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Here are some chess puzzles from the highest rated games of 2020.
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 Motylev vs Pedro Miguel Santos, Lisbon, 2020
5r2/3R2bp/p1r1pk2/2p4P/PpN1PPp1/2P5/1P4P1/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ne5 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Lenier Dominguez vs Sebastian Mihajlov, Internet, 2020
r1b2r2/pp2b2Q/1qn1pkB1/3pn1N1/3p3P/2P5/PP3PP1/R1B1K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ 1.Ne4+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Vugar Rasulov vs Vladislav Artemiev, Internet, 2020
8/pp1k3p/4p1P1/3p1p2/1b1P1N2/1P1KPnP1/r7/3R2B1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ne1+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Pavel Eljanov vs Hagawane Aakanksha, Internet, 2020
6k1/4r3/1p2P1pp/2q1Q3/p1P5/5RP1/6BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rf8+ Kxf8 2.Qh8# ]

e)
White mates in 2.
David Paravyan vs Marek Karas, Internet, 2020
6k1/p3q2p/1pb1p1pP/5p2/2BQp3/2P3P1/PP6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxe6+ ]


mates in 2.
Evgeny Romanov vs Adrian Gschnitzer

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Thal Abergel vs Daniel Mieles Palau, Gibraltar, 2020
4Q3/1pq3k1/4p1p1/4b1Kp/4N2P/4BP2/6P1/7r b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bf6+ 2.Nxf6 Qe5# ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Evgeny Romanov vs Adrian Gschnitzer, Internet, 2020
6k1/5pp1/p2p2qp/2p1n3/2P1N2Q/4P2P/P2B1PPK/1r6 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nf3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Timur Gareev vs Nicolas Kern, Nancy, 2020
8/p4p1p/3Q4/1qn2rk1/5N2/4P1P1/PP1R1K2/R7 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qe7+ if 1...Kh6 2.Qf8+ or if 1...Rf6 2.Qe5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Igor Kovalenko vs Uldis Melderis, Riga, 2020
r2q2nr/1p1b4/p1n1p2k/3pP1bp/1P1P2p1/P7/3QN2P/RBB1NRK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rf6+ if 1...Qxf6 2.exf6 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Dmitry Bocharov vs Evgeny Shtembuliak, Internet, 2020
6k1/8/3p4/3P1p2/4RPnP/q6r/6R1/4QbK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rh1+ 2.Kxh1 Qh3+ ]


mates in 3.
Dmitry Bocharov vs Evgeny Shtembuliak

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Farrukh Amonatov vs Baadur Jobava, Internet, 2020
1k5r/p2RQp2/1p2p3/1P2q1Np/P5PP/7K/5pP1/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...hxg4+ 2.Kxg4 Qf5+ 3.Kg3 f1/N# ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Valetin Dragnev vs Grigoriy Oparin, Internet, 2020
6rk/p6p/1p1p1p1B/1RpPpq2/2P1n3/2P1Q1R1/P6P/7K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qf1+ 2.Rg1 Rxg1+ 3.Qxg1 Nf2# ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs Conrad Holt, Internet, 2020
6k1/6p1/q5P1/1r1pp3/6Q1/PpR5/1P1n4/K1N5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxa3+ 2.bxa3 b2+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Baadur Jobava vs Marek Karas, Internet, 2020
r1r1q2Q/3n1kP1/4pB2/4P3/1pppP1R1/pPnP4/P4PP1/K7 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh7 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Gabor Papp vs Artsiom Strybuk, Internet, 2020
r4rk1/ppp1q3/3p1R1R/8/4n1p1/1PN3P1/1PPQ2KP/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qd5+ if 1...Rf7 2.Rfg6+ ]

