Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vadim Zvjaginsev.
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)
Zvjaginsev vs Boris Kantsler, Ashkhabad, 1990
r1bqr1k1/pppn3p/2np1pp1/3N2P1/2PNPP2/5B2/PP4P1/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Rb8 Nbxc7 ]

b)
Zvjaginsev vs Tomas Oral, Rimavska Sobota, 1992
r1b5/1p5k/3b1q1p/pNR2r2/3Qp1R1/1P5P/P3BP2/4K3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Zvjaginsev vs Wolfgang Humer, Loosdorf, 1993
3R4/rr2pp1k/1p1p1np1/1B1Pq2p/1P2P3/5P2/3Q2PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

d)
Zvjaginsev vs Viktor Korchnoi, Pamplona, 1995
r1bq1rk1/p7/2p3p1/2b1pp1p/4N2Q/6P1/PP1BPP1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Qd4 Nxc5 Qxc5 Be7 ]

e)
Zvjaginsev vs Ladislav Salai, Panormo, 2001
8/4k3/r6P/1b1P1p2/2pB2p1/2P3P1/4BP1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ d6+ ]



Vadim Zvjaginsev Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Oleg Orlov, St. Petersburg, 8/24/2012
2R5/q1Q1bp1k/1p2pnpp/3p4/3P4/3B2P1/rP1B1PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf4 ]

b)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Alexander Semeniuk, Vladivostok, 9/25/2012
7k/Bp1Rr3/2p4p/P4n2/2B5/2P5/1P1K3b/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bd4+ Kh7 Bd3 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Boris Savchenko vs Vadim Zvjaginsev, St. Petersburg, 10/26/2012
8/2k5/1r6/4N3/3p2RP/2p5/1p6/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ ...c2+ ]

d)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Rodrigo Vasquez, Khanty Mansyisk, 6/8/2013
r4rk1/1bq2pp1/p6p/np4NQ/8/P3R3/BP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6 hxg5 Rh3 if Rfc8 Re1 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Vadim Pischikov, St. Petersburg, 8/28/2013
b2r2k1/2R5/p3pPp1/1p1p4/3B4/4K3/PP6/8 w - - 1 0
[ f7+ Kf8 Bc5+ ]

Vadim Zvjaginsev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Alexandre Danin, Taganrog, 6/15/2011
6rk/pp3R1p/1n2B2B/4P3/3b4/8/PP6/7K w - - 1 0
[ Bg7+ ]

b)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Olga Ivkina, St. Petersburg, 10/14/2011
8/pP5p/1r3k2/3R2p1/8/6P1/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6+ ]

c)
Sergei Chekhov vs Vadim Zvjaginsev, St. Petersburg, 10/18/2011
6k1/p5bp/1p2bpp1/8/B1p2P2/2Pr1NP1/PP2K2P/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 ]

d)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Igor Lysyj, Kazan, 2014
1r4k1/4rppp/8/4b3/2b5/R3B1PP/5PB1/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxb8+ Bxb8 Ra8 ]

e)
Alexander Gutenev vs Vadim Zvjaginsev, Cheliabinsk, 2017
r4k2/4R1qp/3n4/1p1PQp1B/4pP2/8/1P4PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ra1+ 2.Kf2 e3+ if 3.Kf3 Rf1+ 4.Kxe3 Qxe7 or if 3.Ke2 Qxg2+ 4.Kxe3 Nc4+ ]

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