Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maxim Sorokin.
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)
Sorokin vs Ruslan Sherbakov, Borzhomi, 1988
r1b3k1/1p4pp/p4n1q/8/1P1Pp2r/1N2N3/P4QPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8+ Rxc8 Nf5 ]

b)
Sorokin vs Alexander Baburin, Voronezh, 1988
r2q3k/pp3r1p/3ppp1B/2bNnR1Q/2p1P3/2P4R/PP4PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if exf5 Bxf6+ ]

c)
Sorokin vs Ferenc Peredy, Budapest, 1990
q3r1k1/5Rpp/p3r3/1p2NQ2/1PpP4/2P1n1P1/7P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Rxf8 Qxe6+ Kh8 Rxf8+ Qxf8 Nf7+ w/Ng5 ]

d)
Sorokin vs Alexander Semeniuk, Kuibyshev, 1990
4rbk1/2n2n1p/1N4p1/pp1B1q2/1P3p2/P1B3P1/Q4P1P/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Qxg4 Bxf7# ]

e)
Sorokin vs Alexander Chuiko, Simferopol, 1989
1R3b2/pp2r1kp/2pN1pp1/2P1p3/PPQn4/5PPq/4P2P/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ if Kh8 Nxf6 Kg7 Qg8+ mates ]



Sorokin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win.
a)
Sorokin vs Alberto Mascarenhas, Rio de Janeiro, 1991
r2q1rk1/3p2pp/nppP4/p3Np2/5Q2/6P1/PP2PPKP/3R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qc4+ if Kh8 Nf7+ ]

b)
Sorokin vs Silvio Pereira, Sao Paulo, 1991
r1b2rk1/pp6/5qp1/4p1Q1/6P1/8/PP3PB1/2RR3K w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 Rxf6 Rd8+ ]

c)
Sorokin vs Vlastimil Babula, Pardubice, 1992
6k1/pp6/3p2p1/2p2rNn/2Pn3P/q1NQ2P1/P3rP2/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb3 ]

d)
Sorokin vs Roman Dabek, Wisla, 1992
2rq2k1/p2r2p1/1p2bp2/2p4p/P1P1B3/1n1R2PP/1B3P2/3RQ1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb7 ]

e)
Sorokin vs Adrian Rios Cabello, San Fernando, 1993
1r2rnk1/1pqbppbn/p2p2pp/P1pPP3/4NPPB/5N1P/BPPQ4/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 if dxe5 Bd6 or if Rxe7 exd5 ]

Sorokin Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Sorokin vs Carlos Ferraro, Buenos Aires, 1996
r1br2k1/4ppbp/1p4p1/N2P4/4P3/8/n1RB1PPP/4KB1R w K - 0 1
[ Nc6 if Re8 Bc4 ]

b)
Sorokin vs Alexey Maly, St. Petersburg, 2003
1r3rk1/p1q1ppb1/1p2n1p1/8/2b1N2R/PQ2P1P1/1P1B1PB1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Bc3 if Bxb3 Rh8+ mates ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Sorokin vs Marina Guseva, Moscow, 2007
r1b2r2/4nn1k/1q2PQ1p/5p2/pp5R/5N2/5PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ ]


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