Here are some chess puzzles from the highest rated games of 2008.
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)
White Mates in 2. Peter Svidler vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2008
8/k1p1q3/Pp5Q/4p3/2P1P2p/3P4/4K3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qc6 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Vassily Ivanchuk vs Gata Kamsky, Moscow, 2008
1n1N2rk/2Q2pb1/p3p2p/Pq2P3/3R4/6B1/1P3P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ Kh7 Qc2+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Vassily Ivanchuk vs Boris Gelfand, Moscow, 2008
3R4/1r3pkp/3Np1bp/n3P3/2B5/7P/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Ruslan Ponomariov vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2008
8/8/p3B1bk/b1P3pp/3QP3/1KN3q1/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ w/Qf8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Evgeny Alekseev vs Sergey Karjakin, Moscow, 2008
5rk1/4Rp1p/1q1pBQp1/5r2/1p6/1P4P1/2n2P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ ]

2008 Puzzles, Part II. a)
Black Mates in 3. Sergey Karjakin vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2008
6k1/2r4p/p3b1PP/1pq5/4P3/P5Q1/1P2B3/1K3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Sergey Karjakin vs Loek Van Wely, Nice, 2008
1n3k1r/r2b2p1/1q1P1pPp/p7/1p3Q2/4R2P/PPP2PB1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc4 if Bb5 d7 ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. Alexander Morozevich vs Sergei Movsesian, Moscow, 2008
2kb2r1/5Q2/b1P1p2p/1q2P2N/8/1p1r4/6P1/RR5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh3+ if gxh3 Qd5+ or if Kg1 Bb6 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Vladimir Kramnik vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Moscow, 2008
r1qr1k2/p3p3/1p3b2/2pn1N1Q/7R/1PP4P/1P3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Veselin Topalov vs Ivan Cheparinov, Sofia, 2008
r1q2r1k/5Rb1/p2P2pp/3Qp1N1/P1B2p1P/8/2b2PP1/4K2R w K - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Qxe5+ ]

2008 Puzzles, Part III. a)
Black Mates in 5. Sergey Karjakin vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Moscow, 2008
2bQ4/5ppk/4q1np/1pB1p2n/1Pp1P2P/2P3P1/2B2PK1/5N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ngf4+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 6. Ernesto Inarkiev vs Gata Kamsky, Baku, 2008
4r3/7k/3R4/1p1P3n/3B3q/2P3Pb/1P2rP2/R5QK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ Kxg2 Qxg3+ Kf1 Qh3+ Qg2 Ng3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 8. Alexander Grischuk vs Vladimir Kramnik, Moscow, 2008
6kr/1R4b1/p2Nq3/Qp1pP3/5Pp1/4P1p1/PP4P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ Kh7 Qh4+ Kg8 Rb8+ ]

d)
White to move and win. Veselin Topalov vs Boris Gelfand, Wijk aan Zee, 2008
3r2k1/pp3pp1/2np3p/3p2qB/3P2N1/2Pb1PQP/P5P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if Qxh5 Nf6+ ]

e)
White to move and win. Levon Aronian vs Teimour Radjabov, Wijk aan Zee, 2008
5r1k/7p/1n2Br1P/1PpP2p1/2p5/R5P1/8/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra6 if Nc8 Bxc8 ]

2008 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win.
a)
Michael Adams vs Loek Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee, 2008
8/2r2p2/3kp2p/1B1b4/5Pp1/P1N3Pn/1P1R3K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Be2 w/Nb5+ or Bxg4 ]

b)
Levon Aronian vs Loek Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee, 2008
4B1Q1/7p/5p1k/p3b3/1p1r2Pn/8/PP2K3/8 w - - 0 1
[ g5+ if fxg5 Qe6+ ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Teimour Radjabov, Morelia/Linares, 2008
6k1/1p1n1rb1/2p5/p1P1p1P1/1P2Q2P/q2N2B1/4R1K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ g6 Rf6 Qc4+ w/Ra2 ]

d)
Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin, Nice (blindfold), 2008
3k4/6b1/K2p2p1/1B1P1pPp/5P1r/3p4/P1P5/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Kb7 ]

e)
Alexander Morozevich vs Viswanathan Anand, Nice (blindfold), 2008
1r1qk3/1b2br1p/p3Q1p1/3n2B1/1p6/5N2/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Rg7 Bh6 ]

