Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2009.

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Puzzles of 2009 Print Version Available

a)
Black Mates in 2.
Zahar Efimenko 2688 vs Dimitri Reinderman 2549, Wijk aan Zee, 2009
7k/p5b1/1p4Bp/2q1p1p1/1P1n1r2/P2Q2N1/6P1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 2. Dmitry Bocharov vs Dmitry Svetushkin, Budva, 2009
8/pp2k3/7r/2P1p1p1/4P3/5pq1/2R3N1/1R3BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f2+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 2. Maxim Rodshtein vs Ian Nepomniachtchi, Natanya, 2009
6r1/p6k/Bp3n1r/2pP1P2/P4q1P/2P2Q2/5K2/2R2R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Boris Grachev vs Varuzhan Akobian, Moscow, 2009
7k/1pqr2p1/1R2Q2p/r2p4/6R1/4P2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ Kh7 Rxh6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Vasilios Kotronias vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Budva, 2009
3r1b1k/1p3R2/7p/2p4N/p4P2/2K3R1/PP6/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ (if Nf6 Rc1#) ]

2009 Puzzles, Part II.
a)
White Mates in 3. Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich, Nice, 2009
4Q3/p2r2pk/1n5p/8/8/5N1P/q4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 3.
Alexey Korotylev 2607 vs Evgenij Kalegin 2490, Voronezh, 2009
r6k/1p5p/2p1b1pB/7B/p1P1q2r/8/P5QP/3R2RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Vladislav Tkachiev vs Anatoly Karpov, Moscow, 2009
1Q1R4/5k2/6pp/2N1bp2/1Bn5/2P2P1P/1r3PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Viswanathan Anand vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Moscow, 2009
3r1q1r/1p4k1/1pp2pp1/4p3/4P2R/1nP3PQ/PP3PK1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Kg8 Qe6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Zaven Andriasian vs Predrag Nikolic, Budva, 2009
3r2rk/2R1R1pp/3q2p1/1p6/p2Q4/P6P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part III.
a)
White Mates in 4. Bartlomiej Macieja vs Kamil Miton, Lublin, 2009
7k/3b2np/3P2p1/1B1Q1N2/8/q6P/5PP1/2q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Arkadij Naiditsch vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Sibenik, 2009
r3rb2/2qnk2p/p1bp2pB/n3p1N1/P3P3/2P3N1/Q4PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Dmitry Jakovenko vs Sergey Karjakin, Moscow, 2009
8/3n2pp/2qBkp2/ppPpp1P1/1P2P3/1Q6/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3+ Kf7 Qh5+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Robert Markus vs Borki Predojevic, Zupanja, 2009
4rk2/q1br1p1B/p3pp2/3b4/Pp1P2Q1/4N3/1P3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 ]

e)
White Mates in 5.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Kallithea, 2009
rnk2b1r/1b4q1/4Pp2/pNp1P2p/Qp4pP/8/PP3PP1/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Na7+ if Rxa7 Qe8+ ]

2009 Puzzles, Part IV.
a)
White Mates in 5.
P Karthikeyan 2450 vs Yuriy Kuzubov 2626, New Delhi, 2009
4r1k1/1p3pp1/3p1Pp1/4r3/6RQ/P1n1p3/3q2BP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Hrvoje Stevic vs Konstantin Sakaev, Budva, 2009
2r3k1/5pP1/p2p1bp1/1p2p3/3qP3/1Q3P2/P1P5/1K4RR w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxg7 Rh7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Emil Sutovsky vs Evgeniy Najer, Natanya, 2009
r1Q2b1r/1p1R1pp1/p1b2k2/8/2q2Np1/2P1B2P/PP3P2/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Bd4+ if Kg5 Rd5+ Qxd5 Qxg4+ or if Qxd4 Rxf7+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Boris Gelfand vs Maxim Rodshtein, Natanya, 2009
1rb1rq1k/p1b2ppp/8/1pnB1N2/8/1Q6/PB3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 5.
Ivan Sokolov 2669 vs Milos Pavlovic 2511, Sombor, 2009
8/B6R/3nk1p1/1p2p3/5p2/R5PP/1P3P1K/2rr4 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 if Re7+ Kxe7 gxf4 Rh1+ ]

