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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Peter Svidler.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
Peter Svidler vs Sergey Labutin, Leningrad, 1990
5rk1/pp3p2/4r2p/3R1p2/8/2Q3P1/qP3P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra5 ]

b)
Robert Bator vs Peter Svidler, Copenhagen, 1991
4rk2/1p5q/3p4/p1R5/3r1P2/1PQ1nR2/P2B2PP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ if Be1 Nd5 ]

c)
Peter Svidler vs Yuri Shulman, St Petersburg, 1994
4r2k/3q1npp/4N3/1p1pnP2/3Q4/2P4P/2P5/2B2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 if Qd6 Re1 ]

d)
Peter Svidler vs Angelis Del Rio, Szeged, 1994
6k1/1p4pp/2qrnp2/3p4/1Q1B4/4NN1P/P4PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if Rd7 Ne7+ ]

e)
Peter Svidler vs Alon Greenfeld, Tilburg, 1994
r7/p3q1k1/2p5/6pr/3pN3/3B2Q1/PP6/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 ]

Peter Svidler Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Svidler vs Alonso Zapata, New York, 1995
3bkn1r/1b6/p1q1pp2/1p5p/7P/2N1BN2/PPP2QP1/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd8+ Kxd8 Nd4 if Qxg2 Qxf6+ ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Peter Svidler, Wijk aan Zee, 1999
3r1b2/p4pk1/1np3pp/2q1p3/3rP3/P2B2PP/1PQ1NPK1/3RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Peter Svidler vs Lev Psakhis, Haifa, 2000
4Rrk1/pp4p1/2nN3p/2P5/q2p4/P2Q4/2P3PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 if Rxe8 Qf7+ ]

d)
Vladimir Baklan vs Peter Svidler, Brussels, 2000
2rr4/2q2pkp/4pb2/p4p2/Pp3P1P/1P1B2PR/1P3Q2/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3 if Rxd3 Qc1+ Ka2 Rc2 mates ]

e)
Etienne Bacrot vs Peter Svidler, New Delhi, 2000
2k5/pp3ppp/2p4r/4P2q/1bPP3Q/6P1/PB5P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 if Rf2 Qe1+ ]

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Peter Svidler Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Peter Svidler vs Klaus Bischoff, Bled, 2002
6rk/1bq1b2p/3pp1pQ/r3n3/4PN2/2B5/PP2B2P/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg6+ Rxg6 Rxg6 Bxe4+ Bd3 ]

b)
Michael Prusikin vs Peter Svidler, Germany, 2002
1r2b1k1/p4p1p/4p1p1/2p5/4PP2/1BP1n3/P2RN1PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...c4 if Bc2 Rb2 or if Kf2 cxb3 ]

c)
White Mates in 7.
Peter Svidler vs Konstantin Chernyshov, Voronezh, 2003
2r3kr/p2R2b1/6pp/1pB5/2q3p1/4Q3/PP3P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe7 Bf8 Qf6 Rh7 Rxh7 Kxh7 Rd7+ ]

d)
Peter Svidler vs Evgeny Bareev, Wijk aan Zee, 2004
r1b1k2r/1p2qpp1/p6p/8/4Bp2/3Q4/PPP3PP/3R1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Bxb7 ]

e)
Peter Svidler vs L Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee, 2005
r3k2r/pp3p2/1q3pn1/2p1p2p/2P1P2P/2N3Q1/PPP3P1/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

Peter Svidler Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Svidler vs Alexander Grischuk, Wijk aan Zee, 2005
8/kp3R2/6P1/p2P2K1/r4B2/8/1b6/8 w - - 0 1
[ d6 if Rd4 Be3 ]

b)
Peter Svidler vs Alexey Korotylev, Moscow, 2004
2b1rqk1/2r1b1p1/p3p1Pp/1p6/4BPN1/P1P2Q2/1P1R4/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6 w/g7+ & Rg2 ]

c)
Peter Svidler vs Vladimir Chuchelov, France, 2004
rq1r2k1/3p1p2/1Nn1pQpp/8/1P6/4B2P/5PP1/2Rb2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if dxc6 Bxh6 if Ra1 Bd4 ]

d)
Levon Aronian vs Peter Svidler, Moscow, 2006
2r1r1k1/1p3pbp/6p1/p5B1/P1qP4/3Q4/5PPP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

e)
Peter Svidler vs Sergei Tiviakov, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
3r1k2/RR3bp1/2Bn1p2/1PN5/3Pp1r1/8/7K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ if Nxf7 Ne6+ ]

