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Here are some chess puzzles from the 2012 European Women's Championship.
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.
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a)
Black Mates in 5. Irmak Dai vs Miranda Mikadze, Gaziantep (1), 2012
8/1p3p2/2p1b2k/2P4P/3P4/pP4b1/P3B3/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf5 if b4 Be1 or if Bg4 Bh7 ]

b)
Bela Khotenashvili vs Inna Ivakhinova, Gaziantep (1), 2012
1r2r3/3q3k/p2pb1pb/7p/1pPB1p1P/1P1Q2P1/PN3P2/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf5 if Qf1 Bh3 or if Qf3 Bg4 or if Qd2 Be4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Kubra Ozturk vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Gaziantep (1), 2012
8/5pk1/4pn1r/3p1p2/R2P3P/1BQ1qP2/1P4KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2+ Kh3 Qf1+ Kg3 Nh5# ]

d)
Daria Charochkina vs Valentina Gunina, Gaziantep (2), 2012
1r3rk1/p2bq1p1/6P1/Q3p3/7P/3R1B2/PP6/1K5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf5 Qd5+ Kh8 Be4 Qb4 ]

e)
Karolina Olsarova vs Bela Khotenashvili, Gaziantep (2), 2012
8/pR2pnk1/1p3pp1/8/r3NP2/2PK4/PP4P1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4 ]

2012 European Women's Championship Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Hayala Abdullayeva vs Narmin Soyunlu, Gaziantep (2), 2012
5r2/p2k1r2/1p2p3/q2pP3/P2P1pQ1/2P5/3K1P2/RR6 w - - 0 1
[ Rb5 Qa6 Rxd5+ if Kc7 Qxe6 or if Ke7 Qg5+ ]

b)
Baira Kovanova vs Anna Hairapetian, Gaziantep (3), 2012
8/3R4/7p/1pqb1p2/3k4/3p4/P6K/2Q5 w - - 0 1
[ Qf4+ Kc3 Rc7 Bc6 Rxc6 Qxc6 Qc1+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 2. Irmak Dai vs Monika Motycakova, Gaziantep (3), 2012
r6r/ppp5/3p1k2/2bBp3/4Ppb1/PNPP4/1P2nPPP/R1B2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Kxh2 Rh8# ]

d)
White Mates in 2.
Hayala Abdullayeva vs Hatice Mislina Bozkurt, Gaziantep (4), 2012
2r1q2Q/4kr1R/p2Rp1p1/1p2P3/4b1P1/8/PPP5/2K2B2 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ Kf8 Rh8# ]

e)
White Mates in 2.
Meri Arabidze vs Marina Romanko-Guseva, Gaziantep (4), 2012
1Q6/5pk1/6p1/3p3p/2qP1P1B/2p1P3/3n2K1/3B4 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6+ ]



2012 European Women's Championship Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Zuzana Borosova vs Elena Cherednichenko, Gaziantep (4), 2012
r2q1rk1/b4pnp/p1pp2n1/1p6/3p2N1/1BP4P/PP3PP1/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ Kh8 Nxf7+ ]

b)
Daria Charochkina vs Mihaela-Veronica Foisor, Gaziantep (4), 2012
r5k1/rp4p1/3p1b2/1PnPp2Q/P7/4P2R/2q3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Rg3+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Zoja Schleining vs Salome Melia, Gaziantep (4), 2012
1nb2r1k/1q4pp/1b6/4NpN1/8/2Q3PP/PB3P2/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nef7+ Rxf7 Nxf7+ Qxf7 Qxg7+ ]

d)
Aslihan Durmus vs Elizaveta Bronnikova, Gaziantep (4), 2012
r1b2rk1/ppp1q1b1/3p3p/3Ppp2/1PP3n1/2N2N2/P1B1QPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 ]

e)
Black Mates in 2. Nana Dzagnidze vs Daria Charochkina, Gaziantep (5), 2012
4r1k1/2b2pp1/p3r1p1/2PQ4/2nP2P1/2P4P/P4PBq/2RR1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

2012 European Women's Championship Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nino Khurtsidze vs Cristina-Adela Foisor, Gaziantep (5), 2012
8/2p4p/r2rpkp1/8/pR1R4/P4P2/1P1K2PP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...c5 ]

b)
Camille De Seroux vs Aslihan Durmus, Gaziantep (5), 2012
r2qr1k1/pp2ppb1/3pb1pp/8/2nBPPPP/2N5/PPPQB3/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Bxc4 Bxc4 Bxg7 Kxg7 Qd4+ ]

c)
Lilit Galojan vs Margarida Coimbra, Gaziantep (5), 2012
6k1/1b3p1p/pq4p1/1pnPQ3/1P6/6PP/P5BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Kg7 bxc5 ]

d)
Olga Girya vs Bela Khotenashvili, Gaziantep (5), 2012
2r2nk1/p3p3/4p1pR/1p1r4/2pN2Q1/q7/P4PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ Kf7 Rg8 Qc5 Qg7+ ]

e)
Turkan Mamedjarova vs Adeline-Ramona Uta, Gaziantep (5), 2012
2r5/4kp2/2pRp3/p1N5/PrP3n1/1P4P1/1K1R4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ Kf6 Ra7 Kg6 Na6 if Rb6 c5 ]



