Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Zahar Efimenko.
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.
Efimenko vs Anatoliy Polivanov, Kiev, 1997
r5k1/1p4pp/p1qN1n2/P1B5/1P6/3B4/7K/4Q3 w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

b)
Efimenko vs Anton Korobov, Alushta, 2001
r4rk1/ppBnbppp/q3pn2/1N6/PPpP4/5B1P/3Q1PP1/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6 w/b5 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Efimenko vs S Stavroyany, Kiev, 2001
b4bk1/5p1p/3p4/2r1p3/PqB1Pp2/1PN4R/4QPPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Efimenko vs Adam Szeberenyi, Balatonlelle, 2001
7k/1b3prp/pq1p2pQ/1p2p1N1/4P3/3P3P/PP4P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Ne6 ]

e)
Efimenko vs Alexsey Peskov, Kramatorsk, 2002
3rr1k1/1b3ppp/p1qp1Pn1/1p6/7Q/P1NB2R1/1PP3PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bxg6 if hxg6 fxg7 Kxg7 Qf6+ or if fxg6 f7+ ]



Zahar Efimenko Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Efimenko vs Mikhail Yarmysty, Kramatorsk, 2002
1r3r1k/2Q3Rp/p3pp2/1p3q2/8/8/PPP3PP/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ g4 ]

b)
Efimenko vs Vladimir Sergeev, Simferopol, 2003
r3k2r/1p3pRp/2p1p3/p1b1q3/2B1P2P/P7/1PP1Q1P1/1K1R4 w kq - 1 0
[ Rg5 f5 Qh5+ if Kf8 or Ke7 Rxf5(+) ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Efimenko vs Alessio De Santis, San Marino, 6/5/2006
5k2/r1q4r/pR4Rp/1p1p1p2/1P5P/8/P1P3P1/1K2Q3 w - - 1 0
[ Rg8+ ]

d)
Efimenko vs Dmitry Andreikin, Sochi, 4/13/2008
1r2kb1r/pp1n1pp1/1q2p2p/nB2P3/P2p4/1N3Q2/1P3PPP/2R1R1K1 w k - 1 0
[ Bxd7+ Kxd7 Qxf7+ if Kd8 Nxd4 mates or if Be7 Nc5+ Kd8 Nxe6+ ]

e)
Efimenko vs Arkadij Naiditsch, Subotica, 9/9/2008
r1k3r1/2pR2p1/1pnbp2p/pNp1P3/6P1/1P5P/PBP2P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ R1xd6 cxd6 Rc7+ ]

Zahar Efimenko Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Efimenko vs Sergei Reutsky, Rijeka, 3/6/2010
8/1k2rp2/1p3R2/1b1p4/1N1P4/2P3Pp/3K3P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxb6+ ]

b)
Zahar Efimenko vs Aleksey Goganov, Baku, 9/21/2013
N7/1k6/4p3/5pp1/3Pp1P1/4K3/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ d5 ]

c)
Alexej Gorbatov vs Zahar Efimenko, Moscow, 2/12/2013
4r1k1/2q3bp/1pp1n3/p3p3/P1b2p1P/1N4P1/1PPB1NBK/1Q1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...fxg3+ Kxg3 e4+ if Kh3 Nf4+ or if Kg4 Qh2 ]

d)
Martin Kraemer vs Zahar Efimenko, Germany, 11/24/2013
2r2rk1/1b3pbp/pq1pp1p1/8/3NPPPP/2NRQ3/PPP5/1K4R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 if Rxc3 Bxd4 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Ralf Appel vs Zahar Efimenko, Germany, 2/9/2014
3r2k1/7p/6p1/p1n3P1/Ppn2N2/4P3/N4P2/2K3R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 if Nc3 Nb3+ ]


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