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

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

a)
Hans Tikkanen vs Robert Bator, Hallstahammar, 2000
r3kn2/pp1b1p1p/4p3/2Q5/3Pr2q/8/PP1BNP1b/R3KB1R w Qq - 1 0
[ Bg5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Hans Tikkanen vs William Arruda, Batatais, 2001
r1b1nrk1/pp1np1bp/6P1/q1p5/2P2p2/2N1BN2/PP4P1/R2QKB1R w KQ - 1 0
[ Qd5+ ]

c)
Anders Olsson vs Hans Tikkanen, Umea, 2003
2r1r1k1/1p2pp1p/p1bp2pq/P3n3/2PNP3/1PN2P1P/5QP1/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Axel Smith vs Hans Tikkanen, Skovlunde, 2006
4k3/1Q3p2/2p1p3/3pPp2/5P2/1P1K4/r7/2R3q1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg3+ Kd4 Qf2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Evgenia Hansen vs Hans Tikkanen, Stockholm, 2006
2q2rk1/5pp1/1Npb4/7r/2Pp2b1/P2P2N1/1Q3PK1/R5R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3+ Kh1 Bf1+ Nxh5 Qh3# ]

Hans Tikkanen puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Arash Rouhani vs Hans Tikkanen, Stockholm, 2007
4r1k1/1p3pp1/p4bp1/P1r5/R1B5/2PP4/1P2p1PP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 d4 Rxc4 Rxc4 Be3+ Kh1 Bf2 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Hans Tikkanen vs Dirk Legahn, Schwarzach, 2008
8/p7/1p1kq1p1/2p1N1Qr/2Pn4/6P1/PP3P2/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qd8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Natalia Chernyshova vs Hans Tikkanen, Olomouc, 2009
3r2k1/2Q2p1p/6p1/p7/2P3P1/1P5P/P1b1rP2/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Kb2 Bb1+ ]

d)
Hans Tikkanen vs Svend Pedersen, Borup, 2010
5r2/pp1rbppk/2p2np1/8/3Nn3/4P2P/PPB2PP1/2BR1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe4 Nxe4 Ne6 ]

e)
Emanuel Berg vs Hans Tikkanen, Vasteras, 2011
q6k/6pp/2b2p2/pNn2P2/2Bp4/P6P/2P1Q1PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...d3 if cxd3 Bxb5 or if Qe7 Qb8+ g3 Ne4 ]

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Hans Tikkanen puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Fred Berend vs Hans Tikkanen, Porto Carras, 2011
8/p1rq1p1k/1p2pQp1/1P2P2p/n2P1P1P/8/6P1/3RN1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3 Rd3 Ne4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Hans Tikkanen vs Pia Cramling, Falun, 2012
3b1k1r/1R3ppp/p2P4/P2q4/8/8/3NQPPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Hans Tikkanen vs Dashzegve Sharavdorj, Istanbul, 2012
3rq2k/4N1pn/1p1P1p1p/p1bQ4/7P/6P1/PB3PK1/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Marc Simonet vs Hans Tikkanen, Istanbul, 2012
6k1/p5pp/1p4r1/8/P3p2q/1PNbPr1P/1Q1R1PPK/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ gxh3 Qg5 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Aryan Tari vs Hans Tikkanen, Ballerup, 2013
4r2k/1p4p1/4q2p/2P2p2/1Q1b4/8/P5PP/1B2RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa6+ ]

Hans Tikkanen puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Hans Tikkanen vs Fabrizio Bellia, Stockholm, 2015
3q2rk/1p5p/p2Ppp1Q/1br1n2N/8/1B6/PB1n1P1P/R2K2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Hans Tikkanen vs Niels Fries-Nielsen, Malme, 2015
1rbk3r/1q2bp2/3P4/1Bp3Bp/8/2P4p/1P3PPN/R2Q2K1 w - - 1 0
[ dxe7+ Kc7 Qd8+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Hans Tikkanen vs William Cardenas, Vasteras, 2016
5k2/6p1/4PnRN/2p2Q2/8/2q5/1r1r2PP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ e7+ Ke8 Qc8+ ]

d)
Tom Rydstrom vs Hans Tikkanen, Vaxjo, 2016
1r4k1/5pp1/2B3r1/pP2R3/P5b1/3R3p/5P1P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc6 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Jani Ahvenjarvi vs Hans Tikkanen, Norrkoping, 2016
r3kb2/pp3npQ/6N1/3pp3/6b1/6P1/PP3PKP/R1B1q2R b q - 0 1
[ ...Bf3+ if Kh3 Qe4 Bf4 Qf5+ or if Kxf3 Qe4# ]

f)
Black mates in 3.
Tom Rydstrom vs Hans Tikkanen, Tylosand, 2017
6k1/pp1b2pp/4p3/3p1r1P/3P1r1q/4QP2/PP2B2P/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg5+ Kh1 Qxh2+ ]


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