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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of the 2016 Baku Chess Olympiad.
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)
Yi Wei vs Bedn Sadiku, Baku, 2016
rn4kr/4bp1p/b2q2pQ/1B1pN3/3P4/1P6/2P2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be8 ]

b)
Laurent Fressinet vs Wilson Lorenzana, Baku, 2016
2r3k1/5qpp/ppb1p3/4Q3/8/1N1P2R1/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Qxg7 Qxe6+ Qf7 Qxc8+ ]

c)
Enamul Hossain vs Paul Rossini, Baku, 2016
rn1qkb1r/p1p2ppp/1p2p3/4N3/3Pn3/1Q6/PP3PPP/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Bb5+ if c6 Nxc6 Bxc6+ Ke7 Bxe4 ]

d)
Mohammad Minhaz Uddin vs Massiniliano Maccapani, Baku, 2016
r4k1r/ppq2ppp/3b4/1B2pR2/1P6/P1n1BQ2/2P3PP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf1 if f6 Rxf6+ Kg8 Qg4 mates ]

e)
Jingyao Tin vs Jonathan Molod, Baku, 2016
1r1r2k1/1pqnb2p/p3p1pB/P1P1pp2/1PP1Q3/5B1P/3R1PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Rxd7 if Qxd7 Qxe5 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ticia Gara vs Tilsia Varela La Madrid, Baku, 2016
r1b2rk1/pp4pp/5p2/4p1n1/2PR4/B5PP/P3PPB1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 Be6 Bxf8 ]

b)
Paula-Alexandra Gitu vs Alshaymaa Safar, Baku, 2016
2r1nk2/5pq1/b3p1p1/3p2Q1/pprP1NN1/5PP1/PPPR2K1/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5 if R4c7 Nexg6+ Kg8 Ne7+ ]

c)
Esmat Guindy vs Gloria Sukhu, Baku, 2016
rnbqk2r/1pp1bppp/p7/3p2B1/3Pn3/2N1P3/PPQ2PPP/R3KBNR w KQkq - 1 0
[ Bxe7 Qxe7 Nxd5 Qd6 Qxe4+ ]

d)
Ferenc Berkes vs Shinya Kojima, Baku, 2016
6k1/1p2n3/p2q2p1/3p2Np/8/2P4Q/PP2rPP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf3 ]

e)
David Navara vs Hannes Stefansson, Baku, 2016
3r1n1k/5Qpp/p2qr3/1p1pR3/8/8/PP4PP/1B3R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 if Qxd5 Qxf8+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Chengjia Wang vs Aditi Soondarsingh, Baku, 2016
1B3bk1/1p1r1p1p/5Qp1/1P6/q1P1PP2/5B1P/6P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be5 if Bc5+ Kh2 Kf1 Qh8+ mates ]

b)
Ahmed Adly vs Efren Andres Ramos, Baku, 2016
q4rk1/2bn1pp1/r3p2p/ppPn4/R2N2b1/3P2P1/1B1N1PBP/1Q3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxb5 ]

c)
Araz Al-Saffar vs Adelino Semedo, Baku, 2016
r1bqr1k1/pp3pp1/2p2np1/3pb3/2P5/1PN1PNP1/PB2QP1P/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe5 Rxe5 Nxd5 ]

d)
Jorge Ernesto Giron vs Jacques Luxama, Baku, 2016
4q1k1/4Pnp1/7p/2pQ2bP/8/6P1/5R1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 if Qxf7 e8/Q+ ]

e)
Maria Moraga vs Linda Wong, Baku, 2016
r1b5/ppqn1kp1/2p2n1p/4p3/1b2P2B/2N5/PPP1QPPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Inna Agrest vs Joy Durno, Baku, 2016
r2r4/1p1B1bpk/p1n4p/4p3/P7/1PB5/2PR2PP/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc6 if Rxd2 Be4+ ]

b)
Zainab Saumy vs Neeshmy Nunez Gonzalez, Baku, 2016
2k2b1r/1pp2ppp/p7/2Pqp3/5Q2/4B3/PP3PPP/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4 ]

c)
Fatima Al-Khulaifi vs Anwar Albzoor, Baku, 2016
r3r1k1/p1q2p1p/1p1p1Pp1/2pP4/4P3/1P1b3P/PQ4BK/R4R2 w - - 1 0
[ Qd2 if Bxe4 Qh6 ]

d)
Aleksandar Colovic vs Ali Murtaza, Baku, 2016
6k1/pp4pp/1nq3r1/3p4/3b1r2/BP1R1P1P/P3QNP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd4 Rxd4 Qe5 if Rh4 Rc1 Re6 Qg3 or if Rd2 Qf4 ]

