Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Aleksandr Poluljahov.
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)
White mates in 2.
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs S Nev, Belorechensk, 1988
r5k1/3nq2p/p5pQ/Pp5R/8/2B3P1/P3r2P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Vladimir Ivanov, Simferopol, 1989
3r3r/p3bpk1/1pp3p1/2Pqp1P1/4N3/3P1Q1R/P4PK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ ]

c)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Miron Sher, Anapa, 1991
4r1k1/pbr2ppn/1pq1p3/4P1BQ/2P5/6R1/P4PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf6 if g6 Qxh7+ or if Nxf6 exf6 ]

d)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Sandor Videki, Budapest, 1992
2r3k1/p1q2n1p/Qpp1r1p1/3p1p2/1B1Pn2P/P2NP1P1/1PR2PK1/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4 if Rf6 Nxd5 or if Ree8 Rxc6 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Kim Engedal, Gausdal, 1994
1Q2qk2/1b4pp/2p1B3/1P1n4/8/6P1/1B3P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ba3+ if Ne7 Qf4+ ]



Aleksandr Poluljahov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Nebojsa Nikcevic, Cetinje, 1996
7k/5Qp1/p1p2n2/q6p/2B5/6P1/1P3P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Kh7 Bd3+ if Kh6 Qh8+ mates ]

b)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Igor Kostenko, Krasnodar, 1996
5rk1/R1RP1p1p/6p1/4p3/1p1r4/7P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc8 if Kg7 Raa8 Rxd7 Rxf8 ]

c)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Kari Nieminen, New York, 1996
3qr1k1/pbr1b3/1p2pppB/n2n4/3PN3/P2Q4/BP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 if f5 Nxe6 ]

d)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Davor Komljenovic, Cappelle la Grande, 1997
5r2/pb2k3/1q2p3/8/2ppNQ2/P7/1P3P1P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ Ke8 Qb8+ Qd8 Qxb7 ]

e)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Davor Komljenovic, Cappelle la Grande, 1997
5r2/pb2k3/1q2p3/8/2ppNQ2/P7/1P3P1P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ if Nf6 Ng6+ Kg8 Nxf8 ]

Aleksandr Poluljahov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Andrey Belotserkovsky, Krasnodar, 1997
3r1r1k/1p4qp/1Qb1p3/4N1pn/3P4/3BR3/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh3 Nf6 Ng6+ Kg8 Nxf8 ]

b)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Oleg Maiorov, Krasnodar, 1998
8/p3rpkp/bp2pqp1/nQ2N3/5RP1/1P2P2P/P4PB1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb4 Qg5 h4 Qxh4 Nf3 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Sergey Sivokho, Polanica Zdroj, 1999
r2q3Q/1p1bkrn1/3p4/p1p1p2R/2P1Pp2/2N5/PP1KBP2/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5+ Ke6 Rg6+ Qf6 Bg4+ ]

d)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Vitaly Shinkevich, St. Petersburg, 2001
r4rk1/pb1nqppp/3b1n2/1p2p3/2pPP3/3B1NN1/PPQB1PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 Qe6 d5 if cxd3 dxe6 dxc2 Nxd6 ]

e)
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Alexander Utnasunov, St. Petersburg, 2001
4rr1k/1b4q1/p1pb1nQ1/1p4N1/1P1P4/4PR2/P2B2PP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Aleksandr Poluljahov vs Evgeni Kobylkin, Krasnodar, 2003
5r2/p3n2R/3pBkp1/3Pb3/1p2PpQ1/8/PPq2PK1/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4+ g5 Qh6+ ]

g)
Denis Lopushnoy vs Aleksandr Poluljahov, Orel, 1997
6r1/1b3p1k/1q1ppQpr/7P/1p2P3/1PN2B1R/P7/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg1+ Kxg1 gxh5+ ]


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