Tactics in the openings series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Andrei Volokitin.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
Volokitin vs Valeriy Aveskulov, Rimavska Sobota, 1996
4r1k1/3b1q1p/pp1p2p1/3P4/2P2p1Q/1P1B1P2/P6R/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

b)
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 Volokitin, Alushta, 2000
4r1k1/1b5p/p5p1/1p3P2/5Q2/PNP5/4q1PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. 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. Volokitin vs Denis Shilin, Alushta, 2001
r3n1k1/pb5p/4N1p1/2pr4/q7/3B3P/1P1Q1PP1/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]



Volokitin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Volokitin vs Nikolai Kovalenko, Kharkov, 2001
1rr3k1/p3p1bp/4bnp1/1pq1B1Q1/6P1/P1N2P2/1PP5/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if Bxf6 Rd8+ ]

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

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

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

Volokitin Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Volokitin vs Laurent Fressinet, Calvia, 2004
6k1/5p1p/3pP1p1/3P4/8/8/q3rPP1/4QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ e7 ]

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

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

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

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

Tactics in the openings series


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Andrei Volokitin Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Andrei 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 Andrei Volokitin, Baku, 2014
1k1r3r/ppnB4/3Q4/8/2R3P1/7q/P2RPK2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd7 if Qxd7 Rf8+ ]

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

d)
Andrei 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)
Andrei 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)
Andrei 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 ]


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