2009 Puzzles, Part V.
a)
White Mates in 5. Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Boris Avrukh, Natanya, 2009
3qbr1k/pp1nNpp1/3p3p/n1r2NPQ/4P3/3Bp1R1/PPP4P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6 if Qxe7 Nf5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5.
Michal Olszewski 2538 vs Fabiano Caruana 2649, Senigallia, 2009
4r1k1/1r6/p1b1qppR/P1BpP1n1/2pP2P1/4QP2/2B2K2/7R w - - 0 1
[ Qxg5 if Qf5 Rh8+ Kf7 R1h7+ Ke6 Qxf5+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. Surya Ganguly vs Emanuel Berg, Gibraltar, 2009
Q3R3/7r/5qp1/p5k1/1p6/1P4r1/4K1B1/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb2+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 5.
Viswanathan Anand 2788 vs Alexandra Kosteniuk 2516, Moscow, 2009
r6r/1p2bk1p/p4p1Q/n4q2/3Rb2B/8/PP3PPP/K3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb3+ axb3 Qa5 Ra4 Qxe1+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Zhou Jianchao, Sochi, 2009
3r1r1k/2R4p/1q2Bp2/1p2pN2/pb2P2P/1P4PK/P1Q5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qe2 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part VI.
a)
White Mates in 6. Jon Hammer vs Oleg Korneev, Gjovik, 2009
1r6/3R1pk1/q3p1p1/4PbPp/8/2R5/3Q2PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Viswanathan Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2009
2rQ1rnk/p6p/np1Np1pP/3pPp2/q2p4/P1P5/1RP2PP1/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc8 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Ruslan Ponomariov vs Varuzhan Akobian, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
5R2/6pk/p7/6PP/5K2/r2b1B2/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ g6+ if Bxg6 hxg6+ Kh6 Be4 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Alexander Morozevich vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Moscow, 2009
3rr1k1/R5pp/1p6/5R2/1bPp4/3P1QP1/1B2qP1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kh8 Rxh7+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 6. Sergei Rublevsky vs Fabiano Caruana, Dagomys, 2009
8/6pk/1p2pr2/1Q2b2p/P4q2/1P3b1P/5RP1/3R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ ]

2009 Puzzles, Part VII.
a)
White Mates in 6. Baadur Jobava vs Zoltan Almasi, Novi Sad, 2009
2RQ4/p3r1pk/1p1b3p/3q4/7P/P4pP1/1P3P2/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ h5 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Pavel Eljanov vs Ivan Sokolov, Sarajevo, 2009
q1k5/3r2bp/p2Br3/2Pp1R2/1Q1Pp3/8/PP5P/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Bxf8 Rxf8+ Rd8 Qb6 ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Nigel Short vs Emanuel Berg, Malme, 2009
1r3k2/q4pb1/p1Pp2p1/p2P2P1/B3RP2/1P6/4Q1K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Rxe8 Qxe8+ Kxe8 c7+ ]

d)
White Mates in 10. David Howell vs Ivan Sokolov, London, 2009
r1n2k2/p1pB1p1r/6p1/3P2p1/3QP3/5R2/PP5q/2K2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ if Rxh8 Rxf7+ Kg8 Rf8+ or if Ke7 Rxf7+ Rxf7 Qe8+ Kd6 Qe6+ ]

a)
White to move and win. Anatoly Karpov vs Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Teheran, 2009
r5k1/pb1p1Rpq/2n1p1Q1/1p2P3/3P2P1/P7/1P1K4/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ ]

2009 Puzzles, Part VIII. White to move and win.
a)
Vasillios Kotronias vs Hikaru Nakamura, Gibraltar, 2009
r4rk1/pp3pp1/4pn1p/2p4P/2PP3R/4PNq1/PPQ3P1/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rf4 w/Rh3 ]

b)
Rainer Buhmann vs Georg Meier, Saarbruecken, 2009
3r2k1/5ppp/4p3/pP2b3/4r3/4P1P1/1q1BQP1P/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd3 ]

c)
Andrey Zhigalko vs Alexander Onischuk, Moscow, 2009
5rk1/p1p2rp1/1p2pn1B/4N3/3P4/3Q2R1/5nPP/qBK5 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 if Qxd4 Qxg7+ mates ]

