Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Oleg Romanishin.
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 8. Romanishin vs Slavoljub Marjanovic, Groningen, 1972
5r2/pp2R2p/6pk/3B3r/2P4Q/1P4P1/5PKP/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qe7+ Kh6 Qxf8+ Kh7 Qg8+ Kh6 Qh8+ Kg5 f4+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Romanishin vs Garcia Gonzales, Novi Sad, 1975
2br1b1r/3nk1p1/p2R2Pp/4P3/1pq1p3/4B2Q/PPP1N2P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5 if Nxc5 Qh4+ or if Ke8 Re6+ Be7 Rxe7+ ]

c)
Romanishin vs Mikhail Tal, Moscow, 1976
r3k2r/pp1qp1bp/2b1n1p1/5pB1/2nP4/2N2NP1/PP2QPBP/R4RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ d5 Bxd5 Nxd5 Qxd5 Nd4 ]

d)
Romanishin vs Rafael Vaganian, Lvov, 1978
6k1/1b3p1p/8/Q2p1r2/4nP2/2q2N2/5PBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc3 Nxc3 Ra7 if Bc6 Nd4 ]

e)
Romanishin vs Francisco Trois, Riga, 1979
8/2rnkppp/4n3/prp5/N1R5/1P1NP1P1/P5KP/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Nc3 w/Nd5+ ]



Romanishin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Romanishin vs Martin Gonzalez, Barcelona, 1985
1r1r4/pp3pk1/2nbb1p1/7p/P4P2/2N3P1/4PBBP/1R1R1K2 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 w/Rxb8 ]

b)
Romanishin vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Irkutsk, 1986
2kr3r/pp1bb2p/4pnp1/2p5/2Qq1B2/2N2B2/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Bxb5 Bxb7+ mates ]

c)
Romanishin vs Yuri Balashov, Yerevan, 1986
7r/1p2rk1p/2p1bp1q/p2p4/P2P1N2/1P4RP/5PP1/2Q1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Qxc1 Rg7+ ]

d)
Romanishin vs Wang Zili, Belgrade, 1988
1rb1R3/p1N1nk1p/1p3bp1/4pp2/2p4P/2P1BPP1/PPB1P3/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 if Bg7 Bxg7 Rb7 Rxc8 Nxc8 Bxe5 ]

e)
Romanishin vs Sergey Zagrebelny, Pula, 1990
1q2n1k1/1p1R1p1p/5PpQ/p7/p1P1rPP1/7P/1P3B2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if Kxf7 Qxh7+ Kf8 Bc5+ Nd6 Qh8+ ]

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Romanishin Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Romanishin vs Rainer Knaak, Bad Lauterberg, 1991
4r2k/8/1ppp4/p1r1qp1N/P1Pb3P/1P4P1/6Q1/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 if Qe4 Qxe4 Rxe4 Nd3 ]

b)
Romanishin vs Mikhail Tal, Barcelona, 1992
r1b3k1/pp2qp1p/4pnpQ/2b1N1N1/5P2/4P3/PP1r1PBP/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng4 ]

c)
Romanishin vs Zoltan Gyimesi, Balatonbereny, 1995
6k1/p2N1pp1/1p1q1b1p/2pr4/8/1P5P/P3RPP1/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Kh7 Qe4+ if g6 Qxd5 ]

d)
Romanishin vs Toni Kos, Ljubljana, 1997
r4rk1/pp2p2p/1np3p1/2q1b3/4PB2/3R2PB/PP2QP1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 Qb5 a4 if Nxa4 Qa2+ ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Romanishin vs Gerhard Schmidt, Dresden, 1998
1r1rb3/p1q2pkp/Pnp2np1/4p3/4P3/Q1N1B1PP/2PRBP2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ if Kxh6 Qf8+ ]

Romanishin Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Romanishin vs Alexander Goloshchapov, Ordzhonikidze, 2000
7k/Qp3b1p/2pn1r2/6p1/4p1P1/4N2B/Pq2PP1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd6 if Rxd6 Qb8 ]

b)
Romanishin vs Marianna Stefanidi, Korinthos, 2002
3r1rk1/1ppn1qbp/4p1p1/p7/2P5/1P2BNP1/P1Q1PPBP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Qf5 Be4 w/Nxe6 ]

c)
Romanishin vs Alexis Douriet, Paris, 2004
2qr4/p1rb1p1k/1n1p1np1/3p4/1PpbPPPN/2N4P/PB2Q3/1R2RB1K w - - 0 1
[ Qd2 Bxc3 Qxc3 ]

d)
Romanishin vs Andreas Brenke, Lippstadt, 2004
1r2kb1r/p3pppp/Q4n2/1qpPN3/2p1P3/8/Pp3PPP/1R2KB1R w Kk - 0 1
[ Rxb2 ]

e)
Romanishin vs Drazen Cvorovic, Solin/Split, 2004
4r1k1/2R3pp/8/pp3r2/2p5/6P1/PP2nP1P/2BR1K2 w - - 0 1
[ Be3 if Rxe3 Rd8+ ]

f)
Romanishin vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Hockenheim, 2006
8/2r3kp/pr3pp1/Nb1n4/1P5P/6P1/3R1PBK/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rc5 ]

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