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Here are the top rated players' chess puzzles from the last half 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)
White mates in 2.
Alexander Morozevich vs Bogdan Belyakov, Cheliabinsk, 2018
3q3r/5pk1/pr3NbR/3pP1Q1/3P2pP/6B1/P4PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nh5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Jue Wang vs Qian Huang, China, 2018
4r1k1/5q2/7Q/6P1/p1pr4/P7/1PP3B1/2K2R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Suat Atalik vs Bodda Pratyusha, Novi Sad, 2018
r1r5/5Q2/pk3B2/1p2pp1p/1P2q3/PB6/5PPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd8+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
David Howell vs Natasha Regan, London, 2018
2kr1br1/pp1np2p/8/1B1Q1p2/N4B2/P7/1PP2qP1/2K3N1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc6+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Oleg Korneev vs Jorge Cruz, Maia, 2018
r2n2k1/1p2q1b1/2r3Q1/3pPpN1/p2P4/6P1/PP3PK1/3R3R w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 2.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Pavel Eljanov vs Turkan Mamedjarova, Biel, 2018
1r2rk2/6q1/6QR/1pPBp3/1P1n4/6pP/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Timur Gareev vs Deepak Aaron, Greensboro, 2018
6q1/7p/2p2kbQ/1p4R1/3PR3/r3P2P/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf5+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Jonathan De Kleuver vs Jorden Van Foreest, Vlissingen, 2018
4rrk1/6pp/3p4/p1pP1pq1/P1P3n1/1P3N1R/R1BQ1bPP/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd2 ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
David Eggleston vs Santosh Gujrathi Vidit, Douglas, 2018
8/1pp1nk2/5r2/K1P5/P5P1/4pb2/8/Q7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Daniel Fridman vs Sergey Kasparov, Porticchju, 2018
k1r5/1R5p/P5p1/2bB1p2/8/4p2P/1PP3P1/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ a7 if Bxa7 Rb3+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 3.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Benjamin Gledura vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Ajka, 2018
6q1/7p/1p5k/p2bQ3/P3p2P/BP2P1P1/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Rauf Mamedov vs Ege Koksal, Ankara, 2018
3r1r2/1pR4p/p3R1bk/1q4p1/8/1BQ4P/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg7+ Kh5 Qxg6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Ilia Smirin vs Alan Merry, Riga, 2018
4R2r/p4k2/8/1P1N2p1/3B1p2/1P3Pq1/P5p1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ R1e7+ Kg6 Rg7+ Kf5 Re5# ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Mateusz Bartel vs Suri Vaibhav, Biel, 2018
2b1R3/2N2p2/p4kp1/5p2/n3p3/4K1P1/1R3PP1/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3+ Ke2 Nc3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Dinara Saduakassova vs Dronavalli Harika, Hamedan, 2018
2r4k/p3Q1pp/5p2/4n2P/P3P3/6P1/5K2/1r6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2+ Ke3 Rb3+ ]

