Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Nikita Vitiugov.
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)
Vitiugov vs Arkady Razumovsky, Smolensk, 1997
2k2b1r/2p5/3pb3/pNpq3p/P1N2Q2/1P3R1P/2P3P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 Rg8 Nc3 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Ruslan Dyusenov vs Vitiugov, Kazan, 2003
6k1/5pp1/2n5/2P3q1/6Qn/3N1P2/P5BP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3+ if Nf2 Qe1+ Bf1 Ne5 ]

c)
Black to move and win. A Bragin vs Vitiugov, Vladimir, 2004
1rr3k1/5p1p/3p2p1/3Pp1q1/Q3B1n1/2P5/1P4PP/1R3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 h3 Nf2+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Vitiugov vs Ivan Ryzhov, Rybinsk, 2004
7r/pp4Q1/1qp2p1r/5k2/2P4P/1PB5/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re5+ if fxe5 Qxe5+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Vitiugov vs Alexander Areshchenko, St Petersburg, 2004
r1bQ4/p5k1/1pR2n2/5qp1/1P3p2/P6P/4RPP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ if Kg6 Qe8+ ]

f)
Black Mates in 6. Dmitry Melnikov vs Vitiugov, St Petersburg, 2005
8/bN2q1pk/p1Q4p/3P1p2/4rP2/1R3KP1/7P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf4+ gxf4 Qe4+ Kg3 Qe1+ ]



Nikita Vitiugov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Nikolai Chadaev, Taganrog, 6/16/2011
1r1r3k/pR3p1p/2n2p2/6q1/P3Ppb1/8/BB4PP/R4QK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb5 if Qxb5 Bxf6+ ]

b)
Dmitry Bocharov vs Nikita Vitiugov, Olginka, 4/26/2011
4rrk1/p5pp/1p2q3/3n4/4P3/PR6/4QNPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 if Qc4 Ne2+ ]

c)
Hans Tikkanen vs Nikita Vitiugov, Rogaska Slatina, 9/26/2011
2rr3k/pb3q1p/1p1p1n2/1P2pP2/PBPpP1p1/1N1Qb1P1/2R3BP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Bxe4 Rxc4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Nikita Vitiugov vs Dmitry Frolyanov, Tiumen, 6/23/2012
3r1n1k/1p1q1b2/2p1rR2/p1b1p2p/4B2N/PP5P/1BP3Q1/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Rh6+ Rxh6 Bxe5+ ]

e)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Liren Ding, St. Petersburg, 7/ 2/2012
r4r2/p2q1p1k/5Pp1/2pPp2p/1p6/3B4/PP1Q2PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rf5 if gxf5 Qg5 ]

Nikita Vitiugov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Hao Wang vs Nikita Vitiugov, St. Petersburg, 7/8/2012
1k6/p7/1p6/5P2/4b3/PBpP4/R5r1/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa2 if Bxa2 c2 ]

b)
Andrey Zhigalko vs Nikita Vitiugov, St. Petersburg, 10/31/2012
8/6bk/1pQ1Prnp/1P1p2p1/4p3/2N1P1P1/Rq5P/5NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc1 if Rf2 Rxf2 Kxf2 Qxc3 ]

c)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Vadim Zvjaginsev, Khanty Mansyisk, 6/8/2013
5r1k/4Rppp/1q1P4/8/1p3Q2/1b1p2P1/3K3P/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ d7 if Qd8 Rc8 Qxe7 Rxf8+ Qxf8 Qc7 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Nikita Vitiugov vs Conrad Holt, Tromsoe, 8/11/2013
3r4/6R1/2p1b2p/p3N2k/4N3/1r6/1P2n1PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kh4 Ng6+ ]

e)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Petter Haugli, Caleta, 1/28/2014
1rb2k2/p1Npnp2/1pnQpp2/8/3qP2P/P1R2B2/1P4P1/3NK3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc6 ]

f)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Ivan Cheparinov, Dubai, 6/20/2014
8/6pp/3k4/7R/pPnNPP2/8/K6P/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd5+ ]

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