2012 European Women's Championship Puzzles, Part V. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 3. Monika Tsiganova vs N Menzi, Gaziantep (5), 2012
r1b1Rb1k/ppp1R3/2qP1rp1/2P2p2/P1B2pp1/2N5/1P1Q1PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Rxf8 Qd4+ ]

b)
Antoaneta Stefanova vs Valentina Gunina, Gaziantep (6), 2012
1R4Q1/6p1/4p1k1/3q2Pp/1P1P1P2/p2b2K1/P7/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h4+ if Kxh4 Qh1+ Kg3 Qe1+ or if Kh2 Qxa2+ Kg1 Qb1+ ]

c)
Roberta Messina vs Hatice Mislina Bozkurt, Gaziantep (6), 2012
2rqr1k1/b1p2pp1/ppnpbn1p/3Np3/1PP5/PN1P2P1/1B2PPBP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

d)
Margarida Coimbra vs Yesim Patel, Gaziantep (7), 2012
1r4k1/R5pp/2P2p2/p3p3/8/5P2/5P1P/4K3 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 ]

e)
Adeline-Ramona Uta vs Irmak Dai, Gaziantep (8), 2012
1r4k1/2nb2qp/4n1p1/2p1Q3/ppP1N1P1/1P5P/P3NRBK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kh8 Nxd7 ]

2012 European Women's Championship Puzzles, Part VI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 5. Jovana Vojinovic vs Maria Bezgodova, Gaziantep (8), 2012
8/8/p1p4Q/2B1bk2/1P2p3/q2bP1P1/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4+ Kxg4 Qg6+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Thanh Trang Hoang vs Anna Muzychuk, Gaziantep (8), 2012
8/8/1p1k1p2/1r1p1Pp1/R1P1b1PP/4P3/p2KN2R/r7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb2+ Kc3 Rc2+ Kb4 Rb1+ ]

c)
Yesim Patel vs N Menzi, Gaziantep (8), 2012
r2b1rk1/1b4p1/p4q2/1p1ppP1Q/2p5/2BP2P1/PPB4P/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb6+ if d4 exd4 or if Kh1 d4+ ]

d)
Marija Rakic vs Karina Szczepkowska, Gaziantep (8), 2012
4r3/2pb2k1/np1p1pp1/3P4/1PP1P1p1/r7/2B1N1PP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxb4 Rxa3 Nxc2 if Ra7 Nxe1 or if Rea1 Nxa1 Rxa1 Rxe4 ]

e)
Irmak Dai vs Yesim Patel, Gaziantep (9), 2012
6k1/5r2/pp1p2q1/4p1b1/2P1P3/PP3Rp1/1B2K1P1/1Q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if gxf3 g2 Qg1 Bf4 or if Kxf3 Qh5+ ]

2012 European Women's Championship Puzzles, Part VII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Aslihan Durmus vs Hayrun Nisa Sahin, Gaziantep (9), 2012
r1b3k1/pp3pp1/4pn1p/1Bq5/P3P3/2P2N2/2Q2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ Kh7 e5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5.
Inna Gaponenko vs Nastassia Ziaziulkina, Gaziantep (9), 2012
1r5k/R6p/3NBqp1/1p2Q1b1/3P2P1/7P/1P5K/5r2 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Kg7 Nxg5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 8.
Alina Kashlinskaya vs Maria Manakova, Gaziantep (9), 2012
2Rn1rk1/p5p1/1p2p2p/8/4Q2P/3B2PK/8/6q1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ Kf7 Rc7+ Ke8 Bb5+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4.
Joanna Dworakowska vs Jolanta Zawadzka, Gaziantep (10), 2012
2rrk3/1R1p2Qp/4qP2/2p5/6R1/6PK/2P4P/8 w - - 0 1
[ f7+ Qxf7 Re4+ ]

e)
Elena Cherednichenko vs Hilal Ozturk, Gaziantep (11), 2012
5bk1/5pp1/2q4p/p2NP3/np6/6QP/r4PP1/B2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kh8 Rd8 Rxa1+ Kh2 Qc5 Nd7 ]