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2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 4.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Alexander Grischuk vs Fabiano Caruana, Saint Louis, 2018
3k4/1pq1n3/2n2p2/1BPp4/3P1bQ1/P1B4r/3N2p1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ if Rxe3 or Kxg2 Qh2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Wesley So vs Fabiano Caruana, Saint Louis, 2018
6k1/1p4p1/2p3pP/p2pn1r1/3Q1q2/PP1P1NnP/1BP3BK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3+ Bxf3 Nf1+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Sebastien Maze vs Tigran Gharamian, Nimes, 2018
6k1/1b1p2Pp/p7/1p3KPQ/3q4/3p3R/P5B1/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Bxf1 Qe4+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Mikhail Al Antipov vs Revanth Krishna, Biel, 2018
6qk/1p1Q3p/6pP/p3P3/3p4/8/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Baadur Jobava vs Marco Gallana, Spilimbergo, 2018
r1bq1rk1/5pn1/p4p1Q/1pp1pR2/P2pP1P1/1P1P2NP/2P3B1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh5 if Nxh5 Nxh5 ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 5.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Ondrej Svanda vs Erik Van Den Doel, Innsbruck, 2018
8/Np2k1p1/4p2p/PB2n3/4P1PK/2r1n3/5R1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng2+ Rxg2 g5+ Kh5 Rh3# ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Faddey Mochalin vs Oleg Korneev, Kazan, 2018
r7/1p5k/p1p3p1/2Q1p1q1/4n2p/1P2P2P/PB3rRK/6R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg3+ Kh1 Qxh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Anastasia Bodnaruk vs Karina Ambartsumova, Sochi, 2018
r7/2p2k2/P1pn1P1p/2Nr4/2b1N1R1/8/6PP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ if Kf8 Ne6+ or if Ke8 Nxd6+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Maxim Matlakov vs Alexander Moiseenko, Bastia, 2018
2Q5/1p4bk/p6p/2PB4/PP5P/4N1q1/3r4/4RK2 w - - 1 0
[ Be4+ Qg6 Bxg6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Oleg Korneev vs Ilias Kakousatze, Stavanger, 2018
5rrn/p3qbR1/1p2p2k/2ppNp1p/3P1P2/2PBP3/PP4Q1/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Nxf7+ Rxf7 Qg6+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 6.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Evgeny Klimentov vs Kirill Alekseenko, Sochi, 2018
4r1k1/2R5/2N2b2/2pb2p1/5p2/3P3P/2r2RPB/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Rf1 Rxg2+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Suat Atalik vs Junta Ikeda, Paracin, 2018
2r3k1/p2r3p/n6B/q5PP/3Qp1b1/2N5/PP2P3/2KR1R2 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ if Rxc4 Rf8# or if Qd5 Qxc8+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Shekhar Ganguly Surya vs Petr Kostenko, Hamedan, 2018
7r/1p1RNqbp/p6k/4p3/1P3p1P/2P3p1/P5P1/3Q1K2 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6+ if Bf6 Nf5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Gurevich vs Vladimir Okhotnik, Charleroi, 2018
4r1k1/1r3p2/4nRpQ/1p5p/1q5P/6P1/1B3P2/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 Qh8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Marin Bosiocic, Biograd na Moru, 2018
6k1/1b3p1p/8/p1qpQ2P/1p3P2/5BK1/1P6/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kh8 Qd8+ Kg7 h6+ ]

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2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 7.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Al Antipov vs Alexey Dreev, Moscow, 2018
3k4/ppr1bp1r/4p1p1/3pP2p/QP1q1N1P/P4RP1/6PK/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe6+ fxe6 Rf8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Adam Tukhaev vs Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Ankara, 2018
1k5r/ppb5/8/5p2/2n2r2/P1N4q/1P2R2N/4Q1RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ Rxh2 Rxh2+ Kxh2 Rf2+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
David Howell vs Luke McShane, Hull, 2018
8/5pk1/p2p4/4b3/2R1QB1p/PP2q2P/3r2PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg3+ Bxg3 hxg3+ Kg1 Rd1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Dhopade Swapnil vs Chithambaram Aravindh, Abu Dhabi, 2018
4r1k1/5p1p/5np1/p1P1n3/3N4/1PQ1q2P/P4rPK/2RRN3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Neg4+ (or Nfg4+) hxg4 Nxg4+ Kg1 Rf1+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Carissa Yip vs Timur Gareev, Greensboro, 2018
5k2/4p2Q/2p1q3/p4p2/2P1b3/6B1/PP1r2PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Rxg2 Rd1+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 8.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Sergei Movsesian vs Jan Vokoun, Pardubice, 2018
2r2r2/1q1nppk1/3p1np1/p7/1p1NP3/3P2NP/PP1Q2P1/3R1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Ngf5+ (or Ndf5+) if Kg8 Qh6 gxf5 Nxf5 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Nikolaos Tepelenis vs Andrei Istratescu, Rio Achaia, 2018
Q7/5ppk/2B4p/3p2n1/3r4/6P1/PP3qPP/R6K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3 if gxh3 Rd2 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Ricard Morros Faura vs Evgeny Postny, Escaldes, 2018
q6k/6pp/3Qpp2/2Pb4/3P4/p5P1/Pr5P/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ Kf1 Bc4+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Santosh Gujrathi Vidit vs Das Debashish, Douglas, 2018
q3rbk1/rb3p1n/p3pnB1/2p1N3/2pP1B2/P5R1/1P2QPPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 Bc6 Qxh7+ Nxh7 Bxf7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Evgeny Alekseev vs Alexander Morozevich, Sochi, 2018
6k1/1p3pp1/3p1q2/pNbP1P1p/5Bn1/P1R2QP1/1P4KP/4r3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg1+ Kh3 Nf2+ Qxf2 Qxf5+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 9.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Artyom Timofeev vs Sergey Drygalov, Ekaterinburg, 2018
5bqk/1br5/p1p3R1/1p4p1/1P1P4/P7/2B1Q1PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5+ if Bg7 Rh6+ or if Qg7 Rh6+ Kg8 Bb3+ Rf7 Bxf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Olga Girya vs Natalija Pogonina, Satka, 2018
6Q1/rr3p2/5kpR/4p3/1q2P3/5P2/5P1P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rgxg6+ if Ke7 Re6+ fxe6 Rxe6+ or if fxg6 Rxg6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Marcin Krysztofiak vs Mateusz Bartel, Warsaw, 2018
6k1/8/2p5/Q1Pp1b2/P2R1Pp1/4qrPp/7P/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Rxf1 Be4+ Rxe4 Qxe4+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Stefan Schneider vs Stellan Brynell, Gothenburg, 2018
1r6/6bk/p5p1/2p1p3/1r2q3/3BPbB1/QP1R1P2/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 if Bxh4 Rxh4 ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Thi Kim Phung Vo vs Bathuyag Mongontuul, Hyderabad, 2018
3Q4/1p5p/p1p3p1/1k2P3/2b1pPPK/b4q1P/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h6 if Qd2 Bb4 Qb2 Be2 ]