e)
Asyl Abdyjapar vs Ali Mohamud Hussein, Baku, 2016
rn1q1rk1/1p2bppp/p4n2/2pP4/5Bb1/2NB1N2/PP3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ d6 Bxd6 Bxd6 if Qxd6 Bxh7+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mohamed-Mehdi Aithmidou vs Efren Andres Ramos, Baku, 2016
r2q1rk1/b1p2pp1/p1npbn1p/1p1N4/3PP3/P4N1P/BP3PP1/R1BQK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ Qxf6 d5 ]

b)
Sheriffa Ali vs Lydia Nurse, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/3q1pbp/bpn1pnp1/pB1p4/P2P4/1PP2N1P/3N1PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5 ]

c)
Ingrid Aliaga Fernandez vs Hrund Hauksdottir, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/pbpn2pp/1p1bpq2/3p1p2/2PPn3/1P1BPN2/PBRN1PPP/3Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ c5 if bxc5 dxc5 ]

d)
Ariel Barrett vs Segan Sandiford, Baku, 2016
r3kb1r/pppq1ppp/2n5/3np3/8/2N2NPb/PP1PPPBP/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Bxh3 if Qxh3 Nxd5 ]

e)
Mateusz Bartel vs Ishaq Saeed, Baku, 2016
r1b1r1k1/2p5/p2pp1pp/1p1P2q1/8/3Q4/PPB3PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ h4 if Qh5 Bd1 or if Qg4 Rf6 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nail Bashirli vs Daniel Colindres, Baku, 2016
2rq1r2/1p4kp/5pp1/p1PN4/3Q4/1P5P/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ if Rf7 Qxf6+ or if Kg8 Nxf6+ ]

b)
Vladimir Klasan vs Bader Alkhaldi, Baku, 2016
2r3k1/1p3p1p/p2pn1p1/P7/1PP5/2N1rP2/2R3PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 if Re5 Ne7+ ]

c)
Wesley So vs Federico Perez Ponsa, Baku, 2016
8/p1Rrn1bp/3qk3/8/4Ppp1/2Q5/PP4PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Bxc3 Rxd6+ ]

d)
Mahri Geldiyeva vs Abdallah Aldhaheri Shaikha, Baku, 2016
r1b1r1k1/p4q1p/P1R3p1/3nbp2/3N3B/1Q1B4/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4 if Be6 Rxe6 ]

e)
Amen Miladi vs Patience Tsuses, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/ppp2pp1/1q5p/7b/1P1n4/P2B1P2/2P1N1PP/R2QR2K w - - 1 0
[ Nxd4 if Qxd4 Bh7+ ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Krzysztof Belzo vs Amer Said Salim Al Maashani, Baku, 2016
7r/2p3pp/1p2kp2/p4n2/8/P5P1/1P2PPBP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh3 if Ke5 f4+ Ke4 Bg2+ Ke3 Kf1 ]

b)
Safa Ben Said vs Maria Ramos Donaire, Baku, 2016
r1b2rk1/ppqn1pp1/2p2n1p/3p4/3P1bPB/2PB3P/PPQNNP2/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Nxf4 if Qxf4 Bg3 Qg5 f4 ]

c)
Svetlana Berezovska vs Alcira Garcia, Baku, 2016
2rqnr1k/1p2Nppp/p2b4/6Q1/4p3/1P4P1/PB2PP1P/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 Qxd6 Nxc8 ]

d)
Hubert Ble Kouko vs Ahmed Bukannan, Baku, 2016
r1bq1rk1/2p1n1bp/p1np2p1/1p3p2/3NP3/2N1BP2/PPPQB1PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxc6 if Nxc6 Qd5+ ]

e)
Wim Blijstra vs Peter Mafnas, Baku, 2016
2r3k1/r2n1pp1/p4n1p/P7/2NP2q1/6B1/3Q2PP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne3 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Matthias Bluebaum vs Wisuwat Teerapabpaisit, Baku, 2016
4r2k/pQp2rb1/3p1q1p/4n3/3B4/7P/PP2BP2/2KR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh5 if Qf4+ Be3 ]

b)
Alexandra Botez vs Anzel Laubscher, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/pp1b1ppp/8/2qN4/5P2/1P1BP2P/P5P1/3Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ if Kxh7 Qh5+ Kg8 Nf6+ or if Kh8 Qh5 ]

c)
Ante Brkic vs Blazo Kalezic, Baku, 2016
6rk/5r1p/5P1Q/p2p1qp1/3B3P/P1P1R3/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg7+ Rgxg7 fxg7+ Kg8 Re8+ ]

d)
Suzana Chang vs Marija Stojanovic, Baku, 2016
3r3r/6k1/p1n3pp/1b2p3/q3P3/b3B1P1/P4P1N/R1Q1RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxb5 ]

e)
Margarida Coimbra vs Asmita Adhikari, Baku, 2016
2b5/2p5/p1p1p3/2N1K1pp/1P1B2k1/P7/6PP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ne4 if Kh4 Bf2+ or if Bd7 Nf6+ or if h4 Nf6# ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Deysi Cori T vs Mammadova Narmin Fazahir Qizi, Baku, 2016
2r2r1k/4bbpp/pp1q1p2/3n4/3P2Q1/1B1N4/PP1B1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd5 ]