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Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Lazaro Bruzon vs Felix Ynojosa Aponte, Internet, 2020
4k3/8/2nr4/3QNpp1/3Bn3/6P1/2q2PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qf7+ Kd8 2.Bb6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Igor Lysyj vs Gennady Kozlov, Internet, 2020
3r1r1k/p5pp/5p2/3Q4/8/2P3R1/Pq3BK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxh7+ Kxh7 2.Rh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Zaur Tekeyev vs Iulija Osmak, Internet, 2020
5rn1/1p3p1k/3R3p/q4N2/1p2P1pP/4Q3/1rP2PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxh6+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant vs Elisabeth Paehtz, Internet, 2020
1n2r2k/4pr1p/1pq2p1Q/p2pPNnP/3p3N/2P3R1/PP4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ng6+ Kg8 2.Qg7+ Rxg7 3.Nh6# ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Hampus Sorensen vs Bogdan Belyakov, Internet, 2020
2r2rk1/2q2p1p/pp1RpQ2/2n4p/2P2P2/4B2P/PPb3P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bd4 ]


mates in 3.
Farrukh Amonatov vs Baadur Jobava

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
P Harikrishna vs Enes Tanriverdi, Internet, 2020
5N2/3R4/6R1/1pr2k2/5p2/6P1/1r2nPKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.g4+ Ke4 2.Re6+ Re5 3.f3+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Jorden Van Foreest vs Kevin Bordi, Internet, 2020
1k1r2r1/2q2p2/1pP1p3/8/3P2p1/2P3Q1/6n1/R3RK2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ra8+ Kxa8 2.Qxc7 Ne3+ 3.Kg1 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Salome Melia vs Teodor Anton, Internet, 2020
r1b2r1k/pp5p/4q1P1/3pP1Q1/4B1P1/8/PPP2P2/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxh7+ Kg8 2.Rh8+ Kxh8 3.Qh6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Kamran Shirazi vs Daniel Fridman, Internet, 2020
4r1k1/pp4p1/3p3R/q3b1N1/5rQ1/1P2R3/Pn3PB1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxf4 if 1...Qc7 2.Bd5+ or if 1...gxh6 2.Qf7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Johan-Sebastian Christiansen vs Saha Suvrajit, Internet, 2020
r1b1k2N/3p2p1/3P3p/5p2/pp1P3q/3Q4/5PP1/R5K1 w q - 1 0
[ 1.Qc4 Qf6 2.Qg8+ Qf6 3.Re1+ ]


mates in 3.
Igor Lysyj vs Gennady Kozlov

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Maciej Swicarz vs Pavel Anisimov, Internet, 2020
1r5r/4RR1p/p2p2p1/2p3k1/2P3P1/1PN4P/P2K4/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ne4+ Kh6 2.g5+ Kh5 3.Rxh7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
R Vaishali vs Leya Garifullina, Internet, 2020
R3r1k1/5pp1/7p/1p1p4/1P6/2b2N1P/Q4KP1/2q5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Be1+ if 2.Nxe1 Qe3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Alexander Potapov vs Quang Liem Le, Internet, 2020
8/5k2/1Pp2p1Q/2Pp4/1P2q1p1/4Pb2/r1PK1P2/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxb4+ 2.Kd3 Ra3+ 3.c3 Qb5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Artur Gabrielian vs Kirill Shevchenko, Internet, 2020
r4rk1/1p3p1p/6pb/p2P4/Pn3P2/1P3Q2/1Bq4P/K2R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bg7 if 2.Rb1 Bxb2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Justin Tan vs Vojtech Zwardon, Internet, 2020
r5k1/p5b1/2p4r/Ppp1p3/4PpP1/N2P2qn/1PPBK3/R2Q1R2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ng1+ 2.Rxg1 Rh2+ ]

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Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Vitaliy Bernadskiy vs Alan Pichot, Internet, 2020
8/3n1k2/1pQP1n2/4pqp1/8/6B1/5PPK/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ng4+ if 2.Kh3 Qh7+ 3.Kxg4 Nf6+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Alexander Huzman vs Quang Liem Le, Internet, 2020
4r1k1/6p1/7p/3q4/2p1rP2/P1Qp2P1/3R3P/2R2K2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re1+ if 2.Kf2 R1e2+ or if 2.Rxe1 Qf3+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Saric vs Lance Henderson De La Fuente, Gibraltar, 2020
3r1b2/6p1/4kN1R/3p3Q/2nPpP2/4P1KP/8/2q5 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qg4+ if 1...Kd6 2.Ne8+ or if 1...Kf7 2.Qg6+ or if 1...Ke7 2.Ng8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
David Shapiro vs A Koushik Girish, Internet, 2020
r3r1k1/2p2pPp/3p1n2/4P3/pp5Q/3B1q2/PPP5/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxh7+ Kxg7 2.Qh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Martin Cerveny vs Daniel Gurevich, Internet, 2020
8/7k/p3Bp2/4pNp1/1pp3P1/n7/P2rP3/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Kf2 if 1...Kg6 2.Rh1 ]


mates in 3.
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant vs Elisabeth Paehtz

