Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Oleg Nikolenko.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
Oleg Nikolenko vs Alexander Graf, Moscow, 1986
2b2r1k/4r2p/pqn3p1/6Q1/P1p1PBN1/1pP2B2/1P3P1P/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe7 Nxe7 Be5+ Rf6 Bxf6+ Kh8 Bxe7 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Oleg Nikolenko vs Alexei Gavrilov, Moscow, 1990
r3rb2/2pqnN1k/3P2pp/8/7R/P6P/B4PP1/1bBQ2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ Kh8 Bb2+ ]

c)
Oleg Nikolenko vs Andrey Cherednichenko, Katowice, 1991
r1b3k1/pp3pp1/1bnp4/5q2/2B5/2PQ1N2/PPP2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Kh7 Qxf5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Oleg Nikolenko vs Milan Walek, Pardubice, 1995
2r1k2r/5pp1/p2Qb2p/5PPn/7P/pq6/N7/K1BRR3 w k - 1 0
[ Qd7+ Kf8 Qxc8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Oleg Nikolenko vs Igor Yagupov, Spasskoe, 1996
6Q1/1b1k4/p2Pr3/1pPq1p1p/3Bp2P/1P6/P5P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ Kd8 Bf6+ ]



Oleg Nikolenko Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Oleg Nikolenko vs Pavel Einor, Moscow, 2000
4rbk1/p2r1p2/P3n2p/1b1pBNp1/1p1P4/1B5P/1P3PP1/R1R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra5 if Bc4 Ba4 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Oleg Nikolenko vs Vasilij Gagarin, Moscow, 2010
4r1k1/4qp2/3R2p1/p4PQp/1p6/6RP/2b3PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Qxg6+ Kh8 Qxh5+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Oleg Nikolenko vs Pavel Ponkratov, Sochi, 2016
1q6/2R5/k3p3/1pQ2r2/3P4/1P4P1/4P1KP/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ Rc6+ Kb7 Qb6+ Ka8 Qa6+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Istvan Borocz vs Oleg Nikolenko, Budapest, 1990
2r1r1k1/pp3p1p/6p1/3p4/7P/7Q/PPPq2P1/1KR2N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Nikolai Cherkasov vs Oleg Nikolenko, Czestochowa, 1992
3Q4/1p2r3/6p1/3Bq1k1/7p/6P1/6PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg3+ Kh3 Qf5+ ]

f)
Black mates in 4.
Alexander Shefer vs Oleg Nikolenko, Moscow, 2010
6k1/pb4pp/1pp1p3/2bpP3/2P1P2r/2N2rqP/PP1R2B1/1Q1R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf2 Rxf2 Rxf2 Rg1 Rxh3+ ]


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