b)
Don Dacres vs Guy Esungi, Baku, 2016
6k1/r1p1qppp/5n2/1BRPp3/p3P3/r4P1P/6P1/2RQ2K1 w - - 1 0
[ d6 if cxd6 Rc8+ or if Qf8 dxc7 Qc8 Qd8+ ]

c)
Amro El Jawich vs Gassan Bello, Baku, 2016
r1b2r2/pp3pkp/2n1p1p1/1P1N4/q7/4QP2/P1P3PP/1K1R1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Qc3+ f6 Nc7 if Nb4 a3 Nd5 Nxd5 exd5 Rd4 ]

d)
Ochuko Emuakpeje vs Rakotomaharo Tahina Hajanirina, Baku, 2016
r3rk2/pp3p1R/2p1b1p1/1n4P1/4P3/1B1N1P2/PP1K4/7R w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6 fxe6 Rh8+ Ke7 R1h7+ if Kd6 e5+ mates or if Kd8 Rxe8+ ]

e)
Aurora Felix Vega vs Conguiu Congiu, Baku, 2016
1r2r1k1/1p3ppp/p2p2n1/N1Pnq3/1P2p1Bb/Q3B2P/P4PP1/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc4 Qf6 Rxd5 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michelle Fisher vs Ariel Barrett, Baku, 2016
1r6/4k1p1/2bqpb1p/p4p2/1pB5/P3P3/1P1BQPPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxb4 ]

b)
Zenon Franco Ocampos vs Allan Rasmussen, Baku, 2016
5k2/2q1pn2/5pQ1/1pP1p3/1r2BP2/8/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd5 e6 Bxe6 Rxf4 Rd7 ]

c)
Janelle Frayna vs Sabrina Latreche, Baku, 2016
2kr2r1/pp1nqb2/2p3pb/5p1p/3PNN1P/3B2Q1/PPP3P1/1K1R3R w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 w/Nd6+ ]

d)
Louise Fredericia vs Safa Ben Said, Baku, 2016
1k1r1r2/ppp3p1/2q4p/3p1Q2/2P1n3/PP2PN2/K2R2PP/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe4 if dxe4 Rxd8+ mates ]

e)
Judith Fuchs vs Marina Kaydanovich, Baku, 2016
r3r1k1/pppq1p2/1bn4p/3np3/2B1N3/2PP4/PP2QPPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd5 if Qxd5 Nf6+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Lesly Fuentes Inzunza vs Patricija Vujnovic, Baku, 2016
2q3k1/4bppp/p1N1p3/1p1n4/3B4/1P2PQP1/P4P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd5 if exd5 Nxe7+ ]

b)
Natsumi Fukuya vs Mariya Dorozhkina, Baku, 2016
2Qnk3/2p3q1/3p2bp/4p3/2B2r2/2P2PN1/6PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bb5+ Ke7 Qxc7+ if Kf6 Rxd6+ ]

c)
Inna Gaponenko vs Teixera Da Silva Ana Ines, Baku, 2016
3rn1k1/3r1ppp/1p2p3/p3B3/2P5/1P3QR1/P2q1PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Nxg7 Qf6 Kf8 Qxg7+ Ke7 Qf6+ Ke8 Qh8+ Ke7 Bf6+ ]

d)
Raul Garcia vs Stephen Lukey, Baku, 2016
3r1rk1/pp2pp2/1qn3pp/8/1PB1n3/P3PN1P/1Q3PP1/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc2 if Nd6 Qxg6+ mates ]

e)
Jose Rafael Gascon vs M Aboudi, Baku, 2016
8/p4qpk/1p1r3p/2p1RP1P/3p2Q1/P7/1PPK1P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6+ ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xiii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Olga Girya vs Jaqueline Bosch, Baku, 2016
r2qr1k1/1b2b2p/n2p1ppP/p1pP4/1p2NB2/1P4P1/PQ2PPB1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd6 Bxd6 Nxf6+ Kf7 Nxe8 Kxe8 Qh8+ ]

b)
Benjamin Gledura vs Claudio Coppola, Baku, 2016
2rr1k2/1N3p1p/1q2p1p1/1p1p4/3n4/1PR1P2P/P1Q2PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc8 Nxc2 Nxd8 Na3 R1c6 if Qa5 Nb7+ or if Qa7 Nxe6+ ]

c)
Javiera Gomez Barrera vs Ching-An Shih, Baku, 2016
4rbk1/pppq1ppp/2np2r1/3N4/4PP2/1PQ3R1/PBP3PP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ f5 Rxg3 Nf6+ if gxf6 Qxg3+ or if Kh8 Qxg3 ]

d)
Yuri Gonzalez vs Abdelrahman Hesham, Baku, 2016
r3k2r/p1pq2pp/2p2p2/Npb1p3/4Pn2/3P4/PPP1Q1PP/R1B2R1K w kq - 1 0
[ Bxf4 exf4 Qh5+ ]

