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Here are some chess puzzles from the highest rated games of 2018.
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)
Mads Andersen vs Nikoloz Kacharava, Batumi, 2018
r4r1k/1ppnq1bp/1n1p2p1/p7/P7/2N2R1Q/BPPB1PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxh7+ Kxh7 2.Rh3+ Bh6 3.Bxh6 Rf4 3.Bxf4+ Kh8 4.Bxf8+ Qh7 5.Rxh7+ ]

b)
Zoran Arsovic vs Lazar Nestorovic, Zrenjanin, 2018
5r1k/p1p3rp/1p4q1/3B1n1Q/P1P5/1P3R2/7P/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf5 if 1...Rxf5 2.Re8+ Rg8 3.Rxg8+ or if 1...Qxf5 2.Qxf5 Rxf5 3.Re8+ ]

c)
Tal Baron vs Avigdor Bykhovsky, Israel, 2018
8/p3q3/1p3nkn/1N1p1pp1/P2P4/4PPNQ/6P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxh6+ Kxh6 2.Nxf5+ ]

d)
Thomas Beerdsen vs Ari Dale, Wijk aan Zee, 2018
4r3/Qbk2p2/1p3np1/7p/1P5P/6NB/2q2PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qa1 if 1...Qd2 2.Qxf6 or if 1...Nd5 2.Rc1 or if 1...Ng4 2.Bxg4 ]

e)
Denes Boros vs Tatev Abrahamyan, Saint Louis, 2018
6k1/4qppp/4r3/pp5N/4P3/P3BQ1P/2r3P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qg3 if 1...f6 2.Rd8+ or if 1...g6 2.Qb8+ Qe8 3.Nf6+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Lukasz Butkiewicz vs Marta Garcia Martin, Roquetas de Mar, 2018
rn1qkbnr/1bp2ppp/p3p3/1p1PN3/2p5/4B1P1/PP2PPBP/RN1QK2R w KQk - 1 0
[ 1.Nxf7 Kxf7 2.dxe6+ ]

b)
Maxim Devereaux vs Tor Fredrik Kaasen, Drammen, 2018
2rqrbk1/pb3pp1/1pp4p/1P6/3Pp3/1Q1NP1P1/P4PBP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ne5 if 1...Rc7 2.Bxe4 cxb5 3.Nxf7 ]

c)
Vadim Faibisovich vs V4 Karthik, Basel, 2018
3q2k1/6p1/3bR2p/8/p2P1N2/6P1/3r3P/1Q4K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qe1 if 1...Kf7 2.Rxd6 or if 1...Rxd4 2.Re8+ ]

d)
Daniel Fernandez vs Anna Hayrapetyan, Batumi, 2018
8/R3bk1r/4q2n/6Q1/3B4/7P/6P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh5+ if 1...Qg6 2.Rxe7+ or if 1...Kg8 2.Qe8+ ]

e)
Evgeny Gleizerov vs Ruslan Pogorelov, Sevilla, 2018
3r3k/3P4/1p3Ppp/8/3N4/2P3P1/5K1P/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.f7 Kg7 2.Ne6+ Kxf7 3.Nxd8+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dmitry Gordievsky vs Evgeny Romanov, Moscow, 2018
8/8/2P4k/p1p2r1p/2P1P2P/1P2bp2/P5R1/7K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rg6+ Kxg6 2.exf5+ Kxf5 3.c7 ]

b)
Aram Hakobyan vs Artashes Minasian, Yerevan, 2018
r1bq4/3pbkpp/p1n2n2/1pp1p3/4PP2/2NP4/PPP3PP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.fxe5 Nxe5 2.Qh5+ if 2...Ng6 3.e5 ]

c)
Lance Henderson De La Fuente vs Niclas Huschenbeth, Caleta, 2018
2r4r/pp1bkpb1/4p2p/4P1p1/8/2N1N1P1/PPP3P1/2KR1R2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxd7+ Kxd7 2.Rxf7+ Kc6 3.Rxg7 ]

d)
Denis Kadric vs Andrey Gorovets, Charlotte, 2018
3r1r1k/1pqb1ppp/p7/4P3/8/1N6/PP3QPP/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.e6 if 1...Bxe6 2.Rxe6 ]

e)
Dmitrij Kollars vs Roi Miedema, Aarhus, 2018
5rk1/1p1rbppp/p1p1n3/8/6B1/1R5P/PPPB1PP1/2K1R3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe6 ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Martyn Kravtsiv vs Zbynek Hracek, Batumi, 2018
1r5r/p1q1k3/4B1Q1/8/3P4/1N6/PP6/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qg7+ if 1...Kxe6 2.Qxc7
or if 1...Kd6 2.Qe5+ Kc6 3.Qc5+ Kb7 4.Na5+
]