2008 Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win.
a)
Sergei Rublevsky vs Vadim Zvjaginsev, Sochi, 2008
2b4k/3r1pbp/p1p3p1/q1p5/2B1P3/3QN3/P1P2PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7 Bxd7 Rb8+ Bf8 Rxf8+ Kg7 Rxf7+ ]

b)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Ivan Cheparinov, Sochi, 2008
4k3/8/1ppP2Pp/p1p1p2P/P1P1Nr2/1P6/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Rxf6 d7+ ]

c)
Alexander Grischuk vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2008
2b5/7p/3k2pP/1p1p1pP1/1P1P1K2/8/5P2/3B4 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5 ]

d)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2008
4r1k1/r4pp1/bp5p/n1pPB1q1/2P5/2PB1Q2/6PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc7 ]

e)
Alexander Grischuk vs Magnus Carlsen, Moscow, 2008
1r1q2k1/5pp1/pn1b3p/2pP1N2/8/r5P1/4QPBP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb2 ]

2008 Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win.
a)
Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Morozevich, Moscow, 2008
2R5/p3r2k/1p2p2p/2pbBpp1/8/P3K1P1/1P2B3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5 ]

b)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Sergei Movsesian, Moscow, 2008
r1b2rk1/pp2R1pp/1n5q/4Q3/5pP1/2N2P2/PP4B1/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6 if g6 g5 ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Alexander Morozevich, Moscow, 2008
2r3k1/p4bb1/1q1r1pp1/3Pp1P1/P1pnP2Q/2N1B2R/5RBP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Rdd8 gxf6 ]

d)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Moscow, 2008
r1b1r1k1/ppb2pp1/2nq3p/3p4/3P4/3BBN1P/PP3PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 ]

e)
Zoltan Almasi vs Bu Xiangzhi, Beijing, 2008
4rk2/4n1p1/1p1pQp1p/p7/2PNP3/qP4P1/5PKP/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Qc5 Nxd6 ]

2008 Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win.
a)
Sergey Karjakin vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Moscow, 2008
r5k1/6p1/3p1bQp/3q1N2/8/2P3PK/1P3p1P/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 ]

b)
Alexander Morozevich vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2008
4qnk1/p4np1/4rp1p/2pr3B/4PP2/P7/1BQ4P/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ if Kxf7 f5 ]

c)
Veselin Topalov vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Bilbao, 2008
2RrBrk1/3P2p1/5b1p/1p6/p6P/6P1/8/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re6 ]

d)
Ivan Ivanisevic vs Predrag Nikolic, Sibenik, 2008
2r5/5k1n/1pp1b3/p2p2p1/3P2N1/P7/1P1K1PP1/3BR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if Ke7 or Kf6 Rxe6+ ]

e)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2008
r1b2k2/1p4qB/2n2r1R/1pbp1p1Q/8/2P5/P1PB2P1/R3K3 w Q - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ if Qxf6 Bh6+ Ke7 Bg5 ]

f)
Evgeny Alekseev vs Michael Adams, Motril, 2008
8/Rrk2r2/3p1N1R/2p2P2/3n2P1/8/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ if Kd8 Ra8+ ]

2008 Puzzles, Part VIII. Black to move and win.
a)
Alexei Shirov vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Odessa, 2008
3qr1k1/1Ppn1pbp/6p1/1Q1p4/3Pp3/1P3NnP/1BB2PP1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...c6 if Qxc6 Ne2+ or if Qa6 Nb8 ]

b)
Boris Gelfand vs Levon Aronian, Wijk aan Zee, 2008
3r2k1/bb3rp1/p5R1/1p6/5PP1/3p2NP/PP1B4/2RK4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf2 w/...Bf3# or ...Bxg3 ]

c)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand, Nice, 2008
7r/1b5r/1QP3k1/2Pp4/P4qp1/8/2R2PB1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3 if cxb7+ Kf5 ]

d)
Alexander Grischuk vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Moscow, 2008
4nrk1/1pqR1ppp/p3p3/2r1P3/P7/2N1Q3/1PP3PP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 ]

2008 Puzzles, Part IX. Black to move and win.
a)
Evgeny Alekseev vs Pavel Eljanov, Moscow, 2008
5rk1/p5pp/1pp5/3p1r2/3Pb1q1/5PB1/PP1Q2PP/4R1RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg3 if fxe4 Rh5 h3 Rf2 ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian, Bilbao, 2008
8/6k1/6p1/8/P6R/KP4R1/2r1r2p/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra2+ Kb4 Re4+ ]

c)
Levon Aronian vs Teimour Radjabov, Bilbao, 2008
2k1n1B1/1p6/2pp4/8/2P2PPQ/1P3rNP/6RK/r2q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2 ]

d)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand, Bonn, 2008
8/1R3p1p/4pk2/8/PP3pn1/8/5PPP/2r2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 ]


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