e)
Hjorvar Gretarsson vs John Rodgaard, Baku, 2016
3r4/1p1kbQpp/p4n2/P7/1q1P3P/1B4P1/1P3P2/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be6+ Kd6 Bf5 mates ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xiv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Andrei Gurbanov vs Koffi Botsoe, Baku, 2016
r3k2r/pp2ppbp/2n3p1/4Nb2/2pBN3/Pq4P1/5PBP/R1Q1K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nxc6 Bxd4 Nxd4 Qd3 Nxf5 ]

b)
Eric Hansen vs Andrey Zhigalko, Baku, 2016
1r6/4k3/p2pp2p/3b3P/1q1N1N2/4B3/1PP2P2/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd5+ exd5 Nc6+ ]

c)
Hrund Hauksdottir vs Alya Aishath, Baku, 2016
r2q1rk1/2pp1ppp/p1bb1n2/1p2N3/1P2P3/2PP4/P2N1PPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxc6 dxc6 e5 ]

d)
Khadija Ibrahimi vs Shemilah James, Baku, 2016
4r1k1/2q2pp1/1b5p/1pnRpQ2/2p1P3/2P1B2P/1PB2PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc5 Bxc5 Rd7 ]

e)
Aleksandar Indjic vs Cristhian Cruz, Baku, 2016
5q2/1b2b1p1/1p2k1P1/pP1pp3/2P5/P3P3/1B2BQ2/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Bg4+ Kd6 Bxe5+ Kxe5 Qb2+ Kd6 Qh2+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Annelaine Jacobs vs Jutta Klotz, Baku, 2016
4r1k1/1b3ppp/pq3n2/1pNp1Q2/1P6/P2B3P/2P2PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd7 if Qc6 Nxf6+ Qxf6 Qxh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ Ke7 Re1+ or if Nxd7 Qxh7+ ]

b)
Baadur Jobava vs Constantin Lupulescu, Baku, 2016
4rk2/pp3pR1/6n1/3N4/1Prpq3/P5P1/2PQ4/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ Kxg8 Nf6+ Kg7 Nxe4 if Rxe4 Qd3 ]

c)
Joshua Johnson vs Yui Kuen Pang, Baku, 2016
rn2k2r/ppq4p/4P1p1/2b2Q2/3p4/3B1P2/P1PB3P/R3K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Bb5+ if Nc6 Qxc5 or if Kd8 Qf6+ ]

d)
Rupert Jones vs Smilo Hlophe, Baku, 2016
rn1qkb1r/ppp2ppp/3p4/5b2/4n3/2N2N2/PPPP1PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Qe2 if Qe7 Nd5 ]

e)
Alisher Karimov vs Nikola Nikolovski, Baku, 2016
4r2k/pppqr2p/n2p2p1/3P2N1/8/3Q2P1/PP3P1P/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd4+ if Rg7 Ne6 or if Kg8 Ne4 ]

"A History Not Past" by Nan Harvey



Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xvi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Zhansaya Abdumalik, Baku, 2016
q4rk1/1b3ppp/1p3b2/r2P1Q2/5B2/6P1/5PBP/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be4 ]

b)
Maboloko Leboela vs Vin Albarbari, Baku, 2016
1k1rr3/1ppR1ppp/p1p2qn1/8/2N1P1Q1/1P5P/P1P2PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ e5 ]

c)
Caterina Leonardi vs Mariya Dorozhkina, Baku, 2016
1rr3k1/4ppbp/b2q1np1/1p1N4/1R6/P5P1/1B3PBP/3Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ if Bxf6 Qxd6 exd6 Bxf6 ]

d)
Shahin Lorparizangeneh vs Luke McShane, Baku, 2016
5nk1/pr3qp1/b1pB1pQ1/2Pp1P2/3P4/2N5/P6P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8 if Re7 Bxe7 ]

e)
Sajin Maharjan vs Anthony Mongiello, Baku, 2016
r3k3/2pq1ppr/p1np1n1p/1p2p3/4P3/1BPPP1QP/PP4P1/RN3RK1 w q - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Qg8+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xvii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nadina Mahmutbegovic vs Zainab Al-Fayyadh, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/b2qnp1b/p2p1n1p/1pp3p1/4PB1N/2PP1QNP/PPB3P1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg5 hxg5 Qxf6 gxh4 Nh5 ]

b)
Sandro Mareco vs Hjorvar Gretarsson, Baku, 2016
3r4/p1p3pk/1pb3np/3r1B2/3p4/P1P2NP1/5P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg6+ Kxg6 Re6+ ]

c)
Jorcerys Montilla vs Manunthon Atikankhotchasee, Baku, 2016
r7/5kp1/3p1p2/1r2p2q/P2nP3/4QPP1/R5B1/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxb5 Nxb5 axb5 if Rxa2 Qb3+ ]