d)
Sergei Yudin vs Alexander Onischuk, Moscow, 2009
4r3/2pq1rk1/pp3np1/2p1Q3/4N3/2PP3P/PP6/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ ]

e)
Vitaly Kunin vs Igor Khenkin, Budva, 2009
3rk2r/2q1bp1p/p3b3/1p2np2/4N2B/3BQ3/PP3PPP/1K1R3R w k - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Bxf6 (if Kf8 Qh6#) Bxf6 if Rxd3 Bxe5 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part IX. White to move and win.
a)
Ante Brkic 2550 vs Francisco Vallejo Pons 2702, Budva, 2009
4nrk1/1p3pr1/p1p2Rpp/3pP1q1/7N/P1PP3P/1P3QP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf3 Qh5 Kh2 Nxf6 exf6 Qf5 fxg7 ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Leko, Nice, 2009
2b3k1/5r1p/p1pN2p1/2P3q1/P2QP3/6nP/6P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
Baadur Jobava vs Mikhail Kobalia, Budva, 2009
6k1/q1r2p2/P3b1pp/1p6/3Q4/2P3P1/6BP/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ Kg7 Qxc7 ]

d)
Alexander Motylev vs Sergei Azarov, Budva, 2009
8/pp1k1p1p/3P2b1/Q7/6P1/2q1r2P/P1r2RB1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Bxf7 Rxf7+ Ke8 d7+ if Kxf7 Qxc3 ]

e)
Etienne Bacrot vs Evgeny Alekseev, Nalchik, 2009
8/7r/8/7k/pp4R1/2b2B1K/P6P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh4+ Kg6 Be4+ ]

2009 Puzzles, Part X. White to move and win.
a)
Emil Sutovsky vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Poikovsky, 2009
r2b1k1r/pp3pp1/5n2/1B1q2Bp/3p1P2/3Q4/PP3P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa3+ Kg8 Re5 ]

b)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Zahar Efimenko, Poikovsky, 2009
8/k2nrr2/P7/2p2Rp1/2N5/3R2KP/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 Rxf5 Nc8+ Kxa6 Nxe7 Rf7 Rxd7 ]

c)
Alexander Motylev vs Alexei Shirov, Poikovsky, 2009
r1bq3k/pp5p/6p1/8/3p4/1B1Qr3/PP4PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Kg7 Rg8+ Kh6 Qxe3+ ]

d)
Magnus Carlsen vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Leon, 2009
1k1r4/4N2p/8/1B6/4R3/5n1n/1P6/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ Kc7 Re7+ if Rd7 Rxd7+ Kxd7 Ne5+ ]

e)
Igor Kurnosov vs Yuriy Kuzubov, Bhubaneswar, 2009
1r4k1/2q2ppp/2p1p3/3nP1B1/N2n4/3Q4/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd4 if Rb4 Qxb4 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XI. White to move and win.
a)
Fernando Peralta vs Alexander Graf, Deizisau, 2009
5B1k/pp3R2/2n1q2p/3p4/P1pP2p1/2P1r3/6PP/5QK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf6 if Qe4 or Qe8 Rxh6+ Kg8 Rh8+ mates ]

b)
Vladimir Akopian vs Joel Lautier, Paris, 2009
r4rk1/1bq1bppp/p7/2p5/N3p3/1P6/PBP1QPPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4 if g6 Rd7 Qc8 Nb6 Qc6 Nd5 ]

c)
Maxim Rodshtein vs Boris Avrukh, Natanya, 2009
r1b1k3/4q2p/p1pbpp1B/3p1p2/2PP2rN/6P1/PP2QP1P/R3R1K1 w q - 0 1
[ c5 if Bc7 Nxf5 ]

d)
Namig Guliyev 2555 vs Alexander Moiseenko 2682, Mainz, 2009
r1n3k1/1bqp1p2/p3pPr1/Ppp4Q/2P1N2P/1P1PR3/5PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 Rxf6 Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ Ke7 Nh7 ]

e)
Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Julio Granda Zuniga, San Sebastian, 2009
7R/1k1q4/pp2p3/2P1Pp2/1PQ1nPP1/P7/3r4/K7 w - - 0 1
[ c6+ if Qxc6 Rb8+ ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XII. White to move and win.
a)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Ni Hua, Sochi, 2009
6k1/5pp1/4pn1p/1Q1p4/1P6/q1n1PP1P/2r1B1P1/3RBK2 w - - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Kh7 Bd3+ ]

