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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of the top FIDE players of 2012.
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 2.
Lazaro Bruzon vs Ryosuke Nanjo, Istanbul, 8/28/2012
r5rk/pp1nPQ1p/2p5/2P5/3q1N2/5R2/PP5P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Daniel Fridman vs Sergei Azarov, Yurmala, 2/17/2012
2r5/p6R/3Bkp2/2P5/8/4PK1p/r3N3/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anatoly Karpov, Cap d'Agde, 11/3/2012
8/r4ppk/p1R5/1p6/1P2N1P1/n3PK2/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Francis Fernandez, Istanbul, 8/28/2012
8/3k4/1Q1p1P1p/NN2p3/2r1q3/8/PPP4P/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd6+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Quang Liem Le vs Deshun Xiu, Ho Chi Minh City, 3/4/2012
8/7p/5bp1/1R6/5P1k/4P1NP/r4PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rh5+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Viktor Bologan, Beijing, 12/17/2012
r3r1k1/5pb1/2b1n3/p2pN2Q/3q4/1P4B1/P4PP1/1BR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Alexander Morozevich vs Viktor Bologan, Astana, 7/9/2012
1n3r2/1p2Rpp1/1p6/3p1k2/5P2/2B3R1/rP4PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg5+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Vladimir Potkin vs Alexander Suslin, Moscow, 11/9/2012
r1bqrb2/1pp1k1p1/p1n1p3/3n2N1/3P4/P1N2Q2/1P3PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Markus Ragger vs Hedinn Steingrimsson, Germany, 2/5/2012
1rbQ4/3q1p2/4p3/p1p1k1B1/1pp1B2P/5PP1/1P6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Christian Bauer vs Jose Cuenca Jimenez, Leon, 11/7/2012
2q1rbk1/8/4np1B/p2pPBp1/bp1P2P1/5NK1/5P2/1Q5R w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6+ Rxe6 Qg6+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Timur Gareev vs Giorgi Kacheishvili, Las Vegas, 12/30/2012
Q4bk1/P4N1p/6p1/8/2Bp4/7P/1PP1pqP1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Viorel Iordachescu vs Jakov Geller, Moscow, 1/29/2012
1r4rb/2kbn3/Q3p1Rp/p1ppP2P/P2P4/2P3Bq/2BK1P2/1R6 w - - 1 0
[ Qd6+ if Kd8 Rxg8+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Gata Kamsky vs Mateusz Bartel, Eilat, 10/15/2012
3r1br1/2pk3p/Q6P/3pP1p1/4q3/2P1P3/1P3P2/2B1KB1R w K - 1 0
[ Bb5+ if c6 Qxc6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Istanbul, 8/31/2012
8/r1p5/2kpQ3/2p4p/2P4P/5P2/1P1q4/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Sergey Volkov, Bad Wiessee, 11/1/2012
5r1k/2r4p/p1p1Qp1P/q1n3p1/8/1P2P3/P1N2P2/2KR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6+ ]

