King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Mikhail Ulibin.
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 5.
Mikhail Ulibin vs Artur Frolov, Yurmala, 1989
8/4Q3/2N3p1/1p2p2k/nP3n1p/4N3/5qPK/5B2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5+ Kh6 (if g5 Qh8+ & Ne5#) Ng4+ Kh7 Qe7+ ]

b)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Michael Oratovsky, Yurmala, 1989
r4rk1/1p4bp/4p1p1/2N5/pQn3q1/4B1P1/PP3P1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ h3 if Qe2 Rae1 & if Qc2 Rc1 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Mikhail Ulibin vs Ratmir Kholmov, Voskresensk, 1990
r4kbR/p7/1pnP1BP1/2p1pp2/8/8/PK6/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg8+ Kxg8 Rh1 ]

d)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Evgeny Vladimirov, Podolsk, 1992
r3r1k1/p4p1p/2pQb1pB/8/4N3/2b5/Pq3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rab1 if Be5 Rxb2 or if Qc2 Qc5 ]

e)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Aleksandr Poluljahov, Moscow, 1992
5r2/4R2p/1p2Qqk1/p1p5/P1P2p2/1P4PK/7P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qg4+ if Qg5 Rg7+ or if Kh6 Re6 ]

Mikhail Ulibin puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Yang Xu, Beijing, 1996
2r2rk1/3qbppp/2p5/1p1pPPB1/p2P4/P2Q3P/1P2RP2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ f6 Bd8 Bh6 ]

b)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Alexander Sokolov, Kstovo, 1997
4b1k1/2r3qp/2PP1R2/1p6/1P3p1n/2Q4P/1B4P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ Qxf8 Qh8+ Kf7 Qf6+ Kg8 dxc7 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
MIkhail Ulibin vs Roman Ovetchkin, Perm, 1998
2rrn1k1/2qn1pp1/p2p4/1p1BpPQ1/8/P1N3R1/1PP2P2/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7 if Nf8 Bxf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
MIkhail Ulibin vs Poorna Mithrakanth, Calcutta, 1999
r2rkb1Q/3b1p2/ppq2Bp1/3NP2p/P2R4/5P1B/1PP4P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Bg7 Bxh3 Nc7+ Ke7 Bf6+ ]

e)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Slobodan Martinovic, Oberwart, 1999
1R2n3/4pk2/p2pNp2/B1bP3r/P3P3/5K1P/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe8 ]

MIkhail Ulibin puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Alessio De Santis, Padova, 1999
r3kb1r/pp2p2p/2p1Ppp1/q7/1n1P1P2/P1N5/1PbNQ1PP/R1B2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nc4 if Qf5 Ne3 ]

b)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Vladimir Tukmakov, Pula, 1999
r1br2k1/pp3p1p/1qn1pbpB/3n4/2BP4/2N2N2/PP2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd5 if exd5 Nxd5 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Mikhail Ulibin vs Michael Bezold, Stockholm, 1999
1r4k1/5np1/3pN2p/2pq4/4N3/6PK/2Q4P/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ ]

d)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Ruslan Pogorelov, Mondariz, 2000
2r1qk2/p5bQ/R5p1/3p4/8/6P1/P2n1PK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rh4 if Rc7 Rf4+ Rf7 Rxa7 ]

e)
Mikhail Ulibin vs Dmitry Bocharov, Samara, 2000
1k1rr3/R7/1n1bP1pp/1p6/2pP1B2/6P1/1P3P1P/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ e7 if Bxf4 exd8/Q+ Rxd8 gxf4 Rxd4 Rg7 ]

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