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2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 10.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Maksim Lugovskoy vs Alexander Riazantsev, Cheliabinsk, 2018
2k4r/ppqn1pp1/2p1p3/3P4/2P2nPr/1B3QN1/PP3PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ if Kf1 Nd4 Ne2 Rh1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Jorge Baules vs Hikaru Nakamura, Batumi, 2018
3r1rk1/pQ2Rppp/4p3/4qn2/2p5/P4P1B/5P1P/2B2KR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Kg2 Nh4+ Kh1 Qe1 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Khalil Al-Subaihi vs Christian Bauer, Batumi, 2018
r2r2k1/pp3ppp/8/2P2N2/1P2nq2/P4B2/1Qn2PPP/R4KNR b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ Ke2 Qc4+ Kd1 Nb3+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Alexander Gutenev, Sochi, 2018
2r1r1k1/4p1bp/n4p2/p2PNQ2/2p2P2/q3P1B1/3R2PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ Kh8 Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Hovhannes Gabuzyan vs Jayaram Aswin, Saint Louis, 2018
1r1r1k2/8/q5pb/n1pPR1pp/6bP/P2P2P1/1Q3PB1/B3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Rxe8 Qh8+ Kf7 Qh7+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 11.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Sarunas Sulskis vs Constantin Lupulescu, Batumi, 2018
6k1/5pb1/6p1/p2R4/1p2P3/1PpN1P2/Pr6/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...c2 ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Alexandr Truskavetsky vs Anton Demchenko, Sochi, 2018
r7/1p1b1q1k/2pR3b/8/1PP1p2p/p3P2P/P3N1r1/B2QR2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ Kxh2 Qf2+ Kh1 Qf3+ if Kh2 Qxh3+ or if Kg1 Bxe3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Jolanta Zawadzka vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Porto Carras, 2018
b2r2k1/3r1pp1/8/2B4q/1QPn1P2/2R1R2p/P4P1P/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ Rg3 Ne2+ Bxe2 Rd1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Ranan Sagit vs Ivan Sokolov, Porto Carras, 2018
8/1p5k/2p2rpp/p5p1/4Q1P1/PP1PPn1P/R3KP2/2R3q1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4+ Kd2 Rxf2+ Kc3 Nb5+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Evgeny Alekseev vs Egor Tatarintsev, Sochi, 2018
r2q1rk1/pp2bp2/2p1p1p1/3nN1PQ/3P1P2/2P3B1/1P2R3/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg6 f5 Qh8+ Kf7 Ne5+ Ke8 Qh5+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 12.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Anton Korobov vs Alexandr Predke, Biograd na Moru, 2018
3R1nk1/pp1r2pp/8/1q6/8/1P2QP2/1B4PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ Rf7 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Ba3+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Etienne Bacrot vs Basheer Al Qudaimi, Batumi, 2018
5rk1/1R3p2/p2p2n1/2b1qNQ1/P3P1P1/3p4/6P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxg6+ if fxg6 Nh6+ or if Kh8 Nh6 d2 Nxf7+ ]