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Nils Grandelius vs Vincent Keymer, Wijk aan Zee, 2020
8/8/8/R1pb1k2/P2B4/2P2p2/7r/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...f2+ if 2.Kxh2 f1/Q ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Viktor Skliarov vs Stefan Pogosyan, Internet, 2020
r7/npp1p2p/2nk2rq/pB3p2/P1QP4/6P1/1PP2P1P/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qc5+ Kd7 2.Qxe7+ Kc8 3.Qe8+ Nd8 4.Qxd8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Artur Gabrielian, Internet, 2020
5rk1/8/1p4q1/2pPp3/3nPb1Q/1P5R/r5PP/1R3BK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Be3+ if 2.Rxe3 Rxf1+ or if 2.Qf2 Rfxf2 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Belurkar Nitish vs Sugar Ganerdene, Moscow, 2020
3Q4/kb6/p3B2p/2p1qPp1/8/2N5/PPP1p2r/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nb5+ axb5 2.Qa5+ Kb8 3.Rd8+ Bc8 4.Qb6+ ]

e)
Black mates in 6.
Lazaro Bruzon vs Luis Paulo Supi, Internet, 2020
7k/1p2q2p/8/3Pr3/6n1/1R6/PQ4BP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qc5+ 2.Kh1 Nf2+ if 3.Kg1 Nh3+ or if 3.Qxf2 Qxf2 ]


mates in 4.
Maciej Swicarz vs Pavel Anisimov

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gupta Sankalp vs Grigoriy Oparin, Internet, 2020
r2qkb1r/pp2pp1p/n1p2p2/5b2/3P4/5N1P/PPP1QPP1/R1B1KB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ 1...Nb4 if 2.g4 Nxc2+ 3.Kd1 Bg6 ]

b)
Kristian Holm vs Erik Blomqvist, Internet, 2020
4r1k1/2pb2pp/1p6/3PRp2/p1P2Pq1/P5N1/KP3Q1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxe5 2.fxe5 Qxc4+ ]

c)
Jakub Fus vs Emilio Cordova, Internet, 2020
8/p6p/1b4pk/8/3p4/4pPnP/PPR3P1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...d3 if 2.Rcc1 d2 ]

d)
Boris Grachev vs Khvicha Supatashvili, Internet, 2020
3r2k1/1pq2pp1/p6r/P2pn3/6P1/Q1P3P1/1PN1B3/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nc4 ]

e)
Nikola Djukic vs Boris Grachev, Internet, 2020
1rr3k1/2q2pp1/4p2p/3n4/1p1N4/1Q1R2P1/1PPRKP1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nc3+ if 2.Kf1 Ne4 3.Re2 Nc5 or if 2.bxc3 bxc3 3.Qxb8 Rxb8 4.Rd1 Rb2 ]

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Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Grigoriy Oparin vs D Gukesh, Internet, 2020
1r4k1/R1p1q2p/1r2bpp1/2bBp3/7P/2BQ2P1/1P2PP2/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rd6 if 2.Bxe6+ Qxe6 or if 2.Bb4 Rxd5 3.Bxc5 Rxc5 ]

b)
Pierluigi Basso vs Mikhail Kobalia, Internet, 2020
2r2rk1/5ppp/4p3/p7/1qpPn3/4PP1P/1P4P1/2RNQRK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nd2 if 2.Rf2 Nxf3+ ]

c)
Namig Guliyev vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Internet, 2020
1r6/4qpk1/2p2b2/4pPpp/2P5/2NQ3P/1r3PP1/RR4K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...e4 if 2.Qe3 R2b3 or if 2.Nxe4 R8b3 3.Qd6 Rxb1+ ]