See 2, 3 or 4 moves ahead



Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Onischuk vs Baris Esen, Istanbul, 9/4/2012
1rk2q2/5pp1/1pP2n1p/p1p1Q3/P1P5/5B1P/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg4+ if Nxg4 Qf5+ or if Nd7 Bxd7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Evgeny Postny vs Hanan Mordechai, Israel, 2/3/2012
r4r1k/pp2N2p/2p5/2p1pN2/2B1P1n1/8/PP2K1P1/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Tycho Dijkhuis, Rethymno, 7/7/2012
r5k1/pp2q1p1/2p1P1QP/3pB3/2PPpP2/1P6/P5K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Peter Svidler vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Eilat, 10/15/2012
4r2k/p5R1/5PBp/6P1/6n1/7r/P5N1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Alessio De Santis, Condino, 7/25/2012
3b1rk1/r7/3R3R/pp2pN2/2p4P/P7/1PP2P2/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rdg6+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Loek Van Wely vs Daniel Fridman, Wolvega, 11/16/2012
8/6k1/p5p1/1b1PP1N1/1K3Q2/7q/P7/7q w - - 1 0
[ Qf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Nikita Vitiugov vs Dmitry Frolyanov, Tiumen, 6/23/2012
3r1n1k/1p1q1b2/2p1rR2/p1b1p2p/4B2N/PP5P/1BP3Q1/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Rh6+ Rxh6 Bxe5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Sergei Zhigalko vs Namig Guliyev, Plovdiv, 3/22/2012
r2qnbk1/5p2/p2p4/1ppb1N1Q/8/P2B3P/1PP2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Levon Aronian vs Ziaur Rahman, Istanbul, 8/29/2012
5rk1/p1Q2ppp/r1q5/8/P4R2/5PP1/5P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ Rxf7 Rd8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Ferenc Berkes vs Krasimir Rusev, Skopje, 4/12/2012
2r1r2k/p5pp/b3Q3/q3Np2/P2Pn3/2b3P1/4PPBP/RNR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Viktor Bologan vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Astana, 7/9/2012
8/7p/5Qpk/8/8/3qP2P/5KP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ if Kg5 Qf4+ or if Kh5 g4+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Fabiano Caruana vs Nils Grandelius, Malme, 5/15/2012
1Q6/5pk1/4p2p/2PpP1Pp/6P1/6B1/5RKP/r3q3 w - - 1 0
[ gxh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Laurent Fressinet vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Beijing, 12/16/2012
r6k/4pR2/pp1q2bB/2pP3Q/2Pb4/8/6P1/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ Bg7+ Kg8 Rf8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Daniel Fridman vs Luke McShane, Wolvega, 11/18/2012
1r6/2R1B1k1/1n1P1p1p/7P/1p3K2/1B5b/1P6/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6+ if Kf8 Bg7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Boris Gelfand vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, London, 10/3/2012
4N3/1R6/6kp/4pp2/5p2/7P/5PPK/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ ]

'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Oleg Rychkov, Vladivostok, 9/17/2012
3k1rr1/2p2qb1/2Q5/2NPpp1p/8/6RP/PP4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb7+ Kc8 Ra3 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Andrei Istratescu vs Vaidas Zilinskas, Warsaw 12/15/2012
1q1r1r2/2nbp2k/p5p1/2pPp1Pp/P1B2R2/1PNQ3P/7K/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 8/13/2012
5R2/p2R3p/1p2pp1k/2p2p2/2n5/5NP1/PP2qP1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6+ Kh5 Rxh7+ Kg4 Rh4+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Boris Gelfand, Astana, 7/8/2012
5r2/1p3Pk1/3q1b2/p4Pp1/3Bp3/4P3/4QPK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Moiseenko vs Duilio Collutiis, Eilat, 10/11/2012
r7/ppk5/2n1Bq2/2Q2pp1/b2N4/8/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb5+ if Bxb5 Rd7+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Andreas Moen, Eilat, 10/15/2012
4rNk1/pp4b1/2p3p1/8/1BPqrp2/3Pn3/PP5Q/1K4RR w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf7 Qxg6+ Kg8 Rh8+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Parimarjan Negi vs Ram Soffer, St. Petersburg, 11/2/2012
r6k/pp5r/2p1R2p/3p4/2nP1Q2/P1P5/2P3P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rg6 if Rg7 Qf6 or if Rg8 Qf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Sasa Rezan, Sibenik, 9/23/2012
r7/1p2qpk1/2p2p1r/5PN1/1b1P4/pP1B1PP1/P7/1KQ4R w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ fxe6 Qxh6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Peter Svidler vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 8/13/2012
r7/1r3ppk/4bR1p/2B1P3/1P6/PqP1Q1RP/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qxh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Dmitry Andreikin vs Quang Liem Le, Astana, 7/9/2012
r1r2n2/1p2R3/3P2pk/2p1Bp1p/pP5P/P4PP1/6K1/5B2 w - - 1 0
[ Bg7+ Kh7 Bf6+ Kg8 Bc4+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Alexey Dreev vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Astana, 7/7/2012
3rr1k1/1RR3p1/4PqNp/p2p4/1n4Q1/7P/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 if Re7 Qxe7 Rxe7 Kh7 Rxg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Laurent Fressinet vs Marian Jurcik, Plovdiv, 3/20/2012
5kr1/2R2p2/4r3/p3P3/1p1Q4/4R3/qP3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd8+ if Re8 Qd6+ Kg7 Rg3+ or if Kg7 Rg3+ Rg6 Qf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Sergei Chekhov, St. Petersburg, 8/30/2012
6r1/3R1pk1/4p1p1/2p1P1Q1/2P1bP2/1R1p4/6PP/4qB1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qf6+ Ke8 Qxe6+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Maxim Matlakov vs Oleg Gladyszev, St. Petersburg, 11/3/2012
2r1r1k1/1p1Q2b1/2pp2p1/p1qPp1P1/4Pp2/2N5/PP3P2/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7 if Kxh7 Qf7 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Motylev vs Daniele Vocaturo, Wijk aan Zee, 1/22/2012
2q2rk1/2p1r2p/4P2P/1p2Qp2/1P4n1/1BP3R1/5P2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg4+ fxg4 Qg5+ Kh8 Qxe7 ]

