Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Yelena Dembo.
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)
Dembo vs Eva Moser, Szeged, 1994
r3kbnr/ppp1qppp/8/3Q4/8/2N1n2P/PPP2PP1/R3KB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bb5+ ]

b)
Dembo vs Imre Hera, Budapest, 1998
r4rk1/1p3ppp/p2pn2q/2pN1R2/P3P3/2PP4/1P4PP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh5 if Qg6 Ne7+ ]

c)
Dembo vs Gregory Pitl, Budapest, 2003
5rk1/3rQ3/pqb1p1p1/1p2B2p/1P2nP2/P1NB4/2P3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxe6+ if Kh7 Bxe4 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Dembo vs Mirjam Geczi, Bratislava, 1993
r1bk2r1/3p1R2/1ppP3B/p2n1B2/1P6/8/P2P1PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5+ if Ne7 Rfxe7 ]

e)
Dembo vs Vita Chulivska, Cappelle la Grande, 2006
r3k2r/2qb1pbp/1p2p1p1/p1n1p3/2P1P3/2N1BQ2/PPB2PPP/R2R2K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Bxc5 bxc5 Rxd7 if Kxd7 Nb5 Qb8 Qxf7+ or if Qxd7 Ba4 ]



Dembo Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dembo vs Gyorgy Jamrich, Budapest, 1998
r5k1/pp1B1p2/7p/2n5/7q/2P2Q2/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be8 if Qc4 Re7 or f6 Qd5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Dembo vs Andrea Pahor, Balatonlelle, 2000
2r1r3/3qb2k/3p1Pp1/p2Q3p/1p1B4/P1P5/1P5P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ Kh6 Be3+ ]

c)
Dembo vs Gyorgy Jamrich, Budapest, 2001
4rR2/5R1r/2p3pk/1p5p/p3q1p1/P2Q2P1/1PP4P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8 if Qxd3 Rxh7+ or if Qxe8 Qd2+ mates ]

d)
Dembo vs Gerd Kuhn, Hamburg, 2005
3R4/pp1Rrqk1/2p4p/2P2ppP/P4b2/2PQ4/1P2r1P1/5NK1 w - - 0 1
[ g3 if Be3+ Nxe3 R2xe3 Qd4+ or if Bc1 Rxe7 Rxe7 Qd4+ Qf6 Rg8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 2. Dembo vs Katarina Kisonova, Bratislava, 1993
7Q/1bb2p2/6k1/1ppppNq1/4P1N1/2PPP3/1PK5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Qxe7 Qh6# ]

Dembo Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anja Hegeler vs Dembo, Germany, 2004
r1bq1rk1/p4ppp/2p5/2b1p3/4P1n1/2NB1Q2/PPP3PP/R1B2R1K b - - 0 1
[ Nxh2 if Kxh2 Qh4+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Ana Grobelsek vs Dembo, Pula, 2002
3r2rk/7p/p4p1B/2bbpR2/1p5Q/1P4N1/1Pq3PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Rxg2 Rd1+ Rf1 Rxf1+ ]

c)
Gabor Vereb vs Dembo, Hungary, 2003
r3k2r/3bbpp1/3pp2p/2q1P3/pn3PPP/1PP2N2/1P1QB3/1NKR1R2 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Na2+ Kc2 axb3+ Kxb3 Ba4+ ]

d)
Maria Cleven vs Dembo, Budapest, 1999
2b2rk1/1p4p1/2p2q1p/2P5/1P3n2/2N1Q3/5PBP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc3 Qxc3 Ne2+ Kf1 Nxc3 ]

e)
Tatiana Grabuzova vs Dembo, Chisinau, 2005
3r2k1/p3qppp/7n/1Bp1P3/4RP2/1PP3QP/P2r4/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb7 ]

f)
Sophie Tidman vs Dembo, West Bromwich, 2004
r5k1/r4pp1/3p3p/1B1P2nP/1qP3P1/3Q4/1P4R1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra3 if Qd4 or Qd2 Qb3 ]

g)
Black Mates in 4. Nino Khurtsidze vs Dembo, Athens, 2003
4r1k1/2R4p/3P1qnQ/2P5/1pN3p1/5P2/4nKB1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...g3+ Ke1 Qa1+ Kd2 Qc1+ ]


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