Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Levon Aronian.
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)
Aronian vs Ibragim Khamrakulov, Bratislava, 1993
1k5q/ppp2p1r/1rb1n3/3BP1p1/P2P2Pn/8/2Q1NR1P/2R2NK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 if fxe6 Qxh7 ]

b)
Aronian vs Alexander Khasin, Omsk, 1996
2r3k1/2qn2bp/1r2b1p1/QPp1p3/2p1P3/2N3PP/4NPB1/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Bxd7 Nd5 Rxb5 Rxb5 ]

c)
Aronian vs Sergei Beshukov, Hastings, 2001
5rk1/5p1p/p2Q2p1/3N1bq1/8/8/PPr3PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kg7 Qxf8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Aronian vs Etienne Bacrot, Lausanne, 2001
4r1k1/p7/7Q/P1Pp1B2/2r4p/4P1nK/1q6/4R1R1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ Kf7 Ref1+ Nxf1 Rxf1+ ]

e)
Aronian vs Erik Pedersen, Morso, 2002
r1b1r1k1/1pp3P1/1p1n2Rp/1P1p1p2/3B1P2/1nPB1N1P/P4K2/R7 w - - 0 1
[ axb3 Rxa1 Rxh6 ]



Aronian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Aronian vs Frank De La Paz, Internet, 2003
2kr1r2/1pp2qp1/1pn4p/1B3n1P/3p4/1P3PN1/1PP2QP1/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4 if Qf6 Nxf5 w/Be6+ ]



b) White Mates in 3. Aronian vs Dragan Solak, Internet, 2003
3R4/2Q5/4qppk/pp2B3/8/P7/8/7K w - - 0 1

c)
Aronian vs Johann Hjartarson, Reykjavik, 2004
r1b1k2r/3p1ppp/p1nBpn2/1p6/2P5/5NP1/PPQ1Pq1P/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ cxb5 if axb5 Bc5 ]



d) White Mates in 4. Aronian vs Stefan Kindermann, Germany, 2004
3r2r1/4q1Bp/4k3/nBP2p1Q/P3p2P/4P1R1/8/4K3 w - - 0 1

e)
Aronian vs Dragan Solak, Moscow, 2005
1kbr3r/ppp2p2/3p4/q1n3pn/2PQP3/2N2P2/PP3BP1/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Ne6 Qd5 ]

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Aronian Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Aronian vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Sochi, 2005
3R4/p3p1kp/1p2Pp2/5p2/P5r1/6P1/4PP1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 ]

b)
Aronian vs Jochen Schricker, Mainz, 2005
rn3rk1/1b2ppbp/3p1np1/Pp1P4/1qp1P3/2N2N2/1PBB1PPP/R2QK2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Na4 c3 Bxc3 Qc4 Nb6 ]

c)
Aronian vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Monte Carlo, 2007
4k3/pb1q4/1p1Pp1p1/2r5/3pn3/Q7/PP2B2B/3K1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Aronian vs Alexander Grischuk, Mexico City, 2007
3rk2b/5R1P/6B1/8/1P3pN1/7P/P2pbP2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

e)
Aronian vs Boris Gelfand, Sochi, 2008
2rr2k1/p2N1ppp/8/q2n4/8/6P1/PQ3P1P/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe5 ]

f)
Aronian vs Evgeny Alekseev, Ohrid, 2009
8/2rr1p1k/2n1pPp1/p7/P7/4Q1P1/1P3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]



Aronian Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 2. Petr Virostko vs Aronian, Verdun, 1995
8/2P2pk1/3Q4/4pq2/7p/6pP/2r3P1/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3+ ]

b)
Olli Salmensuu vs Aronian, Linares, 2000
2r2k2/5pp1/3p1b1p/2qPpP2/1p2B2P/pP3P2/2P1R3/2KRQ3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh4 if Qxh4 Qc3 mates or if Qg1 Bg5+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. Saidali Iuldachev vs Aronian, Calvia, 2004
6r1/3p2qk/4P3/1R5p/3b1prP/3P2B1/2P1QP2/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh4 Kg2 Qxg3+ fxg3 Rxg3+ ]

d)
Dorota Iwaniuk vs Aronian, Mainz, 2005
4kb1r/5ppp/pn2b3/1p2p3/n2PPPP1/1N2Q3/P1qB3P/KR3B1R b k - 0 1
[ ...Ba3 if Bc1 Nc3 ]

e)
Viswanathan Anand vs Aronian, Morelia/Linares, 2008
3B2k1/6p1/3b4/1p1p3q/3P1p2/2PQ1NPb/1P2rP1P/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re3 if fxe3 Qxf3 mates ]

Aronian Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 6. Loek Van Wely vs Aronian, Nice, 2008
8/1Q2ppkp/6p1/1B1P4/3qP3/5n1P/P4P2/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd1+ Kg2 Nh4+ ]

b)
Levon Aronian vs Hrvoje Stevic, Plovdiv, 2010
r6r/p4k1p/2Q2p2/3n1q2/3p4/8/PP1B1P2/2K3RR w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ Kxg7 Qb7+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik, Monaco, 3/22/2011
8/ppp5/6Np/7k/8/1Br1nP1n/P4B1P/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4+ if Nxf4 Bf7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Sune Berg Hansen vs Levon Aronian, Porto Carras, 11/7/2011
4Qr1k/6r1/b1p2p1p/p3pP1Q/P3N2P/2P1q3/2B2R2/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ Rh2 Rxg1+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Levon Aronian vs Ziaur Rahman, Istanbul, 8/29/2012
5rk1/p1Q2ppp/r1q5/8/P4R2/5PP1/5P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ Rxf7 Rd8+ ]

Aronian Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian, Moscow, 6/7/2012
3rr1k1/4bppp/1R1N4/p1P5/3Q4/q4P2/6PP/R6K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf6 if Rxa3 Bxd4 Nxe8 Bxc5 Rd6 Rxe8 ]

b)
Chao Li vs Levon Aronian, Antalya, 11/29/2013
5k2/R4p2/4p3/6rp/1r4n1/5BR1/PP5P/3N1b1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxh2 if Kxh2 Rh4+ or if Rxg5 Nxf3 ]

c)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Levon Aronian, Beijing, 12/16/2013
r2q1rk1/pp3ppp/5bb1/3p1N2/4n1Q1/2P1B3/PPB2PPP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc8 ]

d)
Levon Aronian vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Dubai, 6/19/2014
rn3rk1/p4p2/1p2pqpp/2p1N3/2BPbPQ1/P1P1P3/6PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ f5 if exf5 Qxe4 or if Bxf5 Qf3 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Levon Aronian vs Leinier Dominguez Perez, Beijing, 2014
r1b2rnk/p4pRp/8/1Bp3Q1/4P3/2N5/PP3P1q/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg8+ Rxg8 Qf6+ ]

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