'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part X.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Arkadij Naiditsch vs Robert Kula, Trzcianka, 3/4/2012
3rk2r/pR3ppp/2p1bnq1/4QN2/4R3/8/P2P1PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc5 Nd5 Re7+ Kf8 R7xe6+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Riazantsev vs Pawel Pietocha, Warsaw, 12/15/2012
r1bqNk2/pp5p/1n1PQ1p1/2p2p2/2P4P/6P1/PP4B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Stefan Kindermann, Potsdam, 10/14/2012
4r2k/p4q1p/6pP/2p2p2/1p3Q2/1P2R3/P1P2PP1/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Qc7 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Viktor Bologan vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Astana, 7/9/2012
2r3kq/ppr5/4p1PQ/1b1pN3/3P4/P4R2/1P4RK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Qxh7+ gxh7+ Kh8 Ng6+ Kxh7 Nf8+ ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Alexey Dreev vs Yana Kim, Kirov, 12/23/2012
1q6/4Qp2/2pP1nkp/p1Nn2p1/8/1P1N1PP1/P4K1P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5+ Kf5 g4+ Nxg4 fxg4+ Kf4 h3 ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladimir Akopian vs Jose Daniel Gemy, Istanbul, 8/28/2012
r7/1p1br3/1npn2kp/2Np4/1P1N1PB1/3P4/2R1PK2/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd7 Nxd7 Nxc6 if bxc6 Rxc6 or if Rf7 Bxd7 ]

b)
Dmitry Andreikin vs Sanan Sjugirov, Moscow, 8/9/2012
r1b2rk1/1pq2pnN/p2bp3/3nN3/8/3B4/PPP1QP1P/R4KR1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qg4+ Kh8 Nf6 Nxf6 Qh4+ mates ]

c)
Sergei Azarov vs Kaido Kulaots, Yurmala, 2/17/2012
8/R1Rpq1k1/2b1p2p/4rp2/6pP/8/2Q2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc3 if Qf6 Rxc6 ]

d)
Etienne Bacrot vs Nicolas Brunner, Belfort, 6/8/2012
1rbr2k1/1pb5/p1p2qpB/2Pn1pN1/8/8/PQ3PPP/1BR1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 Nxf6 Re7 if Rd7 Rce1 ]

e)
Etienne Bacrot vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Bastia, 10/29/2012
2b1k1r1/1p1p1p1p/7r/1P6/4B3/6P1/4PP1P/qN1Q1K1R w - - 1 0
[ Qc1 ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mateusz Bartel vs Tomasz Markowski, Warsaw, 2/26/2012
1r2q1k1/6b1/bnn3Np/p2pP3/3P2QP/6P1/P5B1/1RB3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxb6 Rxb6 Bxd5+ Kh7 Qf5 if Qxg6 Bg8+ ]

b)
Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana, Bilbao, 10/13/2012
r2qkb1r/3n1ppp/pp1ppP2/8/3N4/6Pb/PPP1QP1P/RNBR2K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Qh5 if Bf5 Nxf5 exf5 Qe2+ ]

c)
Fabiano Caruana vs Nikita Vitiugov, Reggio Emilia, 1/5/2012
k1r5/qpr2p1B/n2Qp2p/R2pP3/5Pp1/8/P1P3PP/1R5K w - - 1 0
[ Rb6 Rc6 Raxa6 if bxa6 Rxc6 or if Rxd6 Rxa7+ ]

d)
Ivan Cheparinov vs Kore Akshayraj, Reykjavik, 3/8/2012
5b2/1r3kpp/nnRrpp2/B7/P2PP3/1P1N1P2/4K1PP/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ e5 ]