b)
Tadeas Kriebel vs Giorgi Bagaturov, Batumi, 2018
r4rk1/pp1q3p/4nPp1/2p2n2/2Pp1P2/3Q4/PP1B2BP/4RR1K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe6 if 1...Qxe6 2.Bd5 ]

c)
Leandro Krysa vs Victor Lillo Castan, Barcelona, 2018
5rk1/4Rpp1/1pbP3p/6r1/8/2p2P2/P1B3PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.d7 Rd8 2.Re8+ Rxe8 3.d8/Q ]

d)
Erwin L'Ami vs Throstur Thorhallsson, Reykjavik, 2018
2br1r1k/pp2b1pp/4n3/3pBp2/BP1N1P2/2P1P3/7P/R3K1R1 w Q - 1 0
[ 1.Nxe6 if 1...Bxe6 2.Bxg7+ mates ]

e)
Ibrahim Hasan Labib vs Rafat Issa, Sharjah, 2018
3b4/R1nk1pp1/2n3p1/2PN4/4BB2/3K3P/1r3P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nb6+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alex Lopez vs Mikhail Simantsev, Dublin, 2018
5r1k/4q2p/3p2p1/2p3rn/1nB1P3/5RP1/1P1Q1NK1/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf8+ ]

b)
David Martins vs Craig Hanley, England, 2018
r4r2/pp4k1/3p1p2/2p1nRp1/2PpP2q/PP1P2R1/5Q1P/2B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxg5 if 1...fxg5 2.Rgxg5+ ]

c)
Alon Mindlin vs Konstantin Mesropov, Israel, 2018
2r2r2/1n2qp1k/p2b2pp/1p1R4/1P1Np1Q1/P3P2P/1B3PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nf5 Qe6 2.Nxd6 if 2...Qxd5 3.Nxc8 or if 2...Nxd6 3.Qxe6 ]

d)
Luka Paichadze vs Isik Can, Batumi, 2018
1qkrb2r/5ppp/1p2p3/1B2P3/4Q3/2P5/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qc4+ if 1...Qc7 2.Ra8+ Kb7 3.Ra7+ or if 1...Kb7 2.Ba6+ ]

e)
Petr Palachev vs Avital Boruchovsky, Moscow, 2018
3r1rk1/2pn1pp1/p2n3p/P3p3/1Q2P3/1N4P1/1Pq2P1P/R3RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rac1 Qxb2 2.Re2 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Advait Patel vs Daniel Gurevich, Saint Louis, 2018
r3k2r/ppq2pp1/4p2p/2b1n3/2NR3B/5Q1P/PP3PP1/3R2K1 w kq - 1 0
[ 1.Qxb7 if 1...Qxb7 2.Rd8+ mates ]

b)
Fernando Peralta vs Salome Melia, Caleta, 2018
2r1r2k/p2n3p/1pq3p1/3p2QN/2pP2P1/5P2/PP5P/4R1RK w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh6 if 1...Rg8 2.Re7 Nf8 3.Qf4 or if 1...gxh5 2.Rxe8+ Rxe8 3.Qxc6 ]

c)
Aleksei Pridorozhni vs A Moskvin, Serpukhov, 2018
4R3/kprn1rp1/p1p4p/3p3P/5P2/1P4PB/KPP5/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Be6 if 1...Rf6 2.Re7 or if 1...Rf8 2.Bxd7 ]

d)
Miguel Santos Ruiz vs Pavel Ponkratov, Batumi, 2018
6k1/p5b1/2p4p/1p1qn3/2p1N1Q1/2P3P1/P7/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nf6+ Kf7 2.Qxg7+ Kxg7 3.Nxd5 cxd5 4.Rxb5 ]

e)
Alexey Sarana vs Andrey Esipenko, Taganrog, 2018
2rq4/1br2pk1/p3p1p1/1p1p3p/1P1n1P1P/P1RB1NP1/4QP2/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qe5+ Qf6 2.Qxf6+ Kxf6 3.Rxc7 ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Milos Stankovic vs Reddy Chakravarthi, Novi Sad, 2018
r1b1k2r/pp3ppp/4p3/3pn1B1/q7/P7/1PP2QPP/2KR1B1R w kq - 1 0
[ 1.Qc5 if 1...Nc6 2.Bb5 or if 1...Ng6 2.Bb5+ ]

