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Here are some chess puzzles from the top games of 2021, pg.1.
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 3.
Aleksandar Indjic vs Mahel Boyer, Internet, 2021
r1b1r1k1/1p3pp1/p7/q2n2N1/2p2B2/2P3R1/P1Q2P1P/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Bd6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Aleksandar Indjic vs Yaroslav Remizov, Internet, 2021
2r1k3/1p3p1p/4bBp1/p1p1P3/P3P3/2P1Q2P/1q4PK/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc5 ]

c)
Alexey Sarana vs Sanan Sjugirov, Internet, 2021
2r1r1k1/2q1bpp1/p2pb3/4p1Bn/2p1P2P/P1N2P2/1PPQ4/1KNR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe7 if Qxe7 or Rxe7 Qh6 ]

d)
Grigoriy Oparin vs Alexey Sarana, Internet, 2021
r2qk2r/1pp3pp/5p1n/1PbNp3/pnB1P1b1/PQ3N2/3P2PP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ axb4 axb3 Rxa8 Qxa8 Nxc7+ Ke7 Nxa8 Rxa8 bxc5 ]

e)
David Paravyan vs Baadur Jobava, Internet, 2021
8/1p4k1/p1rp2p1/4p3/P3q1Np/1BP2R1P/KP4P1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ if Kh8 Nf6 ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Vladimir Fedoseev vs Boris Savchenko, Internet, 2021
2kr4/ppp2Rp1/7q/3Q4/KP2P2P/2P3P1/P6P/2b2B2 w - - 1 0
[ Bh3+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Sanan Sjugirov vs Daniel Naroditsky, Internet, 2021
6rk/pb3p1p/2p2Pr1/1p2pR1Q/3qNp2/PP1B4/2P3PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh5+ Rh6 Ng5+ ]

c)
Daniel Naroditsky vs Ramazan Zhalmakhanov, Internet, 2021
k2rr3/pp3R2/2p3p1/3pn1Rp/1q4PQ/3BP3/P1PPK3/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 ]

d)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs David Paravyan, Internet, 2021
8/3knrpp/4N3/2B5/p3R3/6P1/PPP3KP/5r2 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Al Antipov vs B Arjun, Internet, 2021
1rbrnknQ/4b3/pq2p3/1pNpN1P1/PP1P4/2P5/2B2PK1/R3R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7 Ng7 Qg6 Nh6 gxh6 ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Benjamin Gledura vs Irakli Beradze, Internet, 2021
r1b1k2r/p3qppp/2pb1n2/3p4/1P2n3/2N1P3/PBQP1PPP/R3KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nxe4 Nxe4 Qxc6+ ]

b)
Grigoriy Oparin vs Guillermo Vazquez, Internet, 2021
r2q1rk1/1b1nnpbp/p3p1p1/1pp1N3/P2PN3/BQ4P1/4PPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd7 if Qxd7 Nxc5 or if Bxe4 Nxf8 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Dmitry Andreikin vs Marco Dobrikov, Internet, 2021
2r1kr2/1R3pQp/p2bp3/3n2B1/8/2qP4/P4PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6+ if Be7 Rexe7+ or if fxe6 Qd7# ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Ivan Ivanisevic vs Viktoriya Tarasova, Internet, 2021
2Q2r2/2R3p1/3k1pP1/8/4p2p/8/P3PP1q/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Qd7+ Ke5 Rc5+ ]

e)
Samvel Ter Sahakyan vs Nikolaos Spyropoulos, Internet, 2021
1n1r2k1/r1p2pp1/1pB1p2p/4P3/p1P4P/P5P1/1PQq1P2/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rad1 ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexey Sarana vs Muhammad Lutfi Ali, Internet, 2021
5r1k/5Rbp/2p3p1/p4bB1/3r4/1Bq4P/P3QPP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Bxf8 Bf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Dmitrij Kollars vs Aleksandar Indjic, Internet, 2021
r6r/ppp2p1k/2np3p/3N4/2PP4/3R4/PP3PP1/5K1R w - - 1 0
[ Rg3 ]

