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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
Black to move and win. Nicolas Innocente vs Vachier-Lagrave, France, 1999
r1bq1rk1/pp1pnpbp/2n1p1p1/2p5/2B1PP2/2NPBN2/PPP3PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d5 ]

b)
Vachier-Lagrave vs Samy Shoker, France, 2002
1rbr2k1/p3pp2/2Q2n1b/N1P1q1pp/1P2pN2/2P1P1PP/6BK/2R2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 if Qf5 Nxh5 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Jean Netzer vs Vachier-Lagrave, Hyeres, 2002
5r2/6k1/p2p4/6n1/P3p3/8/5P2/2q2QKR b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Vachier-Lagrave vs Attey Abdel, Auberville (Simul), 2003
1kbB4/p6R/1p1N4/n3P3/3P4/2K5/P1P2P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bc7+ ]

e)
Vachier-Lagrave vs Florent Diedler, France, 2003
2kr3r/1pp1npp1/p1p2q2/2B1b2p/4P3/3N1QP1/PPP2P1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 if Bxf6 e5 Bg5 f4 ]



Vachier-Lagrave Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Vachier-Lagrave vs Alberto David, Paris, 2004
3r3k/1r1n3P/p1qpbb1P/4p3/N1p1Pp1p/2N2P2/PPP3Q1/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Qg7+ ]

b)
Zhao Xue vs Vachier-Lagrave, Shenzheng, 2005
2r1r3/pp3pk1/5p2/8/P2nB1b1/5N2/1P3PPP/4RK1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 if Bxf3 Rxe1+ or if gxf3 f5 ]

c)
Vachier-Lagrave vs Alberto David, Paris, 2007
7k/2qr2p1/B3p2p/1Q6/8/3bB3/3b1PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7 ]

d)
Black Mates in 7. Robert Fontaine vs Vachier-Lagrave, Aix les Bains, 2007
7r/p1p2k2/2Q3p1/3P1b2/8/1P3B2/P3PpK1/6b1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ Kg3 f1/N+ Kf4 Rh4+ Kg5 Be3+ Kxh4 g5+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Eduardas Rozentalis vs Vachier-Lagrave, France, 2008
5r2/6k1/2pp1q2/p1p1b3/2P4p/P1P1Q1n1/1P3BP1/R4NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if Qf3 Qg6 ]

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Alexander Grischuk, Beijing, 12/14/2011
3r4/pk3ppb/2p1p3/2r1PPpP/3N4/8/PPPR4/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe6 ]

b)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Cristhian Cruz, San Sebastian, 12/29/2011
r4r1k/ppq2b1p/6pP/P1n1p3/4P3/B1P5/4Q1BP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf2 if Rac8 Qf6+ mates ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Laurent Fressinet vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Clichy, 9/17/2011
6k1/2p2pPp/2n3p1/1p4P1/1P1NpP2/7q/2PQKB2/r7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4+ Qxd4 Qf3+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Arkadij Naiditsch vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Melilla, 11/22/2011
4k2r/1p4p1/p1P2pP1/2b1q2P/6K1/P4p2/3Q4/3R3R b k - 0 1
[ ...f5+ Kxf3 Qe4+ ]

e)
Daniel Alsina Leal vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, San Sebastian, 12/30/2011
7k/4b1p1/Q2p4/3Pp3/2r3qp/2B2pP1/1PP2P1P/R6K b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg3 fxg3 Qe4 h3 f2+ Kh2 Qe2 ]

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nicolai Getz vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Caleta, 1/24/2012
1r4k1/p1pQ4/3p2q1/3P4/2P1p1pR/4PrP1/P5K1/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb2+ Kg1 Rxf1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Francois Brethes vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Biel, 7/23/2012
6k1/p4p1p/3N2p1/1Q1b4/3b1p2/2r3P1/q3P2P/2B1RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf3+ if Kg2 Rxg3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Artur Jussupow vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Bastia, 10/29/2012
7r/p4k2/1p1Rnp2/1P2p3/P2pP1K1/3P3r/5R2/2B5 b - - 0 1
[ ...R8h4+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Migle Lepeskaite vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Warsaw, 12/15/2012
3r4/p3pkbp/4p1p1/N1p5/n1R4P/P4bP1/1P3P2/R1Br1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf1+ ]

e)
Alberto David vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Condino, 4/30/2014
2b1r1k1/1p3pB1/2pp2p1/1P2n3/2P1p1P1/8/2NPPPBq/QR3K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3 if exf3 exf3 Bxf3 Bxg4 ]

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Cegmed Batchuluun, Tromsoe, 2014
8/1RR2pp1/4pkb1/3p3p/rb1P1B1P/4PP2/P2n2P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ e4 if dxe4 Bg5+ mates or if Nxe4 fxe4 dxe4 g4 ]

b)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Fernando Peralta, Tromsoe, 2014
1r1r4/p1RbN1kp/3P4/3Bpp2/1P2p3/P5K1/6PP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nc6 if Rbc8 Nxd8 Rxd8 Be6 or if Kf6 Nxb8 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Vladimir Malakhov vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Berlin, 2015
5r1k/1PRQ2bp/q7/8/p5P1/P4p1P/5K2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2+ Kg3 Qe1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Fabiano Caruana vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wijk aan Zee, 2015
4r3/1p2bk2/p7/PbPP1Kp1/1P4Pp/5P1P/8/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd3+ Re4 Bf6 ]

e)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Hikaru Nakamura, Internet, 2016
r1bq2nr/pppp2kp/7b/7Q/3nPp2/2N5/PPP3PP/R1B2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf4 if d6 Be5+ Nf6 Rxf6 or if Bxf4 Rxf4 Nh6 Qe5+ ]

Sac & Mate !!



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Doha, 2016
8/7k/2p1P1b1/2Q4N/pp4pP/8/3q1PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kg7 Qe7+ if Kh6 Qf8# ]

b)
Laurent Fressinet vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Doha, 2016
8/6pk/4p2p/4np1q/4p3/4P1P1/1Q2bPB1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

c)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Vladimir Kramnik, Leuven, 2016
1r4k1/2RR1ppp/8/p2br3/6P1/7P/1P3P2/5BK1 w - - 1 0
[ f4 ]

d)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Pavel Eljanov, Stavanger, 2016
6k1/3r1p2/p1p3p1/2q1n1p1/2P5/2Q1P1PP/4BP2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra5 ]

e)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Fabiano Caruana, Paris, 2016
r4q2/pp2N1pk/3P1p1p/8/8/1B1n1PQP/P5PK/r7 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6+ Kh8 Qxd3 if Qe8 Ng6+ Kh7 Nf8+ mates ]

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Vladislav Artemiev, Riyadh, 2017
6k1/5pp1/1q1p3p/1b6/1Q1RP3/3B3P/5PPK/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.e5 if 1...dxe5 2.Qxb5 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Boris Savchenko vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Riyadh, 2017
3rk3/1Q2bpp1/p3r3/6q1/3p4/P2K4/1PP3BP/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re3+ if 2.Kd2 Rf3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Jeffrey Xiong vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Internet, 2017
2k1r3/ppp2p2/4bP2/1Pbr2pq/7p/2QB1P2/P1P1N1PP/4RK1R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxf3+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Jeffrey Xiong vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Internet, 2017
8/1p4k1/1q1p4/3P2p1/1nP1p2p/1QK1P2P/r3B1P1/r3RR2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxd5+ 2.cxd5 Qxe3+ 3.Bd3 Qxd3+ ]

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