Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Anna Zatonskih.
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)
Zatonskih vs Peter Klein, Hilohovec, 1995
1r3r1k/pNp3pp/4R2n/7Q/2P1Bp2/1P5P/5PPK/2q5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 if gxh6 Qe5+ Kg8 Bd5+ Rf7 Qf6 Rf8 Nd8 mates ]

b)
Karolina Smokina vs Zatonskih, Bucharest, 1998
5rk1/2pq2bp/1p1p2p1/1N1b1p2/QN2p3/P2nP1P1/5PBP/2B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra8 if Qd1 Nxb4 or if Na6 c6 ]

c)
Natalia Zdebskaja vs Zatonskih, Kramatorsk, 2001
3rr1k1/5pp1/1qp4p/1bNn1B2/8/PP1p1PP1/7P/2QRR2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe1+ Rxe1 d2 ]

d)
Zatonskih vs Timofey Iljin, Kharkov, 2002
1nkrr3/pp3pp1/1q2p2p/3p4/3P1B2/P2R1NPb/1PP1QP2/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rb3 if Qa5 Rb5 Qa6 Qe5 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Renard Anderson vs Zatonskih, Oklahoma City, 2003
3r1rk1/p1q2ppp/3bp3/2p1Nn2/2P3Q1/2BR4/PP3PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f6 if Nf3 Bxh2+ w/...Rxd3 ]



Anna Zatonskih Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Zatonskih vs Walter S Browne, San Diego, 2004
r1b2rk1/pp3ppp/4p3/4b2N/4N3/P2qPQP1/1P5P/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rcd1 if Qb5 Qxf7+ mates ]

b)
Anna Zatonskih vs Svetlana Agrest, Calvia, 2004
r3kb1r/pp1n1ppp/2p1nq2/3p3b/1P1N4/2P2N1P/P4PP1/RBBQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ g4 if Bg6 Bg5 ]

c)
Anna Zatonskih vs Eva Baekelant, Istanbul, 9/4/2012
r2q1rk1/1p2n1pp/p1nb1p2/3p1b2/8/1N1B1NB1/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf5 if Bxg3 Be6+ or if Nxf5 Qxd5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Herman Grooten vs Anna Zatonskih, Netherlands, 1/7/2012
r2q2r1/Bp3k2/2p5/2Q2b1p/5P1p/2bp4/PP4P1/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...d2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Chen Zhu vs Anna Zatonskih, Beijing, 12/16/2012
3r2k1/5pp1/1R3np1/3pR3/Pp1P3Q/1n2P2P/KP3P2/2q5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Rxb4 Qb1+ ]

Anna Zatonskih Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anna Zatonskih vs Piotr Dukaczewski, Gibraltar, 2013
r1r5/4k1pp/pn2p3/Np2b3/1N2b3/8/PP4PP/3RBRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nbc6+ if Bxc6 Bb4+ Bd6 Rxd6 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Franziska Beltz vs Anna Zatonskih, Germany, 2014
8/p5k1/6pp/2p2p2/3qPK1P/1Pp2PP1/P2r4/2Q1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Kf6 if g4 Qe5+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Anna Zatonskih vs Ulrike Kindt, Germany, 2016
1rb2rk1/p6p/2p1pPP1/2pq2B1/1n1PQ1P1/3B4/PP6/K4R1R w - - 1 0
[ f7+ Rxf7 gxf7+ Kf8 Bh6+ ]

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