'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Yuriy Kryvoruchko.
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)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Andrey Skliar, Alushta, 2004
1k6/1p2r1pp/1P6/2N1r3/4b3/6P1/1R5P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd2 if Re8 Nd7+ mates ]

b)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Hichem Hamdouchi, Calvi, 2005
1r3rk1/1bqp1ppp/p2bp3/3P4/R7/2P1B1P1/QP2BP1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc4 Qd8 dxe6 dxe6 Rcd4 ]

c)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Alexander Kovchan, Alushta, 2006
r3k2r/1p1n1p1p/p2Rb1p1/q3P3/4NQP1/7P/PPP5/2K2BnR w kq - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ if fxe6 Nd6+ or if Kd8 Rd6 Kc8 Rxb1 ]

d)
Valery Kudin vs Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Alushta, 2006
3r4/pQ3pk1/5qp1/1p2p2p/2p1P2P/P3R1P1/1PP2N2/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 if Nh3 Rd1+ mates ]

e)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Bojan Vuckovic, Plovdiv, 2008
R2b1r1k/R5pp/1r1p1q2/3Bpb2/1N6/2P5/5PPP/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 if Rxf7 Bxf7 Rb7 Nd5 Qg5 f4 ]

1e)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Bojan Vuckovic

Yuriy Kryvoruchko Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Milos Pavlovic, Kavala, 2008
rq3rk1/pp3ppp/2b5/4P1N1/3bpB2/P7/1P2QPPP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if bxc6 Qxe4 ]

b)
Yaroslav Zherebukh vs Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Poltava, 2008
3r1rk1/1p3qpp/3Np3/p1Q5/P3pP2/2Pb2P1/1P5P/R3R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe7 if Nxe4 Bxe4+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Bahruz Rzayev, Cappelle la Grande, 2011
r1q1k1nr/1pp1b3/p5pB/7p/6N1/8/PPP1QPPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kf7 Qc4+ Kxf6 Qc3+ Kf7 Qg7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Bahruz Rzayev, Cappelle la Grande, 2011
r1q3nr/1pp1bk2/p4NpB/7p/8/8/PPP1QPPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ Kxf6 Qc3+ Kf7 Qg7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Pawel Czarnota, Katowice, 2011
r1r3k1/1b2qp2/5p2/ppn1p1pQ/3BP3/P7/BPP4P/2K2RR1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg5+ fxg5 Bxf7+ Kg7 Qg6+ ]

2d)
mate in 4
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Bahruz Rzayev

Yuriy Kryvoruchko Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Misa Pap vs Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Rethymno, 2011
1kbr3r/1p3ppp/3b4/1PB5/2R3P1/8/PP3P1P/3BK2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Bxc5 Rxc5 Rhe8+ if Be2 Bxg4 ]

b)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Bassem Amin, Dubai, 2014
1R6/p5p1/k4p1p/P7/1P1r4/1Bnp2P1/5PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Be6 Rxb4 Rxb4 d2 Bb3 d1/Q Bxd1 Nxd1 Rb3 ]

c)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Aleksej Aleksandrov, Gjakova, 2016
3rr3/1p3kp1/1bp2n1p/p2p1B2/3P2Pq/2P1BQ2/PP3P2/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Kg2 g6 Rh1 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs B Adhiban, Sharjah, 2018
r1b3k1/pp4pp/7r/3Pp1q1/NP3n2/PQ5P/1B2nPP1/R4BRK b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxh3 if 2.Qxh3 Rxh3+ 3.gxh3 Qxg1# ]

e)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Mali Losinj, 2019
1r5k/2Q3bp/6p1/5p2/4p3/1q2P1P1/5P1P/3R1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rd7 if 1...Qg8 2.Rxg7 or if 1...Rg8 2.Bc4 ]

3d)
mate in 4
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs B Adhiban


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