d)
D Gukesh vs Namig Guliyev, Internet, 2020
4rrk1/1pQ2n1p/p3p2q/3pPpb1/5N2/1P2PPP1/PB4K1/R4R2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rc8 2.Qxb7 Rc2+ 3.Rf2 Rxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Bxf4 5.gxf4 Qh2+ ]

e)
Hrant Melkumyan vs Gata Kamsky, Internet, 2020
8/R3pr1k/2p3qb/1p1bp3/1PnPN2P/6P1/2Q3BK/6B1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nd2 ]


mates in 5.
Viktor Skliarov vs Stefan Pogosyan

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Semen Khanin vs Maxim Matlakov, Internet, 2020
r1b1k2r/1pq1bpp1/p1p2n2/4p1Q1/4PP1p/2N1B3/PPP1B1PP/2KR3R b kq - 0 1
[ 1...Ng4 if 2.Qxg7 Bf6 ]

b)
Bogdan-Daniel Deac vs Andrew Tang, Internet, 2020
4r1k1/5rpp/6b1/2Q3R1/p1R5/P3B3/1q2PP2/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bd3 if 2.exd3 Rxf2 ]

c)
Alexander Fier vs Manuel Perez Candelario, Internet, 2020
1r4k1/p1qb1pbp/2p3p1/2B1p3/Q2nP3/2NP2P1/P4PBP/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ne2+ ]

d)
Leon Mendonca vs S L Narayanan, Internet, 2020
5rk1/5q2/3p2p1/3Pb3/b3p1Q1/1r2B2P/5PP1/2RR1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxe3 2.fxe3 Bxd1 if 3.Rxd1 or 3.Qxd1 Qf2+ mates ]

e)
Michel Diaz Perez vs Praveen Balakrishnan, Internet, 2020
r2r2k1/pb2bppp/1q3n2/2pp2B1/6N1/2N1P3/PPQ2PPP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxg4 2.Bxe7 Qc7 ]


Bogdan-Daniel Deac vs Andrew Tang

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Franco Carlos Matamoros vs Justin Tan, Internet, 2020
r5k1/5pbp/1pNp2p1/1b1P4/1Pn1qB2/1Q4P1/5P1P/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ra3 if 2.f3 Qe2 ]

b)
Steven Zierk vs Vasif Durarbeyli, Internet, 2020
2r2rk1/5pp1/1q2b2p/pBRp4/8/5P2/PP3QPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxb5 2.Rxb5 Rxc1+ ]

c)
David Shahinyan vs Chithambaram Aravindh, Internet, 2020
r2q2k1/pp1b1p2/2n2bp1/2p2r1p/3pQN2/3P2P1/PPPB1PBP/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re5 if 2.Qf3 Bg4 ]

d)
Benjamin Bok vs Haik Martirosyan, Internet, 2020
2rqr1k1/5p2/Qp1p3p/6p1/1P2n3/P5B1/5PPP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nc3 if 2.Re1 Ne2+ ]

e)
Sanan Sjugirov vs Alireza Firouzja, Internet, 2020
r3rbk1/5pp1/p3bq1p/1pn1pN2/7Q/2P4P/PPB2PP1/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...g5 ]

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Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xiii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alireza Firouzja vs A R Saleh Salem, Internet, 2020
5r1k/1pp1q3/6Qp/2nPp1P1/p1P2pbP/P1N5/1P6/2K1R2R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nb3+ 2.Kb1 Bf5+ ]

b)
Guillermo Vazquez vs R B Ramesh, Internet, 2020
5bk1/5pp1/7p/8/3B1PPQ/2P1R2P/4N2K/r2q4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qh1+ 2.Kg3 Qe1+ ]

c)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Vladislav Artemiev, Internet, 2020
5Brk/5q2/2p4p/n2ppr2/Q1P5/2NP3P/5PP1/1R3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxg2+ if 2.Kxg2 Rg5+ mates ]

d)
Stanislav Bogdanovich vs Valeriy Neverov, Mumbai, 2020
8/1b1kb3/p3pn2/8/r2p4/1N1B4/NPP4P/1K3R2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf6 Bxf6 2.Nc5+ ]

e)
Mustafa Yilmaz vs Victor Mikhalevski, Internet, 2020
3r1qk1/1R3p1p/4p1pP/8/2B2Q2/2b1P1P1/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxe6 if 1...fxe6 2.Qc7 ]


