Characteristic Puzzles in the Openings



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Andre Volokitin.
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)
Andrei Volokitin vs Valeriy Aveskulov, Rimavska Sobota, 1996
4r1k1/3b1q1p/pp1p2p1/3P4/2P2p1Q/1P1B1P2/P6R/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

b)
Andrei Volokitin vs Michal Meszaros, Rimavska Sobota, 1996
b1r2rk1/3n2p1/p3qpPp/1p2p2P/3n2Q1/1N1B1P2/PPP5/1KBR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6 Qxe6 Bf5 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
E Kirnos vs Andrei Volokitin, Alushta, 2000
4r1k1/1b5p/p5p1/1p3P2/5Q2/PNP5/4q1PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Andrei Volokitin vs Stanislav Savchenko, Bad Wiessee, 2000
3r1k2/2q2p1p/p4Q2/5p2/8/7K/1PP4P/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Re1 Kg8 Qg5+ Kh8 Rg1 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Andrei Volokitin vs Denis Shilin, Alushta, 2001
r3n1k1/pb5p/4N1p1/2pr4/q7/3B3P/1P1Q1PP1/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

Andrei Volokitin Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Andrei Volokitin vs Nikolai Kovalenko, Kharkov, 2001
1rr3k1/p3p1bp/4bnp1/1pq1B1Q1/6P1/P1N2P2/1PP5/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if Bxf6 Rd8+ ]

b)
Alexander Areshchenko vs Andrei Volokitin, Kharkov, 2001
3q2rk/1b2br1p/4Q3/p3p2N/P3P3/1pPB1p2/1P3RPP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd3 if Qxf7 Qxf1+ ]

c)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Andrei Volokitin, Germany, 2003
6rk/p6n/3p4/2pPb2q/4N3/P2BQPp1/6K1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh1+ w/...g3+ & Bd4 ]

d)
White mates in 8.
Andrei Volokitin vs Stanislav Savchenko, Germany, 2004
r4r1k/1bnqb2p/p4p2/1p1ppPp1/4P1Q1/1BN4R/PPP2BPP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ Kg8 Qg6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Andrei Volokitin vs Sergei Rublevsky, Budva, 2004
5rk1/1bq2nb1/pp3RQ1/2np4/P2N4/8/1PP3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 Ne6 Rxe6 Nd6 Nh6+ ]

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Andrei Volokitin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Andrei Volokitin vs Laurent Fressinet, Calvia, 2004
6k1/5p1p/3pP1p1/3P4/8/8/q3rPP1/4QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ e7 ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Andrei Volokitin vs Robert Ruck, Celje, 2004
rn1k3r/5ppp/3Pp3/1B2Pb2/1q6/8/P4PPP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ Kxc8 Qc1+ ]

c)
B Macieja vs And Andrei Volokitin, Bermuda, 2005
2k1r3/ppp5/n2p4/2PQpb2/3P3B/2P2PP1/P2qNK2/4R2B b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc5 w/...Be6 ]

d)
Georg Meier vs Andre Volokitin, Austria, 2011
6k1/7p/1p6/2b2RpP/B7/P5PK/1P1pr3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...g4+ if Kh4 Be7+ Kxg4 Re4+ ]

e)
Michael Prusikin vs Andre Volokitin, Austria, 2012
8/pp2r1bk/3N2pp/2P4q/1P1n1B2/3Q2P1/4n1BP/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4 if gxf4 Rxe1+ Bf1 Nf3 ]

Andre Volokitin Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Andre Volokitin vs Evgeny Postny, Austria, 2014
6kb/p7/2p4P/1pprp1BK/7P/2P5/PP3R2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Be7 Rd7 Rf8+ Kh7 Rf7+ Kg8 Kg6 ]

b)
Oleg Romanishin vs Andre Volokitin, Baku, 2014
1k1r3r/ppnB4/3Q4/8/2R3P1/7q/P2RPK2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd7 if Qxd7 Rf8+ ]

c)
Dimitrios Mastrovasilis vs Andre Volokitin, Minsk, 2017
4k2r/3r1ppp/p1Q1b3/2p3b1/8/1RP5/q1P2PPP/2B1R1K1 w k - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe6+ fxe6 2.Qxe6+ Kd8 3.Rb8+ ]

d)
Andre Volokitin vs Daniele Vocaturo, Jerusalem, 2015
4k1r1/pbp5/1pn2RN1/2pN2p1/6P1/1P3P2/P1P5/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc6 Bxc6 Nf6+ Kf7 Nxg8 if Kxg8 Ne7+ ]

e)
Andre Volokitin vs Gudmundur Kjartansson, Gjakova, 2016
3r4/1p6/p1nqk2p/P1Q2Rp1/B7/8/1P3P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bb3+ if Kd7 Rd5 or if Ke7 Qe3+ ]

f)
Andre Volokitin vs Gabor Kallai, Hungary, 2018
1r1rq1k1/np1R2p1/p4p1p/2p1p3/3nP1B1/1N4Q1/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.R1xd4 if 1...cxd4 2.Be6+ mates ]

g)
Andre Volokitin vs Sasa Martinovic, Austria, 2019
5rk1/pp1brn1p/3np1p1/q2p2N1/P1pP1P2/2P2B2/2PB2PP/R3QRK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nxh7 Kxh7 2.Qh4+ Kg7 3.Qxe7 ]


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