Tactics in the openings series


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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 ]

Tactics in the openings series


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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, 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, 2012
r1bqNk2/pp5p/1n1PQ1p1/2p2p2/2P4P/6P1/PP4B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 ]

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

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

e)
White mates in 3.
David Paravyan vs Alexander Riazantsev, Moscow, 2014
2R5/p4ppk/4pr1p/4P3/2R2q2/3r4/PP2Q1PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf2+ ]

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Alexander Riazantsev Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Riazantsev vs Ivan Bocharov, Kaliningrad, 2015
r5k1/ppq3pp/2pb1rb1/5p2/5BP1/1PN5/1PP1Q2P/2KR1R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 Rxd6 gxf5 if Bxf5 Bxd6 or if Bf7 Qe5 Rad8 Ne4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Riazantsev vs Ivan Bocharov, Kolomna, 2016
5kr1/qb1Rb2Q/2r1p1p1/p1p1Bn2/4NP2/PP6/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe7+ Nxe7 Rd8+ Kf7 Ng5# ]

c)
Darius Zagorskis vs Alexander Riazantsev, Tallinn, 2016
r1b1r3/pp3pk1/1bp3p1/4p2p/4P2P/1P4P1/P1P1BP1N/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3 Rfe1 Ba5 ]

d)
Yi Xu vs Alexander Riazantsev, Doha, 2016
3r2k1/1p2qppp/p5r1/2npP3/1Q6/5P2/PP3P1P/3RRB1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Maksat Atabayev vs Alexander Riazantsev, Doha, 2016
r5k1/1b1n2pp/1pp2r2/p2p1p2/P2PnN2/1P1BP3/1BQN1qPK/2R1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh6+ Nh3 Rxh3+ Kxh3 Qg3# ]

Alexander Riazantsev Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Riazantsev vs Richard Rapport, Palma de Majorca, 2017
6k1/3b2p1/8/P1N1p1n1/4P3/4p1P1/1r4B1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bh3 if 2.Bxh3 Nf6+ mates or if 2.Bh1 Bg4 3.Bg2 Bf3 4.Bf1 e2 ]

b)
Alexander Riazantsev vs Dmitriy Khegay, Cheliabinsk, 2017
5br1/p2q2nk/1p6/4QNpp/3B4/P6P/1P3P1K/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rc7 if 1...Qd8 2.Rf7 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Sergey Volkov vs Alexander Riazantsev, St. Petersburg, 2017
5rk1/4pp1p/p3b1p1/3N2N1/1p1bPP1q/8/PPr1B1KP/R3Q2R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qg4+ 2.Kf1 Qh3+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Alexander Riazantsev vs Alexandr Predke, Cheliabinsk, 2017
8/p4k2/1q4p1/1B3p2/p3p2P/1bQ1PnP1/1B3PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qg7+ ]


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