e)
Ivan Cheparinov vs Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Leon 11/7/2012
r4qrk/pb3p2/3RP3/1p2n2P/2p1N3/P3Q3/1P4P1/4K2R w K - 1 0
[ e7 ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexey Dreev vs Ilmars Starostits, Helsingor, 8/4/2012
3r3k/6p1/2p4p/1pP2p2/1q1b1N2/6P1/3R1PKP/3Q4 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6 if Re8 Rxd4 ]

b)
Romain Edouard vs Dmitry Svetushkin, Eilat, 10/11/2012
5k2/pp1q1pb1/2r1p1pQ/6B1/P7/2P4R/3r1PP1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf6 if Bxh6 Rxh6 Rd1+ Kh2 Qd6+ g3 Ke8 Rxd1 ]

c)
Boris Grachev vs Aleksandr Poluljahov, Sochi, 4/13/2012
5rk1/2r2ppp/p1N1pb2/1p2N3/4n3/6P1/PP2PP1P/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd7 if Re8 Ne7+ ]

d)
Kiril Georgiev vs Ognjen Cvitan, Vrsac, 11/29/2012
8/7k/3r1R1p/6p1/2nB2K1/4P3/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ Kg8 Rg7+ Kf8 Rc7 Nd2 Bc5 ]

e)
Tigran Gharamian vs Andrei Shchekachev, Bastia, 10/28/2012
6k1/4r2p/R4ppP/1B6/3p4/P4r2/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra8+ Kf7 Bc4+ Re6 Ra7+ Ke8 Bxe6 d3 Rxh7 ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XIV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anish Giri vs Ivan Sokolov, Amsterdam, 7/15/2012
3r2k1/1bprn3/1pn5/pq2Pp1p/3P1Pp1/P5P1/1BQ3BP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf1 if Qd5 Bc4 ]

b)
Anish Giri vs Jan Sprenger, Netherlands, 11/24/2012
r3k3/5ppp/4p3/p7/5P1B/PPb5/1n1N2PP/1R3K2 w - - 1 0
[ Ne4 if Bd4 Nd6+ Kf8 Nb5 ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Istanbul, 9/6/2012
2R1Q3/5p1r/pq1k1p2/3p4/1p3P2/6pP/PPP5/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Kc5 Qe3+ Kc6 Rd6+ ]

d)
Boris Grachev vs Oleg Zilbert, Moscow, 11/10/2012
8/p2r1qpk/1p6/3bQp2/5P1P/6R1/PB3KP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Qxg7 Qxf5+ ]

e)
Alexander Grischuk vs Fabiano Caruana, Moscow, 6/7/2012
2Q2bk1/3r4/3Pq3/2B1p1pp/8/3R3P/5PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rf3 ]

King-pawn Opening Series



Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Grischuk vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Astana, 7/8/2012
1q5k/6p1/p6p/5Q2/1r6/7R/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc3 ]

b)
P Harikrishna vs Jan Timman, Wijk aan Zee, 1/20/2012
3r4/7p/k1n3r1/1p4p1/p1b1NnB1/P3B3/5PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc5+ if Kb6 Ne6+ ]

c)
P Harikrishna vs Daniele Vocaturo, Wijk aan Zee, 1/25/2012
2r3k1/p2q1ppp/2r2b2/1Q1B4/8/B5P1/P4P1P/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc6 if Rxc6 Qxc6 ]

d)
P Harikrishna vs Maxim Rodshtein, Biel, 7/30/2012
6k1/6p1/2r4p/1R1p4/2nq4/6RP/1P3PQ1/4rBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8+ if Kh7 Rb7 Rg6 Rxg6 or if Kf7 Rxg7+ Qxg7 Rb7+ ]

e)
P Harikrishna vs Gata Kamsky, Istanbul, 8/31/2012
4k3/2p5/p1n2p2/PrBR4/4rPK1/1pP5/1P6/7R w - - 1 0
[ Kf5 if Re2 Kxf6 mates ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XVI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Konya, 7/11/2012
8/p4R2/7p/3pk3/3N1R2/r7/1r6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf3+ if Kd6 R4f6+ Kc5 Rc7+ ]

b)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Yuri Yakovich, Vladivostok, 9/21/2012
5Q2/1p6/p2pk1p1/8/P5p1/1P3b2/K1P1q3/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Re1 ]

c)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Istanbul, 8/31/2012
5rk1/2R2pp1/p3p2p/4N2N/P4Q1P/8/1q1r2PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Qg3+ Kh7 Rxf7+ mates ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Hao Wang, Istanbul, 9/9/2012
r3r1k1/pb3R1p/1pq1p1P1/4p3/P1pP4/2P1P1Q1/6PP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ gxh7+ Kxf7 Rf1+ Ke7 h8/Q Rxh8 Qg7+ Kd6 dxe5+ mates ]