Leon Mendonca vs S L Narayanan

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xiv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mircea Parligras vs Daniel Gormally, England, 2020
5b2/1b3p1k/1p1p1p1p/1PpPpN2/2P1P1KP/6P1/3B4/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxh6 Bxh6 2.Nxd6 Ba8 3.Nxf7 Bf8 4.Kf5 Kg7 5.Ke6 Bb7 6.d6 ]

b)
Semen Dvoirys vs Maxim Rodshtein, Israel, 2020
2r3k1/6p1/2n4p/8/p1P5/Q7/2q3PP/4R1BK w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh3 Rc7 2.Qe6+ Kh7 or 2...Kh8 3.Qd6 Rc8 4.Qd7 ]

c)
Babu Lalith vs C R G Krishna, Gibraltar, 2020
6k1/5pp1/P2Rnb2/B7/r7/1N4p1/1P6/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe6 if 1...fxe6 2.a7 ]

d)
Igor Kovalenko Ivs Maksims Golubovskis, Riga, 2020
2rr2k1/pp3pp1/2nq3p/3b4/3p1Q1N/P2B3P/1PP2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re8+ ]

e)
Evgeny Alekseev vs Alexey Maly, Tallinn, 2020
r7/3rqp2/1p1kp1p1/6R1/p1pP2QP/P4R2/1P3PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qf4+ Kc6 2.Qe4+ ]


Michel Diaz Perez vs Praveen Balakrishnan

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexei Shirov vs Frederico Matsuura, Florianopolis, 2020
3qk3/5p2/4pQp1/1NrpP1Pp/8/6P1/6P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nd6+ Kd7 2.Qxd8+ Kxd8 3.Nb7+ ]

b)
Boris Grachev vs Oleg Bykov, Moscow, 2020
5rk1/p1q2ppp/4bb2/8/1Q2B3/P3B3/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxh7+ ]

c)
Aleksandar Indjic vs Edgar Counhago, Lisbon, 2020
r1bqk2r/1pp1ppb1/p3P1p1/4n2p/6nP/2N1BN2/PPPQ1PP1/R3KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ 1.Qxd8+ Kxd8 2.0-0-0+ if 2...Ke8 3.Nd5 Kf8 4.Nxc7 Rb8 5.Rd8# ]

d)
Vadim Milov vs Guido Willms, Burgdorf, 2020
r1bqr1k1/p2nbpp1/1pp2n1p/3p4/1P1P1B2/P1NBPN2/2Q2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nb5 if 1...cxb5 2.Bc7 ]

e)
Samuel Sevian vs Andrew Titus, Internet, 2020
5k2/1q3p1Q/4pNp1/1p4P1/p1nr1P2/P7/1P2KP2/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh8+ Ke7 2.Ng8+ Kf8 3.Nh6+ Ke7 4.Qxd4 ]

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Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xvi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Markus Ragger vs Peter Sadilek, Internet, 2020
r4rk1/1ppb1pb1/3p1qpp/pB2n3/P3Pn2/2P2N1P/1PNB1PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nxe5 if 1...Bxb5 2.Ng4 ]

b)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Oleksandr Kuzhilniy, Internet, 2020
2r2k2/1p2b1p1/1nrp3p/1p2p3/2P1P3/1PR3P1/5B1P/3R1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rf3+ Ke8 2.cxb5 Rc5 3.b4 Rc4 4.Bxb6 ]

c)
Andrey Esipenko vs George Stoleriu, Internet, 2020
5r1k/pp6/2p1qn2/6Q1/6pP/6N1/PPB2PP1/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh6+ Kg8 2.Bb3 ]

d)
Alireza Firouzja vs Ekaterina Miroshnik, Internet, 2020
r1b1k2r/q4p2/p3p1p1/P2pP3/1n1QnP2/5Np1/1P2B1PP/2R2R1K w kq - 1 0
[ 1.Qxa7 ]

e)
Andrey Esipenko vs Martin Horak, Internet, 2020
rn2kb1r/pppb1pp1/5q1p/8/Q7/2P2N2/PP2BPPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ 1.Qe4+ Qe6 2.Qxb7 ]


