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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Monika Socko.
White to move and win.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Socko vs Czeslawa Pilarska, Lublin, 1993
6k1/4rpbp/qpB3p1/8/2R2P2/3Pp1P1/4Q2P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra4 ]

b)
Socko vs Monika Aksiuczyc, Brzeg Dolny, 1995
2rrn1k1/pp2ppbp/1qn3p1/8/Q2P4/1P4PP/P2BNPB1/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 w/Ba5 ]

c)
Socko vs Alina Atlaska, Brzeg Dolny, 1995
5rk1/pp2qpb1/2r2n2/2p1p1pQ/3pP1N1/3P1R1P/PPP3B1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 Rxf6 Rxf6 if Bxf6 Nh6+ & Nf5+ ]

d)
Socko vs Joanna Sadkiewicz, Germany, 1995
1rb2k1r/3nqp1p/pp1Nn1p1/2p1b3/P1P5/5N2/1P2B1PP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 ]

e)
Socko vs Michaela Svobodova, Frydek-Mistek, 1997
3r1b2/1p1r3k/2pqp1Rp/p3Q1p1/P1P3P1/1P4BP/5R1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 if Bxh6 Qe4+ ]

Socko Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Socko vs Diana Darchia, Groningen, 1998
2b1r3/2kpqp1p/p7/2b3p1/p5QP/3R4/P4PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re3 ]

b)
Socko vs Gyozo Forintos, Koszalin, 1998
r2qkb1r/1b1n1ppp/pp2pn2/1BppN3/3P1B2/4PN2/PPP2PPP/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

c)
Socko vs Monika Aksiuczyc, Lubniewice, 1998
3r2k1/1b1rqpp1/p3pn1p/2b5/3N1P2/3BP3/P3Q1PP/BRR4K w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7 Rxb7 Nc6 Qd6 Nxd8 ]

d)
Socko vs Joanna Dworakowska, Sopot, 1998
2rqnrk1/pp1bbpp1/4p2p/n2pN3/3P3B/P1NBP3/1PQ2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd7 Qxd7 Bxe7 Qxe7 Nxd5 ]

e)
Socko vs Karolina Szymanowska, Wroclaw, 1999
r1b1r1k1/ppnn1pbp/4p1p1/4P3/2B2B2/P1N2N2/1P3PPP/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 Nxb5 Bxb5 w/Bg5 ]

Socko Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Socko vs Iaroslav Gushpit, Barlinek, 2002
r7/1p2P1R1/7p/2p5/4p2k/4n2P/6P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf4+ w/e8=Q+ & g3 ]

b)
Socko vs Anna Kucypera, Lubniewice, 2003
1r6/3PN1k1/4Kb2/7p/7P/2p3P1/2B5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ w/Nd6+ & Ne8 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Socko vs Magdalena Guzkowska, Dzwirzyno, 2004
1b4k1/1b4p1/6Q1/p2pPp2/3BnP2/P2B1NP1/6KP/3q4 w - - 0 1
[ e6 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Monika Socko vs Marina Guseva, Chisinau, 2005
3q1n1k/2r1r1pP/2p3R1/pp1p1Q2/3PnN2/4P3/PP3P2/K6R w - - 1 0
[ Rd6 g5 Ng6+ Nxg6 Rxd8+ ]

e)
Monika Socko vs Manuela Mader, Germany, 2006
r4rk1/pp2pp1p/4b3/3n4/Pq6/Q4N2/1P2BPPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 ]