0 1
[ ...Nxh2 Kxh2 g4 Qf4 Be5 ]

c)
Black mates in 6.
Benjamin Arvola vs Simen Agdestein, Sarpsborg, 2018
2b1R3/p4pk1/2N3pp/p1pP2q1/8/2P3Q1/P4PPP/1r3BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf1+ Kxf1 Ba6+ ]

d)
Sergei Tiviakov vs Ivan Sokolov, Amsterdam, 2018
r2q2k1/1b2r2p/p1p3p1/3n1pB1/Pp2N3/1B3Q2/1PP2PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Kh8 Nxd5 cxd5 Bf6+ Kg8 Bxe7 ]

e)
Matthieu Cornette vs Robert Ris, Porticchju, 2018
2r3k1/2r2pbp/1p1pn1p1/1Q6/4P3/qP2BPPB/2R4P/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6 if Rxc2 Rxc2 Rxc2 Qe8+ mates ]

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2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 13.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jorden Van Foreest vs Erwin L'Ami, Amsterdam, 2018
3r4/1pb2ppk/p1p2q1p/P1B1pP2/1P2Q3/2P2RPP/3r1P2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be7 if Qxe7 f6+ ]

b)
Vlastimil Jansa vs Eduardo Iturrizaga, Benasque, 2018
2b4r/6r1/p3pk2/1p3p1Q/1P1q4/6R1/P1P3PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ if Ke7 Rxd4 ]

c)
Vladimir Baklan vs Das Soham, Benasque, 2018
2r3k1/1p4p1/pn2p2q/n2p2b1/3P2P1/PPNBB3/4Q2P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg5 if Qxg5 Qxe6+ Kh8 Qxc8+ ]

d)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Yiye Wang, China, 2018
7k/pQ1b2p1/2nq3p/2pB3r/P1Pp4/8/5PP1/4RNK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qa8+ if Kh7 Qg8+ or if Qb8 Bxc6 ]

e)
Jaan Ehlvest vs Klaus Bischoff, Dresden, 2018
2r3k1/5p1p/3P2p1/p7/Bb6/3R2P1/5PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ d7 if Rd8 Re3 ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 14.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Eltaj Safarli vs Ioannis Papaioannou, Rio Achaia, 2018
5bk1/1p3p1p/3p2pP/3P1rP1/4Q3/PqB5/1P6/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8 ]

b)
Vladislav Artemiev vs Oleg Badmatsyrenov, Ekaterinburg, 2018
3r4/3k1p2/2p4R/pq1prPQ1/8/1PP5/R4P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6+ Kxd6 Qxd8+ Kc5 Rxa5 ]

c)
Aleksey Sorokin vs Ramil Faizrakhmanov, Ekaterinburg, 2018
3q2k1/R3brpp/1pbnQp2/8/3P1B2/P7/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re1 if Nc8 Rc7 or if Nb5 Rxe7 or if Bf8 Bxd6 ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Azer Mirzoev, Linares, 2018
r2k2r1/1p5p/p1p3p1/3nR1P1/1P4B1/P7/7P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7 if Nb6 Rxb7 ]

e)
Eduardo Iturrizaga vs Max Warmerdam, Vlissingen, 2018
2r3k1/1p2pp2/2bp1b2/2qP1PpR/6P1/1P3P2/3Q2K1/B7 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg5+ Kf8 Bxf6 if exf6 Qxf6 mates or if Ke8 Qg8+ Kd7 dxc6+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 15.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Kamil Dragun vs Joshua Friedel, Rockville, 2018
3r2k1/bpnr1p2/p1p1n1p1/4P1q1/1P1P2Q1/PB1R4/4NBP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg5 Nxg5 Bh4 Nce6 Bxe6 ]

