'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Evgeny Tomashevsky.
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)
White mates in 2.
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Artur Mustakaev, St Petersburg, 1999
2q2br1/1b4rk/p1p1p1pp/PpP1Np2/1P1P1PP1/1BKR3Q/7P/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6+ ]

b)
Cory Evans vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Oropesa, 1999
r1q1r1k1/5p1p/pp4p1/3p1nbn/1PpPP3/P1P2PBP/5QK1/R3RNN1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nfxg3 Nxg3 Nf4+ w/Nd3 ]

c)
A Kekov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Saratov, 1999
3rr1k1/5pq1/p5np/1pPppRp1/3P2P1/1P1R3P/P1BQ1P2/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 Re3 Nh4 ]

d)
Oleg Orlov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, St Petersburg, 1999
3k4/1p1b1pb1/3p3p/2pP4/r1B1RKP1/P1P4P/8/1N6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be5+ if Ke3 or Kf3 f5 ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Anthony Bellaiche vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Oropesa, 2001
6k1/pp5p/3pNpbq/PN1P4/1PP1p1n1/4r1P1/3Q3P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

Evgeny Tomashevsky Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sylvia Greef vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Denizli, 2003
3r2k1/1p1nbppb/rpp1pn1p/3pN3/2P5/P1RPBNP1/1P2PPBP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe5 Nxe5 d4 ]

b)
Valerij Popov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sochi, 2004
1r6/r1k5/B2p2p1/KPnP1p2/2P1p1pP/R5P1/R4P2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxa6 if bxa6 Rb6 mates ]

c)
Pavel Smirnov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Kazan, 2005
2q1rb1k/6p1/3p3p/4p3/1P1n2QP/2PP2PR/3B3N/r4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg4 Nxg4 Nf3+ ]

d)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Ivan Popov, Nojabrsk, 2005
r5r1/2q1b2k/2p1b1p1/1pPpPp1p/pP1B1P2/P2BP2P/2Q3R1/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 if Qd7 Qd1 mates ]

e)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Denis Khismatullin, Tomsk, 2006
Q1R3R1/p2rq1bp/1p2r2k/5p2/P1Np2p1/3P2P1/4PPKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rge8 ]

Evgeny Tomashevsky Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Enamul Hossain, Khanty Mansyisk, 2007
2r2rk1/1nb3p1/p3p2p/1pNqNp2/1P1P4/6R1/P3QPPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ncd7 if Rf7 Nxf7 Bxg3 Nb6 or if Re8 Nf6+ ]

b)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Peter Svidler, Moscow, 2007
3q2k1/b1r2ppp/p1n1r3/3p4/Q2P4/3NP1P1/1P1B1R1P/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 Rd6 Ba5 Nxa5 Rxc7 if Qxc7 Qe8# ]

c)
Zhang Pengxiang vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nizhnij Novgorod, 2007
6rk/2p5/1p4qp/3b1R2/7r/2P3N1/6BP/2Q1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2 if Kxh2 Qxg3+ or if Qf4 Rxg2+ ]

d)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Artem Smirnov, Budva, 2009
2rqrbk1/5pp1/3p3p/1p1N1P2/4n1b1/P3B3/1PQ3BP/2R2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxc8 if Qxc8 Rxc8 Rxc8 Bxe4 ]

e)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Ni Hua, Sochi, 2009
6k1/5pp1/4pn1p/1Q1p4/1P6/q1n1PP1P/2r1B1P1/3RBK2 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Kh7 Bd3+ ]

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Evgeny Tomashevsky Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Boris Avrukh, Novi Sad, 2009
8/1pr1qk2/1R1p1r2/1RnP2pp/2P1p1p1/Q3P1B1/5PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc5 if Rxc5 Bxd6 or if dxc5 Rxf6+ Kxf6 d6 ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Ni Hua vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sochi, 2009
6rk/6p1/1p4Qp/n2pRPn1/2pP4/B1P3qP/P1P3P1/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

c)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Ni Hua, Sochi, 2009
6k1/5pp1/4pn1p/1Q1p4/1P6/q1n1PP1P/2r1B1P1/3RBK2 w - - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Kh7 Bd3+ ]

d)
Wang Yue vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sochi, 2009
7k/p1p2r1p/6Q1/3PpN2/p1P2q2/7R/8/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ Kh2 Qxh3+ ]

e)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Alexander Moiseenko, Saratov, 2011
8/8/8/3p1R2/3p3k/3Nb2P/4P1K1/r7 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Rg1+ Kh2 Rg3 Nf3+ ]

Evgeny Tomashevsky Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Pavel Eljanov, Saratov, 2011
6kr/4qp2/8/1pnRPQP1/2n3B1/7P/1p6/r1B2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ Kg7 Qf6+ Qxf6 gxf6+ Kg6 Bf5+ ]

b)
Dmitry Andreikin vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Olginka, 2011
4r1k1/1p3pp1/6np/2P2b2/1P6/R1Br2P1/3p1PBP/3R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5 if Bb2 Rxa3 Bxa3 Bd3+ Kg1 Nf3+ mates ]

c)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Pavel Maletin, Olginka, 2011
5r2/p1kr3R/6p1/2p5/3bN3/8/P4P2/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7+ Kxd7 Nxc5+ if Kc6 Ne6 or if Kd6 Nb3 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Gadir Guseinov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dubai, 2014
k6r/1pQN1pp1/p1p5/1q1bB3/8/5P1p/PP4PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg2+ if Kxg2 Qe2+ ]

e)
Pavel Bublei vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sochi, 2017
8/5k2/4p3/1p1q1pp1/pQ1P4/4P1P1/1P3P2/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qc4+ 2.Qxc4 bxc4 3.Ke2 c3 ]

Evgeny Tomashevsky Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
David Zakaryan vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sochi, 2017
8/p4pk1/1n3q1p/2p2Pp1/8/1B1QP2P/P4PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...c4 if 2.Bxc4 Qc6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Marin Bosiocic, Biograd na Moru, 2018
6k1/1b3p1p/8/p1qpQ2P/1p3P2/5BK1/1P6/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kh8 Qd8+ Kg7 h6+ ]

c)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Boris Grachev, Mali Losinj, 2019
2r3k1/p1rR1p2/1pP1pQ1p/1P3qp1/8/4PP2/4K2n/2R3N1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rd8+ if 1...Kh7 2.Qh8+ ]

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