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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bundesliga 08/09.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Black mates in 2.
Rainer Polzin vs Alexander Motylev, Germany, 2008
6R1/2k2P2/1n5r/3p1p2/3P3b/1QP2p1q/3R4/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh1+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Iulia Gromova vs Annett Wagner-Michel, Germany, 2008
b3r1k1/p4RbN/P3P1p1/1p6/1qp4P/4Q1P1/5P2/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Eva Kulovana vs Anna Sharevich, Germany, 2009
r5k1/1b2q1p1/p2bp1Qp/1pp5/P5P1/3B4/1PP2P1P/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh2+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Hanna Klek vs Filiz Osmanodja, Germany, 2008
r2q4/6k1/3pBb2/3P2p1/p1n5/7Q/PPK4P/5RR1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Joanna Dworakowska vs Manuela Mader, Germany, 2009
4rnrk/ppqn2p1/4p1Pp/2p5/2PP1P2/3N3R/PP1N2Q1/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ gxh6 g7+ Kh7 Qe4+ ]

Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Maria Schoene, Germany, 2009
r1b2r1k/p1n3b1/7p/5q2/2BpN1p1/P5P1/1P1Q1NP1/2K1R2R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Timo Straeter vs Niclas Huschenbeth, Germany, 2009
6rk/3P4/p1p2n2/2Np1P1q/P2PpQ1p/4P1p1/7P/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...g2+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Rustem Dautov vs Michiel Bosman, Germany, 2009
3qr1k1/1pp3rn/p2p1Qp1/3P1pP1/2P2P2/2P2BK1/P6R/7R w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ Kxg7 Rxh7+ ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Oliver Reeh vs Christian Mann, Germany, 2008
rqb4r/1p1n2pp/3bkp2/p2N3Q/8/3B4/PP3PPP/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5+ Kxd5 Qf3+ Kc5 Be3+ Kb4 a3+ ]

e)
White mates in 8.
Pavel Tregubov vs Zahar Efimenko, Germany, 2008
5rk1/p4p2/1p2p1p1/4P1QR/1q6/4BNPP/2r2PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh6+ Kg8 Ng5 ]

Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 8.
Arik Braun vs Thomas Luther, Germany, 2008
8/3r2pk/p1p5/5p2/2P1pPqp/4B1P1/PQ2R1KP/3r1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...h3+ Kg1 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Qf3+ Ke1 Qh1+ Kf2 Rd1 ]

b)
Atila Figura vs Roeland Pruijssers, Germany, 2008
r4rk1/ppp2pbp/3p2p1/1RnPn1B1/4P3/q7/P1QNBPPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb1 if Qa4 Rxc5 ]

c)
Michael Richter 2422 vs Vlastimil Babula 2597, Germany, 2008
r2q1rk1/pb2bp1p/1pn1pnp1/4N1B1/3P3Q/2NB4/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba6 if h6 Bxh6 Nxe5 Bxb7 ]

d)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Bartlomiej Macieja, Germany, 2008
q7/5p2/4k1p1/p1Bbb3/1p2BQP1/8/PPP5/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5+ if Kf6 g5+ ]

e)
Romain Edouard vs Martin Zumsande, Germany, 2008
5rk1/7p/p7/3p4/Pp1Ppbq1/1P2B3/6PP/4QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf4 Rxf4 h3 if Qg5 Qc1 ]

'Tactics in the Openings' series



Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Konstantin Landa vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Germany, 2008
1r4k1/p1r2p1p/3Rp1p1/1qp1b3/4QP2/1P2P3/P4PKP/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ Rxd8 Rxd8+ Kg7 Qxe5+ ]

b)
Ekaterina Borulya vs Heike Sandner, Germany, 2008
r2q1r1k/ppp2pp1/1b1pbnnp/8/2BPP3/5NNP/PPQ2PP1/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 fxe6 e5 ]

c)
Karina Szczepkowska 2273 vs Szidonia Vajda 2380, Germany, 2008
5rk1/pp3qp1/1b2p2p/4P3/4NPQ1/7P/P5P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kh8 Rd7 ]

d)
Namig Guliyev vs Guenther Beikert, Germany, 2008
1qb2rk1/3rbppp/p1R5/1p2pN2/4P1P1/P3QN1P/1P3P2/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc3 if Bb7 Nxe5 Bf6 Rxf6 ]

e)
Chanda Sandipan vs Sasha Belezky, Germany, 2008
r1r2k2/2q1ppb1/p3b1p1/1p1pn3/3B1NP1/5P2/PPP4Q/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Re1 if Nxf3 Qh8+ mates ]

Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nazar Firman 2525 vs Alexander Areshchenko 2664, Germany, 2008
2rq1rk1/4bppp/Q2p4/2nN2Pn/p3Pp2/5N2/1PPB3P/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Qxc8 ]

b)
Jessica Nill vs Marine Zschischang, Germany, 2008
2k4r/3r1p2/1n2p1pp/4P3/pN1nB3/5R2/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc3+ if Kb8 or Kd8 Rxd4 w/Nc6+ ]

c)
Tomi Nyback vs Thomas Reich, Germany, 2008
1Q6/4qpkp/3p2p1/P1pP4/2P1N1P1/3B3P/4b1K1/2b5 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 Qxd6 Nxd6 Bxd3 a6 ]

d)
Christoph Renner vs Ilja Schneider, Germany, 2008
6k1/3nbppp/B3pn2/6q1/3N4/4PP2/PR2QP1P/2r1B2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa5 if Nc2 Qc3 Qb5 Ba3 ]

e)
Michael Roos vs Michail Feygin, Germany, 2008
4r1k1/ppq2pp1/1n3n1p/3B4/PQ1R4/2P1N1P1/5P1P/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 if fxe3 Nbxd5 Qb3 Nxe3+ ]

Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Stephen Berndt vs Daniel Fridman, Germany, 2008
r1bq1rk1/pp3pp1/1bp2n1p/8/5B2/1NP2QP1/PP3PBP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 ]

b)
Brigitte Burchardt vs Melanie Ohme, Germany, 2008
2q3k1/1b2n1bp/4p1p1/1p1p4/1Q1BPPN1/6PP/P1r3B1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc6 ]

c)
Leonie Helm vs Eva Kulovana, Germany, 2008
3r1rk1/p1b1qppp/1p2b3/3B3R/3P4/1NP2Q2/PP4PP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...g6 ]

d)
Fanzinska Seeger vs Claudia Eckhardt, Germany, 2008
4r1k1/1p1qr2p/p2p2p1/3Pnp2/7b/P1P4P/1PB2BP1/3QRR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2 if Rxf2 Nd3 ]

e)
Sandra Ulms vs Sibylle Heyme, Germany, 2008
7k/6b1/7p/2B2q2/PP2b1PP/4n2K/4Q3/6N1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg4 if Qxg4 Bg2+ ]

'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bartosz Socko 2627 vs Normunds Miezis 2540, Germany, 2008
8/q3kp1p/5p2/4pP2/3rb3/1R2Q1P1/5R1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa1+ Rf1 Qa2 if Rf2 Rd1+ ]

b)
Volkmar Dinstuhl vs Thies Heinemann, Germany, 2009
5r2/4Npkp/3R2p1/2pP4/4PPb1/2b3P1/r5BP/1R5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb8 if Rxb8 Ra1+ mates or if Rf1 Rbb2 ]

c)
Pawel Jaracz vs Wouter Spoelman, Germany, 2009
8/p1q1k3/1pp1rb1N/7p/7P/1Q4P1/PP4K1/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Ng8+ Kf7 Rf1 ]

d)
Zahar Efimenko vs Zoltan Gyimesi, Germany, 2009
3r1b1r/pp1k1ppp/1n2p1b1/3pP3/3P1NPq/1B2BP2/PP2K2P/R1Q4R w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6+ hxg6 Bg5 ]

e)
Steve Berger vs Stefan Kuipers, Germany, 2009
r1bq3r/1p3kbp/p4np1/1N6/3p4/Q7/PPPP1PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ if Kg8 Qb3+ mates or if Kf8 Nxb7+ ]

Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Darja Mikliaeva vs Leonie Helm, Germany, 2009
5bk1/1pr2ppp/p2p4/3Pr1P1/6B1/2P5/PP3R1P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Be6 ]

b)
Jan Markos vs Boris Avrukh, Germany, 2009
r4kr1/5p2/1Rpn1q2/3p1p1p/5N1P/4P1Q1/5PP1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb8+ Ne8 Qxg8+ Kxg8 Rxa8 Qe5 Rbb8 ]

c)
Hana Kubikova vs Franziska Seeger, Germany, 2009
r2q1rk1/pbpnbppp/1p2p3/3pP1B1/Q7/2PBP3/PP1N1PPP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Qh4 ]

d)
Yana Melnikova vs Vera Juergens, Germany, 2009
2b5/5k2/2p1p1p1/P3P2p/1b1BN3/5P2/1P6/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5 ]

e)
Stefan Bromberger vs Yuri Boidman, Germany, 2009
r1b2rk1/bp3ppp/p3p3/3q4/2NP1B2/6Q1/PP3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 Bxd4 Nb6 if Be5 Bf4 ]

Bundesliga 08/09 Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Juan Bellon Lopez vs Lars Thiede, Germany, 2009
1rb3r1/1pq2p1k/p2p1Q1p/P3nR2/3NP1P1/6BP/1PP3BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if dxe5 Bxe5 ]

b)
Sibylle Heyme vs Kseniya Rybenko, Germany, 2009
4r2k/ppr3bb/7p/1Pq2p2/P2B2nN/6P1/6BP/QR1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Bf1 Bxd4+ Qxd4 Qxd4+ Rxd4 Rxb1 ]

c)
Gudula Seils vs Ekaterina Borulya, Germany, 2009
2rr2k1/p2q1pbp/bp4p1/3Ppn2/PB6/1Q4P1/1P1RNPBP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe2 if Rxe2 Nd4 ]

d)
Yvonne Loesch vs Helene Nuber, Germany, 2009
3r3k/pp4qp/5np1/2R2n2/8/2N5/PP4PP/2QB2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe7 ]

e)
Dennis De Vreugt vs Romuald Mainka, Germany, 2009
4rr1k/1p4pp/p3p1q1/P7/1P2Nn2/2P1RP2/3Q2PP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 ]


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