b)
Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin, Saint Louis, 2018
r5k1/pp4pp/2n1br2/1NP2p2/4p3/P3P3/5PPP/3RKB1R w K - 1 0
[ Nc7 Raf8 Nxe6 Rxe6 Bc4 ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Viswanathan Anand, Saint Louis, 2018
2rqr1k1/pp1b1p2/7p/1B1pBnp1/3Pn3/2N2Q2/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd7 Qxd7 Nxd5 Qxd5 Qxf5 if Rc6 Rxe4 or if Nd2 Qf6 ]

d)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Fabiano Caruana, Saint Louis, 2018
4k3/2q1np2/4pp1p/8/2rN4/6RP/3Q1PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nb5 w/Nd6+ ]

e)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Nikola Nikolovski, Struga, 2018
r3qrk1/1p1b1pbp/p2P2p1/2p1pP2/Pn2N3/5NP1/1P5P/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ f6 Bh8 Qd2 if Qe6 Nxc5 or if Bf5 Qh6 ]

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2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 16.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Vladimir Malakhov, Biograd na Moru, 2018
2r2rk1/pp3ppp/1np5/q7/P1BRQ3/4P2P/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ if Kh8 Qxh7+ or if Kxf7 Rd7+ Kg8 Qe7 ]

b)
Evgeniy Najer vs Alexey Khruschiov, Moscow, 2018
5r1k/1p2r1pp/2pbp2q/p2n4/P1BBQ1R1/7P/1PP2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh4 if Rf4 Rxh6 Rxe4 Rxe4 Nf6 Rxf6 ]

c)
David Paravyan vs Alexei Gubajdullin, Moscow, 2018
r4rk1/ppp2ppp/3q1n2/8/1nBPp3/2N1P3/P2Q1PPP/1R2K2R w K - 1 0
[ Nb5 ]

d)
Dmitry Kryakvin vs Daniel Ebeling, Finland, 2018
q2r1k2/3R1pp1/2N1n2p/p1p5/2Q5/PP4P1/5PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe6 fxe6 Rxd8+ Qxd8 Nxd8 ]

e)
Erik Blomqvist vs Mohamed Ali Boudriga, Batumi, 2018
3n2k1/3Nqp1p/3np1p1/1p1p4/1P1P1Q1P/2PB1RP1/5PK1/r7 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Kg7 Qxd6 Qxd6 Ne8+ or if Kh8 Qh6 mates ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 17.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Boris Gelfand vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Jerusalem, 2018
2r3k1/pbr2p2/6pp/3P4/1R6/4P1P1/Pp3P1P/1B2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1 ]

b)
Maxime Lagarde vs Michal Krasenkow, Porticchju, 2018
r1bq1rk1/ppp3bp/3p4/5pp1/2PNn1n1/1PN1PQ2/PB2BPPP/3R1RK1 b - - c)
Rinat Jumabayev vs Shanglei Lu, Hamedan, 2018
6rk/p3bp2/bp2p2p/4P2P/3PQN2/P1B1nBq1/6P1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 if Bd2 Bxf4 or if Be1 Qxf4 or if Ne2 Bxe2 ]

d)
Oliver Dimakiling vs Chithambaram Aravindh, Abu Dhabi, 2018
5rk1/5qp1/1p6/pP1p3p/P3n2P/2PR1QB1/5PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg6 Qe3 Rxf2+ if Kh1 Nxg3+ or if Kg1 Qg4 ]

e)
Oleg Badmatsyrenov vs Dmitry Kryakvin, Ekaterinburg, 2018
6kr/p2qb1pp/1pb1p1n1/2p2pNQ/2Pn1P1P/1PB3PB/P2P1N2/1K2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg5 if hxg5 Bf3 ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 18.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Marius Manolache vs Anton Demchenko, Pontevedra, 2018
8/3Brp2/p5p1/1P2k1np/1PpR4/2P2bP1/3K1N1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd5 if Bh3 Nf3+ ]

b)
Levon Aronian vs Fabiano Caruana, Saint Louis, 2018
5rk1/p4ppp/1r4q1/3Q3n/3Pp3/1NP2n1P/PP3PP1/R3RB1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ fxg3 Qxg3 if gxf3 Rg6 mates ]

c)
Andrey Rychagov vs David Paravyan, Moscow, 2018
2rr2k1/1p2qpp1/p3p1p1/3p4/1nnP1N2/4PPB1/PP2R1PP/2R1Q1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...g5 Nh3 Nd3 Qf1 Nxe3 ]

d)
Sven Tica vs Ognjen Cvitan, Biograd na Moru, 2018
8/1p3k1p/3p2p1/1QnP1p2/7R/2b3PP/4PP1N/q2r1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1 Qc4 Rb4 ]

e)
Saad Belouadah vs Christian Bauer, Batumi, 2018
r4k2/1bp2p2/p4bpp/2RP4/3N4/P3rB1P/1P4P1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ if Rxe1 Bxd4+ ]