d)
Ali Murtaza vs Brehane Gebregziabher, Baku, 2016
r4k1r/1b1np1b1/p1q1p1Q1/1ppN3p/5Pp1/2N3P1/PPP3P1/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Nxe7 if Rh6 Qxh6 or if Qc7 Qxe6 or if Kxe7 Qxg7+ ]

e)
Natalya Myronenko vs Jamie Farrugia, Baku, 2016
2kr3r/1ppq1pp1/p1n2n1p/2bpp2b/4P3/1BPP1NNP/PP3PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh5 Nxh5 exd5 w/Nxe5 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xviii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Juan Jose Pineda vs Niraula Niraj, Baku, 2016
r1b2rk1/p1q2pp1/2p1p3/6PQ/2P5/8/P5PP/3R1R1K w - - 1 0
[ g6 fxg6 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Qh8+ Kf7 Rf1+ ]

b)
Chamil Priyankara vs Khalid Becham, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/p1p1b1pp/1pnqp3/5p2/2BP4/P3BPP1/1P3P1P/2RQK2R w K - 1 0
[ Bf4 if Qd7 Bb5 or if Qxd4 Bxe6+ Kh8 Rxc6 ]

c)
Tanya Revo vs Monica Bremo, Baku, 2016
1rb2rk1/3q2bp/p1np2p1/1p1N1p2/4PPn1/4B3/PP1NB1PP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg4 fxg4 Rxc6 if Qxc6 Ne7+ ]

d)
Anton Smirnov vs Evandro Amorim Barbosa, Baku, 2016
3r4/3b3k/1q1P4/pprR2Q1/1b6/5P2/P5PP/1R3K2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxb4 if axb4 Rxc5 ]

e)
Monika Socko vs Le Thao Pham, Baku, 2016
3q4/pR1rk1p1/2p1pb2/2P2p1Q/5P2/3N2P1/P5KP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nb4 if Qc8 Rb8 or if Rxb7 Nxc6+ ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Karina Szczepkowska vs Thi Mai Nguyen, Baku, 2016
3Q4/p1r5/1p1qpB1p/3k4/3p1b2/PP6/5PPP/R1rR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qa8+ if Qc6 Raxc1 ]

b)
Li Ting Tan vs Julia Alboredo, Baku, 2016
r3qrk1/2pb2bn/1p1p3p/3Pp1p1/nPP1Pp2/2N2P2/2QNBBPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb5 ]

c)
Sachdev Tania vs Masha Klinova, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/1qn1b1pp/4p3/1p1pP3/Nn1B2B1/1P6/3Q1PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc5 if Bxc5 Bxc5 ]

d)
Aryan Tari vs Shahin Lorparizangeneh, Baku, 2016
5r2/5pkp/2Ppn1p1/4b3/1pB3Pq/1P2BQ1P/5P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6 fxe6 Qxf8+ Kxf8 c7 ]

e)
Juliana Terao vs Aleksandra Mijovic, Baku, 2016
r2q1rk1/1bpnbp1p/p3p1p1/1p1n2B1/3PQ3/2NB1N2/PPP2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe7 if Qxe7 Nxd5 Bxd5 Qxd5 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xx.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Eugenio Torre vs Ivan Salgado Lopez, Baku, 2016
3r1k2/p2qNpb1/n2r2p1/Npp5/4Q3/P4PP1/1P4K1/3RR3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 Qxd6 Nb7 if Qd2+ Re2 Rd4 Nxg6+ ]

b)
Jonathan Torres Santiago vs Tito Kahn, Baku, 2016
2b4r/2r1k1pp/p3pp2/1p6/7Q/8/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg3 ]

c)
Nargiz Umudova vs Misaki Shibata, Baku, 2016
r1b1kbnr/1p1n1ppp/p1qpp3/3N2B1/1P1QP3/5N2/P1P2PPP/R3KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ b5 if axb5 Bxb5 Qxb5 Nc7+ or if Qxc2 Bd3 ]

d)
Azamat Utegaliyev vs Tomas Laurusas, Baku, 2016
6k1/1p3qpr/1rpBn3/p2nP2p/P2P3P/1P1R2PB/7K/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6 ]

e)
Tilsia Varela La Madrid vs Ingris Rivera, Baku, 2016
4k1r1/1p3p1B/p2rpB2/nb6/8/q4P2/P3Q1PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc2 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sabrina Vega Gutierrez vs Thi Bao Hoang, Baku, 2016
r1qbr1k1/1p3pp1/p2Bp1p1/P2pN3/R2Pn3/2P5/1PQ2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe4 if dxe4 Rc4 ]

b)
Daniele Vocaturo vs Ivan Morovic Fernandez, Baku, 2016
4q1k1/5pb1/pr3B2/2pP1Q1p/P1p1r3/7P/1P4P1/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5 if Qf8 Bxg7 Qxg7 Qd8+ w/Qxb6 ]

