Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Grigory Serper.
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)
Serper vs A Andreev Jr, Podolsk, 1990
4r3/1p2bkp1/r4p2/p1p2Q1p/Pn2P3/6PB/1B2qP1P/1RR3K1 w - - id 1-0
[ Bf1 if Qd2 Bc4+ Kf8 Qxh5+ or if g6 Bxe2 gxf5 Bxh5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Serper vs Vasilios Kotronias, Gausdal, 1991
r2q4/1p2kpPQ/p2p4/2pPr1p1/P1P3p1/8/1P4PP/R4RK1 w - - id 1-0
[ Rxf7+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 7. Kjell Yndesdal vs Serper, Gausdal, 1991
r1b1r1k1/pp3ppp/3p4/4n2q/2PBP3/P2B3P/2Q2PP1/4RRK1 b - - id 0-1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Bxh3 Kh2 Bd7+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Michail Brodsky vs Serper, Kherson, 1991
8/2Q5/2P1p2k/3p1p1p/4brq1/2R5/3R3K/8 b - - id 0-1
[ ...Rf2+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Serper vs Oystein Dannevig, Gausdal, 1991
2r5/1p5p/3p4/pP1P1R2/1n2B1k1/8/1P3KPP/8 w - - id 1-0
[ h3+ Kh4 g3+ ]



Serper Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 2. Serper vs Alexei Shirov, Moscow, 1991
q2br1k1/1b4pp/3Bp3/p6n/1p3R2/3B1N2/PP2QPPP/6K1 w - - id 1-0
[ Qxe6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Serper vs Ferdinand Unzicker, Moscow, 1991
4rr2/ppp3pQ/3qpk2/1b1p4/3P4/7R/PP1B1PP1/R3K3 w Q - id 1-0
[ Bg5+ if Kxg5 Qxg7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Serper vs Kenneth Wallach, Oakbrook, 1996
1r6/2p4n/4P1pk/4Q2p/4P2P/q7/1P6/1KR3R1 w - - id 1-0
[ Rxg6+ Kxg6 Rg1+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Serper vs Robert Gardner, North Bay, 1998
2r1r3/p5q1/1p2k1p1/4p2p/2P5/1P1QR1P1/P6P/5RK1 w - - id 1-0
[ Qd5+ Ke7 Rxe5+ ]


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