c)
Velimir Ivic vs Evgueij Kretov, Internet, 2021
1r4k1/R2Np3/2p3b1/6p1/3b4/1P3p2/P2B1P2/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Ra4 if Rd8 Rxd4 Bf5 Nf6+ or if Bxf2 Nxb8 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
David Anton Guijarro vs Samuel Sevian, Internet, 2021
7b/2q4k/p1p2PR1/2p5/5P1p/PP1r4/6Q1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe4 if Bxf6 Rg4+ Kh8 Qe8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Pavel Ponkratov vs Mikhail Simantsev, Cheliabinsk, 2021
4R3/1p1q2Bk/6pp/8/p1P1QPP1/Pn5P/1P1p4/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ Kxg7 Qe5+ Kf7 Rh7+ ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Magnus Carlsen vs Alireza Firouzja, Wijk aan Zee, 2021
r1r3k1/2q2b2/7Q/3p4/p7/3B1P1P/6P1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ Bg8 Qh6+ Kf7 Bg6+ Kf6 Be8+ ]

b)
Murali Karthikeyan vs Justin Liang, Internet, 2021
1r4k1/1p1r1pp1/p2R1n1p/2p5/8/6P1/PPP3BP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rfxf6 ]

c)
Samvel Ter Sahakyan vs Florian Jenni, Internet, 2021
7k/pppq2pp/5pb1/3Nr3/2P4P/3P2Q1/P1P3P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe5 ]

d)
Dmitrij Kollars vs Richard Pert, Internet, 2021
3r2k1/1bp1rppp/p5q1/8/3N4/6Q1/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 Rxd1+ Rxd1 Re8 Ne7+ ]

e)
Alexei Shirov vs Roman Ovetchkin, Internet, 2021
8/2R3p1/1q2ppk1/3pPn1p/3P3P/1r3N2/5PPK/2Q5 w - - 1 0
[ exf6 if gxf6 Ne5+ mates ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Velimir Ivic vs Arvids Andrejevs, Internet, 2021
3rr1k1/pp1qbppp/2pn2n1/2B2b2/8/2NB1N1P/PPP2PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd6 Bxd6 Rxe8+ Rxe8 Bxf5 ]

b)
Dmitry Andreikin vs Nikolay Bodnar, Internet, 2021
8/2Qp3p/3nk3/1p6/2b4P/6P1/4qPB1/3N2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh3+ if Kd5 Nc3+ or if Nf5 Ne3 or if Ke7 Qxd7+ ]

c)
Vladimir Fedoseev vs Vahap Sanal, Internet, 2021
2b1rrk1/1pp3p1/p4pnp/P2q4/1P1NN3/2P1R2P/5PP1/3RQ1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ ]

d)
Jeffrey Xiong vs Denis Lazavik, Internet, 2021
1br1q1k1/1p2npp1/4p2p/1P1bP3/5P1B/2NBQ3/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe7 Qxe7 Nxd5 ]

e)
Velimir Ivic vs Leon Livaic, Internet, 2021
krr2bR1/p4p2/P3p2p/3pP2q/1n1P4/1NRQ1N2/5P2/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc8 Rxc8 Qb5 if Rb8 Rxf8 ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Aleksandar Indjic vs Logman Guliev, Internet, 2021
r1b1q3/1pp2rkp/n2p4/p2Pp1BQ/2P1p2P/8/PP3P2/R3KBR1 w Q - 1 0
[ Bf6+ if Kxf6 Qg5# or if Kf8 Qh6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Velimir Ivic vs Robert Safin, Internet, 2021
5r1k/p1qr3p/Bp3p2/3p1b2/3Q1P2/2P3R1/PP3P2/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6+ ]

c)
Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs Evgeny Sharapov, Internet, 2021
4r1k1/3n1ppp/1qprb3/p1N2NP1/3p4/P1Q2P2/1PP4P/1K1RR3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd4 if Rxd4 Qxd4 Qxc5 Qxg7# or if Qxc5 Qxc5 ]

