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Here are some puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pg. 3.
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)
Anna Muzychuk vs Jonas Bjerre, Gibraltar, 2019
8/1b3k1p/2pnppp1/1q6/2rP4/1N2B2P/P4PP1/2R1Q1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rb1 if 1...Qb4 2.Nd2 or if 1...Rb4 2.Bd2 or if 1...Qa6 2.Nc5 ]

b)
Orkhan Eminov vs Vladimir Baklan, Cesme, 2019
r7/pb3r1k/1p2Nb1p/3q1p2/P1R2Pp1/3P4/1B3QPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bh4 ]

c)
Maran Senthil vs Eduardo Iturrizaga, Mumbai, 2019
2b2rk1/4pN2/p2p2p1/q1pPb3/P1P5/1rNQ4/2R3PP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bd4+ 2.Kh1 Kg7 if 3.Qf3 Bf6 ]

d)
Mahadevan Siva vs Das Debashish, Bhubaneswar, 2019
7r/6p1/5pk1/2Rq1n1p/PB2p2P/1P1p3Q/1P3PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxc5 2.Bxc5 d2 ]

e)
Tomasz Sielicki vs Mihail Marin, Porto Mannu, 2019
5rk1/p3R2p/6p1/3P4/2P1p2P/2Nn4/Pr4P1/3K3R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rff2 ]

Puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pt. 2.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mathhew George vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Nancy, 2019
3rr1k1/pb3pb1/1p3n1p/3n1Qp1/2NP4/PP3pP1/1B4BP/3RR1NK b - - 0 1
[ 1...fxg2+ if 2.Kxg2 Ne3+ ]

b)
N Priyanka vs Aleksandra Goryachkina, Gibraltar, 2019
4r3/6k1/p1N5/P2Pp3/1P2PrpR/2q2P2/5QKP/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxf3+ 2.Qxf3 gxf3+ if 3.Kg3 Rxh4 ]

c)
Sergey Pavlov vs Boris Savchenko, Voronezh, 2019
4b2k/2p5/3qnpp1/2N1n2p/p1B1P3/2P1BP2/2r3PP/3RQ1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxf3+ ]

d)
Natalia Zhukova vs Daria Charochkina, St. Petersburg, 2019
7r/1p1q2k1/1p4r1/1Pb3p1/R1Qp4/P2P1NP1/4P1K1/7R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxh1 2.Kxh1 Qh3+ ]

e)
Alexander Katz vs Illya Nyzhnyk, Las Vegas, 2019
5r1k/pp1Rq2p/2n2p2/1N3Qb1/4p2N/7P/PPP3P1/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rd8 ]

Puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pt. 3.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergey Karjakin vs Ian Nepomniachtchi, Moscow, 2019
2r3k1/1p1qbpp1/pB2bn1p/P2Pp3/1r6/1PNQ1P1P/2PRN1P1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bf5 2.Qe3 Rxb6 if 3.axb6 Bc5 ]

b)
Nikola Djukic vs Ante Saric, Tuzla, 2019
1r4k1/rB3p2/4p2p/6p1/8/1Rn3P1/P4PP1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ne2+ 2.Kf1 Nd4 3.Rd3 Nc2 4.Rc1 Nb4 ]

c)
Sven Charmeteau vs Matthieu Cornette, Brest, 2019
4r1k1/1R3pbp/2n3pq/2Pp4/3Pr3/P2Q2N1/2N3PP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxd4+ if 2.Kh1 Qxh2+ or if 2.Kf1 Rf4+ or if 2.Nxd4 Rxd4 3.Qc2 Qe3+ ]

d)
Bjorn Thorfinnsson vs Ivan Sokolov, Akureyri, 2019
r1b4r/pp2kppp/3p4/1B1Qp3/4n3/BP2K3/P1q2PPP/R5NR b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxf2+ if 2.Kxe4 Bf5# or if 2.Kd3 Qd2+ 3.Kxe4 f5+ 4.Kf3 Qxd5+ ]

e)
Pierluigi Basso vs Vladimir Onischuk, Skopje, 2019
1r4k1/4pp2/3p1np1/3PbN2/2P4Q/5B1P/5qP1/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxh4 2.Nxh4 Bg3 if 3.Rd4 Bf2 ]

Puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pt. 4.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Kayra Kamer vs Kacper Piorun, Skopje, 2019
3r4/pk2bpp1/2p1p1b1/1p2P1P1/3R3P/1PB5/PKP5/3N4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...b4 ]

b)
Ilia Smirin vs Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Skopje, 2019
5qk1/p4r1p/3b4/2p3P1/8/P1Q2RPK/1PP1r2P/3R2B1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qc8+ 2.g4 Re4 3.Rf5 Rxf5 4.Rxd6 Rff4 ]

c)
Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Zhongyi Tan, Hengshui, 2019
3r4/2prkpp1/ppn1b2p/4P3/P3NPP1/1P5P/4NK2/2R1R3 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nb4 ]

d)
Anton Korobov vs Peter Leko, Hengshui, 2019
2r3k1/1b3ppp/p3pn2/1q2N3/8/P1B1PP2/1Q4PP/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxc3 ]

e)
Farid Abbasov vs Timur Gareev, Nakhichevan, 2019
2r1qr1k/pp5p/3pQbp1/1b6/1P3N2/2n2BPP/PR1RPP2/2B3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxe2+ 2.Rxe2 Rxc1+ 3.Kg2 Qxe6 4.Nxe6 Bxb2 5.Nxf8 Bxe2 ]

Puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pt. 5.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Artem Chernobay vs Boris Grachev, Sochi, 2019
6r1/4bp1k/3p3p/p2Rnp1P/6rP/P1RB2PQ/NP3q2/K7 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxd3 if 2.Rcxd3 Rxg3 3.Rxg3 Qe1+ ]

b)
Boris Ofitserian vs Pavel Ponkratov, Sochi, 2019
3r2k1/1pr3qp/p1nNb1p1/5p2/2N1p3/QP4P1/P3KPBP/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nd4+ 2.Kf1 Nc2 ]

c)
Igor Lysyj vs Gata Kamsky, Sochi, 2019
2rr2k1/1p2bpp1/2q1n3/1NPn3p/1P2pP2/1Q4P1/1B2B2P/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxb4 if 2.f5 Bxc5+ or if 2.Qxb4 Bxc5+ ]

d)
Gata Kamsky vs Lenier Dominguez, Sochi, 2019
8/5ppk/4p2p/3n4/8/4PPP1/2R3P1/r1N3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nb4 if 2.Rc7 Nd3 ]

e)
Jean-Luc Seret vs Yuri Balashov, Rhodes, 2019
5rk1/1b2q2p/3bppp1/pPn5/3Q4/4PN2/1BB2PPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxf3 2.gxf3 Be5 ]

Puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pt. 6.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Georg Meier, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden, 2019
8/1r3pk1/7p/3PR1p1/2pR2P1/2P5/P1K5/6r1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rgb1 if 2.Rxc4 R7b2+ 3.Kd3 Rd1+ 4.Ke3 Re1+ ]

b)
Jorden Van Foreest vs Daniel Fridman, Karlsruhe, 2019
5rk1/pp3np1/7p/3P1p2/5N2/2PR2Q1/P4PPK/4q3 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ne5 if 2.Re3 Ng4+ ]

c)
Niclas Huschenbeth vs Mateusz Bartel, Germany, 2019
6k1/p5pp/2pb4/3pn2q/N7/4BPPn/P3N1BP/2RR3K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxf3 2.Bxh3 Qxh3 3.Bg1 Nh4 4.Nf4 Bxf4 ]

d)
Irina Krush vs Anna Zatonskih, Saint Louis, 2019
r4rk1/3q2p1/2p2p1p/1P1p1P1P/1R1P4/3QPP2/5K2/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qd6 if 2.Rb3 Qh2+ 3.Kf1 Ra2 or if 4.Qd2 Ra2 ]

e)
Shamsiddin Vokhidov vs Hao Wang, Sharjah, 2019
3r2k1/6p1/p1b2p1p/1p3P2/4BqPP/2P1R3/PP2Q3/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxe4 2.Rxe4 Qc1+ 3.Kg2 Rd2 ]

Puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pt. 7.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
P Harikrishna vs Fabiano Caruana, Saint Louis, 2019
2B2k2/pp5p/3npr2/3p2p1/3P2P1/5P2/PP4P1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ke8 2.Rc7 Kd8 ]

b)
P Harikrishna vs Fabiano Caruana, Saint Louis, 2019
3rrbk1/1p3ppp/2p1b3/p7/P2BP3/1q2Q1P1/1P3PBP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...c5 ]

c)
Samuel Shankland vs Richard Rapport, Saint Louis, 2019
r5k1/2pq2p1/1p1p1bpp/3P4/1PP2P2/1r2B1PP/R2Q2K1/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxa2 2.Qxa2 Rb2+ ]

d)
David Gevorkian vs Evgeny Postny, Nancy, 2019
1r2r1k1/5ppp/p4n2/2Qpqb2/P4N2/1P2PB2/R4PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxf4 ]

e)
Zhamsaran Tsydypov vs Boris Savchenko, Moscow, 2019
2r1r3/p5pk/bp1Qp2p/3nN2P/q2P2P1/P1P2P2/3B4/2R1K2R b K - 0 1
[ 1...Rcd8 ]

Puzzles of top rated chess games of 2019, pt. 8.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Manvel Pogosian vs Sanan Sjugirov, Moscow, 2019
4r1k1/3b1p1p/1q1n2p1/1p1P4/pQ2pN2/6P1/PPr1RPBP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rc4 2.Qe1 Bg4 ]

b)
Abhimanyu Puranik vs Stavroula Tsolakidou, Gibraltar, 2019
7R/3p1k2/p3qp2/8/4r3/PP1Q4/6P1/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qf5 if 2.Rh3 Re1+ or if 2.Kb2 Qf2+ ]

c)
Andres Merario Alarcon vs Johann Hjartarson, Gibraltar, 2019
r5k1/5pp1/2p3qp/2Pb4/1P6/2B4P/3Q2P1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ra2 2.Bb2 Bxg2 ]


Best chess puzzles of 2019, pg.2

Best chess puzzles of 2019, pg.4

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