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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Varuzhan Akobian.
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)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Krzysztof Jasik, Rimavska Sobota, 1996
1r4k1/1r1nppbp/8/pBpPq2n/P5p1/2N1B1P1/1P3PQP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 if Ra7 or Rc7 Nb5 ]

b)
Peter Vavrak vs Varuzhan Akobian, Rimavska Sobota, 1996
6k1/p5pp/8/Pr2Pp2/5P2/3K2P1/2p4P/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1 ]

c)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Milorad Vojovic, Cannes, 1997
R1b5/1rr3k1/3p1pp1/2qPp3/1Rp1P1Pp/2P1P2P/Q5BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 ]

d)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Gabor Pinter, Litohoto, 1999
2R5/3r1npk/1p6/p2p1p1p/P2P4/1P3PBP/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 Rxc7 Bxc7 ]

e)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Jan Werle, Litohoto, 1999
6k1/p4pp1/1p4b1/3BQ3/3P1PPK/q7/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 if Bh7 Qe8+ w/Bxf7+ ]

1e)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Jan Werle

Varuzhan Akobian Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Varuzhan Akobian vs Imed Abdelnabbi, Abudhabi, 2000
5rk1/pp1r1pp1/8/n2N3R/b2P4/P4Q2/1P1q1PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Qxf6 ]

b)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Dennis Ovcina, Yerevan, 2000
1r3bk1/2q5/p2p3p/3bpQp1/1PN5/3BP1PP/6P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 ]

c)
Eduard Sosulin vs Varuzhan Akobian, Tula, 2000
4r1k1/p7/4q2p/1Q1p2pB/P1p2n2/6N1/1Pn2PPP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxh5 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Andranik Matikozian vs Varuzhan Akobian, Los Angeles, 2002
1k5r/pp1Q1pp1/2p4r/b4Pn1/3NPp2/2P2P2/1q4B1/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Bxh1 Nh3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Varuzhan Akobian, San Francisco, 2002
2r5/6pk/1q2p2p/4b3/1P2P3/1R1Q3P/B4rP1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa7 if Rd2 Rxd2 or if Ra3 Rb2+ ]

2d)
mate in 3
Andranik Matikozian vs Varuzhan Akobian

Varuzhan Akobian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Varuzhan Akobian vs Eduardo Ortiz, Burbank, 2003
1n4k1/ppq3b1/4p2R/2p2r2/2PrNpQ1/2N3P1/PP6/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 if Kf8 Rh8+ ]

b)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Burbank, 2003
1q1r2k1/1Q3p2/3P2pp/1pN5/1bp5/4P1P1/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb8 Rxb8 Na6 ]

c)
Eric Cooke vs Varuzhan Akobian, Los Angeles, 2003
4k2r/1r3p2/b1q1p1p1/p2pP3/2nB1PP1/b1P2R2/P3N1B1/1R2Q1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Jerry Hanken vs Varuzhan Akobian, Las Vegas, 2005
3rr1k1/p4pp1/8/b1N5/1P1p3p/P3qbPP/1B3nBK/Q1R3R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg3+ Kxg3 Bc7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Varuzhan Akobian vs Blas Lugo, Minneapolis, 2005
8/p3q2k/1p2p1p1/r2bQ3/3P2R1/8/6P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Qxf7 Rh4+ ]

3e)
mate in 3
Varuzhan Akobian vs Blas Lugo

Varuzhan Akobian Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Andranik Matikozian, Las Vegas, 2005
r6k/1p1bq2n/p2p2R1/P1pP4/2P1np2/2N2N2/1P1QB2P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 if Qxe4+ Bd3 Qxf3 Qc3+ or if Bf5 Qc3+ Nf6 Rxf6 ]

b)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Andrei-Costel Florean, Philadelphia, 2006
8/p2k2b1/2pp4/q4r1p/2PP2p1/4P3/P2NKPB1/1Q6 w - - 1 0
[ Nb3 ]

c)
Michael Roiz vs Varuzhan Akobian, Khanty Mansyisk, 2007
7k/3q3p/1pp2pp1/3p4/1P1P3n/4PP2/Q4P1P/1r2N1RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe1 Rxe1 Qh3 ]

d)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Jonathan Hilton, Chicago, 2008
7b/5B2/nr1B1p2/5N2/4k1P1/4P1K1/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Zhe Quan vs Varuzhan Akobian, Chicago, 2008
5rk1/p2RQ1pp/4p1r1/2p2p2/2P2q2/1P3P1K/P3BP1b/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg3+ Kxh2 Rg4+ ]

4e)
mate in 4
Zhe Quan vs Varuzhan Akobian

Varuzhan Akobian puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Pavel Tregubov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
1kb2b2/ppp4r/3r1p2/PPNq1pp1/2QN3p/4P2P/5PP1/RR4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Na6+ if bxa6 bxa6+ Ka8 Qxd5 Rxd5 Nc6 mates ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Varuzhan Akobian vs Jonathan Hilton, Ledyard, 2009
2brr1k1/p2Rp2p/1pn1PppB/2p5/2B5/8/PQ3PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 exf6 e7+ Kh8 exd8/Q ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Varuzhan Akobian vs Pavel Tregubov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
k1br1b2/ppQq4/P4p2/1P3pp1/3N3p/4P2P/5PP1/RR4K1 w - - 1 0
[ axb7+ Bxb7 Rxa7+ ]

d)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Robby Adamson, Las Vegas, 2009
r1bQrk2/1p3pq1/3p2p1/3Nb3/p7/P2B1R1P/1P3RP1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Qxf7 Rxf7+ Kxf7 Bxg6+ ]

e)
Ray Robson vs Varuzhan Akobian, Saint Louis, 2010
2k2b1r/p2r2p1/4qp2/1pnp3P/2pQ4/P1P1BN2/1P2N3/4K1RR b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ Kd2 Bc5 ]

5b)
mate in 5
Varuzhan Akobian vs Jonathan Hilton

Varuzhan Akobian puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Alexander Stripunsky, Saint Louis, 2011
8/2p2pkp/1rq3p1/1p1r2P1/pQn1NP2/P2R4/1P2R2P/K7 w - - 1 0
[ Qc3+ if f6 Nxf6 or if Ne5 Qxc6 ]

b)
Adel Choukri vs Varuzhan Akobian, Caleta, 2012
3b2k1/3n1pp1/3p2p1/2pPp1Pn/q7/Nr2B2P/rPQRPPB1/1RK5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rbxa3 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Varuzhan Akobian vs Conrad Holt, Internet, 2014
8/4R1R1/2b2p2/2Bp1k1p/r2P4/P6P/2r2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ g4+ hxg4 hxg4+ Kf4 Bd6+ ]

d)
Yaroslav Zherebukh vs Varuzhan Akobian, Saint Louis, 2017
2r3k1/1b1N3p/p3p3/5p2/PP3R2/5p2/1r3PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 ]

e)
Varuzhan Akobian vs Awonder Liang, Saint Louis, 2018
6k1/p1r1rpp1/B2qb2p/1P1p4/2n2N2/3QP2P/2R2PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxc4 ]

f)
White mates in 4.
Varuzhan Akobian vs Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo, Douglas, 2019
2r2k2/R6p/2n3p1/3BB3/P4p2/5P2/6PP/2n2K2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bg7+ ]

6f)
mate in 4
Varuzhan Akobian vs Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo

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