Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Motylev.
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 8. Motylev vs Peter Gomolla, Pardubice, 1996
5R2/7k/2p2PpP/1p1b4/7r/P1B5/1P3K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 f7+ ]

b)
Motylev vs Alexander Zakharov, Kolontaevo, 1997
r6k/5Qpp/p3p3/2q1P3/1nP1r3/8/6PP/1R3R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 ]

c)
Motylev vs Aleksandr Bujakevich, Moscow, 1998
1rbr2k1/p4p1p/PpB1p1p1/2p1P3/6R1/2Pq1N2/1P1b1PPP/Q4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 if Qc2 Be4 or if Qe2 Re4 or if Qf5 Rg3 ]

d)
Motylev vs Michal Sosnicki, Swidnica, 1998
r2qk2r/1b3pbp/1n1B4/p3P1p1/2P5/1P2Q3/P4PPP/R3KB1R w - - 0 1
[ c5 Nd7 (if Nd5 Bb5+) e6 if Bxa1 exd7+ w/Bb5+ & Qh3+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Motylev vs Gamil Agamaliev, Bydgoszcz, 1999
R2b3k/7p/1q1p1r1P/3Bp3/1P4p1/6P1/3Q1P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe3 if Qc7 Qg5 or Qa7 ]



Motylev Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Motylev vs Wojciech Ehrenfeucht, Bydgoszcz, 1999
3R4/5p2/1p5k/5B2/1P3K2/5PNp/r7/4r3 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 ]

b)
Motylev vs Bozidar Ivanovic, Herceg Novi, 2000
r2r2k1/1p3ppp/3R4/p2Np1q1/P3P3/1n3P2/1P3QPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ h4 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Motylev vs Alexei Iljushin, Samara, 2000
r3rnk1/pp6/1q3B1p/3pP2Q/8/8/PP4PP/1B3b1K w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ ]

d)
Motylev vs Andrei Chigvintsev, Smolensk, 2000
r3kb1r/p1nq1ppp/1pn1p3/3pP3/3P4/PP4QN/1B1N1PPP/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc3 ]

e)
Motylev vs Aleksei Lugovoi, Panormo, 2001
8/3Q1pk1/2Nn1q1p/p1p3p1/Pp1b1PP1/1P3KBP/2P5/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 ]

Alexander Motylev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Motylev vs Tor Fredrik Kaasen, Helsingor, 2017
r5k1/1n3ppp/3b1q2/2p5/1pN5/7P/1PB2PP1/3QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Be4 ]

b)
Alexander Motylev vs Roman Kezin, Sochi, 2017
r1r3k1/1b1n1ppp/pbqpp3/8/4P3/R3BP2/1PP1NQPP/R4BK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxb6 if 1...Nxb6 2.Rc3 Qb5 3.Rb3 or if 1...Qxb6 2.Qxb6 Nxb6 3.Rb3 Rc6 4.Nd4 ]

c)
Valery Sviridov vs Alexander Motylev, Yaroslavl, 2018
4rr1k/np2q1pp/3p4/pP6/3P1P2/PQnB1NPb/5K1P/R1B4R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qe2+ 2.Bxe2 Rxe2+ 3.Kg1 Rg2+ 4.Kf1 Rb2+ ]

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