Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Yuri Vovk.
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)
White mates in 3.
Yuri Vovk vs Anton Romashov, Lvov, 1999
8/p3Qrk1/q1rp2p1/1p4B1/6P1/1N3P2/PPP5/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Bf6+ if Kg8 Qe8+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Yuri Vovk vs Evgeny Kilimnik, Dnepropetrovsk, 2002
3r2rk/1bqn1ppp/p3p3/1p1pPP2/7R/2N2BQ1/PPP3PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ ]

c)
Yuri Vovk vs Nikolai Aliavdin, Rodatychi, 2006
1r2k1r1/1b2b1p1/pp1pp2p/4n3/P2RP3/2N3B1/1PP1B1PP/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 Bxd6 Rxd6 Nf7 Rxe6+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Yuri Vovk vs Stepan Lots, Lvov, 2007
r1r3k1/3p3R/1qpBpnB1/p5p1/8/2Q2P2/bP1R4/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Bf7+ Kxh7 Qd3+ ]

e)
Yuri Vovk vs Konstantin Tarlev, Evpatoria, 2007
2r3k1/5pp1/p5p1/8/1qp5/1PQn1N1P/P2R1PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd3 ]



Yuri Vovk Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Yuri Vovk vs Rene Lasschuit, Vlissingen, 2009
2r3k1/p4pPp/1p2pp2/2q5/5r2/2PB1PR1/PP3P2/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ Kxh7 Rh1+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Yuri Vovk vs Fabrice Mandon, Le Touquet, 2009
r4r2/1b2bpk1/pqn1pp1p/6NQ/1p6/2B1P3/PPB2PPP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe6+ ]

c)
Yuri Vovk vs Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury, Le Touquet, 2009
r4rk1/4R2p/p5p1/1ppP2n1/4N3/2P3KP/P7/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kh8 h4 ]

d)
Yuri Vovk vs Maria Leconte, France, 2010
r2q2k1/1p3pp1/p2b3p/3BB3/Q7/6P1/PP2bP1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Yuri Vovk vs Daniel Sadzikowski, Poland, 2011
r3n1k1/3R1p2/2R3p1/7p/3QP1N1/1qP3KP/p4PP1/7r w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Nh6+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]

Yuri Vovk Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Yuri Vovk vs Evgeniya Doluhanova, Warsaw, 2011
3k4/2r2ppp/1RPNp3/2np4/1p6/1P2P1P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Yuri Vovk vs Volodymyr Vetoshko, Lvov, 2012
8/2p3pp/1r6/p2P2R1/r2RNk1P/2P5/1n3P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ng3+ Rxd4 Rf5+ Kg4 f3+ Kxh4 Rh5# ]

c)
Yuri Vovk vs Alexey Dreev, Jerusalem, 2015
2rr1b1k/3N2p1/p6p/1p3Q2/2q5/P4P2/1P1R4/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Yuri Vovk vs Vjacheslav Borisenko, Lvov, 2017
3r3k/pp1r2p1/1npB1Nnp/3q4/3P4/P3Q2R/1P3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Yuri Vovk vs Dmitry Fingerov, Lvov, 2017
2b2rk1/qP2Q1pp/5p2/8/8/8/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 bxc8/Q+ ]

Yuri Vovk Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Yuri Vovk vs Igor Vypkhanyuk, Lvov, 2017
5r1k/7r/3p1bRR/p1pN1P2/1pPnBP2/1P1Q4/P5KP/4q3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Nxf6+ Kh8 Qh3+ ]

b)
Yuri Vovk vs Martin Jablonicky, Lvov, 2018
r1bqk2r/ppp2ppp/8/3pb3/4n3/3B4/PPP1QPPP/RNB2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Bxe4 if dxe4 Qb5+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Mikhailo Oleksienko vs Yuri Vovk, Lvov, 2004
1B4k1/2Q2qpp/pp3b2/3b4/P2p4/3P4/1P4rP/4RR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ if Kg1 Rg2+ Kh1 Qh5+ or if Kxh2 Qh5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 6.
Vadim Biliy vs Yuri Vovk, Alushta, 2006
3r3k/p1R2Q2/4pp1p/p3Pb2/1b1p1Pn1/1B3R2/PP2q1PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ Rf1 Qe3+ Kh1 Nf2+ Kg1 Nh3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Stanislav Savchenko vs Yuri Vovk, Ilyichevsk, 2006
2Q5/3Nq1kp/p2p4/2P3p1/P4nP1/5P2/6r1/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ if Kxh2 Qe2+ or if Kg1 Qe3+ ]

Yuri Vovk Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Alexander Stepaniuk vs Yuri Vovk, Rodatychi, 2006
7r/1b4k1/p2p4/4b3/1PP2p2/2N3p1/P3B1P1/2R1RKBr b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg1+ Kxg1 Bd4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Kirill Stupak vs Yuri Vovk, Lvov, 2006
q5k1/2p4p/4p3/1Q2N3/Pp1PRn2/1Pr5/7P/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe4+ if Rxe4 Rc1+ ]

c)
Mikhail Golubev vs Yuri Vovk, Lvov, 2017
r4rk1/3R3p/q3p1p1/2p3Qn/p7/2P2P2/P3NKPP/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf6 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Marcin Molenda vs Yuri Vovk, Chorzow, 2019
8/5pkp/2Np1q2/1p1P3p/1Pr5/4RbP1/3Q1P2/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4 if gxh4 Qg6+ or if Rxf3 Qa1+ ]


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