d)
Samvel Ter Sahakyan vs Santiago Quinonez Garcia, Internet, 2021
r4rk1/4ppbp/pp2nnp1/PNppB3/3P4/4PN1P/1PP2PP1/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ axb6 axb5 Rxa8 Rxa8 b7 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Samuel Sevian vs Wojciech Przybylski, Internet, 2021
r2q2rk/1pp3p1/p2p1pQp/2n2P2/P1P1Pp2/3P1N1P/1BP2P2/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 if fxg5 Qxh6# or if hxg5 Qh5# ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexey Sarana vs Zaur Tekeyev, Internet, 2021
2rq3k/4r1pp/3p2B1/pp6/2pP4/P1P3QP/1P2R1P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4 if h6 Qxe7 or if Kg8 Qxh7+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 3.
David Paravyan vs Robert Baskin, Internet, 2021
6R1/ppr4p/6pk/P2pR3/4n1PP/2P5/2P2P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh5+ gxh5 g5+ ]

c)
Jeffrey Xiong vs Vladimir Onischuk, Internet, 2021
1r2k2r/p3ppb1/1n1pbnpp/3p4/1P1BP2P/qP3P2/2PQ2P1/1KNR1BNR w k - 1 0
[ e5 if Nfd7 Bb2 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Pavel Eljanov vs Vugar Manafov, Internet, 2021
2r5/p2Rnp2/1bp1k1pp/4p3/2P1N3/4P1P1/PP3PBP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6+ Kf5 h3 ]

e)
Alexandr Bortnik vs Alejandro Domingo Nunez, Internet, 2021
r1q1k2r/pp3ppp/2nbp1b1/4N3/3P1BP1/1RP2P1P/P7/3QKB1R w Kkq - 1 0
[ Nxg6 ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Chithambaram Aravindh vs Robert Baskin, Internet, 2021
3r3k/1p4p1/8/4p1NN/3n2q1/1n5R/3P2PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ ]

b)
Matthias Bluebaum vs Jesper Thybo, Internet, 2021
5rk1/4bppp/4pn2/3pB3/3P3P/1b1B2N1/1P3PP1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra7 if Bd8 Bd6 Re8 Bb5 ]

c)
Mateusz Bartel vs Harry Grieve, Internet, 2021
2r2rk1/p2qbppp/b3pn2/P2p4/Qp1n1B2/5NP1/1P1NPP1P/R1R2BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd7 Nxf3+ exf3 Nxd7 Bxa6 ]

d)
Ivan Cheparinov vs Raphael Valdazo, Internet, 2021
rbbq1rk1/pp3pp1/2p1pn1p/6B1/2PPN3/6P1/PP3PBP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ gxf6 Bxh6 if Re8 Qg4+ ]

e)
Mikhail Kobalia vs Christophe Rohrer, Internet, 2021
4r1k1/1Qp1bpp1/p4n1p/8/3q3B/1PN4P/P3RPP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 Qxf6 Qxc7 if Kf8 Nd5 ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Maksim Chigaev vs Cengiz Hasman, Internet, 2021
3rr3/p2NQp2/2p1N1pk/q3P2p/1p5P/2p2P2/PPP3P1/1K1RR3 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kh7 Nf6+ ]

b)
Igor Kovalenko vs Lukas Stauskas, Internet, 2021
r1b2rk1/pp2qppn/2p5/3p4/2PN4/bP2P2P/PBQ2P2/2K3RR w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kxh8 Nf5+ if Kg8 Nh6# ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Arseniy Shturman, Internet, 2021
1k5r/1pqr1pp1/p7/2pRb3/7p/4B2P/PP2Q1P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 if Qxe5 Bf4 or if Ka8 Rxc5 ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Roland Berzinsh, Internet, 2021
r4rk1/1b3p1p/pp1N2p1/6q1/2BQpn2/2P5/PP4PP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Rxf7 Qh8+ Kxh8 Nxf7+ Kg7 Nxg5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Pavel Ponkratov vs Dmitry Maximov, Internet, 2021
3rk3/4p2R/2p2rp1/p1P5/N1Q1pq2/1P6/1P6/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ Rf8 Qxg6+ Qf7 Qxc6+ ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. xi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ivan Salgado Lopez vs Javier Benitez Lozano, internet, 2021
b4rk1/5ppp/2P1B3/7r/7q/4Q1R1/8/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Kh8 Bxh5 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Qxh5 Rf3 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Ivan Salgado Lopez vs Esteban Valderrama Quiceno, internet, 2021
4r2k/pp1nNprp/1q1p1Q2/7R/2P5/1P6/P1R3PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Alexey Sarana vs Andrew Greet, interest, 2021
r3r1k1/ppq1Bppp/8/8/b7/2Pp2R1/3Q1PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Kh8 Qh6 or if Kxg7 Qg5+ ]

