrtchian vs Petra Ornstein, Batumi, 1999
3r2k1/R4p1p/3p2pb/3Nr3/2P1p3/7P/1qP1QPP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ w/Nc6 ]



Mkrtchian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5.
Mkrtchian vs Tamar Balkhamishvili, Batumi, 2001
5rr1/7k/pp1b2pP/8/P2QR3/1P1B4/2P1R1KP/3q4 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ ]

b)
Mkrtchian vs Joanna Dworakowska, Varna, 2002
5r2/1p3kr1/3p1qpQ/p2P1pR1/n3p3/4P3/1PP1B3/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rfxf5 gxf5 Rxg7+ Ke8 (if ...Qxg7 Qe6#) Bb5+ ]

c)
Mkrtchian vs Christina Foisor, Bled, 2002
8/7k/3P1p2/4pN1p/2q1PpnP/1r3Q2/5bP1/1N1R3K w - - 0 1
[ Nd2 ]

d)
Mkrtchian vs Elena Bystryakova, Sochi, 2005
r4r2/pp1Rp2p/nkp1Q1p1/4P3/7q/5B2/PPP1KP1P/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7+ ]

e)
Mkrtchian vs Alexander Riazantsev, Cheliabinsk, 2007
3r4/4r1pk/2pNQ1np/p1P2p1q/P2B4/Kp3P2/1P6/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7 ]

f)
Mkrtchian vs Selen Sop, Kemer, 2007
rnb1rbk1/2q2ppp/pp1ppn2/8/2PNPP2/1PNB4/PB2Q1PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ e5 dxe5 fxe5 Rd8 Nd1 Ne8 Qe4 g6 Qxa8 ]

g)
White Mates in 6. Mkrtchian vs Betul Yildiz, Nanjing, 2009
r4r2/7Q/p3p1R1/1p1bkp2/1q1p4/8/PP1R1PP1/1B2K3 w - - 0 1
[ Qc7+ Qd6 Qg7+ Rf6 Qxf6+ ]

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Mkrtchian Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Svetlana Matveeva vs Mkrtchian, Warsaw, 2001
3qr1k1/1b3pp1/1p5p/pP6/6Q1/2R5/P3BPPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd1+ ]

b)
Marina Makropoulou vs Mkrtchian, Istanbul, 2003
3r2k1/2q2p1p/Q5p1/4Pp2/1p6/1P6/PBP2bPP/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc2 ]

c)
Khvicha Supatashvili vs Mkrtchian, Batumi, 2003
6k1/4q1p1/p6p/2n2N2/p1P2Q2/3Pr3/P2R2KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb7+ if Kg1 Rf3 or if Kf2 Nxd3+ ]

d)
Evgenija Shmirina vs Mkrtchian, Dresden, 2004
8/7k/1b2q1p1/1P3p1p/3P1P1P/4r1N1/3Q2K1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5+ Kh2 Qf3 Rg1 Qxf4 Qg2 Qxh4+ Qh3 Kxh3 f4 ]

e)
Narine Gasparian vs Mkrtchian, Yerevan, 2005
3r2k1/1b2qpp1/p1p1p2p/1pPrb3/1P2NP2/3BP3/P2R2PP/3Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 if Nf2 Bc3 w/...Bxb4 & ...Bxc5 ]

Mkrtchian Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 3. Humpy Koneru vs Mkrtchian, Turin, 2006
6k1/8/3q1p2/p5p1/P1b1P2p/R1Q4P/5KN1/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Ke3 Rf3+ ]

b)
Antoaneta Stefanova vs Mkrtchian, Krasnoturinsk, 2006
3rr2k/1p3Rp1/2p4p/p7/P1q5/2PRpQ2/1P6/4KB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...e2 if Bxe2 Qxd3 ]

c)
Irina Chelushkina vs Mkrtchian, Dresden, 2007
3r2k1/1R3pq1/2p3p1/p5P1/P1n1P2Q/7P/6B1/3r1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 if Rg1 Rxg1+ Kxg1 Qa1+ Kh2 Qa2 Qg3 Nf1+
or if Rxd1 Rxd1+ Kh2 Qe5+ Qg3 Rh1+
]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Olga Sikorova vs Mkrtchian, Ekaterinburg, 2007
6r1/kp3p2/4pQ2/2b1P3/p3b1r1/P4NP1/1P1RBq1P/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3 ]


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