b)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Giorgi Kacheishvili, Internet, 2009
4r1k1/pp2qp1p/6p1/2P2p2/QP6/P1b1rN1P/6P1/2R1R2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe3 ]

c)
Boris Grachev vs Evgeny Bareev, St. Petersburg, 2009
r2r2k1/5p1p/1q3bp1/2p5/4QB2/1P3N2/n4PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6 if Rxd6 Qxa8+ ]

d)
Alexander Lastin vs Vladimir Potkin, Ulan Ude, 2009
6rk/1p2n1pp/p2p1r2/P4P2/3Q1P2/1q5P/1P1B2RK/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 ]

e)
Manuel Pena Gomez 2467 vs Julio Granda Zuniga 2647, Ourense, 2009
3r4/p2q1k2/2pBr1p1/P1RnPp1p/8/3R1QP1/1P5P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rdxd5 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XIII. White to move and win.
a)
Gata Kamsky vs Viktor Bologan, Ohrid, 2009
8/6k1/QR5p/2q1prp1/1p1n3P/1P6/6P1/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa7+ if Rf7 Rg6+ ]

b)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Andrey Zhigalko, Ohrid, 2009
2q1r2b/kp3n2/p5Rr/2p1p2p/2N1Qp2/2BP4/PPP2P1P/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 w/Nd6 ]

c)
Andrei Deviatkin vs Farrukh Amonatov, St. Petersburg, 2009
8/8/1N1p3p/pB1Pkpp1/Pb4P1/1b1KP3/6P1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ Kxd5 gxf5 w/e4# ]

d)
David Navara vs Bartosz Socko, Novi Sad, 2009
1R6/1n4p1/1rp1kp1p/4p2P/1pP1P3/6P1/1P3PK1/3B4 w - - 0 1
[ c5 if Rb5 Be2 ]

e)
Michael Bezold 2517 vs Alexei Shirov 2732, Germany, 2009
r2q1rk1/1ppnbppp/2b1p3/p5B1/Pn1PP3/2N2NP1/1P2QPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XIV. White to move and win.
a)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Germany, 2009
3q1rn1/2p2ppk/1bb4p/4pN2/4P3/1BP2Q2/5PPP/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba3 if Re8 Bxf7 ]

b)
Boris Gelfand vs Sergey Karjakin, Moscow, 2009
8/1p4k1/p2r3p/3n1P1R/4BPP1/8/4K3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 if Rxd5 f6+ ]

c)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Pavel Tregubov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
1kb2b2/ppp4r/3r1p2/PPNq1pp1/2QN3p/4P2P/5PP1/RR4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Na6+ if bxa6 bxa6+ Ka8 Qxd5 Rxd5 Nc6 mates ]

d)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko, Moscow, 2009
r2r4/1bq1bpk1/2p1p1pp/2N1P3/p7/4Q1P1/PP3PBP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 if Qxb7 Bxc6 ]

e)
Tomi Nyback vs Dmitry Andreikin, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
r4k2/1p2qp2/pb6/6R1/1Q6/6P1/PP2rPP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XV. White to move and win.
a)
Alexander Morozevich vs Alexander Grischuk, Moscow, 2009
1r2r1k1/p4p2/1q2bn1Q/2p1n1N1/2Pp4/P2B4/1P2RPPP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ Nxh7 Qxh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ w/Qxe5 ]

b)
Lenier Dominguez vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Moscow, 2009
r2n1rk1/1ppn1ppp/p2q4/1Pb1p2b/P1B5/B1PP1N1P/3N1PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Qb6 a5 ]

c)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Judit Polgar, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
2r5/1pn1k1p1/p1rpbp1p/P3p2P/N1P1P1P1/1P1R1P2/1K3B2/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 Rb8 Nd5+ if Kf8 Nb4 ]

d)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2009
1rb2rk1/p6p/1p1N1p2/2p1n3/2Pp1R2/3P2qP/PP1Q2B1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc8 Rbxc8 Rxe5 fxe5 Rg4+ ]