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Monika Socko Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Monika Socko vs Kieu Thien Le, Beijing, 2008
2q5/1p4k1/1Q1P1npp/2r1pp2/8/P1N5/5PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ d7 if Nxd7 Rxd7+ Qxd7 Qxc5 ]

b)
Monika Socko vs Louis Sanchez, Gibraltar, 2009
r3k2r/1b3ppp/p2qpn2/2n5/3N4/P2BB3/5PPP/2RQ1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nb5 if Qc6 Nd6+ or if Qxd3 Nd6+ Ke7 Bxc5 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Monika Socko vs Edyta Jakubiec, Germany, 2009
5r1k/1q4b1/p1b3Qp/1pPNp3/1P2p3/PB5R/6PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6 if Rxf6 Rxh6+ ]

d)
Monika Socko vs Katarzyna Ogonowska, Wroclaw, 2009
4r1k1/1pq2pbp/3p2p1/p1nBrPB1/P6Q/1P5R/6PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ f6 if Bxf6 Qxh7+ Kf8 Bh6+ or if h5 fxg7 Kxg7 Bf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Monika Socko vs Joanna Worek, Warsaw, 2011
4q1r1/3b1k2/3r2p1/3pRp2/2pP1P2/1p2Q1KP/1P6/1B2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ Kf8 Rxe8+ Kg7 Qe7+ ]

Monika Socko Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Monika Socko vs Chaliko Tchantcev, Kavala, 2011
8/p4kbr/4R3/P2QP3/1P1P1p1p/7P/3q1P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6+ Kf8 Rd8+ ]

b)
Monika Socko vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Istanbul, 2012
3r3r/1b2kpq1/1pn1pN2/2n1P3/1p2BPN1/3p2P1/PP6/2RQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc5 if bxc5 Qc1 Kf8 Bxc6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Monika Socko vs Viktor Solovyov, St. Petersburg, 2012
3rRr2/p1qPRpkp/1p4p1/3Q2P1/8/7P/P4PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Rxf7 Qd4+ ]

d)
Monika Socko vs Yifan Hou, Khanty Mansyisk, 2012
1r2r1k1/Q4n1p/pp4p1/3N4/P1B1P3/1p3qPP/1P2R2K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4 Rf8 Bxf7+ if Kh8 Qe7 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Kubra Ozturk vs Monika Socko, Ankara, 2012
8/5pk1/2Bp4/3P3p/P7/1R2Q1P1/5P1K/2r1q1r1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ ]

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Monika Socko Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Barbara Jaracz vs Monika Socko, Wroclaw, 2013
6k1/p5pp/1b6/1B1b1r2/8/7P/1P2N1P1/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb3 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Irina Zakurdjaeva vs Monika Socko, Belgrade, 2013
3R4/5ppk/p5rp/8/3PK3/3P3P/3Q2P1/5q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Monika Socko vs Klaudia Kulon, Plovdiv, 2014
6r1/4RNbk/p5p1/7p/1r6/1P2Q2P/q4PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ Bxh6 Ng5+ ]

d)
Monika Socko vs Lylia Meghara, Tromsoe, 2014
2b2rk1/r4ppp/pn2p3/1p6/4BB2/4P3/PP3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd6 if Re8 Bc5 ]

e)
Jolanta Zawadzka vs Monika Socko, Warsaw, 2014
2k3r1/pp1b4/3q1r1p/2pPN3/7Q/P2B2Pn/2P2PKP/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf4 Qh5 Rxf2+ Kh1 Rg5 Qh4 Rxe5 ]

Monika Socko Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Monika Socko vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Erfurt, 2014
r4rk1/pp4pp/2p1b3/3Nb3/3p4/5B2/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Kf7 Rxe5 Kxe7 Rde1 Rf6 Bg4 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Lela Javakhishvili vs Monika Socko, Erfurt, 2014
7k/p6p/2B1b2P/4b3/3p1r2/P3p3/1PQ1RP1q/5KR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2+ Rxf2 Bc4+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Monika Socko vs Jeff Sarwer, Stockholm, 2016
1r5k/p3bQpp/qr1p3N/1npPP2P/1p6/1N6/PPP2P2/1K1R3R w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ Rxg8 Nf7# ]

d)
Monika Socko vs Le Thao Pham, Baku (w), 2016
3q4/pR1rk1p1/2p1pb2/2P2p1Q/5P2/3N2P1/P5KP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nb4 if Qc8 Rb8 or if Rxb7 Nxc6+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Monika Socko vs Laura Unuk, Riga, 2017
8/p4R2/2r4p/2p3kN/8/1P6/r1n3PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re5+ ]

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