Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vladimir Akopian.
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)
Akopian vs Pavel Blatny, Adelaide, 1988
8/4rk1p/1R2n1p1/1B2np2/5N2/2P5/1P3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Ra7 Be8+ ]

b)
Akopian vs Deen Hergott, Belgrade, 1988
8/5p2/4n3/pk5P/8/5P2/2N2K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4+ Nxd4 h6 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Akopian vs Yury Piskov, Uzhgorod, 1988
6rk/1R3Qpp/p4b2/3p1N2/P1pP4/5qP1/2P2P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6 ]

d)
Akopian vs Semko Semkov, Yerevan, 1988
r3n1k1/qbrN1pp1/p3p2p/8/1P2P3/5P2/3Q2PP/R2R1B1K w - - 0 1
[ b5 w/b6 ]



Akopian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Akopian vs Janusz Siekanski, Oakham, 1990
6k1/p4pp1/4p1p1/2p5/2P1b3/Pq5P/1P1QBPP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ w/Qh4+ ]



b) White Mates in 4. Akopian vs Gildardo Garcia, Los Angeles, 1991
4rk2/pb1Q1p2/6p1/3p2p1/2pP4/2q1PPK1/Pr4P1/1B2R2R w - - 0 1

c)
White Mates in 6. Akopian vs Yuri Yakovich, Moscow, 1991
3R2Q1/2r3p1/2p3kp/6p1/8/P5P1/5PKP/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6+ Kh5 Qe6 g4 Qe5+ ]

d)
Akopian vs Csaba Horvath, Niksic, 1991
1k6/1pq2p1p/2b1p3/2Q5/4r2P/R5P1/P2rBP2/2R2K2 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Rg4 or Re5 Qf8+ ]

Akopian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladimir Akopian vs Jose Daniel Gemy, Istanbul, 8/28/2012
r7/1p1br3/1npn2kp/2Np4/1P1N1PB1/3P4/2R1PK2/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd7 Nxd7 Nxc6 if bxc6 Rxc6 or if Rf7 Bxd7 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
O Suleimaniants vs Vladimir Akopian, St. Petersburg, 10/27/2012
4q3/7k/1p1Q2bp/8/3p1p2/5pP1/1P3P1P/2N2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Anton Kovaliov vs Vladimir Akopian, St. Petersburg, 11/4/2012
6k1/5pp1/8/1Np1p2p/B3P2P/P1R2KP1/1r4r1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rbe2 ]

d)
Vladimir Akopian vs Pontus Carlsson, Dubai, 4/9/2013
2n3k1/p3r1p1/6p1/1B2n1N1/P7/7P/4P3/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd1 ]

e)
Vladimir Akopian vs Valery Rjanova, St. Petersburg, 10/5/2013
3q1rk1/7r/p3Pp1Q/2pp1RP1/1p6/1PbB2BP/P5PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 e7 ]


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