2012 European Women's Championship Puzzles, Part VIII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 4. Olga Girya vs Nastassia Ziaziulkina, Gaziantep (11), 2012
2b2r2/5Nk1/1pnP2p1/p1p2qN1/P1P2Qp1/1P2P3/7R/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Kf6 Ne4+ Ke6 Nfg5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Valentina Gunina vs Anna Muzychuk, Gaziantep (11), 2012
5k2/p4p2/4b2p/4N1pN/P7/4K3/1r5P/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

c)
Olena Martynkova vs G Alev, Gaziantep (11), 2012
rnbqkb1r/5pp1/p2p1n1p/1p2p3/2B1P3/2N1BN2/PPP2PPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bd5 if Nxd5 Qxd5 ]

d)
Zuzana Borosova vs Nazi Paikidze, Gaziantep (11), 2012
2r3k1/5ppp/p4bn1/P2r4/R1p2B2/2P5/1P4PP/4NR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4 Rxf4 Re8 Ra1 Rxa5 ]

e)
Betul Cemre Yildiz vs Bela Khotenashvili, Gaziantep Rapid (1), 2012
8/p2kr3/1r1bpp2/2p2p1p/2PP3P/3nB1P1/PR2RP2/KN6 w - - 0 1
[ Rbd2 if f4 Rxd3 or if Nb4 dxc5 ]

2012 European Women's Rapid Championship Puzzles, Part IX. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 2. Aslihan Durmus vs Nazi Paikidze, Gaziantep (1), 2012
3r1r1k/pp6/4Pp2/6pp/2Q1K3/P1N1PRPb/1P5q/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ ]

b)
Valentina Gunina vs Tatjana Molchanova, Gaziantep (1), 2012
4k3/pp6/2b2r2/5p2/8/4PPp1/P1N3P1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba4 Rb1 Bxc2 Rxb7 Rb6 ]

c)
Black Mates in 5.
Elisabeth Paehtz vs Sopio Gvetadze, Gaziantep (1), 2012
4Q3/6pk/4p2p/6nN/3q4/6P1/5P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kg2 Qxf2+ Kxh3 Qf1+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 2.
Hatice Mislina Bozkurt vs Daria Charochkina, Gaziantep (2), 2012
2r2rk1/pp2np1p/3p2pb/q2Pp3/4P3/1QNK4/P1P1B1PP/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc5 ]

e)
White Mates in 3.
Irina Bulmaga vs Elena Cherednichenko, Gaziantep (3), 2012
7k/4Q3/5bq1/6N1/8/8/2p2PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qf8+ Qg8 Qh6+ ]

2012 European Women's Rapid Championship Puzzles, Part X. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 3.
Nana Dzagnidze vs Kateryna Lahno, Gaziantep (4), 2012
1b4k1/1P3p2/8/5N1Q/8/4P2P/1q3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ Kh7 Qh6+ Kg8 54.Ne7# ]

b)
Thanh Trang Hoang vs Anna Ushenina, Gaziantep (4), 2012
r1bq1rk1/5p2/p3p1p1/1p1p3n/N2Q4/P6P/1PP2PPB/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Bb7 Nxa8 or if Ra7 Nxc8 ]

c)
Maria Bezgodova vs Natalia Zhukova, Gaziantep (5), 2012
r1bq1rk1/5p2/p3p1p1/1p1p3n/N2Q4/P6P/1PP2PPB/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 Bxd5 exf6+ if Kg8 Re7 or if Qxf6 Qxf6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Gaziantep (5), 2012
r4k2/3R3p/r1p1B1p1/1p3pB1/7P/6P1/P3PP2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Kg8 Bf6 h6 Rg7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5.
Anastasia Bodnaruk vs Daria Charochkina, Gaziantep (6), 2012
4rk2/1p3ppQ/p1r4q/2nN4/2P3P1/1P5P/P7/3RR2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Kxe8 Qg8+ Kd7 Qxf7+ ]

2012 European Women's Rapid Championship Puzzles, Part XI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anastasia Savina vs Olga Girya, Gaziantep (7), 2012
2k1r2r/p4Npp/b2b1n2/2pP4/Ppp5/1P4N1/5PPP/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf4+ Kb1 Rhf8 Ne2 Rxf7 Nxf4 Ne4 ]

b)
White Mates in 6.
Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Gaziantep (6), 2012
1rb1r3/3q1pk1/5Rpn/p1PpR2p/8/1P3QP1/PB3P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Nxf7 Re7+ Kh6 Bc1+ ]

c)
White Mates in 2.
Tatiana Kosintseva vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, Gaziantep (8), 2012
2r3k1/1b2b1Pp/p5pQ/1pq1BNn1/8/8/PPP2p1R/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

d)
Baira Kovanova vs Zuzana Borosova, Gaziantep (9), 2012
r2n1rk1/1pn3p1/q1pp1p1p/p3p3/PP1PP3/2P1P1B1/2QN1RPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ b5 cxb5 axb5 if Nxb5 Qb3+ or if Qb6 Nc4 ]

e)
Baira Kovanova vs Nino Khurtsidze, Gaziantep (10), 2012
6k1/p5r1/3P4/1p3p2/1Pb2P2/P1p3q1/6BR/3Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...c2 if Bd5+ Kf8 Rh8+ Rg8 or if Qg1 Qd3 ]


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