'Best Chess Puzzles' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.
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)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Marius Chereches, Singeorz, 1993
r5k1/p2r1pp1/1pnNb2p/5n1q/1P1p4/P2B2B1/2PQ1PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be4 ]

b)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs George Grigore, Bucharest, 1994
r2r2k1/1p3pb1/p1bppnpp/8/1P2P1Pq/2NNBP1P/1PPQ3K/3R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bf2 Qg5 Qe1 w/Bh4 ]

c)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Dan Bogdan, Baile Herculane, 1996
rn2r3/pp4p1/2p1Nnkp/4bp2/4pB2/2P3PB/PP2PP1P/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5+ Kxf5 Nxg7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Levente Vajda, Baile Herculane, 1996
rr4Rb/2pnqb1k/np1p1p1B/3PpP2/p1P1P2P/2N3R1/PP2BP2/1KQ5 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7 Kxg8 Qh6 Bxd5 Qxh8+ ]

e)
White mates in 7.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Michel Clairen, Trignac, 2002
r1b2rqk/p6p/4p1p1/2ppP3/5NQ1/3B1R2/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6+ ]

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Vlastimil Babula, Warsaw, 2005
5rk1/1p4pp/p1b1rP2/3N2R1/2q5/4BQ2/PP5P/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kh8 Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

b)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Judit Polgar, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
2r5/1pn1k1p1/p1rpbp1p/P3p2P/N1P1P1P1/1P1R1P2/1K3B2/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 Rb8 Nd5+ if Kf8 Nb4 ]

c)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Meelis Kanep, Caleta, 2011
1q1r4/2k4n/2P1p1p1/1pBpPpP1/pP2nP2/P2QP3/1KR5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qd4 if Rg8 Bd6+ Nxd6 exd6+ Kxd6 Qe5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Sergey Volkov, Bad Wiessee, 2012
5r1k/2r4p/p1p1Qp1P/q1n3p1/8/1P2P3/P1N2P2/2KR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6+ ]

e)
Thies Heinemann vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Germany, 2012
3r2k1/pp3ppp/8/8/8/2n3P1/P1QN1K1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2+ ]

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Yuriy Ajrapetjan, Legnica, 2013
r4k2/1R5p/3pB2R/3P2P1/8/pPn5/Pb3P2/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Rf6+ Ke8 Bd7+ ]

b)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Javier Moreno Ruiz, Montcada, 2013
r7/1k1r3p/np1np1p1/2p2p2/2PP4/3NP3/R4PPP/R3BK2 w - - 1 0
[ dxc5 if bxc5 Rxa6 or if Nxc4 c6+ ]

c)
Johannes Zwanzger vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Germany, 2013
r1bq1rk1/2p2ppp/2pp1b2/p3n3/4PB2/1BN3Q1/PPP2PPP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh4 Qe3 Ng4 Qe2 Bxf2+ Kh1 Qh4 ]

d)
Michael Rombach vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Deizisau, 2013
r1br2k1/p3pp1p/2p3p1/q2N4/2P5/2Q5/P2N1PPP/4KB1R b K - 0 1
[ ...Rxd5 ]

e)
Razvan-Stefan Dicu vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Mamaia, 2013
r2r2k1/1p3pp1/8/p1q2Pbp/4R3/P1P1B3/1P3QPP/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 ]

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Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Galina Strutinskaya, Wunsiedel, 2014
r1b1kn1Q/p5r1/2p1p3/2P1N2R/2P5/P1q5/3R1PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Kxd8 Qxf8+ Kc7 Qxg7+ ]

b)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Kanan Izzat, Canberra, 2014
r4rk1/pb5N/5ppQ/4p3/2p1q3/8/P4PP1/R4K1R w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 if Qxg2+ Ke2 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Loek Van Wely vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Magdeburg, 2014
8/5N2/6P1/3p4/8/3nP1k1/1r6/3B2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ if Kf1 Kh2 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Peter Meister vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Germany, 2014
4r1k1/pp3ppp/6n1/2P5/1B6/P4Pqn/1P1Q1RN1/3B1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2 Ne3 Qg1+ Ke2 Nf4# ]

e)
Hagen Poetsch vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Pardubice, 2014
2r1r1k1/pp4p1/2q4p/2p2p2/2Pn4/3PB1P1/PP3Q1P/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 Qxe3 Re8 if Qc1 Re2 Rf2 Rxf2 mates ]

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robin Dragomirescu vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Calimanesti, 2014
4k2r/p2b1p2/4p3/3pPP2/1prnN1P1/q2Q4/2PB1R1P/2R1K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc2+ if Ke2 or Rxc2 Rxe4+ ]

b)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Matthieu Cornette, Germany, 2016
5bk1/3q1ppp/1pr5/r2pBN1n/1p1P4/1Q6/PP3PPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh3 if Nf6 Bxf6 or if Ra7 Qxh5 g6 Nh6+ Bxh6 Qxh6 f5 Rxc6 ]

c)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Zdenko Kozul, Gjakova, 2016
br2rk2/5pR1/p2p1q2/1p1n1P2/3N4/1P3P2/P1P4Q/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ if Qxf7 Qxd6+ Qe7 Qh6+ or if Kxf7 Qh7+ ]

d)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Daniele Vocaturo, Ortisei, 2016
1r2n3/N1b1kp1p/2R3p1/p3p3/P7/4P1PP/5P2/5BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc7+ Nxc7 Nc6+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Yakov Meister, Apolda, 2017
2n5/p2R4/k1p1Np2/4p2p/PP2P2P/4KP2/1r6/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nc5+ ]

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Mihail Kopylov, Germany, 2017
5k2/pp4p1/2n2p2/7P/r2b4/3B2P1/PB2RPK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bg6 if 1...Be5 2.f4 or if 1...Ne5 2.Re4 Nxg6 3.hxg6 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Cemil Ali Marandi vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Teplice, 2019
4Q3/p7/1q4pk/3p3p/2p5/1PPn4/P2N2PP/7K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nf2+ 2.Kg1 Nh3+ ]

c)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Nicolo Pasini, Spilimbergo, 2019
rn4k1/p4rpp/3q4/2p5/8/Q1P1R3/P4PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re8+ Rf8 2.Qb3+ Kh8 3.Qd5 ]

d)
R Rajpara Ankit vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Spilimbergo, 2019
8/5r1k/6p1/4B2p/1P1pp3/5qP1/5P1P/3R1QK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...e3 if 2.fxe3 Qxe3+ or if 2.Bxd4 e2 ]

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