Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Hikaru Nakamura.
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 4. Nakamura vs Mohamad El Mikati, Cannes, 1997
r1b1Q3/p1p3p1/1p3k1p/4N3/8/2P5/PP3PPP/2K4R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qf7+ Kxe5 f4+ Ke4 Re1+ Kd3 Qd5# ]

b)
Joshua Friedel vs Nakamura, Washington, 1999
r1b2rk1/1p5p/p2p2p1/3Nbp1n/P3PB1q/1NP2Q2/1P4PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...fxe4 if Qxe4 Ng3+ ]

c)
Danny Goldenberg vs Nakamura, Budapest, 2000
1r1r2k1/5ppp/pqN1p3/3pP3/bb3P2/3PQ3/1PR3PP/1KRN4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe3 Nxe3 Bxc6 Rxc6 Bd2 ]

d)
Dagur Arngrimsson vs Nakamura, Oropesa, 2000
1k1r4/4b1p1/7p/3qP3/P5PP/1Np1B3/2P5/2K2Q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf8 if Qe1 Qc4 Bf2 Bxh4 ]

e)
Olzhas Khamiz vs Nakamura, Oropesa, 2000
2r1k2r/2qb1p2/pn1p1bpp/4p3/1p2PPP1/1N1Q1B1P/PPPRN3/1K5R b k - 0 1
[ ...Nc4 Rdd1 Bb5 if Qd5 Ne3 ]



Nakamura Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Nakamura vs Romuald Jovan, Bled, 2001
rn3rk1/p4pp1/2pN3p/3bN3/3P2nq/3B4/PPQ2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ w/Nexf7+ ]

b)
Nakamura vs Pavol Hanko, Bled, 2001
r5k1/3b2p1/p2qp3/1p1Np3/4PbB1/7Q/PPP4P/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf4 w/Rd1 & Rxd7 ]

c)
Black Mates in 2. Gennadij Sagalchik vs Nakamura, Buenos Aires, 2003
2b5/k2n1p2/p2q4/5R1B/2p4P/P1b5/KPQ1R3/6r1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxa3+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Maurice Ashley vs Nakamura, Seattle US-CH, 2003
3k3r/3r2p1/p3B2p/1pq2Q2/5P2/8/PPP3PP/2K1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf2 ]

e)
Black to move and win. K Chris vs Nakamura, Internet, 2003
2r1k2r/2qnbpp1/3p1n2/4pPB1/pp2P2p/3P3P/PP1Q2P1/1KNR2NR b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if dxe4 Bxg5 Qxg5 Qc2+ mates ]



Nakamura Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin, Cuernavaca, 2004
5rk1/2R2pp1/3q3p/2bN1Q2/3p4/6P1/P4P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc5 ]

b)
Nakamura vs S Muhammad, San Diego US-CH, 2004
1r6/2k3pp/2bb1p2/2p5/2B5/4BP2/1P4PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd6 ]

c)
Nakamura vs L Bruzon, Wijk aan Zee 'B', 2004
1n1r2k1/2N3pp/1rP2p2/3p4/3P4/1n2P2P/5PP1/1RR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 ]

d)
Nakamura vs Friso Nijboer, Wijk aan Zee, 2004
5r2/1p5k/p2b2b1/2pPp1Qn/P1q5/2N2Rp1/2P3P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re4 if Bxe4 Qxh5+ mates ]

e)
Nakamura vs Robert Hess, New York, 2004
1R6/2p5/p1Ppk3/Pn1Np3/1P2r3/7P/5K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb5 w/Nxc7+ & a6 ]

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Nakamura Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nakamura vs Alexander Stripunsky, New York, 2004
br2r1k1/3qb2p/4p1p1/4p2n/p5Q1/3BN3/PP2N1PP/2R2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 if Ng7 Bxh7+ & Rf7 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Nana Dzagnidze vs Nakamura, Lausanne, 2005
r1b3k1/5pbp/p3p1p1/3rP3/1BR5/5N2/P3KPPP/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...a5 w/...Ba6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Andrew Boekhoff vs Nakamura, Las Vegas, 2006
5rk1/ppnqprb1/2p1n3/3bP1p1/3PB3/1P4KP/PB1NQ2N/2R2R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 Qg4 Qxg4 if Kxg4 Bxe4 Nxe4 Nd3 or if Nxg4 Ne2+ ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Hikaru Nakamura, Monaco, 3/14/2011
r1n3k1/1p1r1p2/2p1bq2/PpB1p1p1/1P2P3/2PB1PPp/2QNR1nP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd8 ]

e)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Yiming Han, Victoria, 4/6/2012
r1bq4/1pp2kpp/p1n2n2/2b1p3/5P2/2NP4/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K w - - 1 0
[ fxe5 Nxe5 Qh5+ ]

Hikaru Nakamura Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 3.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Istanbul, 8/31/2012
8/r1p5/2kpQ3/2p4p/2P4P/5P2/1P1q4/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Andreas Moen, Eilat, 10/15/2012
4rNk1/pp4b1/2p3p1/8/1BPqrp2/3Pn3/PP5Q/1K4RR w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf7 Qxg6+ Kg8 Rh8+ ]

c)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Liren Ding, Beijing, 12/17/2012
4r1k1/5p1p/2r3p1/3Nn3/p2pP3/P7/5PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc6 Nxc6 Nf6+ ]

d)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian, Saint Louis, 9/9/2013
3r1rk1/5p2/p5pp/1qN2n2/8/2P2P2/4Q1PP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxb5 axb5 Nd7 if Rfe8 Nf6+ ]

e)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana, Elancourt, 9/29/2013
r1br2k1/1ppqppb1/pn4p1/8/3nP3/2N1BP2/PP1Q2P1/2KR1BNR w - - 1 0
[ Bxd4 if Qxd4 Qe1 or if Bxd4 Qh6 Qd6 Qxh7+ Kf8 Rxd4 ]

Hikaru Nakamura Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Hikaru Nakamura, Zuerich, 1/31/2014
8/k1p3p1/Ppp3r1/1p1q4/7p/2P1P2Q/1P2N2K/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd2 if Qf1 Rf6 Qg2 Qxe3 Rf1 h3 ]

b)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Martijn Dambacher, Bilbao, 2014
1k6/1pp5/1p4q1/rN2r2p/PQP1p1pP/1P6/1KP2RP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ if Re8 Qe7 ]

c)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Baku, 2014
3R1nk1/1r1b1ppp/1p6/p1p5/4r3/P4NBP/1P3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re1 if Rxe1+ Nxe1 w/Bd6 ]

d)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Jonathan Hawkins, London, 2014
r1b1k2r/pp1n1ppp/4p3/8/1b1P1B2/1B1Q1N2/PqP2PPP/1N3RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ c3 Be7 Bc1 Qa1 Qc2 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Anish Giri, London, 2014
6rr/p2QPN2/1k6/2p5/1pp2B2/2qb2P1/5P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re6+ ]

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