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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2018 European Individual Chess CH.
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 2.
Daniel Fridman vs Ruzvelt Martsvalashvili, Batumi, 2018
r7/3n1p2/pp4kp/5RbN/1P6/3Q2P1/P3PPKP/2r5 w - - 1 0
[ Rf6+ Kxh5 Qf3# ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Artur Gabrielian vs Roman Martynov, Batumi, 2018
4rnk1/r2R3p/pq2pBp1/2p2p1Q/4b3/6R1/PPP2PPP/5BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Tamir Nabaty vs Nijat Abasov, Batumi, 2018
1r3r2/p4p1Q/1qb1pk2/5B2/P1pP4/8/1p3P1P/1R2K1R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Mamikon Gharibyan vs Ana Kuchava, Batumi, 2018
2r2rk1/5bp1/p1n5/bp1B4/4P3/P6Q/1P5P/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Maxim Matlakov vs Tamir Nabaty, Batumi, 2018
4b2k/1pp3r1/6nN/p2P2p1/2q5/7Q/P5PP/1B3R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Kg8 Qh8+ Nxh8 Nh6# ]

2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Muhammad Ismayilov vs Miranda Mikadze, Batumi, 2018
6k1/5p1p/Q3p1p1/2brP1P1/5q2/3p4/PP1R3P/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Farid Orujov vs Vitalij Morozov, Batumi, 2018
r5k1/pb4q1/3p4/3Nb1nQ/1PP1P2P/5p2/2N3B1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Ana Kuchava vs Hovhannes Hakobyan, Batumi, 2018
6kr/1pp5/3p2b1/3Pr3/1PPQ1pP1/P1B2Bb1/q7/3R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Bxh1 Qe2+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Alexandr Trjapishko vs Yuriy Kuzubov, Batumi, 2018
1q3k2/5Pp1/Q6p/1B6/1P6/2r1b3/P4nPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ Kf1 Qf4+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Ravi Haria vs Volodar Murzin, Batumi, 2018
rr3q2/8/4p3/2pN2k1/pb5R/1P6/P1Q3PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg4+ Kxg4 Qg6+ ]

2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Peter Gukhvat vs Orkhan Abdulov, Batumi, 2018
r1b2r1k/ppn1q1p1/5n1p/2b1B3/2BNP2Q/5N2/PPP5/2K3RR w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6+ gxh6 Rxh6+ Qh7 Bxf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Luke McShane vs Alexei Fedorov, Batumi, 2018
8/R4R1p/5pp1/5k2/1p5P/p4BP1/5PK1/1q6 w - - 1 0
[ Rfe7 if g5 h5 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Hrant Aleksanyan vs Andre Ventura Sousa, Batumi, 2018
5rk1/4Qp2/1q1P1P1r/1pbR1B1p/p1p2p2/5KP1/1P5P/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Bh7+ if Kxh7 Qxf8 Rxf6 Rxh5+ or if Rxh7 Rg5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Suleyman Suleymanli vs Sargis Sargissyan, Batumi, 2018
1b2r1k1/1p3p2/1Pp3r1/2Pp4/3Pp2n/B3P2q/R3Q2p/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf5 Qf2 Ng3+ Qxg3 Qxf1+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Arthur Pijpers, Batumi, 2018
2R1b1k1/pp4r1/1q6/1P1p1B1p/1B1P1RnP/2Q1r1p1/P5P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe3 if Nxe3 Rxe8+ Kf7 Rf8# ]

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2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Saar Drori vs Pavel Ponkratov, Batumi, 2018
b7/R4pk1/p2p2p1/Q2Pp1P1/6K1/P4BP1/q1r5/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc4+ Kh3 Qf1+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Vladimir Onischuk vs Vahe Baghdasaryan, Batumi, 2018
6kr/4Bpb1/1p1p4/3B1P2/4R1Q1/2qn2P1/2P2P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Kxf7 Qg6+ Kg8 Qe6+ Kh7 Rh4+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Jergus Pechac vs Emre Can, Batumi, 2018
5q1k/6Rp/4Q2P/3pPrp1/3P2p1/2P5/4b1B1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ Qxg8 Qxf5 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Ivan Saric vs Marin Bosiocic, Batumi, 2018
5r1k/2q4b/p3p2Q/1pp4p/8/1P3r2/P1P4P/1KBR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd7 if Qxd7 Bb2+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Vugar Asadli vs Stefan Pogosyan, Batumi, 2018
6k1/3Nr1p1/2p1P2q/p2pQ1R1/3Pb2p/1PP4P/7K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qb8+ Kh7 Nf8+ Kg8 Ng6+ ]

2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Samvel Ter Sahakyan vs Alan Tate, Batumi, 2018
r2nr1k1/1p5q/p1p1b2p/P2pPNp1/1P1P1R2/3Q1RP1/2B2P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Qxe7 Qg6+ if Qg7 Qxe8+ or if Kh8 Rf8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Atilla Yuksel vs Lev Yankelevich, Batumi, 2018
r5k1/5p1p/6pb/3q4/3Q4/1bB2P2/1P4PP/1K1RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ Kxa1 Qa8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Evgeny Alekseev vs Rauf Mamedov, Batumi, 2018
6k1/1P3p1p/3b2p1/2NQ2n1/8/2P2p1P/5PP1/4qBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxh3+ gxh3 Bh2+ ]

d)
Saveliy Golubov vs Giorgi Naqopia, Batumi, 2018
r5k1/1b1nbp1p/pq1n2p1/4p1P1/P2PP3/BQ4NP/4N1B1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxb6 Nxb6 dxe5 Ndc8 Bxe7 Nxe7 Rb1 Nec8 a5 ]

e)
Martin Gebigke vs Tom Day, Batumi, 2018
r4rk1/3q2np/5Rp1/pp2B3/2pPp1PQ/2P4P/8/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Rxf8 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Qxh7 Qf7 Qh8+ if Qg8 Bxg7+ ]