c)
Yi Wei vs Bedri Sadiku, Baku, 2016
rn4kr/4bp1p/b2q2pQ/1B1pN3/3P4/1P6/2P2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be8 ]

d)
Linda Wong vs Melisha Smith, Baku, 2016
r1b1kbnr/pp1p1ppp/4p3/8/3QP3/8/PPq1BPPP/RNB2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nc3 w/Bd3 ]

e)
Tanvi Prasad vs Ellen Kakulidis, Baku, 2016
3r1rk1/ppq2pp1/2pb3p/5b2/2P5/1PB2N2/P4PPP/R3RQK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd3 if Qxd3 Bxh2+ ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sobhi Mziyako vs Calvin Klaasen, Baku, 2016
2r1k2r/1bqpbppp/p1n1pn2/1p6/1P1NP3/P1N1BP2/2PQB1PP/2R1K2R b Kk - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4 Bxd4 e5 ]

b)
Jeffrey Balbalosa vs Vladimir Klasan, Baku, 2016
3r1rk1/2nq2bp/1pn3p1/p1p1p3/2P2pb1/P1NP1NP1/1P3PBP/2BRRQK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...fxg3 if fxg3 Nd4 Ne4 Bxf3 Bxf3 Nxf3+ Kh1 Nxe1 ]

c)
Smilo Hlophe vs Watu Kobese, Baku, 2016
6k1/pp3ppp/1b3n2/5qB1/1P2N1b1/P2r2P1/2Q2PBP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Qxd3 Qxf2+ Kh1 Qg1+ ]

d)
Teshager Teklay vs Bragi Thorfinnsson, Baku, 2016
r2r2k1/4bpp1/1n2p2p/p1p1B3/q1P1Q3/4PN2/P1R2PPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 if Qb7 Qxc2 Rxc2 Rd1+ mates ]

e)
Hashim Darwish vs Chen Zhu, Baku, 2016
2r1k2r/pp2pp1p/2n3pb/1N2P3/8/B1P5/P1R2PPP/5RK1 b k - 0 1
[ ...a6 if Nd4 Nxd4 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxiii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alshaeby Razan vs Denise Carraro, Baku, 2016
r2q1rk1/4pp2/p2p1bp1/1p1P2NP/3p1Q2/P7/1PP2PP1/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 if dxe6 Bxg5 ]

b)
Cydel Terubea vs Rinelly Comas Colon, Baku, 2016
r1q1bk2/ppp3bp/1n1p1np1/4p3/4P3/NQP2N1P/PP3PPB/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba4 Qb4 a5 ]

c)
Yusup Atabayev vs Vladimir Kramnik, Baku, 2016
1k6/2p3p1/bp3p1p/2n4P/1p2P1P1/qP1rRQN1/P7/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na4 if bxa4 b3 axb3 Qxb3+ ]

d)
Attallah Tamra vs Tze-Meng Mok, Baku, 2016
4rqk1/ppp3b1/3p3p/3P2p1/2P5/2N3P1/PPQ4P/2B2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1 if Bf4 gxf4 Qf2 Bd4 Qxd4 fxg3 ]

e)
Gudmundur Kjartansson vs Vojtech Plat, Baku, 2016
r3r1k1/p4pb1/1p1R2p1/7p/1B3n2/8/PPR2PPP/4N1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf8 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxiv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mthethwa Thobile vs Sbai Rania, Baku, 2016
r3k2r/pp1b1ppp/3qp3/1B1p4/1n1PnP2/2N2N1P/PP3PP1/R1Q1K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bxb5 Nxb5 Nd3+ Kf1 Qb4 Nc7+ Ke7 Qc2 Rac8 ]

b)
Nasser Maqseed vs Duilio Collutiis, Baku, 2016
r2r3k/pp4bp/3q2p1/2p1np2/P1bP4/2P1B1P1/1P3RBP/R2QN1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 ]

c)
Monica Bremo vs Alexandra Jule, Baku, 2016
2kr3r/ppp2p2/3bpn2/4q1pp/2Pn3P/1PNP1BP1/PB3P2/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe1+ Qxe1 Nxf3+ ]

d)
Donna Murray vs Sigappi Kannappan, Baku, 2016
3r1rk1/p4qb1/2p1bnpp/P1P2p2/4p3/2N1P2P/1Q1NBPP1/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd5 ]

e)
Bernardo Roselli Mailhe vs Juan Jose Pineda, Baku, 2016
r3r1k1/5b1p/1p1n2p1/p1p2p2/P1Pq1P2/1P1B2PP/2QN1R2/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re3 if Be2 Rxe2 ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nadine Kremer vs Regita Desyari Putri, Baku, 2016
r1q2rk1/pp2bppp/8/3pPQ2/1n1P4/2P1B3/P3N1PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf5 Rxf5 Nc2 ]