b)
Mark Van Der Werf vs Stefan Kuipers, Wijk aan Zee, 2018
2rr2k1/4nppp/3qp1b1/2R5/1p2P3/1P2Q1PP/1B3P2/2R2BK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Be5 Qd7 2.Bc7 Rf8 3.Bb5 ]

c)
M R Venkatesh vs Luis Galego, Lisbon, 2018
r1b2rk1/ppq2pp1/2n2b1p/3p4/1P6/2PBBN2/P3QPPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bc5 if 1...Rd8 2.Qe8+ mates ]

d)
M R Venkatesh vs Niclas Huschenbeth, Caleta, 2018
2r4k/1b5P/p3pq1B/1p1nR3/3P4/P5Q1/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe6 if 1...Qxd4 2.Re5 ]

e)
Lukas Vlasak vs Jan Krejci, Czech Republic, 2018
5R2/1kp3r1/pp1p2P1/3P4/P1r5/8/1P6/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rhh8 if 1...c6 2.Rf7+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Pavlo Vorontsov vs Yaroslav Zherebukh, New York, 2018
4r2k/7p/8/p5Q1/1qp5/7P/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qf6+ Kg8 2.Rd5 if 2...Qb1+ 3.Kh2 Qg6 4.Rg5 ]

b)
Kaiqi Yang vs Sinisa Drazic, Novi Sad, 2018
8/1q1rQ1pk/pPp2r1p/2Bb4/3Pp3/4R2P/5PP1/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxd7 Qxd7 2.b7 if 2...Qf5 3.Rb2 ]

c)
Viachaslau Zarubitski vs Kirill Stupak, Minsk, 2018
3rr3/2k4p/pp4p1/4Pp2/3N1P2/3R3P/1nP3P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ne6+ Rxe6 2.Rc3+ ]

d)
Frode Urkedal vs Simen Agdestein, Drammen, 2018
2r3k1/2q2pp1/p3b2p/1p1p4/1PrNn3/P2QP2P/4NPP1/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxc1 2.Nxc1 Qxc1 if 3.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 4.Kh2 Rh1+ ]

e)
Bernardo Roselli Mailhe vs Salvador Alonso, Montevideo, 2018
3r2k1/3r1p2/6p1/8/1QR5/1p4P1/2q2P1P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rd1 if 2.Rxc2 Rxf1+ 3.Kxf1 bxc2 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Seyed Khalil Mousavi vs Farrukh Amonatov, Ahvaz, 2018
2b4r/2q1b1k1/p2pp2p/4n2Q/3RP1p1/2N5/1PP1B2P/2K2R2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qc5 if 2.Rc4 Nd3+ 3.cxd3 Qxh5 ]

b)
Radoslaw Barski vs Reddy Chakravarthi, Graz, 2018
6k1/1p3rpp/1n5q/3p4/pP1PnP2/P1rB1N1Q/7K/R1BR4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxh3+ 2.Kxh3 Nf2+ ]

c)
Stefan Djuric vs Jordi Fluvia, Barcelona, 2018
3rnk2/5p2/1pp1bbpp/p7/P3P1P1/RNBP3P/1P2B1K1/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Be7 ]

d)
Romain Edouard vs Shardul Gagare, Caleta, 2018
5rk1/1p1n1pp1/1q2p2p/1rnp1b2/p7/P1QP1NP1/1PRNPPBP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nb3 if 2.Nxb3 axb3 3.Rd2 Rc5 or if 2.Rd1 Rc5 ]

e)
Alexey Sarana vs Aleksey Goganov, Taganrog, 2018
2r4k/5p2/4p3/4Pq1p/3p4/3NbP2/PP2Q1RP/7K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxd3 if 2.Rg8+ Rxg8 ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part X.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Erwin L'Ami vs Ravi Haria, Reykjavik, 2018
r5k1/p2r1pp1/2pNpq2/2Pn2p1/1P4R1/P5Q1/5PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nc3 if 2.Re1 Ne2+ 3.Rxe2 Qa1+ mates ]

b)
Sergey Grigoriants vs Ravi Haria, Reykjavik, 2018
4r2k/4r1p1/2P4p/7q/4p1n1/3p2PP/5PB1/2QRR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxf2 2.Kxf2 e3+ 3.Kg1 d2 4.Qc3 dxe1/Q+ ]

c)
Thomas Ernst vs Tiger Hillarp Persson, Vaxjo, 2018
3r2k1/2q2p2/B3pnp1/NP2n2p/3RP3/7P/5PP1/3Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxd4 2.Qxd4 Qc1+ 3.Kh2 Neg4+ 4.hxg4 Nxg4+ 5.Kh3 Qf4 mates ]

