Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vugar Gashimov.
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)
White Mates in 4. Gashimov vs Ilya Zarezenko, Cannes, 1997
4q1rk/6Rp/5p2/1pb1p3/2n3Q1/8/2P3PP/2BR3K w - - 0 1
[ Rdd7 ]

b)
Gashimov vs Antonio Granero Roca, Montanchez, 1998
b1rr2k1/3N1p1p/1Qn1p1p1/p7/Pp2P3/7P/1qP2PP1/3RRBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba6 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Gashimov vs Philipp Balcerak, Litohoto, 1999
3q3k/2b3p1/p4nB1/4pR1p/PrN1P1pQ/1P6/2P4P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ Nxh5 Qxh5+ Kg8 Qh7+ ]

d)
Gashimov vs Namig Gouliev, Baku, 2001
r2r2k1/pb2qppp/1p2p3/2p1N2n/3P1Q2/3B2R1/PPP2PPP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

e)
Gashimov vs Mateusz Bartel, Istanbul, 2003
2r5/pp1r1kp1/5pNp/3p3P/P2q4/Q7/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3 (Qe6#) ]

f)
Gashimov vs Bjorn Ahlander, Saint Vincent, 2005
5rk1/5pp1/4rb1p/4pN1Q/4P3/2P4R/1q4PP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6+ if gxh6 Qxh6 Rb8 Rg3+ ]

g)
White Mates in 6. Gashimov vs Nikoloz Managadze, Athens, 2005
7k/p3q2p/1p1Rp2Q/4rp2/2p4P/6P1/PPP4K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 ]



Gashimov Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gashimov vs Hrvoje Stevic, Kusadasi, 2006
4r1k1/1p4bp/p1pqb1p1/3n2N1/3P4/1B3Q1P/PP3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if Rxe6 Bxd5 or if Qf8 Rxe8 Qxe8 Bxd5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Gashimov vs Onur Kinsiz, Marmaris, 2006
3qr1k1/p7/2pp1nNQ/2p1r3/4p3/1PPP4/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
Gashimov vs Ahmet Kara, Marmaris, 2006
2r1r3/5kb1/2b1Rpn1/ppNp2p1/3B2Pp/PBP4P/1P1K1P2/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 Rxc6 Bxd5+ ]

d)
Gashimov vs Adegboyega Adebayo, Turin, 2006
1rb1k2r/p4q2/3pp1Q1/n1p2n1p/P3N3/B1P3P1/5PBP/R4RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Qxf5 ]

e)
Gashimov vs Salman Suleimanov, Adana, 2006
rq6/p2b1pkp/2pb2p1/Bp1P1p2/2P2n2/3B1N1P/P1PQ1PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ c5 if Bxc5 Qc3+ or if Bf8 Ne5 Qxe5 Bc3 ]

Gashimov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 5. Gashimov vs Bogdan Lalic, Cappelle la Grande, 2007
r2r1k2/p3qpR1/1p2bR1p/3pP2Q/8/2Pp3P/P1P2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Kxg8 Rxh6 ]

b)
Gashimov vs Jens Beutel, Mainz, 2009
r1bqk2r/2ppbppp/p1n5/1p2P3/4n3/1B3N2/PPP2PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qd5 ]

c)
Gashimov vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Lugo, 2009
1kbqr3/pp4b1/5pNp/2p1p3/2B5/2P1Q3/PP3PPP/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bf7 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Vugar Gashimov vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Warsaw, 2010
4N3/7p/2p2r2/3p1pkB/8/1P1n1Q2/r2q2PP/2R2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qg3+ Kxh5 Nxf6+ Kh6 Ng8+ ]

e)
Gashimov vs Peter Heine Nielsen, Khanty Mansyisk, 2011
4br1k/2p3pp/p3rp2/4qNP1/2PpP2Q/3P1R2/P5P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7 Kxg7 Qh6+ Kg8 gxf6 Rf7 Rf5 Qd6 Rg5+ Kh8 Rg7 ]

Gashimov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Vugar Gashimov vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Monaco, 3/12/2011
4rb1k/1p3Qpp/p3p3/2r1P3/3Pq3/6R1/1P4PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Vugar Gashimov vs Anish Giri, Monaco, 3/14/2011
r1b5/1p1R2p1/1R3p1p/p4P2/k4r2/8/1PP5/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Ka2 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Vugar Gashimov vs Peter Heine Nielsen, Khanty Mansyisk, 9/8/2011
4b1k1/2p2r1p/p2qrP1Q/5R2/2PpP3/3P4/P5P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg5+ Kh8 Rg7 ]

d)
Peter Heine Nielsen vs Vugar Gashimov, Khanty Mansyisk, 9/8/2011
3q1rk1/p2npp1p/1prn2p1/8/8/1PB1PP1P/P1QRBP2/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc7 if Rc1 Rc8 Ba6 Rxc3 Bxc8 Rxc2 Rcxc2 Nc5 ]

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