'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexei Kornev.
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)
Alexei Kornev vs Vladimir Genba, St. Petersburg, 1994
R2r1bk1/5pp1/7p/2nPpNq1/1p1pP3/1P3QP1/2B2PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ h4 if Qf6 Nxh6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Mikhail Zaitsev vs Alexei Kornev, Moscow, 1995
r4rk1/ppp4p/n2p2p1/3Ppp2/2P1P1bP/1NN1KnP1/PP2BP2/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...f4+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Vyacheslav Ikonnikov vs Alexei Kornev, Samara, 2000
4r2k/pR4bp/2p5/2P5/1P2pq2/6pP/P3BrP1/3QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ ]

d)
Eduard Andreev vs Alexei Kornev, Tula, 2001
3r3k/Q4Rb1/p2qp1Pp/Pp3p2/4bP2/NB6/1PP5/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxa3 if bxa3 Rd1+ mates ]

e)
Alexei Kornev vs Alexander Obukhov, St. Petersburg, 2002
4r2k/6p1/ppQPrnqp/2p1p3/P3N3/5R1P/1P4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6 if gxf6 Rxf6 Rxf6 Rxf6 Qh5 d7 ]

Alexei Kornev puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexei Kornev vs Evgeny Vorobiov, Tula, 2002
r1b2rk1/1pqn1pb1/p2p2pp/P1pPp3/4P2B/N1N5/1PP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Be7 if Re8 Nab5 ]

b)
White mates in 7.
Alexei Kornev vs Alexey Volodin, Voronezh, 2002
r4b2/1q3p2/np3Bp1/pQ1PPk1p/P1P2p2/8/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb3 Nb4 Qh3+ Ke4 Qf3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Vladimir Potkin vs Alexei Kornev, Krasnodar, 2002
4r2k/8/1p1R2p1/p1p1qpB1/P3p1nP/1BP3b1/1P2Q1P1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf2+ ]

d)
Sergey Kravtsov vs Alexei Kornev, St. Petersburg, 2002
1r1r4/p1k2p2/2p4p/q3b3/2P1PpP1/1P1R3P/P4QB1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3+ if axb3 Qa1+ mates or if Rxb3 Rxd1+ Kc2 Ra1 ]

e)
Alexei Kornev vs Sergey Kiselev, Kaluga, 2003
r1r2b2/pp1q3k/4RBbp/3p4/3P4/P6Q/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ Qxe7 Bxe7 Bxe7 Qd7 Re8 Re1 ]

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Alexei Kornev puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexei Kornev vs Raset Ziatdinov, St. Petersburg, 2004
6rk/5p2/2p2P1P/3p1Q2/pp6/6PK/Pq4P1/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ h7 if Rg6 Qxg6 or if Re8 Qg4 ]

b)
Alexei Kornev vs Stanislav Voitsekhovsky, Voronezh, 2006
r1r5/1p1k4/1p2bp1b/1N1p3p/1n1P2pP/P1R3B1/1P2NPP1/4K2R w K - 1 0
[ Nc7 (if axb4 Ra1+ Nc1 Rxc1+) Ra5 Nxe6 ]

c)
Alexei Kornev vs A Ismagambetov, St. Petersburg, 2006
1r1r2k1/ppR2p2/5pnp/3q4/P6P/1Q3NP1/1P3P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

d)
Eduard Khlian vs Alexei Kornev, Saratov, 2006
2krr3/1p3pp1/p1p1b2p/4N2n/2Pb4/1P5P/P3PPBB/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe5 Bxe5 Bf5 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Mikhael Novikov vs Alexei Kornev, Gagarin, 2009
2r3k1/B4pp1/7p/3np3/1bq1p3/7P/1P3PP1/RQ1K3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 ]

f)
Konstantin Sek vs Alexei Kornev, Ulan Ude, 2009
r6k/ppp1Q1p1/2qn3p/8/1n1P3P/4B3/PP2RP2/1K2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 ]

g)
Denis Shurakov vs Alexei Kornev, Voronezh, 2012
2rr2k1/1q3pp1/1p2p1p1/2B1P1Pn/4Q2P/pP3N2/P4P2/1K2R2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ ]

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