d)
Ekin Baris Ozenir vs Zbynek Hracek, Izmir, 2018
r3rbk1/5ppp/p2p4/2pP4/Pp2nP1q/3QB1P1/1PP1B2P/R3K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ 1...Nxg3 if 2.Bf2 Nxe2 3.Bxh4 Nxf4+ 4.Kd2 Nxd3 5.cxd3 Re5 ]

e)
Natalija Pogonina vs Ilia Iljiushenok, Taganrog, 2018
r3r1k1/pp5p/6p1/3RnP2/7q/1P3P2/PN4PP/R1Q3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxf3+ if 2.gxf3 Re2 or if 2.Kf1 Nxh2+ 3.Kg1 Ng4 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ari Dale vs Max Illingworth, Sydney, 2018
1brr2k1/pb1q1pp1/1p3n1R/4p3/3P4/1B1Q1P2/PP1BNKP1/R7 b - - 0 1
[ 1...e4 ]

b)
Joris Brenninkmeijer vs Jelmer Jens, Netherlands, 2018
3r1r1k/p6p/1p1qN2b/8/4Q2R/8/PPP4P/1KR5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rf1 if 2.a4 Rxc1+ 3.Ka2 Qd5+ or if 2.Rxf1 Qd1+ ]

c)
Marcos Llaneza Vega vs Venkataraman Karthik, Chennai, 2018
3r3k/pp6/2p4q/8/3Pp1bp/1Q2P3/PP1K3P/5BR1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxd4+ 2.Kc1 Rd3 3.Bxd3 Qxe3+ ]

d)
Alexandre Danin vs Dmitry Kryakvin, Moscow, 2018
3r2k1/p3rpp1/2Bp1P2/4n1qp/PPPRp3/8/4Q1PP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nf3+ if 2.Kf2 Qxf6 3.gxf3 Qxd4+
or if 2.Rxf3 exf3 3.Qxf3 Qc1+ 4.Rd1 Re1+
]

e)
Ranan Sagit vs Anders Livner, Stockholm, 2018
3q1r1k/r2b3p/6p1/2p5/2P2pP1/P2P1Q2/1RN2P1P/6RK b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qf6 if 2.Rgb1 Bc6 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jan Johansson vs Patrik Lyrberg, Sweden, 2018
4r3/1pp4k/7p/3pB2P/p1bP1Pr1/P3Q1RR/1q4P1/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxe5 2.dxe5 Rxf4 if 3.Rf3 Re4 ]

b)
Nicita Morozov vs Artashes Minasian, Yerevan, 2018
6rk/p1q4p/4pn2/2p1Q3/2P1B3/P4Nr1/7K/4RR2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...R3g5 if 2.Qxc7 Rh5+ ]

c)
Ezra Kirk vs Jules Moussard, Cappelle la Grande, 2018
6k1/1p3pp1/p1b1r1qp/P7/5B1n/1Q3PNP/1P4P1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re2 2.Rf2 Qb1+ 3.Nf1 Bb5 if 4.Rxe2 Bxe2 ]

d)
Shachar Gindi vs Yair Parkhov, Israel, 2018
6k1/5pp1/4p3/1q1P2Np/3n2nP/2QR4/2P2PP1/r3BK2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nh2+ 2.Kg1 Ne2+ ]

e)
Farrukh Amonatov vs Ziaur Rahman, New Delhi, 2018
1r1rb1k1/5pp1/1qp1pn2/p1N1R2p/7P/1B3P2/PPPR1QP1/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ 1...a4 if 2.Nxa4 Qxf2 3.Rxf2 Rd8# ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
David Mirzoyan vs Christopher Repka, Batumi, 2018
6k1/6p1/1p3p2/2b5/2P5/4N3/4rP1P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxe3 if 2.fxe3 Bxe3+ ]

b)
Giga Kuparadze vs Tornike Sanikidze, Tbilisi, 2018
8/2b2k2/4pB2/pPp1PPK1/8/1P6/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...c4 2.bxc4 a4 3.c5 Ba5 4.b6 a3 ]

c)
Sasa Martinovic vs Miguel Santos Ruiz, Batumi, 2018
4r1k1/5p1p/2q5/Q2p1N2/Pp1P3P/1P3P2/6P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qc1+ 2.Kh2 Qf4+ ]

d)
Ralf Akesson vs Yuri Solodovnichenko, Sweden, 2018
4r1k1/R6p/1p6/3p3R/1p1P4/1Pn2PP1/1r6/5NK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ne2+ if 2.Kh1 Nxg3+ 3.Nxg3 Re1+ or if 2.Kg2 Nf4+ ]

