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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ruslan Ponomariov.
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)
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Sergei Azarov, Szeged, 1994
1r6/kpp2rBp/pn1b1P2/2p1pQ1N/2P1P2P/3q4/KPR2P2/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 w/Rd2 ]

b)
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Viktor Vamos, Verdun, 1995
r5k1/2qn1p1p/1pp3p1/3n1p2/2B5/2B1P2P/1P3PP1/2RQ2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 cxd5 Qd4 if f6 Qxd5+ ]

c)
Vadim Shishkin vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Kiev, 1997
8/4p3/3p2k1/3Pb1p1/4P1b1/r5P1/4NKB1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg3+ ]

d)
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Yuri Drozdovskij, Gurzuf, 1999
1q3rkr/1p3ppp/p4n2/4N3/1PQ5/4R3/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 Rxf7 Re7 Qf8 Rxb7 h5 Ree7 ]

e)
Vladimir Stoockalov vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Alushta, 2000
2br2k1/1p3p2/1qp3p1/p1n5/P1P3P1/1PQ1RP2/4NKB1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ ]


Ruslan Ponomariov vs Viktor Vamos

Ruslan Ponomariov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergei Tiviakov vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Moscow, 2001
3r1r1k/1q3p1p/pp6/1p2ppQ1/4Nn2/2PP4/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ gxh3 Rg8 ]

b)
White mates in 8.
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Leon, 2003
r6Q/3n1kp1/2p3N1/1pPp4/rP1n3P/2N2q2/3K4/1R2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Kf6 Qxg7+ Kf5 Rf7+ Kg4 Ne5+ ]

c)
Jan Timman vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Wijk aan Zee, 2003
r1r5/1q3pk1/p2bp1pp/1p6/1n1P1N2/P4N1P/1P1Q1PP1/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf4 if Qxf4 Nd3 ]

d)
Zbynek Hracek vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Calvia, 2004
6k1/1b4pp/8/R1p1pr2/2P5/1PBn4/6PP/4N1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc1 if h3 Ne2+ ]

e)
White mates in 8.
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Dmitry Fingerov, Odessa, 2005
r3b2r/ppp3k1/4pb1p/7Q/3q2N1/3BR3/PPP3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ if Bxh5 Nxh5+ Kg8 Rg3+ ]


mate in 8
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons

Ruslan Ponomariov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Sergey Karjakin, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
r2qkr2/2n1N2p/5QpP/pp1P2P1/6B1/8/PPP5/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Qc6+ if Kxe7 Re1+ Kf7 Be6+ or if Kf7 Rf1+ Kxe7 Re1+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Boris Savchenko, Moscow, 2007
r2q1rk1/1pp2p2/p1b2bpQ/3pP3/2pR4/P1P1B1PB/5PK1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Be6 if Bh4 Qxg6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2008
8/8/p3B1bk/b1P3pp/3QP3/1KN3q1/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Bh7 Qf8+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Varuzhan Akobian, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
5R2/6pk/p7/6PP/5K2/r2b1B2/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ g6+ if Bxg6 hxg6+ Kh6 Be4 ]

e)
Konstantin Landa vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Sochi, 4/10/2012
2r3k1/3bnp1p/4p1pQ/q3P3/2BP4/p1N4P/1r3PP1/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf5 (if ...Rxc4 Ne4 Rxc1 Nf6+ mates) ]


mate in 6
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Varuzhan Akobian

Ruslan Ponomariov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Mateusz Bartel vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Istanbul, 8/31/2012
2r1r1k1/p5p1/1nN2Q2/3P4/PP1Rb3/2P3R1/4q3/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ ]

b)
Gata Kamsky vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Beijing, 12/13/2013
5r1k/1r5p/4R1p1/7n/4p1NP/3nN1P1/5PK1/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ ]

c)
Wang Hao vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Beijing, 12/15/2013
r1b1r1k1/1pq3bp/2p2np1/p3p3/1nP1N3/BP3NP1/P3QPBP/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Qxe4 Bf5 ]

d)
Ruslan Ponomariov vs Thomas Beerdsen, Germany, 2019
r3r1k1/1ppn1pbp/p5p1/3B4/8/P3B1Pq/1PP1QP2/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxf7+ Kxf7 2.Qc4+ if 2...Ke7 3.Bc5+ Kf6 4.Bd4+ or if 2...Kf8 3.Rxd7 Qxd7 4.Bc5+ ]


Wang Hao vs Ruslan Ponomariov


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