b)
Odeh Aseel vs Olivia Smith, Baku, 2016
r1bq1rk1/1p3p1p/p2b2pQ/2ppn3/B7/3P1N1P/PPP2PP1/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3+ gxf3 b5 Bb3 c4 ]

c)
Juan Jose Pineda vs Ferenc Berkes, Baku, 2016
8/6pk/7p/3p1p1Q/3P1P1P/6P1/2r1R2K/1q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...g6 Qf3 Qd1 ]

d)
Kenia Jose Polanco vs Alice Biryukov, Baku, 2016
r4rk1/pbqn1ppp/1p1bpn2/4N3/2pPBP2/4PQ2/PBPN2PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 Nxe4 f5 ]

e)
Govhar Beydullayeva vs Suzana Chang, Baku, 2016
5rk1/7p/pB1b2r1/3Pp3/4P1qn/6Q1/P6P/1R2RN1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf1+ if Bg1 Qf3+ or if Rxf1 Qxe4+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxvi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Namir Mohammed Ismael vs Lubomir Ftacnik, Baku, 2016
6k1/5pbp/3p2p1/1p2p3/1P2q3/PQ2P2P/1N3PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ Kh2 e4 ]

b)
Asyl Abdyjapar vs Jose Rafael Gascon, Baku, 2016
1r5k/p1p5/3q4/2Bnbr1p/2R4P/P7/KP1R1P2/3Q1B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb2+ Rxb2 Nc3+ Rxc3 Qxd1 if Rb1 Qd2+ ]

c)
Ivan Pasaribu vs Tomas Krnan, Baku, 2016
1r4k1/2pr3p/p5p1/4Rp2/2RP1n2/4N1PP/P4P2/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1+ ]

d)
Lemmys Arias vs Aleksei Kulashko, Baku, 2016
1r2r1k1/5ppp/3p1b2/3P4/2n2P2/1N1R1BP1/RP5P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxb2 ]

e)
Stephen Jessel vs Quang Liem Le, Baku, 2016
4r1k1/1p3bq1/1np3p1/3pr3/3N1Q1P/5BP1/PR2PK2/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re4 if Bxe4 Qxd4+ Qe3 Qxb2 ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxvii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Devarajen Chinasamy vs Pang Yui Kuen, Baku, 2016
8/5pkp/p4np1/1p6/1P2P3/P2qQP2/2rrNKPP/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2+ Rxe2 Rxe2+ if Qxe2 Qd4+ ]

b)
Fatemah Alzahraa vs Katherine Berenice Ortiz, Baku, 2016
2r1kb1r/pp3p2/1qb1p2p/3pPnp1/2pP4/P1N1BN2/1PPQ1PPP/3RR1K1 b k - 0 1
[ ...g4 ]

c)
Muhammad Salman Farooqui vs Adrian Saltos, Baku, 2016
5rk1/6b1/pqpp4/3Pp2p/2B1P1pP/6P1/PP1Q1R2/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh6 if Qc2 Be3 ]

d)
Stuart Fancy vs Nderim Saraci, Baku, 2016
r1bq1rk1/ppn2pbp/2np2p1/6B1/2B1Q2P/2N2N2/PPP2PP1/R3K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3+ bxc3 Re8 ]

e)
Algimantas Butnorius vs Semetey Tologontegin, Baku, 2016
8/3q3k/1P6/5p1p/2pb2p1/1r3PP1/3Q2KP/3R2N1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3 Qc2 Bxg1 if Rxd3 Qxd3 Qxd3 cxd3 or if Rxg1 Rd2+ ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxviii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Adrian Saltos vs William Alfaro, Baku, 2016
r2q1rk1/5pbp/4p1p1/pb2N3/2NnQ3/8/PP3PPP/R1BR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe5 if Nxe5 Ne2+ Qxe2 Bxe2 Rxd8 Rfxd8 ]

b)
Mirai Ishizuka vs Rosangela Dos Ramos, Baku, 2016
2r2rk1/1b2pp2/p2p2p1/q2P2Np/np1Q2PP/5P2/PPPRB3/1K5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3+ bxc3 bxc3 if Rdd1 Qa3 or if Rd3 Qg4+ mates ]

c)
Julissa Figueroa vs Alexandra Samaganova, Baku, 2016
1rr3k1/3p1pp1/p3pb1p/qb6/N3P3/1P4P1/P2Q1PBP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd2 if Rxc8+ Rxc8 Rxd2 Rc1+ Bf1 Bxf1 ]

d)
Ahmed Al Khatib vs Algimantas Butnorius, Baku, 2016
4r1k1/pp1R4/1q4pp/5n2/8/1P4P1/P4QBP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Bf1 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Qb5+ ]

e)
Reyna Frijde vs Jesse February, Baku, 2016
7k/1b4pp/pb6/1p6/1P6/P3qP1P/Q5P1/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ Ke2 Qxg2+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Janelle Frayna vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Baku, 2016
6rk/7p/2p1p3/2P1Pp2/1p2pP2/1b5Q/4P2P/6BK b - - 0 1
[ ...e3 if Bxe3 Bd5+ ]