e)
Nicita Morozov vs Klementy Sychev, Yerevan, 2018
3r1rk1/5p1p/6p1/1p6/p2nP1P1/P5P1/2BR2KP/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nf3 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XIV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tingjie Lei vs Tuan Minh Tran, Hanoi, 2018
5b2/3R1pk1/1N4p1/7p/7P/1B2r1P1/KPn5/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nb4+ 2.Ka3 Nd3+ if 3.Ka2 Nc1+ or if 3.Ka4 Nc5+ ]

b)
R Praggnanandhaa vs Vasily Usmanov, Stockholm, 2018
3r2k1/6pp/p1p5/2B2p2/1pP4q/4PP2/P1QNKRP1/7r b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxd2+ 2.Qxd2 Qxc4+ 3.Qd3 Qxa2+ 4.Qd2 Qc4+ 5.Qd3 Re1+ ]

c)
Gergely Kantor vs Daria Voit, Batumi, 2018
8/p4pk1/2qR1np1/7r/r3p3/1Qp3B1/5PNP/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...c2+ 2.Qxc2 Ra1+ if 3.Kb2 Ra2+ ]

d)
Mads Andersen vs Nikoloz Kacharava, Batumi, 2018
r4r1k/1ppnq1bp/1n1p2p1/p7/P7/2N2R1Q/BPPB1PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxh7+ Kxh7 2.Rh3+ Bh6 3.Bxh6 if 3...Rf4 4.Bxf4+ Kg7 5.Bh6+ Kf6 6.Rf3+ ]

e)
Jinshi Bai vs Markus Watzlawek, Neustadt a.d. Weinstrasse, 2018
1k3r2/ppq5/2n1R3/2p3rp/8/2P3P1/PPQ2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re8+ Rxe8 2.Rxe8+ Nd8 3.Qd2 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alberto David vs Das Arpan, New Delhi, 2018
7k/2q2prp/b1p1p1pQ/ppn1P1N1/8/2P4R/PP3PPP/3r1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nxh7 if 1...Kg8 2.Nf6+ Kf8 3.Qh8+ ]

b)
Vitaly Kunin vs Christian Goldschmidt, Neustadt a.d. Weinstrasse, 2018
1k1r4/pp1b1p1p/5n2/8/1b1q4/2N3P1/PBQ1B1PK/R7 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nb5 if 1...Qc5 2.Qxc5 Bxc5 3.Be5+ Ka8 4.Nc7+ ]

c)
Sandro Mareco vs Sebastian Granara Barreto, Montevideo, 2018
2b1r2k/rpn1qppB/p1p4p/P3N3/3P4/4P1P1/1RQ2P1P/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bg6 ]

d)
Nikola Sedlak vs Boris Dimitrijeski, Backi Petrovac, 2018
1br1r1k1/1p5p/pqn5/2Np4/1P1p4/2PQ4/4N1PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rf7 if 1...Kxf7 2.Qxh7+ mates or if 1...Re4 2.Rxb7 ]

e)
Pavel Tregubov vs T Mifsud, Caleta, 2018
rnb1nrk1/4q1pp/pP2p3/4bp2/2B5/1PN1P3/PB3PPP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nd5 if 1...exd5 2.Bxd5+ or if 1...Qd6 2.Bxe5 Qxe5 3.Ne7+ ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XVI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Frode Urkedal vs Katarzyna Toma, Fagernes, 2018
r4rk1/4ppb1/4b1p1/qpn3N1/p2pQ3/P1P1P1B1/4BPP1/2R1K2R w K - 1 0
[ 1.Rh8+ if 1...Bxh8 2.Qh4 mates ]

b)
Artur Davtyan vs Marin Bosiocic, Batumi, 2018
5rk1/1p3pp1/p1p1rq2/3p1N2/3PnPQP/4P3/PP2R3/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxf5 2.Qxf5 Ng3+ ]

c)
Justin Sarkar vs Matthieu Cornette, Fagernes, 2018
2r1r1k1/p4p2/7p/5Rp1/P5P1/2B1P2P/2Kn4/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nc4 ]

d)
Kanan Garayev vs Bogdan-Daniel Deac, Batumi, 2018
1kbr4/p1p2p2/1p1p4/3PbP2/2Pq4/P1R2QN1/1P4P1/1K3B2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxg3 2.Qxg3 Qd1+ if 3.Rc1 Bxf5+ ]

