Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ivan Sokolov.
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)
Sokolov vs Zacrewski, Poland, 1974
r1r1n1k1/pb2bppp/1p2q3/1N1p4/Pn6/2N1BB2/1PP2QPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg4 if Qxg4 Qxf7+ mates ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Sokolov vs Johannes Van Mil, Budapest, 1986
2b2rk1/p4N2/1p1P2p1/7p/7Q/1B4P1/P4PPK/4q3 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 Qe6 Bxe6 Kh7 Ng5+ w/Qxf8+ ]

c)
Sokolov vs Milos Perunovic, Neum, 2005
2r2k2/pp3pr1/2b1pN2/2n3q1/2BR4/2P5/P3Q1PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg4 Qh6 Qe5 if Rxg4 Qxc5+ ]

d)
Sokolov vs Nenad Fercec, Neum, 2005
r3r1k1/2p2pp1/2N1b2p/p1Pn1n2/Bp6/6B1/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 if Nxd4 Bxe8 Nc2 Bc6 or if Red8 Nxf5 Bxf5 Bc6 ]



Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Ivan Sokolov vs Deniz Arman, Stockholm, 1/2/2011
5k2/p1p1p2p/1pB3p1/4Q1P1/3PP3/1KP2r2/P2R3P/q7 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Kf7 Be8+ ]

b)
Ivan Sokolov vs Sebastien Feller, Belgium, 1/9/2011
r2r2k1/4qpbp/1p1Np1p1/8/4QPn1/1B2P3/P2R2PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf7 if Kxf7 Rxd8 Rxd8 Rxd8 ]

c)
Ivan Sokolov vs Guillaume Sermier, Aix les Bains, 3/27/2011
1r1rk3/1BR1n1pp/R4p2/N3p3/7P/6P1/1P2bP2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re6 if Rd7 Bc6 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Ivan Sokolov vs Koen Leenhouts, Internet, 6/18/2011
3r2k1/p4p1p/3p2p1/q1pN4/1r6/1PQ4P/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ ]

e)
Ivan Sokolov vs Koen Leenhouts, Internet, 6/18/2011
3r2k1/p4p1p/3p2p1/q1p5/1r2N3/1PQ4P/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Kh8 Ne8+ or if Kf8 Nd5 Kg8 Ne7+ mates ]

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Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Duilio Collutiis, Alghero, 8/26/2011
2k5/p2R3p/2P5/2r5/2N5/8/3K4/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Kb8 c7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Evgeny Levin vs Ivan Sokolov, Aix les Bains, 3/31/2011
1r4k1/5pp1/p1pp2Pp/7R/2pqPQ2/2N5/Pr6/K6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1+ ]

c)
Sergey Volkov vs Ivan Sokolov, Nakhchivan, 4/30/2011
7r/4kpp1/p1R3p1/1p1n2P1/4q2P/PQ2Pn2/BP3P2/3K3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5 if Qxd5 Rd8 ]

d)
Koen Leenhouts vs Ivan Sokolov, Internet, 6/18/2011
r2q1r1k/1pp3bp/p1b5/2B1p2Q/5p2/2PP3P/PP3PP1/R3RNK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Wouter Spoelman vs Ivan Sokolov, Boxtel, 7/2/2011
8/5pk1/2B1b1p1/p3P2p/PqpQ1P2/4K3/6PP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ ]

Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tapani Sammalvuo vs Ivan Sokolov, Porto Carras, 11/3/2011
r5k1/2p2p1p/2P2np1/2r1p3/4Pq2/1RNB4/2Q1R1PP/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ Rb1 Rxb1+ Qxb1 Rxc3 Bc2 Qxh2 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Sasa Rezan, Sibenik, 9/23/2012
r7/1p2qpk1/2p2p1r/5PN1/1b1P4/pP1B1PP1/P7/1KQ4R w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ fxe6 Qxh6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Arturs Neiksans vs Ivan Sokolov, Istanbul, 9/5/2012
7k/1p6/1b5p/3R4/p5b1/P1NP3P/6PK/5r2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc7+ if g3 Bf3 ]

d)
Ivan Sokolov vs Cristiano Quaranta, Vienna, 8/21/2013
r3k2r/ppqn1ppp/2nbp3/1B2N3/3PpB2/1Q6/PP3PPP/2R1K2R w Kkq - 1 0
[ Bxc6 bxc6 Rxc6 if Qb8 Qxb8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Jade Schmidt vs Ivan Sokolov, Dubai, 4/9/2013
r7/5k2/5Pp1/P1pp4/5p1B/4bb2/1P5K/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh8 if Kh3 g5 ]

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