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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2011.
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)
White mates in 3.
Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik, Monaco (blind), 2011
8/ppp5/6Np/7k/8/1Br1nP1n/P4B1P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Sergey Smagin, Olginka, 2011
2r2b2/pn2qN1p/6p1/3B3k/PpP1Np2/1P5b/1Q6/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Qxf6 Bf3+ Bg4 Qh2+ Qh4 Rd5+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Laurent Fressinet vs Christian Bauer, Nancy, 2011
3r3r/p4kp1/5p1p/p1p5/6Q1/6N1/Pq3PPK/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Lenier Dominguez vs Hector Leyva, Santiago de los Caballeros, 2011
1r1r4/p4Nkp/1bp3q1/8/4P3/6Q1/1P5P/2R2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qe5+ if Kf8 Nh6+ ]

e)
Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Alexander Onischuk, Reggio Emilia, 2011
4rrk1/p1p1bp1p/2p2Qp1/3pP1N1/2q5/7R/PP3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh7 if Bxf6 Nxf6+ mates if Qg4 Qxe7 Qxh3 Nf6+ ]

2011 Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michael Adams vs Charles Monroy, Caleta, 2011
5rk1/4qppp/1pr1p3/2n1P3/p2R3b/P3B2P/4BPP1/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb5 if Rc8 Qh5 ]

b)
Alexander Onischuk vs Irinna Gaponenko, Caleta, 2011
1rb1qrk1/p4pp1/1n3P1p/1n1pP3/NppP1B2/8/P3B1PP/1R1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ fxg7 Kxg7 Bxh6+ Kxh6 Qd2+ Kh7 Rf6 Bf5 Qh6+ Kg8 Rxf5 mates ]

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

d)
Viswanathan Anand vs Alexei Shirov, Wijk aan Zee, 2011
3rr1k1/5pp1/p2Bp2p/q1nbN3/1bpR4/4P3/P1Q1BPPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5 if Rxd6 Bxf7+ Kf8 Bxe8 Kxe8 Qg6+ Kd8 Nxc4 ]

e)
Dmitry Andreikin vs Valerij Popov, Olginka, 2011
r1q1k2r/1b2bpp1/p3pn1p/1pp5/4NB2/6P1/PPQRPPBP/3R2K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Rd8+ if Bxd8 Nd6+ ]

See 3 or 4 moves ahead



2011 Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Arkadij Naiditsch vs Peter Meister, Germany, 2011
2rqkr2/3n1pQ1/2bpp1p1/p6p/1p1P1N1P/P6R/1PP2PP1/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Qf6 Nxf8+ if fxe6 Rxe6+ mates ]

b)
Viktor Bologan vs Alexandre Danin, Moscow, 2011
1r1r4/1P2Npk1/pR4pp/8/q1pb4/5QP1/5P1P/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ R6b4 if Qc2 Nc6 ]

c)
Anish Giri vs Viesturs Meijers, Germany, 2011
2r2rk1/4qp2/p3pp1p/npb5/8/2N3P1/PP2PPBP/1Q1R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Bb6 Rd7 Qxd7 Nxf6+ or if f5 Nxc5 Rxc5 b4 ]

d)
Michael Adams vs Alexei Slavin, England, 2011
r6r/pp2ppk1/1n3bp1/2pP1q1p/2PnNP2/6PP/PP4B1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 hxg4 hxg4 Qc8 g5 ]

e)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Pavel Maletin, Olginka, 2011
5r2/p1kr3R/6p1/2p5/3bN3/8/P4P2/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7+ Kxd7 Nxc5+ if Kc6 Ne6 or if Kd6 Nb3 ]

2011 Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Tashkent, 2011
r1bq2k1/pp3rp1/2p2pB1/3p4/7Q/2P4P/PPP3P1/1K1n3R w - - 0 1
[ Re1 ]

b)
Anish Giri vs Jeroen Bosch, Netherlands, 2011
4r1k1/3b1pb1/3ppq2/p7/p3PBQ1/2P2p2/1PB5/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if dxe5 Bg5 or if Qe7 Bg5 Qf8 Qe4 ]

c)
Alexander Motylev vs Viktor Kuznetsov, Olginka, 2011
1r5k/6pp/r4p2/q1P1pP2/ppQn4/PP4P1/6BP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd4 exd4 axb4 ]


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