'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vassily Ivanchuk.
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)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Boris Gelfand, Arnhem, 1987
4n1k1/1R1b1pbp/6p1/8/2BB4/r4NPP/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 if Rxf3 Bd5 Rf5 g4 Rg5 Bxf7+ ]

b)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Valery Chekhov, Frunze, 1988
3rk1r1/5p1p/p4Q2/2pqP3/1p1n4/2b2R2/P4PPP/1BB2R1K w - - 0 1
[ e6 if Rf8 e7 ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Yuri Kruppa, Frunze, 1988
5b1k/2r3p1/3p1N1p/1q1b4/2p5/P5RP/1B3PP1/Q5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb1 gxf6 Bxf6+ Bg7 Qxb5 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Bozidar Ivanovic, New York, 1988
3n4/1R6/p5k1/2B5/1P3PK1/r7/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5+ ]

e)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Dragoljub Velimirovic, Lucerne, 1989
1r3r1k/p2q1pR1/3p3p/1bpP1p2/P1N5/8/2P3PP/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa1 ]

1c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Yuri Kruppa

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Yury Dokhoian, Yerevan, 1989
3r2k1/pp3p1p/2n3p1/2Q2P2/6r1/2P2N1q/PP2RP1P/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Rxe8 Rxe8+ Kg7 Qf8+ Kf7 Re6+ Kxf5 Qxf7# ]

b)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Artur Jussupow, Brussels, 1991
8/pp4bk/3p2p1/q2N1r1p/3B3P/1PR2bP1/P2Q1P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 Kxg7 Rc7+ if Kg8 Qxa5 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Zuniga Julio Granda, Biel, 1993
3qk3/3n1Rbp/pp6/3B2rP/2P2Q2/6N1/PP6/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ if Ke7 Qxg5+ Nf6 Nf5+ or if Bxf8 Qf7# ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Rafael Vaganian, Lucerne, 1993
3qrnk1/7p/p1bp2p1/2p2p2/2Pr1PN1/1PQ5/P3R1BP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8 Bxe8 Rxe8 if Qh4 Bd5+ Rxd5 Nf6+ ]

2a)
mate in 5
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Yury Dokhoian

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Ralf Akesson, London, 1994
r4rk1/1bq1bppp/p2ppn2/2p1P3/5P2/2NBBQ2/PPP3PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh3 if dxe5 fxe5 Qxe5 Rxf6 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Morozevich, Amsterdam, 1996
1q2b2k/1p2b3/1pn1N1Br/3RP2p/1P3P2/P5Q1/2P4P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf7 ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Veselin Topalov, Wijk aan Zee, 1996
6b1/1p5k/1N1q3p/1P6/3pP3/5r2/3Q3P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qg2 Qf8 Qg6+ Kh8 Nd7 Qf7 Qxh6+ if Qh7 Nf6 or if Bh7 Ne5 ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Jaan Ehlvest, Yerevan, 1996
7k/pb4q1/1p5p/3n4/3Q4/P6P/1P4P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Kh7 Qe4+ Qg6 Rh8+ Kg7 Rg8+ ]

e)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Beliavsky, Belgrade, 1997
4n1k1/1pnrqp2/3p2p1/3P2Pp/1PNNPQ1P/2K2R2/5R2/1r6 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Rd8 Qxf7+ Qxf7 Rxf7 Na8 Rf8+ Kh7 R2f7+ ]

3e)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Beliavsky

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Josif Dorfman, Cap d'Agde, 1998
4rk2/p5p1/1p2P2N/7R/nP5P/5PQ1/b6K/q7 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6+ Re7 Qd8+ Re8 e7# ]

b)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Vadim Zvjaginsev, Elista, 1998
5r1k/2r3qp/1Q2B3/5p2/1P3p2/6Pn/3R3P/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if Ng5 Rxf8+ or if Re7 Rxf8+ Qxf8 Rd8 Re8 Qd4+ ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Jamshed Isaev, Elista, 1998
3r4/ppp2kbR/1n4p1/3Pp3/4NrP1/1KN2P2/PP6/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ if Kg8 Rxg7+ Kxg7 Ne6+ or if Kf6 Nce4+ ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Loek Van Wely, Frankfurt, 2000
1r1nkb1r/4pppp/1p6/p1p5/1nN5/1P4P1/PB1PPPBP/R2K3R w - - 0 1
[ Be5 if Rc8 Nxb6 ]

