Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ian Nepomniachtchi.
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 3. Nepomniachtchi vs Aggelos Sismanis, Chalkidiki, 2000
2r2b1k/p2Q3p/b1n2PpP/2p5/3r1BN1/3q2P1/P4PB1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg7+ if Bxg7 hxg7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Nepomniachtchi vs Dmitry Andreikin, Serpukhov, 2000
rr3k2/4nN1n/p1bN2pp/q1P1Q3/4P2P/6P1/4P1B1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Ng8 Ne5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Nepomniachtchi vs Maxim Matlakov, Serpukhov, 2000
2rr1b1k/1bq5/p2p1NPp/5P2/2P1PpQ1/7R/6BP/7K w - - 0 1
[ g7 Bxg7 Qg6 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Nepomniachtchi vs Jonathan Dourerassou, Halkidiki, 2003
5kr1/pp4p1/3b1rb1/2Bp2NQ/1q6/8/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh7+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Vasily Papin vs Nepomniachtchi, Herceg Novi, 2005
8/2k1bp1p/4p1p1/2PqP3/r7/1R6/1Q1B1PPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb3 ]



Nepomniachtchi Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nepomniachtchi vs Dmitry Bocharov, Moscow, 2005
3R4/6pk/4p2p/2q2p1P/1p2Q1P1/7K/rPP5/8 w - - 0 1
[ g5 if hxg5 Qxe6 ]

b)
White Mates in 8. Nepomniachtchi vs Oleg Chebotarev, Tomsk, 2006
2r2rk1/5pn1/2q1p3/p7/3p1P2/1Q6/PPP5/2K1R1R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Artem Iljin vs Nepomniachtchi, Cheboksary, 2006
1r4k1/p4p1p/brRbpQp1/8/P2P4/qB2P2P/3N1PP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc6 if Rxc6 Qa1+ mates ]

d)
Nepomniachtchi vs Boris Savchenko, Cheboksary, 2006
4q3/1Q6/4kpp1/2Bn4/8/1KP5/1P6/8 w - - 0 1
[ c4 if Nf4 Qe4+ or if Ne7 Bxe7 Qxe7 Qd5# ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Nepomniachtchi vs Aleksandr Volodin, Kirishi, 2006
2r1rk2/6b1/1q2ppP1/pp1PpQB1/8/PPP2BP1/6K1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ if Bxf6 Bxf6 ]

f)
Black Mates in 5. Harmen Jonkman vs Nepomniachtchi, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
8/5pk1/3bp2p/8/6KP/5Q2/7q/5B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5+ Kxh5 Qe5+ Kg4 f5+ ]

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Ian Nepomniachtchi Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 6. Pavel Anisimov vs Nepomniachtchi, Krasnoyarsk, 2007
8/8/5q2/1b6/1k5p/3pP1pP/Q7/5NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Sergey Smagin, Olginka, 4/25/2011
2r2b2/pn2qN1p/6p1/3B3k/PpP1Np2/1P5b/1Q6/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Qxf6 Qxf6 h6 Bf3+ Bg4 Kg2 ]

c)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Evgeniy Najer, Olginka, 4/26/2011
Rnk5/2p2p1p/2N1b3/8/8/1r2P1r1/2K5/4R2B w - - 1 0
[ Rd1 if Bd7 Na7+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Dmitry Bocharov, Apatity, 12/2/2011
3r1k2/1p2r3/1p2b1R1/7Q/3N4/P3P1P1/1P4KP/2q5 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ ]

e)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Anton Korobov, Warsaw, 12/16/2011
r1bqr1k1/5p2/p2n1n1B/1pbPp3/2p1P3/5QNP/PPB2PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg5 if Kg7 Bxf6+ Qxf6 Nh5+ ]

Ian Nepomniachtchi Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Kamil Miton, Warsaw, 12/18/2011
1r2r1k1/pq2bp2/1pp1nBp1/2PpPp1p/PP1P3P/5N2/3Q1PP1/RR4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 if Bxf6 exf6 w/Ng5 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Katarzyna Toma vs Ian Nepomniachtchi, Warsaw, 12/16/2011
8/1p1n3k/p6p/P1nqpp2/5P1b/4B3/1QPN2rP/RR1K4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2+ Bxd2 Qf3+ ]

c)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Alexander Grischuk, Moscow, 12/29/2012
3r4/pp1r1pkp/2pnp1p1/q7/2PP4/1P1R2NP/P3QPP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5+ ]

d)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Anatoly Karpov, Moscow, 2/16/2013
1q6/2k1rp2/2pbPR2/p2p2pr/8/2P3Q1/1P3P2/2KR1B2 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd6+ Kxd6 exf7+ Kc5 f8/Q ]

e)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Frank Holzke, Legnica, 5/5/2013
3r1rk1/3p3p/p1b1p1p1/2P4R/6Q1/P1qBP2P/6P1/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7 if Qxd3 Rxd3 Kxh7 Qh4+ ]

Ian Nepomniachtchi Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Ilia Smirin, Khanty Mansyisk, 6/6/2013
1qr2k2/5p2/2pP4/p2rp1Qp/4N3/1P3P2/6PK/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ Ke8 Nf6+ ]

b)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Gata Kamsky, Beijing, 12/13/2013
3k4/2n1Rp2/2p2P1p/p1N1P2p/2r5/4K3/P7/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nb7+ Kc8 Nd6+ ]

c)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Anish Giri, Beijing, 12/14/2013
r5k1/p5b1/2n5/1p2qQ2/2pp4/2P2B2/P4PP1/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Bd5+ if Kh8 Rh1+ mates ]

d)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Dmitry Gordievsky, Moscow, 1/30/2014
r1b3k1/4q1bp/2p1Nnp1/p5N1/Pp2p3/1QPBP3/1P4PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4+ if Kf8 Nxh7+ or if Kh8 Nf7+ Kg8 Ne5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Quang Liem Le, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1kq4/1b1nR3/3Q4/2pp3P/p7/5RP1/1PP2PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 ]

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