2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Blasius Nuber, Batumi, 2018
8/4k1p1/nrPbp2p/p2pp3/B2P2PP/1p1K1P2/1P3B2/R7 w - - 1 0
[ dxe5 if Bc5 c7 ]

b)
Falko Bindrich vs Orkhan Abdulov, Batumi, 2018
3r2k1/pB3pb1/1p4pp/2p1q3/2P3P1/2NrP2P/PB2QR2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 ]

c)
Luka Paichadze vs Isik Can, Batumi, 2018
2krb2r/2q2ppp/Rpn1p3/1B2P3/4Q3/2P5/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra8+ Nb8 Rxb8+ Qxb8 Qc4+ Qc7 Ra8+ Kb7 Ra7+ ]

d)
Bahruz Rzayev vs Arshak Melkonyan, Batumi, 2018
4rk2/pp3ppQ/3b1p1p/8/3q2P1/3B4/PP4PP/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Ke7 Qxe8+ Kxe8 Bb5+ ]

e)
Michele Godena vs Maksim Schekachikhin, Batumi, 2018
rn4k1/pp3ppp/1q3n2/2pP1b2/3p1B2/5NP1/PPP2PBP/R3Q1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxb8 if Rxb8 Qe5 ]

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2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Luka Lenic vs Tadeas Kriebel, Batumi, 2018
1br2rk1/5ppp/p3p3/1p1n1q2/2R5/PP2PN1P/1B2QPP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh4 if Qg5 Rg4 ]

b)
Saar Drori vs Hovhannes Hakobyan, Batumi, 2018
r3kr2/2p1bp1p/p1nqp3/4Np1Q/PpBP4/8/P1P2PPP/2KR3R w q - 1 0
[ Qf3 ]

c)
Farid Orujov vs Davit Tskipurishvili, Batumi, 2018
2r1rbk1/1b1n3p/pq6/2pP1pB1/1pB1p3/8/PP1N1PQP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ d6+ Kh8 Bd8 ]

d)
Dmitrijs Tokranovs vs Gabriel Flom, Batumi, 2018
2rqkb1r/pp3pp1/4p2p/2n4P/6Q1/5N2/PPPB1PP1/2KR3R b k - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ Kb1 Nxf2+ ]

e)
Artur Davtyan vs Marin Bosiocic, Batumi, 2018
5rk1/1p3pp1/p1p1rq2/3p1N2/3PnPQP/4P3/PP2R3/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf5 ]

2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vasiliy Korchmar vs Nils Grandelius, Batumi, 2018
1r4k1/p4p1p/8/2r2p2/3b1P2/Pp4N1/3R1NPP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...b2 if Rb1 Rc1+ or if Rdd1 Bxf2 ]

b)
Kanan Ahadzada vs Arseniy Nesterov, Batumi, 2018
r3r1k1/ppp2ppp/1bn2q2/8/2Q1P3/2P2BPP/P1P2PK1/R1B1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf3+ ]

c)
Sasa Martinovic vs Miguel Santos Ruiz, Batumi, 2018
4r1k1/5p1p/2q5/Q2p1N2/Pp1P3P/1P3P2/6P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc1+ Kh2 Qf4+ Ng3 Qxh4+ ]

d)
Shaked Tifferet vs Valeriy Neverov, Batumi, 2018
2k3r1/p1p5/q6p/1b1P1P2/3p1N2/3B2r1/PP1Q1R1R/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg1+ if Kc2 Qa4+ mates ]

e)
Gergely Kantor vs Daria Voit, Batumi, 2018
8/p4pk1/2qR1np1/7r/P1r1p3/1Qp3B1/K4PNP/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa4+ Kb1 c2+ Qxc2 Ra1+ Kb2 Ra2+ ]

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2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mamikon Gharibyan vs Vugar Asadli, Batumi, 2018
6k1/1p3p2/2p1n1p1/8/1P2N1Rp/4P1PP/4QP1K/q2r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ if Kg2 Rxh3 ]

b)
Elene Tsotsonava vs Boris Grinev, Batumi, 2018
4rrk1/1pB5/p6p/3R1np1/8/8/PPP2RPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Rf1 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Ne3+ ]

c)
Elene Tsotsonava vs Faddey Mochalin, Batumi, 2018
r2r4/1b3kpp/1p3p2/p1b1p3/P7/2PB1NBP/5PP1/3RRK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3 Rxd3 Ba6 if Red1 e4 ]

d)
Damian Lewtak vs Sergey Smolin, Batumi, 2018
2r3r1/kb6/pp1qp3/3p1p2/PPn2Q2/2RN1B1P/2P1R1P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 ]

e)
Martin Stukan vs Isik Can, Batumi, 2018
1k6/pp2r2p/1b4p1/2qB1p2/P1P5/7P/3Q1PP1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ ]

2018 European Individual Chess CH puzzles, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Gokhvat vs Anatoliy Polivanov, Batumi, 2018
6k1/4Rrp1/1p4qp/3Q4/1NpP3n/2P4P/P7/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ Kh2 Nf3+ ]

b)
Blasius Nuber vs Muhammad Ismayilov, Batumi, 2018
3r2k1/4Q1pp/p2r4/1pBp1p2/8/2PR1P1q/PP6/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg6+ Kf2 Rg2+ Ke3 Qh6+ mates ]

c)
Jorgen Henseler vs Blasius Nuber, Batumi, 2018
k6r/pqp4p/4p1p1/P1QnPp2/3B4/1P6/5PPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 ]


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