Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergei Movsesian.
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)
Movsesian vs Ara Minasian, Yerevan, 1983
1q3bk1/6p1/pp1pPpp1/2p2bN1/P4Q2/7P/1PP2PPB/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ e7 if fxg5 Qc4+ w/Bxd6 or if Bxe7 Qc4+ Kh8 Qh4+ mates ]

b)
Movsesian vs Martin Jacek, Mlada Boleslav, 1992
r1bqk2r/p2p1pbp/1pnp2pn/4P3/2Bp4/5N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Bg5 ]

c)
Movsesian vs Georg Bonstingl, Bratislava, 1993
r2k3q/pp6/2n5/1np1p3/3p2Q1/2PPB1P1/PP6/2K2RN1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 ]

d)
Movsesian vs R Jonathan, Szeged, 1994
3rkb1r/6p1/2n1qpP1/4pN1p/1p2P3/1P1QB2P/2R5/1K1R4 w k - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if Rxd3 Rxe6+ Kd7 Re7+ ]

e)
Movsesian vs Josef Jurek, Mlada Boleslav, 1995
r6k/pp5p/1qn3p1/3BprB1/8/5N1Q/PPP2bPP/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5 ]



Movsesian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Movsesian vs Gediminas Sarakauskas Gediminas, Mlada Boleslav, 1995
rq3rk1/1p1b1pbp/1n1p2p1/pNpPp3/P1P1P3/1Q1NBP2/1P4PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 if Qxd6 Bxc5 or if Nxa4 Nb5 Nb6 Bxc5 ]

b)
White Mates in 8. Movsesian vs Pavel Karhanek, Olomouc, 1995
1nq1rk2/r3bbp1/1np5/1p1pNPP1/p2P1B2/P1N5/BP5Q/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ Bxg6 Qh8+ Kf7 fxg6+ Kxg6 Bb1+ Kf7 g6+ ]

c)
Movsesian vs Jaroslav Polasek, Czech Republic, 1996
r7/p4k2/1p1Rb1p1/2pN4/8/7P/PPP5/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if Kxe6 Nc7+ ]

d)
Movsesian vs Artur Kogan, Lazne Bohdanec, 1996
8/3p2pp/p3p3/PbP1k3/8/4KP1P/1RN3P1/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb5 if axb5 a6 ]

e)
Movsesian vs Gerlef Meins, Groningen, 1997
2kr3r/1p2bpp1/p1bpp3/q5Pn/3BP3/2N2P1B/PPPQ4/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Bg4 ]

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Movsesian Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win.
a)
Movsesian vs Aviv Friedman, Groningen, 1998
r5k1/5r1p/3PNpp1/4n3/q2Q4/4R2P/6P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qxa4 Rxa4 Rxe5 if fxe5 d7 ]

b)
Movsesian vs Zdenko Kozul, Batumi, 1999
r4k1r/2q2p2/p6p/4pP1N/1p3p1b/8/PPP1Q3/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Qg2 Ke7 Qg7 if Bxe1 f6+ mates ]

c)
Movsesian vs Uwe Boensch, Dresden, 1999
3r1k1r/pp2qppp/3p4/3Rn3/B3PQ2/8/PPP3PP/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 ]

d)
Movsesian vs Raj Tischbierek, Dresden, 1999
r1b1r1k1/1p2qppp/p7/4p3/N1PN2n1/6Q1/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Rb8 Nxc8 ]

e)
Movsesian vs Zoltan Gyimesi, Pula, 1999
2r1n3/6pk/p1q1p2p/1pB1Qp2/1P1RnP2/P5PP/6BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 ]

Movsesian Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Movsesian vs Dennis De Vreugt, Netherlands, 2000
8/4r1k1/R2Npnpp/2q5/2p2Q1P/2N5/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ ]

b)
Movsesian vs Zoltan Ribli, Neum, 2000
1r5k/5b1p/p2p1r2/5P1p/1q1N1QnP/2N3R1/1PP5/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg4 if hxg4 Qg5 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Movsesian vs Vladimir Belov, Istanbul, 2003
2r1r1k1/2qbp1bR/3p2p1/3P4/1pBN2P1/5P2/PpPQ4/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Ne6+ Bxe6 Qd4+ ]

d)
Movsesian vs Elmir Guseinov, Dresden, 2007
br1r2k1/p1q2pb1/6p1/1p1nn3/3BN3/3P3Q/PPN3BP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Nf6 Rxf6 Bxf6 Qh7+ Kf8 Ne6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Movsesian vs Mihail Saltaev, Netherlands, 2006
6k1/p1q3pp/7P/1p3P2/4N1P1/3P1K2/4Q3/2b5 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Movsesian vs Jakub Czakon, Warsaw, 2005
2r1kr2/pp2b1R1/2b1p2N/2npP3/5B1p/7P/P3BP1K/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7 if Kxe7 Rg7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Petr Neuman vs Sergei Movsesian, Hustopece, 6/9/2012
1q2r1k1/4rpp1/6n1/1p1p4/1P1P2Pp/P1N2P2/2QR2B1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Bf1 Qg3+ if Rg2 Rxf1+ ]

c)
Maxim Turov vs Sergei Movsesian, Wijk aan Zee, 1/22/2013
4r3/1p3k1r/p1P2bp1/3p4/PP1PqP2/1N2RRP1/4Q3/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ if Qf1 Reh8 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Nils Grandelius vs Sergei Movsesian, Legnica, 5/8/2013
1k6/r5pp/p1BpQb2/K2P3P/1P2p3/2P5/3q1r2/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Peter Michalik vs Sergei Movsesian, Czech Republic, 3/23/2014
1r6/p1p2qk1/2p5/K3p1p1/Q2Pp3/2P1P3/P6P/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5+ Ka6 Rb6+ ]


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