4a)
mate in 3
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Josif Dorfman

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Loek Van Wely, Prague, 2002
br2q1k1/2Q3pp/P3pn2/8/8/2NpB3/1P3RPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Bh6 ]

b)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Wijk aan Zee, 2003
5rk1/1b3ppp/pB1rpn2/n6q/Pp2P3/3B1N2/1PQ2PPP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc5 ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Tigran Kotanjian, Yerevan, 2004
6k1/1p3rpp/1q6/p2pn3/1B6/1Q5P/PP3PP1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if Qxb4 Re8+ Rf8 Qxd5+ Kh8 Qf7 ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Leif Johannessen, Saint Vincent, 2005
1r5k/1P4pp/3p4/2q5/4b3/3pN2P/RQ3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8 if Qc7 Qb6 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Onischuk, Beer-Sheva, 2005
8/3b1p2/7p/4Q3/4P3/1r3qPP/R4P1K/2k5 w - - 0 1
[ Qa1+ Rb1 Qd4 ]

5c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Tigran Kotanjian

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Artashes Minasian vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Warsaw, 2005
r4rk1/p3Rp1p/3p2p1/2n5/3qP3/7P/P2N1PP1/3QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf6 Rc7 Qd8 Rc6 Qd7 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Levon Aronian, Morelia, 2006
5rk1/1R1R1p1p/4N1p1/p7/5p2/1P4P1/r2nP1KP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if Rxf7 Rb8+ ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Lacasa Diaz, Barcelona, 2006
r1bRr1k1/pp3pp1/5n2/Q3pq1p/8/BP4P1/P3PPBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Nxe8 Qd8 if Qe6 Be7 or if Qd7 Rd1 ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand, Monte Carlo (blindfold), 2007
r3r1k1/pp3pp1/8/2P1n2p/1P3q2/P1Q5/5PBP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re4 if Qf6 Rae1 ]

6a)
Artashes Minasian vs Vassily Ivanchuk

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Teimour Radjabov, Medias, 2011
2q1rb1k/5p2/3p1p2/4rN1p/pPP3R1/P5Q1/6PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ Kh7 Rxf8 Rxf5 Rxf7+ ]

b)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Monte Carlo, 2007
6k1/2p2ppp/2np1n2/1b2p3/1P6/1RBPP1P1/r2N1P1P/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd5 Bg2 Ba4 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Gata Kamsky, Moscow, 2008
1n1N2rk/2Q2pb1/p3p2p/Pq2P3/3R4/6B1/1P3P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ Kh7 Qc2+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Boris Gelfand, Moscow, 2008
3R4/1r3pkp/3Np1bp/n3P3/2B5/7P/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Sergey Karjakin vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2008
6k1/2r4p/p3b1PP/1pq5/4P3/P5Q1/1P2B3/1K3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ ]

7a)
mate in 4
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Teimour Radjabov

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gata Kamsky vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Bazna, 2009
3r3k/1p4bp/p4p2/4rP2/P2p3R/1Q3R2/1P2qBPP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ if Bg1 Qxh4 ]

b)
Peter Svidler vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Moscow, 2009
3r1rk1/pb2bppp/1pq1p3/4B3/1nP1N3/PP3NP1/4QP1P/1K1RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe4+ Qxe4 Bxe4+ ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Boris Gelfand, Nice, 2010
r3r2k/pp3pbB/3pb3/2p3NP/3B4/P1P5/q1PKQP2/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ if Bxf7 Bxg7+ Kxh7 Qd3+ Kg8 Bf6+ Kf8 Qxd6+ or if Kxh7 Rxg7# ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Pablo Lafuente, Caleta, 2011
k1r5/2r2bp1/2p2p2/2Rp4/3N1PP1/1R2P3/PK6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if Ra7 Rcb5 mates ]

8c)
White mates in 7.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Boris Gelfand

