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### Here are some 'mate in 3' problems by K Gavrilow.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
8/6K1/1N6/8/1n2k3/8/4PQ2/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Nd7 Kd5 (1... Nd5 2. Qf3+ Kd4 3. Qd3#)
(1... Nc6 2. Qf3+ Kd4 3. Qd3#)
2.Qc5+ Ke6 3. Nf8#
]

b)
2k5/R2N1pN1/8/8/5K2/8/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Kf3 Kd8 (1... f5 2. Ne6 f4
3. Rc7#) 2. Nb6 f5 3. Rd7#
]

c)
5R1K/6N1/8/8/6kB/8/6P1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Rg8 Kf4 (1... Kxh4 2. Nf5+ Kh5
3. g4#) 2. Re8 Kg4 3. Re4#
]

d)
1n6/2Q5/8/8/4K3/2p3p1/8/4k3 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Ke3 Kd1 (1... g2 2. Qxc3+)
(1... Nc6 2. Qh7) 2. Qxc3
]

e)
8/2p5/8/2R3N1/8/3k4/5P2/4K3 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Ne6 Ke4 (1... c6 2. f3 Ke3
3. Rc3#) 2. Ke2 c6 3. f3#
]

K Gavrilow's 'Mate in 3' Problems, Part II.
a)
8/8/p7/4Q3/2k5/8/PP6/4K3 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Qd6 Kb5 (1... a5 2. b3+)
2. b3 a5 (2... Ka5 3. Qc5#) 3. a4#
]

b)
8/8/8/8/4RNpk/8/3B4/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Re6 g3 (1... Kg3 2. Ne2+ Kf3
(2... Kh4 3. Rh6#) 3. Re3#)
2. Rg6 g2 3. Be1#
]

c)
8/7K/3Q4/8/3Bk3/8/3P2P1/n7 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Be3 Nc2 (1... Nb3 2. Kg6 Nxd2 3. Qd4#)
(1... Kf5 2. Qd5+ Kf6
(2... Kg4 3. Qg5#) 3. Bg5#)
2. Kg6 Nxe3 3. d3#
]

d)
8/6Q1/1B6/4P3/7K/7b/7p/7k w - - 1 0
[ 1. e6 Bf1 (1... Bxe6 2. Qb7+)
(1... Bg2 2. Qa1+)
2. Qa1 Kg2 3. Qa8#
]

e)
8/8/1B6/2Q5/8/3pP1K1/4P3/3k4 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Ba5 d2 (1... dxe2 2. Be1 Kxe1 3. Qc1#)
(1... Kxe2 2. Qh5+ Kxe3 3. Qe5#)
2. Kf3 Ke1 3. Qc1#
]

## Chess opening series from wtharvey.com

K Gavrilow's 'Mate in 3' Problems, Part III.
a)
8/8/8/4Q2K/4RN2/8/5p2/4rk2 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Qd5 Rc1 (1... Kg1 2. Qg5+) 2. Rc4 ]

b)
8/8/7Q/1p6/8/Np6/N7/k3K3 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Nb4 Kb2 (1... b2 2. Nbc2+ Ka2
3. Qe6#) 2. Qc1+ Kxc1 3. Nd3#
]

c)
8/8/4K3/p7/B2p4/k2N1R2/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Kd5 Kxa4 (1... Ka2 2. Rf1 Ka3
3. Ra1#) 2. Nc5+ Kb5 3. Rb3#
]

d)
8/2Q3p1/8/8/8/5K2/3pR3/3kb3 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Qc3 g6 (1... g5 2. Kg4) 2. Qb2 ]

e)
8/8/8/5pp1/3p1k2/8/4R3/5K1Q w - - 1 0
[ 1. Kg2 d3 (1... Kg4 2. Qh3+)
2. Qd1 g4 3. Qd2#
]

K Gavrilow's 'Mate in 3' Problems, Part IV.
a)
8/8/6N1/1n3p2/4p3/4k3/1Q4K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Kg3 f4+ (1... Nc3 2. Qf2+ Kd3
3. Ne5#) 2. Nxf4 Nd4 3. Qf2#
]

b)
8/8/8/8/5p2/2Q5/2pp4/2N1k1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Kh2 Kf1 (1... Kf2 2. Qxd2+)
(1... f3 2. Qe3+)
(1... Kd1 2. Qd4) 2. Qf3+
]

c)
8/8/4p3/4R3/3k4/1b1p2K1/8/4Q3 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Qa5 d2 (1... Bd5 2. Qb4+)
(1... Bc4 2. Qa1#) 2. Qc5+
]

d)
8/8/8/8/4N3/8/5pPk/5KbN w - - 1 0
[ 1. Nf6 Kxh1 2. Ng4 Bh2 3. Nxf2# ]

e)
7R/5KN1/8/6k1/8/6pP/6P1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Re8 Kf4 (1... Kh6 2. Re5 Kh7 3. Rh5#)
(1... Kh4 2. Ne6 Kh5 3. Rh8#) 2. h4 Kg4 3. Re4#
]

## Ongoing series from wtharvey.com

K Gavrilow's 'Mate in 3' Problems, Part V.
a)
8/2NQ4/5p2/4p3/4k3/5N2/6K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Ne8 Kf4 (1... Ke3 2. Qd2+ Ke4 3. Nd6#)
(1... f5 2. Qd2 f4 3. Nd6#)
2. Nxf6 e4 (2... Ke3 3. Qd2#) 3. Nd5#
]

b)
8/4B3/5N2/4p2p/5P1k/8/7K/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Kg2 e4 (1... exf4 2. Ng8+ Kg4
3. Nh6#) 2. Bb4 e3 3. Be1#
]

c)
3Bk3/1N5K/5R2/3Pp3/8/8/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Bc7 Kd7 (1... e4 2. Nd6+ Kd7 3. Rf7#)
(1... Ke7 2. Nd6 Kxf6 (2... Kd7 3. Rf7#)
(2... e4 3. Rf7#) 3. Bd8#)
2. Rf7+ Kc8 (2... Ke8 3. Nd6#) 3. Nd6#
]

d)
5K2/8/4k3/8/2R3N1/1p2N3/5P2/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Ne5 Kxe5 (1... Kd6 2. f4 b2 3. Rc6#)
(1... b2 2. f4 b1=Q 3. Rc6#) 2. Ke7 b2 3. f4#
]

e)
2R3K1/8/8/7k/5p2/5P1p/7P/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Kf7 Kh6 (1... Kg5 2. Rh8)
(1... Kh4 2. Kf6) 2. Rc5 Kh7 3. Rh5#
]

f)
4k3/p3B1p1/1p1Q4/8/8/4K3/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1. Qe6 b5 (1... a5 2. Bc5+)
(1... g5 2. Bxg5+) (1... g6 2. Bg5+) 2. Bb4+
]

g)
5N2/7N/8/8/5k2/8/2Q4P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1. h3 Ke5 (1... Ke3 2. Ne6 Kf3 3. Qd3#)
(1... Kg3 2. Qf5 Kh4 3. Qg4#) 2. Qd3 Kf4 3. Ng6#
]

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