Steven Zierk vs Vasif Durarbeyli

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xvii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Marin Bosiocic vs Eshan Guha, Internet, 2020
r3r1k1/p3b1pp/1p2pp2/2p2q2/3PpN2/2P1P2Q/PP4PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.g4 Qg5 2.Nxe6 Qd5 3.Nc7 ]

b)
Gadir Guseinov vs Anthony He, Internet, 2020
2kr4/1R1b1p1p/p7/6r1/3Npp2/P1P5/2P2KPP/1R6 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rb8+ Kc7 2.R1b7+ Kd6 3.Rxd8 ]

c)
Chithambaram Aravindh vs Agrawal Vantika, Internet, 2020
8/2q2pk1/p1Pr2pp/1p6/3pQ3/1P6/1P3PPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qe5+ Kg8 2.Qxd6 Qxd6 3.c7 ]

d)
Bogdan-Daniel Deac vs George Stoleriu, Internet, 2020
3r4/p1r1bpk1/2P3p1/4R1P1/7p/1B1R4/P4P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe7 ]

e)
S P Sethuraman vs C J Arvind, Internet, 2020
8/p3rq1k/1pb4p/2p1RpP1/2P4B/P1Q2P1P/6K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe7 Qxe7 2.g6+ ]


David Shahinyan vs Chithambaram Aravindh

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xviii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Daniel Fridman vs Tansel Turgut, Internet, 2020
4r1k1/1R6/2P4K/4B1p1/2p1P3/2P4p/4b2P/6r1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rg7+ Kf8 2.Bd6+ Re7 3.c7 ]

b)
Adrian Suarez Uriel vs Ismael Alshameary Puente, Roquetas de Mar, 2020
1r2k3/5p2/1n1b1Pp1/p3p1P1/Pp6/1q2BQ2/8/2R1K3 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qc6+ if 1...Nd7 2.Qc8+ or if 1...Kf8 2.Qxd6+ ]

c)
Konstantin Kavutskiy vs Lawrence Trent, Internet, 2020
1r3rk1/1p3pp1/pN1p1n1p/P1pPp1q1/2P1P1b1/R4B2/1P3PPP/3QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxg4 Qxg4 2.Qxg4 Nxg4 3.Nd7 ]

d)
Raahil Mullick vs Gupta Prithu, Internet, 2020
3r4/3r4/p3nbkp/1pp1BNp1/6P1/1P3R1P/P4PK1/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nh4+ ]

e)
Alina Bivol vs Justin Sarkar, Internet, 2020
3r1k2/p3ppbp/6p1/3Nn3/2r5/6P1/PB2PPKP/R2R4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nb6 ]

'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Cristian Fernandez Diaz vs Mittal Aditya, Internet, 2020
r3r1k1/p3q3/bp1p3p/2pPnp1P/1bP1N1p1/5P2/PPQ2BP1/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bh4 if 1...Qf8 2.Nf6+ ]

b)
Fernando Valenzuela Gomez vs David Shahinyan, Internet, 2020
1r4k1/2rn3p/3N1b2/3PpPp1/1P2P3/4Q3/2q3PP/1R3R1K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rbc1 ]

c)
Jakub Fus vs Harshit Raja, Internet, 2020
8/p3k3/r2N3b/2p1P2p/1p6/1P6/P4RPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rf6 if 1...Bg5 2.Nc8+ ]

d)
Alexader Sergeyev vs Rulsan Soltanici, Internet, 2020
r4rk1/1p2qppp/2n1bn2/p2p4/3Pp3/1P4P1/PBNQPPBP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ba3 if 1...Nb4 2.Nxb4 ]

e)
Tamas Balla vs Simon Williams, Internet, 2020
2k3r1/pp1q4/2n5/2p1pn2/8/2PPBQp1/PP4B1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bh3 Nce7 2.Rf1 Rf8 3.Qe4 ]