e)
Alexander Morozevich vs Judit Polgar, Moscow, 2009
r4qk1/p2r1p2/1pNP2pp/1NpnQ3/Pn6/7P/1P3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Nxe7 dxe7 Qe8 Nc7 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XVI. White to move and win.
a)
David Howell vs Sergei Tiviakov, Kallithea, 2009
r3r3/pp2ppbk/n6p/Pq1N1bp1/1P6/Q3B1PP/3R1PBK/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Bf1 if Qd7 Nf6+ Bxf6 Rxd7 Bxd7 Qd3+ ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
r1bqk2r/1p2nppp/p1n1pb2/3p4/2N1P3/1NPBB3/PP3PPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qd7 Nc5 ]

c)
Rafael Leitao vs Giovanni Vescovi, Americana, 2009
3q2k1/p4rpp/1p3b2/8/2Q5/5NP1/P4PKP/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Qe6 if Qd7 Rc8+ Bd8 Ng5 ]

d)
Boris Gelfand vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
r3kb1r/1b1pn1p1/pp3p2/q6p/2BN1B2/P4P2/1P1Q1KPP/2R4R w kq - 0 1
[ b4 if Qa4 Bb3 Qxa3 Ra1 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XVII. Black to move and win.
a)
Alexander Motylev vs David Navara, Wijk aan Zee, 2009
r2r2k1/3n1p2/b1qNn1p1/p1P1p2p/Pp2P3/1P1N1P2/4B1PP/2RQR2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd3 if Bxd3 Ndxc5 ]

b)
Peter Heine Nielsen vs Hikaru Nakamura, Oslo, 2009
1r1qk2r/Qp2bppp/2p1p3/3nP3/3P4/3bBBN1/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 b k - 0 1
[ ...Ba6 w/...Ra1 ]

c)
Gabriel Sargissian 2678 vs Yuri Yakovich 2556, Moscow, 2009
r1q1r1k1/1pp2npp/1b3p2/pP1Q1b2/3PN3/P4PP1/6BP/1RBR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4 fxe4 Be6 Qh5 Bg4 ]

d)
Alexander Onischuk vs Igor Kurnosov, Moscow, 2009
3R4/p4pkp/1p4p1/2p5/Q2n4/7P/P4PPK/1q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...b5 w/...Ne2 ]

e)
Ehsan Ghaem Maghami vs Anatoly Karpov, Teheran, 2009
6k1/1b1n1pp1/5n1p/2qp4/3Q4/6P1/PB1NrPBP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XVIII. Black to move and win.
a)
Anatoly Karpov vs Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Teheran, 2009
r1bq1rk1/6pp/2n1p3/pQ1pn3/8/PP3P2/3B1NPP/2R1KB1R b K - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Qa4 Nexf3+ gxf3 Nxf3+ Kd1 Nxd2 Kxd2 Rxf2+ ]

b)
Sergey Karjakin vs Viswanathan Anand, Nice, 2009
r5k1/5pp1/4p1np/2PbP3/8/p4NP1/1r1RBP1P/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe5 ]

c)
Wesley So vs Eltaj Safarli, Moscow, 2009
4rbk1/1b3pp1/p5qp/1p6/1PPpr3/P6Q/B2B1PPP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4 ]

d)
Arman Pashikian 2621 vs Illya Nyzhnyk 2504, Budva, 2009
2rrn1k1/1b3ppp/pp2p3/2b5/3NP3/P3BP2/1P2BKPP/2RR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 ]

e)
Gata Kamsky vs Veselin Topalov, Nice, 2009
1qr1r1k1/2b2ppp/Bpb1p3/4n3/P7/2N1BP2/1PP3PP/3RR1QK b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 Qf2 Nxe1 if Bxc8 Bxg2+ Kg1 Bxh2# ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XIX. Black to move and win.
a)
Baadur Jobava vs Alexander Grischuk, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
r2q1rk1/pQ1nbppp/8/3pP3/2p1b3/2P3N1/PP1B1PPP/R3KB1R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Nc5 if Qb4 Bxg2 or if Qc6 Rc8 Qb5 Rb3 Qc6 Rb6 ]

b)
Li Chao 2643 vs Xu Jun 2498, Beijing, 2009
8/5pk1/Q3p1p1/4P3/1q4P1/1P6/1KR2r2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd4+ Kc1 Rf1+ ]