e)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Evgeny Bareev, Novosibirsk, 11/17/2012
b2r4/N3k1pp/1p2p3/p3Pp2/1n6/1P4P1/P4PBP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc8+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XVII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gawain Jones vs Jonathan Hawkins, North Shields, 8/1/2012
5k2/p2q4/1p2nPQ1/1b1p4/r2P3P/5PB1/4R2K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bf4 if Nxf4 Re8+ mates ]

b)
Gata Kamsky vs Quang Liem Le, Amsterdam, 7/14/2012
7r/1p1qk1pp/p2p1p2/n1rB3Q/2P2R2/2P3P1/P3P2P/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Qf7+ Kd8 Qxf6+
or if Kxf6 Rf1+ Ke7 Rf7+ Kd8 Qg5+
]

c)
Gata Kamsky vs Peter Leko, Beijing, 12/17/2012
r7/3P4/1p6/1P3kp1/4N3/5PKP/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Ke6 Nc8 if Kxd7 Nxb6+ ]

d)
Sergey Karjakin vs Alexander Grischuk, Astana, 7/6/2012
2r2n1k/4bq2/p6p/1r1pPp2/3P1P2/2BQ2RP/1P5K/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf5 if Qe6 Rg8+ or if Qxf5 Rg8+ mates ]

e)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Suren Petrosian, Germany, 10/21/2012
2r1k2r/pp2ppbp/3pbn1q/3Nn1p1/2P1P1PP/5PB1/PPN3B1/1R1QK2R w Kk - 1 0
[ hxg5 Qxg5 Bh4 Qg6 Nf4 ]

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Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XVIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mikhail Kobalia vs Mikhail Gurevich, Konya, 7/22/2012
3qn1k1/pp3p1p/6p1/1Q1N1N2/8/2P2P2/P5PP/3n2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nfe7+ if Kg7 Qe2 or if Kf8 Qb4 Qd6 Qd4 ]

b)
Denis Khismatullin vs Athanasios Mastrovasilis, Plovdiv, 3/29/2012
1r1NR3/pp4rk/2p3pp/2Nn1b1q/3Q1P2/6R1/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6 if Bxe6 Nxe6 ]

c)
Viktor Laznicka vs Kaido Kulaots, Caleta, 1/27/2012
2r4k/pb4bp/3q2p1/3Ppp2/4P3/1B4BP/P1Q3P1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc8+ Bxc8 Rxc8+ Bf8 Rxf8+ if Qxf8 Bxe5+ Kg8 d6+ ]

d)
Viktor Laznicka vs Romain Edouard, Plovdiv, 3/27/2012
3r1rk1/4bp2/pqn3pp/1p1R4/5Q1P/5N2/PPB2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh5 if gxh5 Qf5 ]

e)
Alexander Morozevich vs Peter Svidler, Astana, 7/9/2012
r4rk1/pp1b1p2/3q2p1/8/2BpP1P1/3R1Q2/P4P2/5K1R w - - 1 0
[ Qh3 if Kg7 Rf3 ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XIX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Leko vs Liren Ding, Beijing, 12/17/2012
5k2/1pp2n1p/3p4/3Pq2N/4r1p1/1P4P1/P4Q1P/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6 if Re2 Nd7+ ]

b)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Ivan Salgado Lopez, Plovdiv, 3/24/2012
4rrk1/p1pq3p/1p1pb1n1/5p1N/2PR4/2Q2B2/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 if Qxc6 Rxd6 ]

c)
Maxim Matlakov vs Andrey Stukopin, Tiumen, 6/25/2012
r4k2/1bq3pQ/1p2pr1p/p1b5/8/P4N2/2B2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ if Kf7 Rd7+ ]

d)
Arkadij Naiditsch vs Alexander Riazantsev, Kishinev, 2/19/2012
2br2k1/R4p1p/2R3p1/1p2P3/7q/4QB2/1P2PPKP/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ e6 if fxe6 Rxc8 or if Bxe6 Rxe6 ]