Alireza Firouzja vs A R Saleh Salem

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xx.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Lombaers vs Ekrem Cekro, Belgium, 2020
2r1r1k1/ppqb1pp1/1n3n1p/2pp3N/3P2P1/P1PBPP2/6RP/2BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxh5 2.gxh5 Bh3 ]

b)
Jason Liang vs Mittal Aditya, Internet, 2020
6k1/2q1bppp/Q1Np1n2/2p1p3/4P3/4BP2/Pr4PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qc8+ if 1...Qxc8 2.Nxe7+ or if 1...Ne8 2.Qxc7 Nxc7 3.Nxe7+ ]

c)
Ilan Manor vs Yair Parkhov, Israel, 2020
3r2k1/pR3p2/7p/5p2/6n1/2P1B3/PP3rP1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re2 ]

d)
Gunay Mammadzada vs Mindaugas Beinoras, Gibraltar, 2020
3r4/4bkp1/p1r1p2p/Rp2Pp2/1P1Nn3/N1P2RP1/5PKP/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxd4 2.cxd4 Bxb4 3.Rxb5 axb5 4.Nxb5 Rb6 ]

e)
Andrei Macovei vs Florian Mesaros, Germany, 2020
r4rk1/2q1bppp/4b3/1B2p3/8/1N2QP2/PPP4P/1K1R3R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxa2 2.Kxa2 Qxc2 if 3.Ba6 Ra8 4.Qd3 Bxb3+ 5.Ka1 Qxd3 ]

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Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xxi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gergely Aczel vs Kornel Szalai, Hungary, 2020
r5k1/ppp2p1p/8/5p1P/2Pb1K1R/P3r3/1PQ3P1/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re4+ 2.Kg3 Be5+ 3.Kh3 Re3+ 4.g3 Rxg3+ 5.Kh2 Rc3+ ]

b)
Elisabeth Paehtz vs Eric Rosen, Internet, 2020
1rr3k1/5pp1/2nq2p1/p2Qn3/Pp5P/2P2BP1/1P1N1P2/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxf3+ ]

c)
Konstantin Kavutskiy vs Lawrence Trent, Internet, 2020
3rr1k1/bpp1qppp/8/8/2PB4/6P1/PQ2PPKP/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qe4+ if 2.f3 Bxd4 ]

d)
Valeriy Grinev vs Konstantin Kavutskiy, Internet, 2020
2rqrbk1/5p2/1pnp2pp/3Pp3/P3P1b1/3Q1N2/1B3PPP/R3RBK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nb4 2.Qb3 Nc2 ]

e)
Justin Sarkar vs Jakub Fus, Internet, 2020
r2qkb1r/ppp2ppp/2n5/3np3/2B3b1/1Q6/PPPPNPPP/RNB2RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ 1...Bxe2 if 2.Bxe2 Nd4 3.Qd3 Nf4 or if 2.Bxd5 Nd4 3.Qxb7 Rb8 ]


Guillermo Vazquez vs R B Ramesh

Top rated puzzles of 2020, pt. xxii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Kirill Burdalev vs Yaroslav Remizov, Internet, 2020
2r2rk1/p1q2ppp/1pn1pn2/1N1pN3/3P1P2/P7/1P2QPPP/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxd4 if 2.Nxd4 or 2.Qe3 Qxc1 ]

b)
Alberto Suarez Real vs Richard Bates, Internet, 2020
8/pp6/5R2/k1p1r1p1/2P3Np/1PP4P/P3rRP1/2b4K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxf2 2.Rxf2 Re1+ 3.Kh2 Bf4+ ]

c)
Stefan Pogosyan vs R Vaishali, Internet, 2020
3r4/4R2R/kp6/p2P4/2K4P/1P6/P2r4/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rc8+ 2.Rc7 Rxc7+ 3.Rxc7 Rc2+ ]

d)
Arturs Neiksans vs Igor Kovalenko, Internet, 2020
2rr2k1/5pp1/4pn2/p1p2q2/P1P2B2/1Pb2BP1/4QPK1/3R1R2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...e5 if 2.Bc1 e4 ]

e)
Oliver Mihok vs Daniel Fridman, Internet, 2020
r3r3/ppp2pk1/2b1n1p1/8/7q/P1NBQ3/1PP2PPP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxg2 if 2.Kxg2 Nf3+ or if 2.Rfe1 Ng5 3.Qg3 Rxe1+ 4.Rxe1 Nf3+ ]


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