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Teimour Radjabov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2011
3B4/1r1b2kp/1n2p1p1/1p2P3/1P2PKP1/3B4/2R5/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bxb6 if Rxb6 Rc7 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Morozevich, Reggio Emilia, 2011
3r4/5k1p/p1R1rN1B/5qpP/2Q5/8/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rc7+ Rd7 Rxd7+ Kxf6 Bg7# ]

c)
Michele Godena vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Reggio Emilia, 2011
8/1pp1qpk1/4r3/p1p1Pbp1/2r2P2/P1P1R1QP/1P2N3/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg6 if Kh2 gxf4 or if fxg5 Rxg5 ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Istanbul, 2012
5rk1/2R2pp1/p3p2p/4N2N/P4Q1P/8/1q1r2PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 Qg3+ Kh7 Rxf7+ mates or if Kh8 Ng6+ mates ]

e)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Istanbul, 2012
2R1Q3/5p1r/pq1k1p2/3p4/1p3P2/6pP/PPP5/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Kc5 Qe3+ if Kc6 Rd6+ or if Kb5 Rxd5+ ]

9b)
mate in 3
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Morozevich

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part X.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Hao Wang, Istanbul, 2012
r3r1k1/pb3R1p/1pq1p1P1/4p3/P1pP4/2P1P1Q1/6PP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ gxh7+ Kxf7 Rf1+ Ke7 h8/Q Rxh8 Qg7+ Kd6 dxe5+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anatoly Karpov, Cap d'Agde, 2012
8/r4ppk/p1R5/1p6/1P2N1P1/n3PK2/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anish Giri, Leon, 2013
r7/1p2r3/2pn1k1n/3pNp2/PR1P2Pp/4P2K/3N1P2/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ g5+ Kxg5 Rg1+ Kh5 Ng6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Levon Aronian, Beijing, 2013
5r1b/2R1R3/P4r2/2p2Nkp/2b3pN/6P1/4PP2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ ]

e)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Tromsoe, 2013
8/4kp2/2Qp1p2/5P2/4P3/Pp1q4/1P1r4/KR6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1 if Rc1 Qc2 ]

10a)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Hao Wang

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part XI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Nino Maisuradze vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Cap d'Agde, 2013
1r5k/Q1n3pp/8/2N3N1/2qPpr1P/4n3/PP1R4/1K5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ if Rd1 Qc2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Beijing, 2013
2r3k1/5pp1/4p1n1/p2pP3/1p1Pr1q1/1P1Q2P1/P4PKR/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ Kg1 Re1+ Qf1 Rxf1+ ]

c)
Boris Gelfand vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Beijing, 2014
5bk1/1p5p/1N3p2/4p3/p7/Pb1rBP2/1P3KPP/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 if Kxe3 Bh6+ ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Christopher Repka, Sibenik, 2016
r5k1/5ppp/3nqn2/1p1p1N2/1Pb4Q/4PP2/1BBR2PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd6 Qxd6 Bxf6 if Qxf6 Qxh7+ ]

e)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand, Doha, 2016
2r3k1/p5p1/1qpbpr1p/3n1p2/3P4/1B3Q2/PPRB1PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 Rxe6 Bxd5 ]

11e)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand

Vassily Ivanchuk Puzzles, Part XII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Boris Savchenko vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Izmir, 2016
3r3k/1b3Bp1/p4n2/Ppb1Q3/7N/2P1B3/5K1P/R3R2q b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2+ if Re2 Ne4+ or if Kg3 Qxh2# ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Isam Ortiz vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Matanzas, 2017
7r/2k2pQ1/4pP2/2p2p2/p4P2/Pp2qP2/1P6/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qd3+ if 2.Rxd3 Rh1+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Liren Ding, Danzhou, 2017
7Q/5p2/6p1/2r3kp/3pR3/2qP3P/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.f4+ Kf5 2.Re5+ ]

d)
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# ]

e)
Boris Gelfand vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Jerusalem, 2018
2r3k1/pbr2p2/6pp/3P4/1R6/4P1P1/Pp3P1P/1B2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1 if Kf1 Ba6+ ]

12b)
mate in 4
Isam Ortiz vs Vassily Ivanchuk


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