Peter Svidler Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Peter Svidler vs Sergei Rublevsky, Khanty Mansyisk, 2007
1q1k1r2/1p1b1p1p/p2r1npb/P2PR1B1/1Q6/6P1/5PBP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 2.
Peter Svidler vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2008
8/k1p1q3/Pp5Q/4p3/2P1P2p/3P4/4K3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qc6 ]

c)
Emil Sutovsky vs Peter Svidler, Novi Sad, 2009
b6Q/pq4p1/1p2p1kp/8/8/1P2pPP1/PBPr3P/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ (if ...Qxf3 Qxg7+ draws) ]

d)
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Peter Svidler, Moscow, 2009
6k1/8/p1r5/P1Nr1p2/1PRb2p1/5pP1/5P2/3R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh6 if Kg1 Bxf2+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 9.
Peter Heine Nielsen vs Peter Svidler, Copenhagen, 2010
2k4r/1p1b1p2/p2q3r/2pP1p2/2P1pNn1/P1Q1P1P1/5PB1/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Bxh1 Rxh1+ Kg2 Rh2+ Kf1 Rxf2+ Ke1 Qh6 ]

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Peter Svidler Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Svidler vs Levon Aronian, Moscow, 2010
r6k/pppbq1p1/5N1p/2n1n3/2B1pR1N/P5QP/1PP3P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ Nxg6 Qxg6 if gxf6 Rh4 mates ]

b)
Peter Heine Nielsen vs Peter Svidler, Copenhagen, 2010
r2q1rk1/pp1n1pb1/2ppb1p1/8/2P1PP1p/2N2N1P/PP2B1P1/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb6+ Kh1 Qxb2 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Peter Svidler vs Vladimir Kramnik, Moscow, 2011
6k1/r3r1pp/3N1p2/R7/1p1N4/5QP1/1P4KP/1q6 w - - 1 0
[ Qa8+ ]

d)
Arnd Lauber vs Peter Svidler, Rogaska Slatina, 2011
8/5pkp/8/3q2p1/8/5PP1/P2p2KP/3Q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...g4 if Kg1 Qc5+ Kg2 Qc1 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Peter Svidler vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2012
r7/1r3ppk/4bR1p/2B1P3/1P6/PqP1Q1RP/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qxh6+ ]

Peter Svidler Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Peter Svidler vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Eilat, 2012
4r2k/p5R1/5PBp/6P1/6n1/7r/P5N1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
David Navara vs Peter Svidler, Prague, 2012
3k4/p7/1r6/2p3p1/q1nn1P2/2RQ2NN/P5PP/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb4 if Rb3 Qe1+ ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Peter Svidler, Astana, 2012
8/p4pkp/3Pbpp1/2q5/4B2P/2pQP1P1/P4P2/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 ]

d)
Magnus Carlsen vs Peter Svidler, London, 2013
4k3/5N2/8/2p4p/2B2bP1/3P1p2/1P6/3bK3 b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg4 if Kxd1 g3 Ke1 g2 Kf2 Bh2 ]

e)
Anna Ushenina vs Peter Svidler, Tromsoe, 2013
1B6/6bk/2N1r1p1/6n1/1p4q1/6N1/8/5RKQ b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ if Kh2 Qh4 Kg2 Rxc6 or if Kg2 Re2+ ]

Peter Svidler Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Svidler vs Alexander Ipatov, Dubai, 2014
q7/8/3knQ2/p1p1p2P/4b3/4N1P1/PP6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Ahmed Adly vs Peter Svidler, Dubai, 2014
4r3/6bk/6p1/p7/2Q5/1P2p1qp/P7/R5RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3+ Kh2 Be5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Peter Svidler vs Peter Leko, Sochi, 2014
6k1/1p1rR3/p1p2Qpq/5r1p/1P5P/P5P1/5PK1/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

d)
Boris Gelfand vs Peter Svidler, Jerusalem, 2014
6k1/5p2/2np2p1/6P1/3bPB2/3R1P1B/r1r5/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Be5 if Bxe5 Nxe5 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Peter Svidler vs Dmitry Andreikin, Moscow, 2018
8/1p4R1/p1p2P1k/8/1PP1NKP1/1r1r1P2/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.g5+ Kh5 2.Ng3+ ]

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