c)
Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Vladimir Malakhov, Helsingor, 2009
1bk5/1p3pp1/4q1p1/BBpr4/3Pp3/Q5P1/PP2KP2/2RR3r b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ if Kd2 Rxd1+ ]

d)
Giorgi Kacheishvili 2613 vs Daniel Fernandez 2369, Mesa, 2009
4nk2/p7/1p1p2p1/1PpP4/2P2P1Q/PB1brN1P/4pqPK/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 ]

e)
Li Chao vs Bu Xiangzhi, Xinghua Jiangsu, 2009
2kr2r1/pp2Qpp1/7p/2pb4/7P/2B5/qPP2PP1/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa1+ Kd2 Qxd1+ if Kxd1 Bf3+ mates ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XX. Black to move and win.
a)
Gata Kamsky vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Bazna, 2009
3r3k/1p4bp/p4p2/4rP2/P2p3R/1Q3R2/1P2qBPP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ if Bg1 Qxh4 ]

b)
Mateusz Bartel 2601 vs Kacper Piorun 2476, Wroclaw, 2009
3r1rk1/pp5p/3p2p1/1P1Pb2q/4P2n/B3QP2/P3K2P/1B3RR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 if Rxf3 Bd4 Qxd4 Qxf3+ w/Qxa3 ]

c)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Alexander Grischuk, Villarrobledo, 2009
4r1k1/5pp1/1q3n1p/1p1p4/r2R2b1/P3PNP1/1P2Q1BP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 Rxd4 Qxd4 if Nxd4 Bxe2 ]

d)
Emil Sutovsky vs Peter Svidler, Novi Sad, 2009
b6Q/pq4p1/1p2p1kp/8/8/1P2pPP1/PBPr3P/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ (if ...Qxf3 Qxg7+ draws) ]

e)
David Howell 2614 vs Ray Robson 2491, Puerto Madryn, 2009
1rb2rk1/6p1/2q1p2p/2PpPp2/1nnP1P1P/1p1B3R/1B1NK1P1/R1Q5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd3 if Rxd3 Ba6 w/...Nxb2 ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XXI. Black to move and win.
a)
Sergey Karjakin vs Magnus Carlsen, Moscow, 2009
r3r1k1/pp3p1p/6pB/4nb2/3RB3/1P4PP/P4P2/1R5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rad8 if Ra4 b5 ]

b)
Peter Svidler vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2009
3r1rk1/pb2bppp/1pq1p3/4B3/1nP1N3/PP3NP1/4QP1P/1K1RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe4+ ]

c)
Judit Polgar vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Moscow, 2009
8/2p5/p1k1p2p/2p1P1p1/2P2nP1/P1Br3P/2R2P1K/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ Kg1 Rxc3 ]

d)
Anatoly Karpov vs Magnus Carlsen, Moscow, 2009
1R6/4qpkp/1p1n2p1/1b1Pp3/1P2P3/3N2P1/5PBP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc7 Ra8 Qc2 ]

e)
Evgeny Bareev vs Vladimir Kramnik, Moscow, 2009
2r2rk1/p4ppp/1pn2q2/3p1b2/4n3/PP1BPN2/3N1PPP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3 Qc2 Nb4 axb4 Ne2+ ]

2009 Puzzles, Part XXII. Black to move and win.
a)
Arkadij Naiditsch 2697 vs Hou Yifan 2584, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
r2q2k1/3nbrpp/p1bpp3/8/NpBBP2P/5P2/PPPQ4/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...d5 if Bb3 Qa5 ]

b)
Evgeny Bareev vs Viswanathan Anand, Moscow, 2009
6k1/5pp1/3R3p/4p3/P2n4/2r3P1/3r1PKP/R2N4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rcd3 ]

c)
Vugar Gashimov vs Lenier Dominguez, Moscow, 2009
8/1k6/4N1bp/2bpP1p1/1n6/pPB3P1/P3N2P/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc2+ Kb1 Nd4+ ]

d)
Sergei Rublevsky vs Alexander Areshchenko, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
8/8/5pnk/1P1B2p1/2P5/7K/1q5Q/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ Kg3+ Nh5+ Kh3 g4+ ]

e)
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Peter Svidler, Moscow, 2009
6k1/8/p1r5/P1Nr1p2/1PRb2p1/5pP1/5P2/3R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh6 if Kg1 Bxf2+ ]


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