b)
Domingas Tavares vs Annelaine Jacobs, Baku, 2016
4r1k1/ppq4p/2p2bp1/5p2/2P1rP2/PP1RBQ1P/6P1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 if Rxe3 Bd4 Rbe1 Qb6 ]

c)
Mohamed-Mehdi Aithmidou vs Jacek Stachanczyk, Baku, 2016
rnr3k1/pp1qppbp/6p1/3n4/2PN4/1P3P2/P3N1PP/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3 ]

d)
Orlando Leon vs Salim Al Mashikhi, Baku, 2016
3rr1k1/5b1p/pq3p2/2p1n1p1/P3N3/1pPPQ3/1P4PP/RB1R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 if Qg3 or Qe2 Rxe4 ]

e)
Anais Rubsamen vs Akshaya Kalaiyalahan, Baku, 2016
b4N2/2p5/7k/P3b2p/8/2P4K/1P4r1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg3+ if Kh2 or Kh4 Rg4+ ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxx.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Al Maashani Amer Said Salim vs Cesar Mathews, Baku, 2016
r3r1k1/1pp2ppp/1b3q2/pP1P2B1/P5b1/2PB1NQ1/6PP/R2N3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf3 if gxf3 Re1+ mates or if Qxf3 Bxf3 gxf3 Re1+ Kg2 Rg1+ ]

b)
Kubra Ozturk vs Maria Fernandez, Baku, 2016
5rk1/ppp4p/3p2p1/3P4/2PbPq2/1PNQ4/PB1R3P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3 ]

c)
Devarajen Chinasamy vs Kassim Hassan Fidow, Baku, 2016
5r1r/1b1pk1p1/pqn1ppB1/1pb1P3/1P3B2/2P2N2/P2Q1PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ if Qxf2 Rh1+ ]

d)
Quintin Seijp vs Lunga Mavuso, Baku, 2016
r3k2r/1pp5/1p1p4/3P1p1p/3Pp2P/3n1P2/PP1N2P1/1K1R1R2 b kq - 0 1
[ ...e3 if Nc4 e2 ]

e)
Karl Ribbegren vs Ilir Seitaj, Baku, 2016
b1r3k1/q4ppp/4p3/3p3r/1Pn4R/P2B1P2/4NQP1/2B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ Kxf2 Rxh4 ]

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Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxxi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nosipho Dlamini vs Rauha Shipindo, Baku, 2016
2rqk2r/1p1b1ppp/p3pn2/3p4/1b1P1P2/2NQPN2/PP4PP/R1B2RK1 b k - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 bxc3 Bb5 ]

b)
Desiderata Nkhoma vs Dilhara Wickramasinghe, Baku, 2016
2rq1rk1/pp2ppbp/3p2p1/n7/1Pb1P3/P1N2N1P/2PQBPP1/1R3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 if Qxc3 Bxe2 ]

c)
Marvorii Nasriddinzoda vs Bojana Bejatovic, Baku, 2016
2k1r3/ppp2pp1/4r2p/q1n1p1P1/2P1P2P/P1RP4/1P1N1Q2/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc3+ if bxc3 Nxd3+ ]

d)
David Navara vs Pavel Eljanov, Baku, 2016
8/1ppq1rk1/p2pRp2/1P1P2pp/P2Q2N1/6nP/5PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe6 dxe6 Ne2+ Kf1 Nxd4 exf7 hxg4 ]

e)
Mohamad Al-Modiahki vs Ivan Saric, Baku, 2016
1k1r4/1pb3q1/p2Np2p/2Pb2r1/PPN2Q2/8/2RR2PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf8 if Qe3 Qa1+ mates ]

Puzzles from the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, pt. xxxii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khadija Ibrahimi vs Humaid Wadima, Baku, 2016
2r1r2k/1p4pp/p3bb2/4Np2/Pn1B4/5N1P/1P3PP1/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc2 if Rab1 Nxd4 Nxd4 Bxe5 ]

b)
Eugenio Chinchilla vs William Bravo, Baku, 2016
8/2p3kp/1p1p1qp1/p2B4/2P2P1P/1P1n2P1/P3R1KQ/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne1+ Kh3 Qf5+ g4 Qd3+ ]

c)
Rupert Jones vs Lobognon Mambe, Baku, 2016
4r1k1/5pp1/p2qn3/1p1n4/3p4/N2Q3P/PP1B1PP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nef4 w/...Ne2+ ]

d)
Monika Stojkovska vs Narmin Mammadova, Baku, 2016
5bk1/r6p/4p3/pRP1P1pq/P2pP3/3N1Q2/4p1PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf7 ]

e)
Viktor Laznicka vs Sebastien Maze, Baku, 2016
6B1/6p1/8/1pk1p3/3nP1K1/P6P/2r5/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ Kh5 Ne2 ]


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