Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Riazantsev.
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. Riazantsev vs Alexander Gamota, Moscow, 1997
7k/pb4rp/2qp1Q2/1p3pP1/np3P2/3PrN1R/P1P4P/R3N1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf8+ Rg8 Rxh7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Riazantsev vs Artem Iljin, St. Petersburg, 1997
5qrk/5p1n/pp3p1Q/2pPp3/2P1P1rN/2P4R/P5P1/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Riazantsev vs Ilya Kopytov, Kolontaevo, 1998
8/1r2Qpkp/3p2p1/2pq4/5R2/Pr3P2/1P4PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ Kh6 Rh4+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Riazantsev vs Hrvoje Stevic, Marina d'Or, 1998
5r1k/1q4bp/3pB1p1/2pPn1B1/1r6/1p5R/1P2PPQP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ ]

e)
Riazantsev vs Maxim Chetverik, St. Petersburg, 2000
3r2k1/pq1nn1pp/2prpp2/1p6/1P1PP3/1Q1B1NP1/P1R2PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if Rd5 Be4 ]



Riazantsev Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Riazantsev vs Michail Panarin, Krasnodar, 2002
3k1rr1/1R2bp2/2n1p3/3pP3/3q1N1p/4N2Q/6PP/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ fxe6 Qxe6 ]

b)
Riazantsev vs Timofeev, Sochi, 2004
r7/3bq1k1/2p3pp/1pPpN3/rP1PpP2/4P3/7P/1R1Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rg1 if Bf5 Qh5 Qf6 Nxg6 ]

c)
Riazantsev vs Sergey Ivanov Sergey, Sochi, 2004
8/p1k2p2/4p3/1p2K3/2p1P2P/6P1/Pr6/7R w - - 0 1
[ h5 ]

d)
Riazantsev vs Vladimir Moskvin, Internet, 2004
6k1/3b1r1p/pQ3qp1/1p1Ppp2/1Bn1P3/P1PB4/6PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Kg7 Bxc4 bxc4 Bd6 ]

e)
Riazantsev vs Jose Cuenca Jimenez, Evora, 2008
6k1/1p3rb1/3P3q/p3pr1p/8/P6P/1PQ2P2/3RK1R1 w - - 0 1
[ d7 ]

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Riazantsev Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Riazantsev vs Branko Damljanovic, Rijeka, 2010
2r1r3/3bq1kp/2p3p1/p1n2pN1/4p3/1P4P1/P2Q1PBP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd4+ if Qf6 Qxc5 Qxg5 Qd4+ ]

b)
Riazantsev vs Nikolay Maevsky, Warsaw, 2010
2rqk2r/3n1ppp/pbQ1p3/1p1pP3/3N4/BP2P2P/P4PP1/R4RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

c)
Riazantsev vs Tomasz Warakomski, Warsaw, 2010
r1bk3r/1pp2p2/3p2pb/pNnPq2p/2P1nN2/5B2/PP4PP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd3 ]

d)
Riazantsev vs Sanan Sjugirov, Dagomys, 2010
1rb2rk1/2q2ppp/5b2/8/1pnN4/B3P3/2Q1BPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb2 if Be6 Nxe6 fxe6 Bxc4 ]

e)
Riazantsev vs Hagen Poetsch, Aix les Bains, 2011
3r3r/1B3k1p/Pn2pq2/1N3p2/1Q3p2/8/1P5P/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ if Rxd6 Qxd6 Nc8 Bxc8 ]

Alexander Riazantsev Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Riazantsev vs Vasily Papin, Olginka, 4/25/2011
6k1/2r5/4brp1/4N2p/2B5/4BP2/2p3P1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg5 Rxc4 Bxf6 Rf4 Bg5 if Rf5 f4 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Riazantsev vs Pawel Pietocha, Warsaw, 12/15/2012
r1bqNk2/pp5p/1n1PQ1p1/2p2p2/2P4P/6P1/PP4B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 ]

c)
Andrey Rychagov vs Alexander Riazantsev, Moscow, 2/12/2013
2r2rk1/p1R5/3pq2p/6p1/3Pp1n1/4P2P/P1QR1BP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc7 Qxc7 Rc8 ]

d)
Ivan Salgado Lopez vs Alexander Riazantsev, Yerevan, 3/5/2014
8/1pkN1p2/p6p/4r1p1/3np3/7P/PPP2PP1/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd5 if Nf6 Ne2+ mates ]


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