"Tactics in the Queen's Gambit" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Dronavalli Harika.
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)
Dronavalli Harika vs Nath Saheli, Nakhchivan, 2003
4r1k1/p1qbrp1p/3p2p1/2pPP3/1pP2P2/6P1/PQ1N3P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 ]

b)
Maia Chiburdanidze vs Dronavalli Harika, Hyderabad, 2002
5rk1/1q3p1p/r1b2np1/PpR1P3/1Pp2P2/7P/2Q3B1/1N3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2 Qxg2 Ne4 ]

c)
Melanie Ohme vs Dronavalli Harika, Heraklio, 2004
8/7p/3p2p1/3Pp1k1/2Pb2r1/3B1K2/R4P1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4+ Bxe4 Rf4+ ]

d)
Dronavalli Harika vs Bobby Beeke, Vlissingen, 2012
1b1r2k1/rb1nq1p1/p4pBp/2pp4/2P2P1B/P1N5/6PP/1R1Q1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxb7 if Rxb7 Qxd5+ ]

e)
Dronavalli Harika vs Maya Porat, Istanbul, 2012
3r2k1/2pP1q2/p6p/np2B1p1/3P4/2P3P1/Q6P/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ (if Qxa5 Rf8) Kxf7 Bxc7 ]

1c)
Melanie Ohme vs Dronavalli Harika

Dronavalli Harika Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anila Shah vs Dronavalli Harika, Panaji, 2012
r1bqk2r/pp3pbp/1n1p1np1/1N1Np3/3pP3/1B3Q1P/PPP2PP1/R1B1K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nbxd5 if exd5 Qa5+ ]

b)
Xiaohui Wang vs Dronavalli Harika, China, 2012
rnb2rk1/p1q2ppp/1p2pn2/8/2BP4/P3PN2/2Q2PPP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba6 if Nd2 Rc8 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Martin Cerveny vs Dronavalli Harika, Pardubice, 2012
6k1/p4pp1/1q5p/5P2/4BP2/P1p1nQ2/3r3P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ Kf1 Nxh2+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Demre Kerigan vs Dronavalli Harika, Vlissingen, 2013
r1b2rk1/pp5p/1q4p1/3pR3/3n4/1B4Nn/PP1Q2PK/R1B5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

e)
Dronavalli Harika vs Sabrina Vega Gutierrez, Tromsoe, 2014
8/1Pk4p/1N4p1/5p2/5P2/1b4P1/7P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd7 if Kxb7 Nc5+ ]

2e)
Dronavalli Harika vs Sabrina Vega Gutierrez

Dronavalli Harika Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dronavalli Harika vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Teheran, 2016
2k2r1b/4r2p/pp3N2/2p1npP1/5B2/2P4P/PP6/2KR1R2 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe5 Rxe5 Nd7 ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Boris Savchenko vs Dronavalli Harika, Alma-Ata, 2016
1k6/p4p2/1p2p3/4P3/Q4P2/P2qBKP1/2r5/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd1+ Ke4 Qd5# ]

c)
Nigel Short vs Dronavalli Harika, Gibraltar, 2016
1r4kr/5pp1/2n1p3/qb1RPn1p/2p2P2/P1P2NPB/P1Q4P/K1B4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba4 ]

d)
Dronavalli Harika vs Tuvshintogs Batchimeg, Riyadh, 2017
1r1r2k1/pb2q2p/1p2P1p1/2pBR3/8/1P3QPP/P6K/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qf7+ Qxf7 2.exf7+ if 2...Kg7 3.Re8 or if 2...Kf8 3.Bxb7 ]

e)
Dronavalli Harika vs Almira Skripchenko, Riyadh, 2017
3r3k/p2bR1rp/1pp3q1/2p2p2/5Q2/3PR1PP/PP4BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qc7 ]

3a)
Dronavalli Harika vs Antoaneta Stefanova

Dronavalli Harika Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Dinara Saduakassova vs Dronavalli Harika, Hamedan, 2018
2r4k/p3Q1pp/5p2/4n2P/P3P3/6P1/5K2/1r6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2+ Ke3 Rb3+ ]

b)
Dronavalli Harika vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, Shaoxing, 2019
4r1k1/5pp1/r3b2p/ppqP3Q/2p1pR2/P3P3/1P4PP/4BRK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf7 if 1...Bxf7 2.Qxf7+ or if 1...b4 2.Rc7 ]

c)
Valentina Gunina vs Dronavalli Harika, Monaco, 2019
2k1r3/ppbb1BBR/2p5/2P5/3P1p2/8/PP6/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re1+ 2.Kd2 Ba5+ 3.Kc2 Bf5+ ]

4c)
Valentina Gunina vs Dronavalli Harika


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