e)
Daniel Gong vs Adrien Demuth, Palmerston North, 2018
r5k1/1p6/p4rp1/7q/1P1N4/4B2P/1P6/1QKR1N1b b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxd1+ 2.Kxd1 Rxf1+ 3.Kc2 Rxb1 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XVII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Evgeny Potemkin vs Alexander Evdokimov, Taganrog, 2018
2r2rk1/pb2ppbp/3p2p1/q1pBn3/4QB2/2P1PN1P/PP3PP1/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxd5 2.Qxd5 Nxf3 3.gxf3 Bxc3 if 4.bxc3 Qxc3+ mates ]

b)
Anna Karykowska vs Bartlomiej Heberla, Zgierz, 2018
2r4r/ppqpkpp1/2n1pn2/2b4p/4P2P/2NB4/PPP2PP1/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ng4 if 2.g3 Qxg3+ ]

c)
Modestas Ziogas vs Petr Kiriakov, Prague, 2018
r4rk1/1b3ppp/2q5/2n1p1PP/1pBpP3/1P3P2/P7/1KQR2NR b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxe4 if 2.Ne2 Nf2 or if 2.Nh3 Nc3+ or if 2.fxe4 Qxe4+ ]

d)
Kumar Rakesh vs S L Narayanan, Bhubaneswar, 2018
8/p3q1kp/6p1/2p1P3/2B3Q1/2nP2P1/Pr6/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qb7 if 2.Qh3 Ne2+ ]

e)
Sayan Bose vs G A Stany, Bhubaneswar, 2018
1r2r1k1/2p2pp1/p3q2p/2P1b3/Q3bN2/4B3/1P1R1PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxf4 2.Bxf4 Bc2 if 3.Qxc2 Qe1+ mates ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XVIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Chopra Aryan vs Johnatan Bakalchuk, Budapest, 2018
2R2bk1/p4r1p/1p1p2pB/1P2p3/P3P2q/7P/1PQ3P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf8+ Rxf8 2.Qc4+ Kh8 3.Bxf8 ]

b)
Bogdan-Daniel Deac vs Lukasz Jarmula, Budapest, 2018
r5k1/1q2rppp/ppQ5/3p4/3N4/3nP3/PP3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nf5 if 1...Rd7 2.Qc3 ]

c)
Ori Kobo vs Radoslaw Barski, Budapest, 2018
1r5Q/p3kp2/3p2p1/n1qPp3/2p4R/P3RPP1/1r3P1P/5BK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe5+ if 1...dxe5 2.Qxe5+ mates or if 1...Kd7 2.Bh3+ ]

d)
Maxime Lagarde vs Peter Michalik, Germany, 2018
1r3rk1/5p2/p1bR2p1/2B3N1/7q/8/PPQ2PP1/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxg6+ if 1...fxg6 2.Qxg6+ mates
or if 1...Kh8 2.Bd4+ f6 3.Rg8+ Rxg8 4.Bxf6+
]

e)
Sergei Lobanov vs Evgenij Lesovoi, St. Petersburg, 2018
5k2/p5pp/3b4/4B3/8/2Q4P/5PPK/3q4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qf3+ if 1...Qxf3 2.Bxd6+ ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XIX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Inigo Lopez Mulet vs Kim Pilgaard, La Roda, 2018
3r2k1/1pR3pp/q2pb3/5n1n/1P3P2/p2N3P/P2QN1BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nc5 ]

b)
Iulija Osmak vs Marina Nechaeva, Vysoke Tatry, 2018
2r3k1/6p1/3bpnp1/1p1p2N1/1P1P2P1/2r1RR1Q/4B1KP/4q3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf6 ]

c)
Hagen Poetsch vs Borya Ider, Iraklio, 2018
r4rk1/p5pp/1pn1b1n1/5p2/3p1P2/P2B2Q1/R1PB2PP/1qN2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.c4 ]

d)
Novendra Priasmoro vs Anton Smirnov, Cha-Am, 2018
2r3k1/3qn1p1/1pN4p/pP1p4/3Q4/2P5/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rf7 Kxf7 2.Ne5+ Ke8 3.Nxd7 Kxd7 4.Qxg7 ]

e)
Polina Shuvalova vs Mariya Muzychuk, Vysoke Tatry, 2018
3n3r/ppk1p1bp/4q1p1/4P3/4N3/P4N1Q/5PPP/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxb7+ if 1...Kc8 2.Qxe6+ Nxe6 3.Rxe7 or if 1...Kxb7 2.Nc5+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Amin Tabatabaei vs Kalyan Arjun, Sharjah, 2018
1r1r3k/1p3Q1p/pN1b4/2p2bq1/P1B2p2/5P2/1P4PP/3RR2K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxd6 if 1...Rxd6 2.Re8+ Rxe8 3.Qxe8+ Kg7 4.Qf7+ Kh6 5.Qf8+ ]

