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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2003.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
White mates in 2.
Michel Jadoul vs Gordon Plomp, Belgium, 2003
r2q1bk1/5n1p/2p3pP/p7/3Br3/1P3PQR/P5P1/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Anatoly Karpov vs Alexei Shirov, Bastia, 2003
7r/3b1pk1/2p2qp1/8/1P1bNP2/r2B4/3Q2PP/2R2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Loek Van Wely, Germany, 2003
3rk1r1/3p2p1/p2Bp3/2p3p1/q7/5Q2/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5+ g6 Qh7 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Al Spielmann vs Vincent David, Nancy, 2003
6k1/1p3pp1/p1b1p2p/q3r1b1/P7/1P5P/1NQ1RPP1/1B4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ Rxe1 Rxe1+ Kh2 Bf4+ g3 Rh1# ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Ivan Sokolov, Mainz, 2003
8/3k3p/p1p1pb2/B1P5/P1B1p3/1P4RP/K1n2q2/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb4+ Ka3 Bb2+ Kxb4 Qd2+ ]

2003 puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Sergei Movsesian vs Vladimir Belov, Istanbul, 2003
2r1r1k1/2qbp1bR/3p2p1/3P4/1pBN2P1/5P2/PpPQ4/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Ne6+ Bxe6 Qd4+ Kf8 dxe6 Qxc4 Rh8+ ]

b)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Peter Heine Nielsen, Istanbul, 2003
r1br2k1/ppq2ppp/1n3n2/1pB5/3RP3/P5P1/1P3PBP/2Q2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf4 ]

c)
C Deepan vs M Dziuba, Nakhchivan, 2003
3r1k2/2b2p2/2pq2pN/4p1Qp/4P2P/3b2P1/5P2/2BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd3 Qxd3 Qf6 Qe7 Ba3+ ]

d)
Vugar Gashimov vs Mateusz Bartel, Istanbul, 2003
2r5/pp1r1kp1/4bpNp/3p3P/P2q4/Q7/5PP1/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 Kxe6 Re1+ if Kf7 Qh3 if Kf5 Qg3 Rc3 Nh4+ ]

e)
Alexander Beliavsky vs Predrag Nikolic, Celje, 2003
1r3bk1/p4p2/4n1p1/2pqBN1p/7Q/P5P1/5P1P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6 if Ng7 Ne7+ ]

2003 puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Heine Nielsen, Middelfart, 2003
r7/1pq1kp2/p6Q/5P2/4r3/2P5/PP5P/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ if Ke8 or Kf8 f6 ]

b)
Loek Van Wely vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Monaco, 2003
1r2bk2/r4ppp/pN2pn2/n7/Nb6/1P2PB2/1B3PPP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be5 ]

c)
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Garry Kasparov, Creta, 2003
1r4k1/2Q3pp/p1p1p1p1/3p4/N2P4/P1K1P1P1/1P1r2qP/2R4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rdxb2 ]

d)
Michal Krasenkow vs Anatoly Karpov, Wijk aan Zee, 2003
4B1k1/p4pp1/1p3qnp/2bR4/Q7/5PP1/4r2P/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1 if Kg2 Rxf1 Kxf1 Qxf3+ ]

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