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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Milko Popchev.
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)
Aleksandar Kolev vs Milko Popchev, Primorsko, 1987
2rb2k1/3n1p1p/B2Qpnp1/8/3B1P2/4P2q/3N1P1P/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if Nxe4 Qf3+ mates ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Pavlina Chilingirova vs Milko Popchev, Burgas, 1993
1r4k1/p4b2/2p2b1p/2P5/3Ppp2/q7/P1RKB1PP/5RQ1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e3+ if Ke1 Qa5+ ]

c)
Omar Valcarcel vs Milko Popchev, Orense, 1994
rnq2rk1/1b2p1bp/p2pPnp1/1ppN2N1/5P2/5B2/PPP3PP/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd5 Bxd5 Bd4+ Kh1 Bxd5 if c3 Qc6 cxd4 Bxg2+ ]

d)
Milko Popchev vs Emil Nachev, Varna, 1995
2r3k1/1p3p1p/1q1pr1p1/p1nQ4/5P2/2P3PP/PP2R1BK/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 if Nxe6 Rxe6 ]

e)
Milko Popchev vs Daniel Campora, Porto San Giorgio, 2002
2R5/4kpr1/p3pN1Q/8/8/6P1/1q1r1P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Kd6 Rd8+ ]

Milko Popchev puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bosko Abramovic vs Milko Popchev, Belgrade, 2002
3r1rk1/6pp/1p6/p2bP3/P3ppBq/1PB5/4Q2P/R5RK b - - 0 1
[ ...f3 if Qe3 f2 ]

b)
Ivan Kocovski vs Milko Popchev, Leposavic, 2003
3r4/p1q4k/1b2p2p/4Pp2/5P2/1P1R3Q/P6P/2BK4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc3 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Sandra Trifonova vs Milko Popchev, Plovdiv, 2007
4r1k1/1p4q1/p6Q/2pP4/2P2pP1/5K2/PP2r3/3N3R b - - 0 1
[ ...R8e3+ Nxe3 Rxe3+ ]

d)
Idris Muslija vs Milko Popchev, Crikvenica, 2009
8/1k1r3p/8/p3BpP1/1p2n2P/4P3/P7/1K4R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ Kc2 Nf3 ]

e)
Michal Motyka vs Milko Popchev, Karvina, 2009
r4rk1/ppq3pp/3b1p2/3p2n1/3PbBPP/2PN4/PP1QB3/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kh2 Nxf4 Nxf4 g5 ]

f)
Milko Popchev vs Mila Zarkovic, Novi Sad, 2014
2r3k1/p4ppp/4p3/q1p5/1nPrbP2/1P1N2PP/P2R1QB1/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Bxe4 Rxe4 Nxc5 ]

g)
White mates in 3.
Milko Popchev vs Arseniy Gaydym, Albena, 2015
r1n2rk1/3q1pp1/pb2p1np/1pp1P1Q1/3pNP2/P2P3R/BPP3PP/R1B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 Qxh6 or if Kh8 Rxh6+ ]


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