'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 19.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Boris Markoja vs Eltaj Safarli, Batumi, 2018
8/5pk1/3b1rp1/3B3r/q1P5/6P1/5RQP/1R5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2 Qxf2 Rxd5 cxd5 Qe4+ ]

b)
Maksim Vavulin vs Milan Hruby, Sandavagur, 2018
1r2r1k1/5p2/p1p3pp/N3b3/PnRpPB2/7P/1P1R1PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe5 Rxe5 Rxb4 ]

c)
Vladimir Epishin vs Frans Schoffelmeer, Ghent, 2018
r4rk1/4ppbp/bqp2np1/p7/2nPP3/1BN2N1P/1P3PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra4 if Nd6 e5 ]

d)
Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian vs Thiago Alves Da Silva, Teresina, 2018
2rq1rk1/1bpnb1pp/pp6/4Np2/3PpB2/6PB/PP2PP1P/2RQR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb3+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

e)
Xavier Martinez Pla vs Vladimir Baklan, Benasque, 2018
2kr2r1/pp2p3/2p2p2/3q2p1/PPp1Nn2/2P1Q2P/3P1PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 20.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nadar Anand vs Levan Pantsulaia, Abu Dhabi, 2018
6k1/5p1p/6p1/p2Pr3/1p2qQ2/2b3P1/P7/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ ]

b)
Amro El Jawich vs Erwin L'Ami, Batumi, 2018
1r2qrk1/p4ppp/8/Q1R2P2/8/8/1p4PP/1R3BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe4 if Qe1 Qxe1 ]

c)
Eltaj Safarli vs Velimir Ivic, Batumi, 2018
6k1/1q1nrpp1/7p/prR1P3/8/4Q1P1/2B2P1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd3 ]

d)
Alexander Morozevich vs Dmitry Rozhko, Sochi, 2018
rn1qkbnr/ppp2pp1/2b1p2p/6N1/3P4/5N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nxf7 Kxf7 Ne5+ if Ke7 Ng6+ or if Ke8 Qh5+ ]

e)
Mikhail Al Antipov vs Vladislav Chizhikov, Sochi, 2018
r3k2r/ppqb1pp1/4p3/3pPn2/P1nP1Q1p/3B1N2/2P2PPP/R1B2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Bxf5 if exf5 e6 ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 21.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Boris Savchenko vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Sochi, 2018
3rk2r/pp2ppbp/n1p2np1/8/q1NP1B2/2P5/PP1Q1PPP/2KR1B1R w k - 1 0
[ b3 Qb5 Nd6+ ]

b)
Kirill Alekseenko vs Oleg Vastrukhin, Sochi, 2018
6k1/5pn1/2pq4/Q3NPpp/P5P1/8/1P4K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qa8+ Kh7 Qh8+ Kxh8 Nxf7+ ]

c)
Daria Charochkina vs Daria Voit, Sochi, 2018
2R5/p2r1kp1/1p2q2p/5p1P/2Q5/P5P1/1P3P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ if Ke7 Re8+ ]

d)
Santosh Gujrathi Vidit vs Wesley So, Internet, 2018
6k1/5p1p/pp2pp2/2br4/P2n4/3R1NP1/1P2PPKP/2B5 w - - 1 0
[ b4 ]

e)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Internet, 2018
2r3k1/pp1q1pbp/3Pp1p1/6B1/4P3/8/P1Q2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc8+ Qxc8 d7 ]

