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Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Veselin Topalov.
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)
White mates in 3.
Veselin Topalov vs Elizbar Ubilava, Palma de Majorca, 1992
r1b1r3/qp1n1pk1/2pp2p1/p3n3/N1PNP1P1/1P3P2/P6Q/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ if gxf5 Qh6+ or if Kf6 g5+ ]

b)
Veselin Topalov vs Pablo Glavina, St Cugat, 1992
8/8/8/pp1p2k1/6P1/4R1KP/6N1/6q1 w - - 0 1
[ Re6 ]

c)
Veselin Topalov vs Juan Mellado Trivino, Terrasa, 1992
r3rbk1/1p1q2pp/5p2/pNpnP3/P2p1PP1/1P3Q1P/1P1B4/R3R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 w/Qxd5 or Nxe8 ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Veselin Topalov vs Igor Gazik, Budapest, 1993
1r4k1/p1q3r1/6Q1/3pp2p/1p5P/1P1B1PR1/2P1K1P1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ Rg8 Rxg8+ ]

e)
Veselin Topalov vs Vladimir Tukmakov, Groningen, 1993
3r4/2Rr2pp/pP2ppk1/5q2/7Q/P3B2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ b7 if Rxc7 Qg3+ or if e5 g4 ]

Veselin Topalov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Veselin Topalov vs Evgenij Ermenkov, Burgas, 1994
4qrk1/QR1N2p1/2p1p2p/3pPp1b/3P1P2/2P3P1/7P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Rxf6 Rxg7+ Kf8 exf6 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov, Moscow, 1994
4k2r/1R3R2/p3p1pp/4b3/1BnNr3/8/P1P5/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rfe7+ Kd8 Nc6+ Kc8 Na7+ ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Veselin Topalov, Las Palmas, 1996
r3qbk1/2R3p1/p2pNR2/4n3/NP2b1r1/1Q2B3/PP4BP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kf1 Qb5+ ]

d)
Loek Van Wely vs Veselin Topalov, Antwerpen, 1997
2r4k/N6p/3p2p1/1Q1Pb3/Pq2Pr1P/R1p2P2/1P6/1KR5 b - - 0 1
[ ...c2+ if Ka2 Qd2 Qf1 Qd4+ or if Ka1 Qxa3# ]

e)
Predrag Nikolic vs Veselin Topalov, Linares, 1997
r1q3k1/2n1pp1p/3p2p1/2pP4/1r1bPPn1/1PN2QPP/PB4N1/1R3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5 ]

Veselin Topalov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Veselin Topalov vs Anatoly Karpov, Wijk aan Zee, 1998
5qk1/p5bR/r3n1p1/4P1N1/1pp2P2/6K1/1P1Q4/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Bxh8 Rxh8+ Kxh8 Qh2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Loek Van Wely vs Veselin Topalov, Wijk aan Zee, 1998
5bk1/5pp1/7p/1P5Q/5q2/7P/B2r2R1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc5+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Veselin Topalov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Monaco, 1999
3R4/1b4rk/4B1p1/qp2Qp1p/4p3/1P2P1P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg8+ Rxg8 Rd7+ Kh6 Qf4+ g5 Qd6+ ]

d)
Veselin Topalov vs Loek Van Wely, Monaco, 1999
2r1k2r/1p1n1p2/p2p1np1/4p1B1/4P1bP/2N3R1/PqPQ1P2/R3KB2 w - - 0 1
[ Rb1 Qa3 Bxf6 Nxf6 Nd5 if Nxe4 Nf6+ or if Qxa2 Nxf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Veselin Topalov vs Anatoly Karpov, Monaco, 1999
8/1p5p/5Q2/p3N2k/P2r4/6Pp/5P1K/5q2 w - - 0 1
[ g4+ Rxg4 Qf5+ Kh6 Nxg4+ ]

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Veselin Topalov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Veselin Topalov vs Artur Jussopow, Frankfurt, 2000
8/P3k3/6R1/3pNK2/b2P1PP1/8/r7/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Kd6 a8/Q Bc2+ Kf6 ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Veselin Topalov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Monte Carlo, 2003
r1b1k3/3p1r2/p2Rp1Q1/5pB1/1p2q3/8/PPP3PP/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ Qxe6 Qxe6+ ]

c)
Veselin Topalov vs Evgeny Bareev, Monte Carlo, 2003
1r3r1k/pb2bpp1/1p2p2p/2q3N1/4BQ1P/8/PPP2PP1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxb7 Rxb7 Qe4 ]

d)
Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Veselin Topalov, Monte Carlo, 2003
5rk1/1p1b3p/p2p2p1/3P3r/P3Pq2/2NQ3P/1P3PKR/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 if f3 Bxf3 Rxf3 Rg5+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4. Teimour Radjabov vs Veselin Topalov, Wijk aan Zee, 2003
6k1/5p2/6p1/8/p2b1P2/P2q3p/3p3P/3Q1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe4+ if Qf3 d1/Q or if Rf3 Bf2 ]

Veselin Topalov Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jan Timman vs Veselin Topalov, Wijk aan Zee, 2003
5k2/pQ6/4q3/4b3/4P3/P5p1/1P3p2/K1R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc4 ]

b)
Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko, Monte Carlo, 2004
7k/7p/4n2q/2b5/2P1Q2P/4pRP1/8/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qe5+ if Kg8 Rf6 ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Veselin Topalov vs Gata Kamsky, Sofia, 2006
4k3/1p2prQ1/p1p2np1/2PrRB1p/8/2Bq2PP/PP3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ if Kxe7 Bxf6+ Ke8 Qg8+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Veselin Topalov vs Ivan Cheparinov, Sofia, 2008
r1q2r1k/5Rb1/p2P2pp/3Qp1N1/P1B2p1P/8/2b2PP1/4K2R w K - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Qxe5+ ]

e)
Veselin Topalov vs Boris Gelfand, Wijk aan Zee, 2008
3r2k1/pp3pp1/2np3p/3p2qB/3P2N1/2Pb1PQP/P5P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if Qxh5 Nf6+ ]

Veselin Topalov Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Veselin Topalov vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Bilbao, 2008
2RrBrk1/3P2p1/5b1p/1p6/p6P/6P1/8/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re6 ]

b)
Gata Kamsky vs Veselin Topalov, Nice, 2009
1qr1r1k1/2b2ppp/Bpb1p3/4n3/P7/2N1BP2/1PP3PP/3RR1QK b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 Qf2 Nxe1 if Bxc8 Bxg2+ Kg1 Bxh2# ]

c)
Igor Kurnosov vs Veselin Topalov, Astana, 2012
6k1/5p2/5Pp1/3R4/1P1N3p/2P2R1P/4r1PK/r3b3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg3+ if Rxg3 Ree1 mates ]

d)
Veselin Topalov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Kiev, 2013
5r1k/4n3/1q1p1p1N/1p4pP/3rP3/2n3N1/3R1PP1/R3Q1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe3 if Nc6 Nhf5 ]

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