d)
Mustafa Yilmaz vs Milosz Szpar, internet, 2021
r1bqr1k1/ppp2pbp/6p1/3n4/8/BPN2PP1/P4PBP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd5 Bxa1 Ne7+ if Kh8 or Kf8 Qxa1(+) ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Mikhail Kobalia vs Leonardo Duarte, lichess.org, 2021
4Qrk1/pp3pp1/2n2b1p/2r5/3p1B2/1B4Pq/PPP2P1P/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Kh7 Bg6+ Kg8 Qxf8+ ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. xii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Samuel Sevian vs Kaiqi Yang, lichess.org, 2021
r4k2/1p2Npp1/5n2/pq5p/7P/Q5P1/P4P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5+ Kg8 Nc7 ]

b)
Maksim Chigaev vs Zaur Mammadov, lichess.org, 2021
2r3k1/1p3p2/p3p1pq/3pP1R1/2rN4/3Q2R1/P6P/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Rxg6+ Kh7 Rxe6+ Kh7 Rxe6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Maksim Chigaev vs Denis Makhnev, lichess.org, 2021
r5k1/2p3n1/pb1p2R1/1p6/2qPPR2/2P2Q1P/1P3P2/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Kh8 Qh5+ or if Kxg7 Qg3+ ]

d)
Samvel Ter Sahakyan vs Shant Sargsyan, Yerevan, 2021
1r4r1/b1pq1k2/p2B2p1/Pp1n3p/3PR2Q/7P/1P3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc7 if Nxc7 Re7 ]

e)
Murali Karthikeyan vs Tanraj Sohal, chess.com, 2021
1r4k1/1q3pp1/2b1pn1p/2PpQ3/1P5P/1N3N2/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Na5 if Qb5 Nxc6 ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. xiii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Igor Kovalenko vs Maximiliano Perez, chess.com, 2021
1k6/ppr3R1/1q6/2p1p1P1/2PnQ1pP/1P1P2B1/P7/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ Rc8 Qxe5+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Mustafa Yilmaz vs Alexey Solovchuk, chess.com, 2021
2r1k3/1q1p4/3Bp2p/5n1n/1p3P2/3Q1NrP/PP3R1K/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf5 if Rg8 Qxh5+ Kd8 Qf7 ]

c)
Mustafa Yilmaz vs Alexander Rustemov, chess.com, 2021
r4rk1/5ppp/2p1pn2/3p4/Pb1P1B2/1Q2P3/3qNPPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra2 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Ivan Ivanisevic vs Maxim Novik, chess.com, 2021
2r2k2/p1r2pq1/3R1Np1/1p3nQp/7P/1P3PP1/P3PK2/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Rxd8 Rxd8+ Kd7 Nd5+ Ke6 Nxc7+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Eric Hansen vs Alexandros Papasimakopoulos, chess.com, 2021
3r1r1k/pp4pp/2n5/8/2Q1RN2/6P1/Pq3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ ]

Top rated puzzles of 2021, pt. xiv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nils Grandelius vs Atulya Shetty, chess.com, 2021
1r3rk1/p2b1pp1/n2Pp2p/qpp1P2Q/4N3/P1P3P1/5PBP/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 exf6 Qa4 Be4 mates ]

b)
Jose Martinez Alcantara vs Brandon Jacobson, chess.com, 2021
8/4nk1p/2ppbNpQ/p1p5/q7/P2P1N2/1rP3PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ if Kxf6 Nxh7+ ]

c)
Yuriy Kuzubov vs Santosh Gujrathi Vidit, chess.com, 2021
3r2k1/1pprbpp1/p1n1q2p/4P3/8/P4N1P/1PQ1NPP1/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4 if Nd4 Nxe6 ]

d)
Aleksandar Indjic vs Ori Kobo, chess.com, 2021
8/1pk2p1p/3bb3/8/r1NR2P1/2KN3P/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd6 if Rxd4 Nb5+ ]


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