More 'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 22.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gerald Hertneck vs Alexander Bertagnolli, Austria, 2018
r4rk1/pb2q3/1p1b1p1p/4N1p1/8/6B1/PP2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ if Kg7 Nc6 Bxc6 Bxd6 ]

b)
Pavel Eljanov vs GErlef Meins, Porto Carras, 2018
3k4/1p5p/3n2p1/PpNPp1P1/1P2P3/2K5/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nxb7+ if Nxb7 a6 ]

c)
Ray Robson vs S P Sethuraman, Saint Louis, 2018
3r2k1/2p2p1p/5qpQ/2B2N2/4p3/1PPB1bP1/7P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Kh8 Bd4 ]

d)
Hovhannes Gabuzyan vs Christopher Yoo, Saint Louis, 2018
R4b2/1r3pkp/3p2p1/8/2rP1B2/6P1/5P1P/4RK2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8 if Kxf8 Bh6+ ]

e)
Milos Perunovic vs Mario Schachinger, Austria, 2018
6k1/1p2r1pp/2b1PrpP/p2q4/3Q4/P3R3/1B3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd5 Bxd5 Bxf6 if gxf6 Rc8+ mates ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 23.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Moiseenko vs Ilia Smirin, Bastia, 2018
1r1qk2r/pp1n1p1p/4pp2/7b/3PNb2/1Q1B1N1P/PP3PP1/R4RK1 w k - 1 0
[ Bb5 if 0-0 Bxd7 or if Bg6 Nc5 ]

b)
Michael Adams vs Alan Merry, Douglas, 2018
3q2k1/6p1/b1p2p1p/2Rrp3/1pQ4P/4P1P1/5P2/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 ]

c)
Gunay Mammadzada vs Anna Muzychuk, Batumi, 2018
2bq1rk1/4b2p/r3n1pQ/pp1pP3/2pP4/P1N1B1P1/1PB2P1P/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5 if Bd1 Nf7 Qf4 Ng5 ]

d)
Adrian Suarez Uriel vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Guimaraes, 2018
6k1/2r2pp1/4b3/3n3P/3Qp3/4B2P/q1P3R1/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa3+ Kd2 Qxe3+ Qxe3 Rxc2+ ]

e)
Maxim Matlakov vs Anton Demchenko, Sochi, 2018
5k2/5p2/p3n3/1p1RP3/8/6QP/Pq6/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ if Kh2 Qxa2+ Qg2 Qxg2+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 24.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Michail Panarin vs Boris Savchenko, Sochi, 2018
2qrb1k1/1p2bppp/1n2p3/p3P3/3NN3/1P4Q1/PB3PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2 ]

b)
Tatjana Vasilevich vs Alina Kashlinskaya, Sochi, 2018
2r5/5pkp/6p1/3R4/1B2P3/2b2P2/3r2PP/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb4 ]

c)
Zaur Tekeyev vs Ian Nepomniachtchi, Sochi, 2018
2r2bk1/5p1p/4b1p1/4N3/4PP2/q7/2BQ2PP/1R3K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa2 if Rc1 Ba3 ]

d)
Alexandr Truskavetsky vs Boris Grachev, Sochi, 2018
4r3/p2k2pp/2p5/8/3P4/bPp3P1/P1Br1R1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd1+ Bxd1 Re1+ Rf1 Rxd1 ]

e)
Artem Gogolev vs Mikhail Al Antipov, Sochi, 2018
3q2k1/1p3p1p/6p1/p1P5/3n1Q2/PP6/7P/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5+ Kg1 Ne2+ ]

2018 Puzzles, pg 5, pt 25.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Hikaru Nakamura, Internet, 2018
2r2bk1/pp3ppp/2r5/1q2P3/3P1P2/PP1R2PP/1B5K/2RQ4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc1 Bxc1 Rxc1 ]

b)
Richard Bates vs Nikita Vitiugov, Porto Carras, 2018
4r3/5pkn/p1R5/7p/1P1qrNnQ/P3P1P1/5PP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 if fxe3 Qxe3+ Kh1 Qe1+ mates ]

c)
Gabriel Gaehwiler vs Evgeny Postny, Porto Carras, 2018
8/6pk/5pp1/8/2N5/1R1n4/r4PPP/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ Ke2 Nc1+ ]

d)
Vladimir Potkin vs Alexander Kozak, Sochi, 2018
4r1k1/p1p1r2p/3p2p1/2p1P3/2PnR1P1/1P3N2/P5KP/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd4 cxd4 exd6 ]

2018, pg 1; 2018, pg 2; 2018, pg 3; 2018, pg 4

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