b)
Nhat Minh To vs Milan Pacher, Budapest, 2018
2r1r1k1/1n1pqppp/1p6/1P6/Q1B1nB2/P4N2/1b3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ng5 if 1...Nbd6 2.Rxd6 ]

c)
R R Laxman vs Shardul Gagare, Dubai, 2018
6k1/p4p2/4r1pp/2P5/P2b2P1/3R1P1P/2Q2N1q/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxf2 2.Qxf2 Qh1+ 3.Qg1 Re1+ ]

d)
Piotr Nguyen vs Bence Korpa, Budapest, 2018
4r3/4qpk1/1Q3b2/3p1bpp/3p4/3P2P1/PB3PBP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qe1+ 2.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 3.Bf1 Bh3 ]

e)
Evgenij Lesovoi vs Maksim Schekachikhin, St. Petersburg, 2018
2r2k2/3qnpbp/3pb1p1/1p1Np3/1P6/1Q1PP1P1/3B1PBP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxc1+ 2.Bxc1 Qc6 ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XXI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Antenaina Rakotomaharo vs Evgeny Zanan, Budapest, 2018
r2rn1k1/pq2bppp/1p2p3/1N2P3/2P2Q2/1P2BP2/P6P/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxd1 2.Rxd1 Bg5 if 3.Qxg5 Qxf3+ ]

b)
Jun Xu vs Jianchao Zhou, Xinghua, 2018
r2r1nk1/1q3pp1/pp5p/3np3/1PQ5/3RB1P1/P3PPNP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxe3 if 2.Nxe3 Rdc8 ]

c)
Sergey Volkov vs Yilun Zhu, Dubai, 2018
r3r1k1/1Q3qp1/p7/7p/3Bn3/4P3/4B2K/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bc4 ]

d)
Bernhard Prinzjakowitsch vs Rainer Buhmann, Austria, 2018
4r1k1/6b1/1nq3pp/5p2/2p1p3/1PPn3P/2B2PPB/1Q1R1NK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nd5 ]

e)
Gints Rasa vs Arturs Neiksans, Riga, 2018
r5k1/B4pp1/7p/5r2/3P4/3qQ3/4nPPP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxe3 2.fxe3 Rxf1+ ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XXII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ravi Haria vs Tor Fredrik Kaasen, Stockholm, 2018
1qr1rnk1/1b4pp/p2b4/5N2/3Np3/5Q2/P5PP/3RR1BK w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qb3+ Kh8 2.Nxd6 Qxd6 3.Qxb7 ]

b)
Alberto Suarez Real vs Sam Chow, England, 2018
2r2r2/5pk1/4p3/1p1pP1qp/1NnP3b/P4R2/2N1RP2/2Q4K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rg3 ]

c)
Daniel Bisby vs Peter Sowray, England, 2018
r7/1R3p1p/3p1kp1/p2nbp2/P2B4/6P1/7P/3R1K2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxe5+ if 1...Kxe5 2.Rb5 ]

d)
Johan-Sebastian Christiansen vs Isak Storme, Bergen, 2018
r1k2b1r/3Rpp1p/5p2/1Q6/8/6P1/PPP2P1P/2K2B1q w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rd5 ]

e)
Gergely Szabo vs Bogdan Posedaru, Olanesti, 2018
r1b1R3/pp3k2/3P1qp1/5p1Q/8/P6N/2p2PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re7+ if 1...Qxe7 2.Qh7+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XXIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Marian Nothnagel vs Tristan Niermann, Willingen, 2018
2r4r/pp1knQ1B/1q6/nb1p2N1/1b1P4/4P3/PP3PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bf5+ Kd8 2.Rxc8+ Nxc8 3.Ne6+ ]

b)
Namhai Battulga vs Enkhnar Enkhbaatar, Tsetserleg, 2018
6k1/5rp1/pp1rNp2/3Qp2p/4R2n/2P2q2/PP3P2/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qa8+ Kh7 2.Rxd6 ]

c)
Ashot Parvanyan vs Tristan Niermann, Willingen, 2018
r3r1k1/ppq2ppp/2p5/3nn3/3N2P1/1P2PQ1P/PB1N1PKb/2R2R2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxd5 Nd3 2.Qf5 Nxb2 3.N2f3 Bd6 4.Qc2 ]

d)
Hannes Ewert vs Jari Reuker, Willingen, 2018
Q1b1qrk1/2Rn2pp/4p3/1p1p4/3P4/4P1P1/PP3PpP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rdc1 if 1...Qf7 2.f4 ]

