Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Varuzhan Akobian.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
Akobian vs Krzysztof Jasik, Rimavska Sobota, 1996
1r4k1/1r1nppbp/8/pBpPq2n/P5p1/2N1B1P1/1P3PQP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 if Ra7 or Rc7 Nb5 ]

b)
Akobian vs Milorad Vojovic, Cannes, 1997
R1b5/1rr3k1/3p1pp1/2qPp3/1Rp1P1Pp/2P1P2P/Q5BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 ]

c)
Akobian vs Gabor Pinter, Litohoto, 1999
2R5/3r1npk/1p6/p2p1p1p/P2P4/1P3PBP/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 Rxc7 Bxc7 ]

d)
Akobian vs Jan Werle, Litohoto, 1999
6k1/p4pp1/1p4b1/3BQ3/3P1PPK/q7/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 if Bh7 Qe8+ w/Bxf7+ ]



e) White Mates in 4. Akobian vs Imed Abdelnabbi, Abudhabi, 2000
5rk1/pp1r1pp1/8/n2N3R/b2P4/P4Q2/1P1q1PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1



Akobian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Akobian vs Dennis Ovcina, Yerevan, 2000
1r3bk1/2q5/p2p3p/3bpQp1/1PN5/3BP1PP/6P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Eduard Sosulin vs Akobian, Tula, 2000
4r1k1/p7/4q2p/1Q1p2pB/P1p2n2/6N1/1Pn2PPP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxh5 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Andranik Matikozian vs Akobian, Los Angeles, 2002
1k5r/pp1Q1pp1/2p4r/b4Pn1/3NPp2/2P2P2/1q4B1/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Bxh1 Nh3+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. Hikaru Nakamura vs Akobian, San Francisco, 2002
2r5/6pk/1q2p2p/4b3/1P2P3/1R1Q3P/B4rP1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa7 if Rd2 Rxd2 or if Ra3 Rb2+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Akobian vs Eduardo Ortiz, Burbank, 2003
1n4k1/ppq3b1/4p2R/2p2r2/2PrNpQ1/2N3P1/PP6/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 if Kf8 Rh8+ ]

Akobian Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Akobian vs Dashzeveg Sharavdorj, Burbank, 2003
1q1r2k1/1Q3p2/3P2pp/1pN5/1bp5/4P1P1/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb8 Rxb8 Na6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Eric Cooke vs Akobian, Los Angeles, 2003
4k2r/1r3p2/b1q1p1p1/p2pP3/2nB1PP1/b1P2R2/P3N1B1/1R2Q1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Jerry Hanken vs Akobian, Las Vegas, 2005
3rr1k1/p4pp1/8/b1N5/1P1p3p/P3qbPP/1B3nBK/Q1R3R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg3+ Kxg3 Bc7+ ]



d) White Mates in 3. Akobian vs Blas Lugo, Minneapolis, 2005
8/p3q2k/1p2p1p1/r2bQ3/3P2R1/8/6P1/5R1K w - - 0 1

e)
Akobian vs Andranik Matikozian, Las Vegas, 2005
r6k/1p1bq2n/p2p2R1/P1pP4/2P1np2/2N2N2/1P1QB2P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 if Qxe4+ Bd3 Qxf3 Qc3+ or if Bf5 Qc3+ Nf6 Rxf6 ]

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