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



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Natalia Pogonina.
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.
Natalia Pogonina vs A Kizhikina, Volgograd, 1996
2r3k1/ppq3p1/2n2p1p/2pr4/5P1N/6QP/PP2R1P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

b)
E Borisova vs Natalia Pogonina, Rybinsk, 2001
2r5/5pk1/3p2p1/7p/1P1N1PbP/p1P5/qPKR2P1/1Q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3+ ]

c)
Natalia Pogonina vs Cindy Tsai, Oropesa, 2001
6r1/5k2/p3pnNp/1p6/4r2b/2PKB3/PP5P/5RR1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh4 if Rxg1 Bxg1 Rxh4 Bd4 ]

d)
Natalia Pogonina vs Sopiko Khukhashvili, Heraklio, 2002
5r1k/1r4p1/2N2p1p/1q6/n7/3QR2P/2P3P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8 Qc5 Qg6 if Kg8 Ne7+ or if Rb6 Rxf8+ ]

e)
Viktoria Bashkite vs Natalia Pogonina, Halkidiki, 2003
r1r2bk1/p2q1p1p/1pb1p1p1/3p4/3P1P2/1QN1P3/PP1R1P1P/2R2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba4 ]

1c)
Natalia Pogonina vs Cindy Tsai

Natalia Pogonina Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Meihriban Shukurova vs Natalia Pogonina, Istanbul, 2003
4r1k1/5p1p/6p1/pp6/3b4/B4P2/PP3P1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 if Kg2 b4 ]

b)
Natalia Pogonina vs Evgenija Shmirina, Dresden, 2004
1r1r2k1/2qn1ppp/p3p3/2b1P3/P1NB4/3RQ3/5PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if Qxc5 Rxd7 or if Nxc5 Rxd8+ Rxd8 Nd6 ]

c)
Betul Yildiz vs Natalia Pogonina, Dresden, 2004
1k5r/pp5p/2q4b/2pp4/P5n1/2N3P1/1PQ1NPKP/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...d4+ if Qe4 Qxe4+ Nxe4 Re8 f3 Ne3+ ]

d)
Natalia Pogonina vs Elena Zaiatz, Smolensk, 2007
3r1k2/5pr1/3p4/1q1N2b1/4Q2p/8/5PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if Re8 Qxe8+ or if Bh6 Qe7+ ]

e)
Natalia Pogonina vs Elena Tomilova, Smolensk, 2007
q5r1/2r2p1k/3pp2p/p3n1b1/P2NPn2/1Q2BP2/2P4P/3R1BRK w - - 0 1
[ h4 ]

2c)
Betul Yildiz vs Natalia Pogonina

Natalia Pogonina Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Natalia Pogonina vs Irina Sudakova, Sochi, 2007
r4rk1/1p1bbppp/p2ppn2/P5B1/2q1P3/1NN5/1PPQ1PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if dxe5 Bxf6 or if Nd5 Bxe7 Nxe7 Qxd6 ]

b)
Natalia Pogonina vs I Turova, Sochi, 2006
4r1k1/1rp2ppp/3p2q1/QP6/p1P5/4B3/Pb3PPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 ]

c)
Natalia Pogonina vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Krasnoturinsk, 2007
3q1rk1/2p2p1p/p5p1/Prbnn3/2QpN3/2P4P/2B2PP1/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5 ]

d)
Natalia Pogonina vs Olga Iljushina, Novokuznetsk, 2007
r1r3k1/3b1pp1/p2ppn1p/Pp2n3/1q2PQ2/1NN2P2/1PP1B1PP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Na2 Qa4 Nac1 if Qb4 c3 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Natalia Pogonina vs Andrei Kuznesov, Novokuznetsk, 2007
3q1r1k/rp5p/pQ1bBp2/P1p1nP2/3p1P1B/6R1/1P4P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Rxg8 Qxd8 if Rxd8 Bxf6# or if Bf8 Bxf6+ ]

3d)
Natalia Pogonina vs Olga Iljushina

Natalija Natalia Pogonina Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ghate Swathi vs Natalia Pogonina, Beijing, 2008
1r4k1/3bpp1p/3p2p1/2rP4/3R4/1B3P2/1qPQ2PP/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3 cxb3 Bb5+ Kg1 Rc2 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Natalia Pogonina vs Nana Dzagnidze, St. Petersburg, 2009
2q5/p3p2k/3pP1p1/2rN2Pn/1p1Q4/7R/PPr5/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ gxh5 Rxh5+ Kg6 Rh6+ ]

c)
Daria Pustovoitova vs Natalija Natalia Pogonina, Tiumen, 2012
5Q2/kb6/p6p/1q2r3/1P1p4/4rB2/6PP/2RR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if gxf3 Qe2 Rf1 Rg5 mates ]

d)
Bayanmunkh Ankhchimer vs Natalija Natalia Pogonina, Istanbul, 2012
4rbk1/5pp1/p5rp/1p2PN1N/1PnpQP1P/2q5/P5P1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Qe2 Nf3+ ]

e)
Nino Maisuradze vs Natalija Natalia Pogonina, Caleta, 2014
5r1k/p4q1p/1p2b1pP/3pP1R1/2r1pB2/1P6/P2Q1PP1/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 if Qxc2 Qxf4 ]

f)
Viktor Turkin vs Natalija Natalia Pogonina, Kazan, 2014
6k1/5pp1/4p2p/1p1qP3/r2P1P2/6PP/6QK/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra2 if Rb2 Qxg2+ ]

g)
White mates in 5.
Natalija Natalia Pogonina vs Govhar Beydullayeva, Antalya, 2019
8/p3bkpp/8/nQ6/2p5/2q1B1P1/P4PBP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bd5+ Kf6 2.Qa6+ ]

4a)
Ghate Swathi vs Natalia Pogonina


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