e)
Pierre Barbot vs Quentin Burri, Brest, 2018
3Q4/7k/6p1/p1p1p3/P7/4P1Pq/2B2b1P/7K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qe7+ if 1...Kh6 2.Qf8+ or if 1...Kg8 2.Bb3+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XXIV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Pavel Tregubov vs Yuri Solodovnichenko, Brest, 2018
r4rk1/1q1bbppp/p3p3/1p2P3/4n3/2N1BN1P/PPR1QPP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nxe4 Qxe4 2.Rc7 if 2...Rad8 3.Rd1 ]

b)
Neuris Delgado vs Pablo Salinas Herrera, Montevideo, 2018
3rrbk1/2qn1pp1/pNbp2np/P1p2p2/4P3/1BPPN2P/6PB/R2QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxf7+ Kxf7 2.Qb3+
if 2...c4 3.Qxc4+ d5 4.exd5 Nde5 5.dxc6+ Nxc4 6.Bxc7
or if 2...Kf6 3.Ned5+
]

c)
Shanglei Lu vs Yangyi Yu, Tianjin, 2018
2rn1r2/2p2pbk/1p2bqpp/pP2N3/P2B4/2P2Q1P/2B2PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nxg6 Qxf3 2.Nxf8+ ]

d)
Jun Zhao vs Di Li, Tianjin, 2018
3q3k/1p3Qp1/3b3p/p6B/Pn5P/3p4/1P4K1/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re1 ]

e)
Alexander Fier vs R Praggnanandhaa, Apeldorn, 2018
2r2r1k/5p1p/p4b1Q/1p1pBq2/2pPnP2/P7/BP4RP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe4 if 1...Bxe5 2.Rxe5 ]

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Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XXV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ravi Haria vs Gupta Sankalp, Stockholm, 2018
2rr4/p4nk1/8/Q2Nb3/4p1p1/4BqP1/P2K1P2/1RR5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxd5+ 2.Qxd5 Rd8 ]

b)
Emil Powierski vs Erasmus Gerigk, Germany, 2018
r3r1k1/pN4bp/1np3p1/5p2/3p4/1P4PB/P1PRbP1P/2B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ba6 2.Rxe8+ Rxe8 if 3.Nc5 Re1+ 4.Kg2 Bf1+ ]

c)
Michal Konopka vs Petr Velicka, Ostrava, 2018
r2r2k1/pq2pp1p/1p4p1/3n4/4Q3/1PR1B1P1/P3PP1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nf4 if 2.Rxd8+ Rxd8 3.Rc8 Nh3+ ]

d)
Balazs Szuk vs Tamas Banusz, Hungary, 2018
3r1rk1/5ppp/pq6/1p2p3/1P2Qn2/N4PP1/P1P4P/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxd1 2.Rxd1 Nh3 w/3...Nf2(+) ]

e)
Dejan Marjanovic vs Denis Kadric, Sarajevo, 2018
6rk/1p2p2p/2p1b3/P1Pp4/P2P4/3K2b1/1B1Q1q2/R5R1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qf3+ if 2.Qe3 or 2.Kc2 Bf5+ ]

Best chess puzzles of 2018, Part XXVI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Valerij Popov vs Semen Lomasov, Sochi, 2018
1r1rn1k1/5pbR/p1npp3/6P1/2N1PP2/P1N5/3B2K1/7R b - - 0 1
[ 1...d5 2.exd5 exd5 3.Ne3 Rb2 4.Nb1 Rdb8 if 5.f5 Rxb1 6.f6 Rxh1 ]

b)
Maxime Lagarde vs Gabriel Flom, Orsay, 2018
6k1/1p3p1p/1q2pPb1/r3P3/p2P1Q2/P1p1nN2/7R/R3K3 b Q - 0 1
[ 1...Qb2 ]

c)
George Stoleriu vs Bogday-Daniel Deac, Olanesti, 2018
r2b1r2/pp3pkp/6p1/3Ppb2/4N3/3RPB2/PP4PP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxe4 2.Bxe4 f5 3.Bf3 e4 ]

d)
Martin Zumsande vs Jaime Santos Latasa, Llucmajor, 2018
2b2rk1/6b1/p2q2pp/1pNp4/6n1/P1NP4/1P2Q1PP/4R1BK b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bd4 if 2.Bxd4 Qxh2# or if 2.Nb7 Qb8 ]

e)
Srivatshav Rahul vs Sundar Shyam, Kolkata, 2018
r4bk1/4qppp/8/p2Q4/5P2/Pn4B1/1P4PP/R2N2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qc5+ ]


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