e)
Arkadij Naiditsch vs Michal Krasenkow, Warsaw, 12/15/2012
7r/pb3kpp/2qr2n1/2p1p3/5p2/1P1NQPN1/P1P3PP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe5+ Nxe5 Qxf4+ Rf6 Qxe5 ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Yiming Han, Victoria, 4/6/2012
r1bq4/1pp2kpp/p1n2n2/2b1p3/5P2/2NP4/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K w - - 1 0
[ fxe5 Nxe5 Qh5+ ]

b)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Liren Ding, Beijing, 12/17/2012
4r1k1/5p1p/2r3p1/3Nn3/p2pP3/P7/5PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc6 Nxc6 Nf6+ ]

c)
David Navara vs Mihail Kopylov, Germany, 11/10/2012
r1b3k1/pp3ppp/1q2p3/1N1r2Q1/8/8/PPP2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7 if Bd7 Rxd5 Bc6 Nc7 ]

d)
Parimarjan Negi vs Eduard Gorovykh, St. Petersburg, 10/25/2012
4r3/pp2rk1p/4p1p1/1P1pRn2/1P1q1N1P/2Q3P1/5PK1/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf5+ ]

e)
Mircea Parligras vs Lucian-Costin Miron, Plovdiv, 3/30/2012
r3r2k/p5pp/b2q1p2/1np5/5N1Q/1P6/PB3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ Kg8 Qc4+ ]

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Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XXI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Alexander Grischuk, Moscow, 12/29/2012
3r4/pp1r1pkp/2pnp1p1/q7/2PP4/1P1R2NP/P3QPP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5+ ]

b)
Evgeny Postny vs Nicolas Duport, Biel, 7/23/2012
3r1k1r/1p2p1q1/p1pNQ1pp/2P5/8/8/PP3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re3 if Qf6 Rf3 Qxf3 gxf3 exd6 Qf6+ ]

c)
Teimour Radjabov vs Liren Ding, Beijing, 12/17/2012
8/3qbNk1/p1b2np1/2Bp1p2/1PpPp3/2N1P1P1/P4PK1/3Q4 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5 Qe8 Bxe7 Qxe7 Nxc6 ]

d)
Matthew Sadler vs Anne Haast, Wijk aan Zee, 1/25/2012
2r1r1k1/3R1p1p/p4B1P/1p2Pp2/2n5/2b2NP1/P4P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ e6 if Bxf6 exf7+ ]

e)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Wojciech Moranda, Warsaw, 12/14/2012
r1b1r3/1p2ppk1/3p2pp/3P4/1R6/p5P1/qP2PPBP/2R1Q1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra1 axb2 Rxa2 Rxb2 Rxb2 Qc3+ ]

Top FIDE Players of 2012 Puzzles, Part XXII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Emil Sutovsky vs Sergey Grigoriants, Plovdiv, 3/23/2012
1r1rR3/2p2ppk/2n3p1/2nq4/1p4N1/2P2Q1P/1PB2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ R1e5 if Nxe5 Nf6+ gxf6 Qh5+ mates ]

b)
Artyom Timofeev vs Marin Bosiocic, Plovdiv, 3/25/2012
3q4/5Qbk/1p2p1p1/p3P2p/4NK1P/6P1/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ Kh6 Qxg7+ ]

c)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Liren Ding, St. Petersburg, 7/ 2/2012
r4r2/p2q1p1k/5Pp1/2pPp2p/1p6/3B4/PP1Q2PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rf5 if gxf5 Qg5 ]

d)
Hao Wang vs Daniel Jere, Istanbul, 8/28/2012
3Q2Bk/2r3b1/p5p1/5p1p/8/P1B1n1q1/1P4P1/K7 w - - 1 0
[ Bf7+ Kh7 Qg8+ Kh6 Qxg7+ Kg5 Qxg6+ Kf4 Be5+ ]

e)
Yangyi Yu vs Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Jakarta, 10/15/2012
r3k2r/p1pp1pb1/b1p3pp/3nP1B1/2P1N3/8/PP1K1PPP/R4B1R w kq - 1 0
[ cxd5 if Bxf1 Bf6 ]

f)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Oleg Orlov, St. Petersburg, 8/24/2012
2R5/q1Q1bp1k/1p2pnpp/3p4/3P4/3B2P1/rP1B1PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf4 ]

g)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Alexander Semeniuk, Vladivostok, 9/25/2012
7k/Bp1Rr3/2p4p/P4n2/2B5/2P5/1P1K3b/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bd4+ Kh7 Bd3 ]


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