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



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Lilit Mkrtchian.
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)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Eva Moser, Verdun, 1995
r3rnk1/p1q2pp1/b1n1p2p/3pP2Q/2pP3B/2P3R1/PPpN1PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bf6+ Kh7 Nf3 mates ]

b)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Thi Tuong Nguyen, Elista, 1998
6k1/5q1p/6p1/p2p4/6Q1/1P1P3P/3r2P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Qc8+ if Kg7 Qc3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Monica Vilar Lopez, Elista, 1998
4q2r/5npr/1R1Qpkb1/3p1pR1/2pP1P1P/2P1KB2/2P3N1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ ]

d)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Lela Javakhishvili, Tbilisi, 1999
r3k2r/p3bp1p/2n1qp2/1pP1p3/8/1N2BQ2/PP3PPP/3R1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Rd6 if Bxd6 Qxc6+ Ke7 cxd6+ Qxd6 Bc5 ]

e)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Petra Ornstein, Batumi, 1999
3r2k1/R4p1p/3p2pb/3Nr3/2P1p3/7P/1qP1QPP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Kg7 Nc6 ]

1c)
mate in 3
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Monica Vilar Lopez

Lilit Mkrtchian Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Tamar Balkhamishvili, Batumi, 2001
5rr1/7k/pp1b2pP/8/P2QR3/1P1B4/2P1R1KP/3q4 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ ]

b)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Joanna Dworakowska, Varna, 2002
5r2/1p3kr1/3p1qpQ/p2P1pR1/n3p3/4P3/1PP1B3/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rfxf5 gxf5 Rxg7+ if Ke8 Bb5+ or if Qxg7 Qe6# ]

c)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Christina Foisor, Bled, 2002
8/7k/3P1p2/4pN1p/2q1PpnP/1r3Q2/5bP1/1N1R3K w - - 0 1
[ Nd2 ]

d)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Elena Bystryakova, Sochi, 2005
r4r2/pp1Rp2p/nkp1Q1p1/4P3/7q/5B2/PPP1KP1P/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7+ if Ka5 Qxc6 ]

e)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Alexander Riazantsev, Cheliabinsk, 2007
3r4/4r1pk/2pNQ1np/p1P2p1q/P2B4/Kp3P2/1P6/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7 if Nxe7 Rxg7+ Kh8 Rg5+ ]

2e)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Alexander Riazantsev

Lilit Mkrtchian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Selen Sop, Kemer, 2007
rnb1rbk1/2q2ppp/pp1ppn2/8/2PNPP2/1PNB4/PB2Q1PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ e5 dxe5 fxe5 if Rd8 Nd1 Ne8 Qe4 g6 Qxa8 or if Nfd7 Bxh7+ Kh8 Qh5 mates ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Betul Yildiz, Nanjing, 2009
r4r2/7Q/p3p1R1/1p1bkp2/1q1p4/8/PP1R1PP1/1B2K3 w - - 0 1
[ Qc7+ Qd6 Qg7+ Rf6 Qxf6+ ]

c)
Svetlana Matveeva vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Warsaw, 2001
3qr1k1/1b3pp1/1p5p/pP6/6Q1/2R5/P3BPPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd1+ ]

d)
Marina Makropoulou vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Istanbul, 2003
3r2k1/2q2p1p/Q5p1/4Pp2/1p6/1P6/PBP2bPP/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc2 ]

e)
Khvicha Supatashvili vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Batumi, 2003
6k1/4q1p1/p6p/2n2N2/p1P2Q2/3Pr3/P2R2KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb7+ if Kg1 Rf3 or if Kf2 Nxd3+ ]

3b)
mate in 5
Lilit Mkrtchian vs Betul Yildiz

Lilit Mkrtchian Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Evgenija Shmirina vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Dresden, 2004
8/7k/1b2q1p1/1P3p1p/3P1P1P/4r1N1/3Q2K1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5+ Kh2 Qf3 Rg1 Qxf4 Qg2 Qxh4+ Qh3 Qxh3+ Kxh3 f4 ]

b)
Narine Gasparian vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Yerevan, 2005
3r2k1/1b2qpp1/p1p1p2p/1pPrb3/1P2NP2/3BP3/P2R2PP/3Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 if Nf2 Bc3 Rc2 Bxb4 Qe2 Bxc5 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Humpy Koneru vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Turin, 2006
6k1/8/3q1p2/p5p1/P1b1P2p/R1Q4P/5KN1/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Ke3 Rf3+ Kxf3 Qg3# ]

d)
Antoaneta Stefanova vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Krasnoturinsk, 2006
3rr2k/1p3Rp1/2p4p/p7/P1q5/2PRpQ2/1P6/4KB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...e2 if Bxe2 Qxd3 ]

e)
Irina Chelushkina vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Dresden, 2007
3r2k1/1R3pq1/2p3p1/p5P1/P1n1P2Q/7P/6B1/3r1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 if Rg1 Rxg1+ Kxg1 Qa1+ Kh2 Qa2 Qg3 Nf1+
or if Rxd1 Rxd1+ Kh2 Qe5+ Qg3 Rh1+
]

4c)
mate in 3
Humpy Koneru vs Lilit Mkrtchian

Lilit Mkrtchian Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Olga Sikorova vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Ekaterinburg, 2007
6r1/kp3p2/4pQ2/2b1P3/p3b1r1/P4NP1/1P1RBq1P/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3 ]

b)
Alshaeby Razan vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Istanbul, 2012
4r1k1/pp4pp/2p5/5b2/2nb1P2/2N3P1/PP2B2P/R1B2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3+ Ke1 Bxc3+ if bxc3 Bg4 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Monika Seps vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Istanbul, 2012
6k1/5pp1/1pq5/2p5/3r4/P1Q2RPp/1P3P1P/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe4+ if Qe3 Qb1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Maria Franzenburg vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Germany, 2016
3r2k1/p4p1p/1p6/1Q2n3/2p5/2P3P1/P3q2P/2B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ if Rxf3 Rd1+ ]

5b)
Alshaeby Razan vs Lilit Mkrtchian


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