Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Valentina Golubenko.
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)
Golubenko vs Sergei Kaganski, Paide, 1999
r3r1k1/ppp2pb1/3p1n1p/7q/4PQp1/1BN2nR1/PPPB1P1P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxf3 ]



b) White Mates in 3. Golubenko vs Stanislav Beljaev, Kohtla-Jarve, 1999
r4k2/6pp/p1n1p2N/2p5/1q6/6QP/PbP2PP1/1K1R1B2 w - - 0 1



c) White Mates in 3. Golubenko vs Dmitry Knyazhev, Kohtla-Jarve, 1999
6k1/3q1ppp/p2r4/1p6/4Q3/8/PPP3PP/3R3K w - - 0 1

d)
Golubenko vs Anastasia Bodnaruk, Oropesa, 2000
1r3r1k/2qb1pp1/pp1p3p/2pPpNb1/P1P1P1P1/3B1R2/1P1Q2PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg5 if hxg5 Rh3+ w/Ne7# ]

a)
Golubenko vs Leonid Ratner, St. Petersburg, 2000
6k1/1p3p1p/2p5/1pP2Pp1/4p3/4P1K1/PP3P1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ f6 h5 h4 ]



Golubenko Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Golubenko vs Boris Kushnir, Saint-Petersburg, 2001
8/pb2rk1p/1p1qprp1/2ppR3/3P1PQ1/2P1P2B/PP5P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 if h5 Rxh5 gxh5 Qxh5+ or if Kg7 Rh5 ]

b)
Golubenko vs Aleksander Volodin, Kohtla-Jarve, 2001
r4kn1/ppp5/2nq1b2/4pQ2/3PPN2/2P5/PP3PP1/R3KB2 w Q e6 0 1
[ Ne6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Golubenko vs Kerttu Oja, Narva, 2001
r1bk1r2/pp1n2pp/3NQ3/1P6/8/2n2PB1/q1B3PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7+ ]

b)
Golubenko vs Yuri Kuzmin, Saint-Petersburg, 2001
r5k1/1q3pnp/3Pp1p1/rBp1P3/1p2P3/8/4Q1PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxa5 Rxa5 d7 Ra8 Qf3 Rf8 Qxf7+ ]

c)
Golubenko vs Nune Darbinian, Kallithea, 2001
2k5/6R1/8/1n1Pp3/1K2P3/p4PP1/8/3b4 w - - 0 1
[ Kxb5 Ba4+ Kb6 a2 Rc7+ Kd8 Rc1 ]

Golubenko Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Golubenko vs Chantal Sirisena, Peniscola, 2002
rn2k1nr/pb3ppp/4p3/Rp1q4/3P4/1pB1PN2/5PPP/3QKB1R w Kkq - 0 1
[ Rxb5 Qd7 Qxb3 ]

b)
Golubenko vs Tuuli Vahtra, Tallinn, 2002
r4qk1/pp1b1rnp/4p1pQ/2ppP3/5PP1/2PB1R2/PP3B1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh3 Ne8 Bxg6 ]

c)
Golubenko vs Vadim Chernyshov, Kohtla-Jarve, 2003
r1b2nk1/pp1N1ppp/2p5/3p1P2/3P4/2NBr1qP/PPQ3P1/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne2 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Golubenko vs Georgi Orlov, Kohtla-Jarve, 2003
6R1/8/7p/5B2/4p2k/7p/3r2PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg4+ Kh5 Kxh3 ]

a)
Golubenko vs Margarida Coimbra, Chisinau, 2005
1r4k1/1q1r1pb1/p3p2p/4P3/2Rp3B/3R1P2/P4P2/2Q3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb3 ]

Golubenko Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Golubenko vs Yulia Mamonova, Vladimir, 2005
2rk4/R2b3p/1p1p4/5p2/2PqrN2/8/PP1Q1PP1/1K3B2 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ if Bxe6 Qg5+ ]

b)
Golubenko vs Anna Dushenok, Saint-Petersburg, 2005
1r3rk1/p1q5/3p1b2/1p1P2p1/2pnR1P1/P2B3Q/1P1N3P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7 ]



c) White Mates in 3. Golubenko vs Berik Akkozov, Serpukhov, 2005
1rb2k2/1pq3pQ/pRpNp3/P1P2n2/3P1P2/4P3/6PP/6K1 w - - 0 1

d)
Golubenko vs Xiaowen Zhang, Moscow, 2006
4r1k1/2p2r1p/p2p2p1/3P1q2/2PQNPnP/6P1/P5K1/4RR2 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 Qc2+ Rf2 Rxe1 Rxc2 Ne3+ Qxe3 ]

e)
Golubenko vs Irina Sudakova, Njivice, 2006
8/p3q1pk/2r2r1p/2N2R2/1PBpp3/P2Q2P1/7P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 Rxc5 Re6 ]

Golubenko Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Golubenko vs Tamara Chistiakova, Kharkov, 2006
6k1/p2N2p1/6q1/3p3p/8/8/P4R2/4RK2 w - h6 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]



b) White Mates in 3. Golubenko vs Nadezhda Kharmunova, Vladimir, 2006
3q1r2/p2nr3/1k1NB1pp/1Pp5/5B2/1Q6/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1

c)
Golubenko vs Iulia Gromova, Rijeka, 2006
2rQ1nk1/1qP2bb1/p3p3/3p1ppp/3P4/4N1P1/P4PBP/B1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 exd5 Nxf5 w/Nd6 ]

d)
Golubenko vs Anna-Christina Kopinits, Rijeka, 2007
r5rk/p2R4/1p5p/4pp2/2P1bR2/P1q5/4QBPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 fxe4 Qxe4 ]

Golubenko Puzzles, Part VI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ksenia Startseva vs Golubenko, Kohtla-Jarve, 1998
1r2rbk1/2p2p2/q2p1np1/P2Pp2p/B3P3/2Bn1PNP/1P4PN/R4QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa7+ if Kh1 Nf2+ Kg1 N2xe4+ Kh1 Nxg3# ]

b)
Vladimir Shipilov vs Golubenko, Narva, 1998
r2q1rk1/ppp1bppp/4b3/3nR3/2B5/2NP3P/PPP2PP1/R1BQ2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 if bxc3 Bxc4 ]

c)
Anton Larin vs Golubenko, Paide, 1999
4rr2/2b3pk/p4n1p/1p1pnN2/1P6/PB4P1/1BP4P/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. Stanislav Ratsiborski vs Golubenko, Kohtla-Jarve, 2000
2r1r1k1/1b3ppp/pp1bp3/2pp4/2PPn1P1/NP1BPRqP/PB4P1/2RQ2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ ]

e)
Kirill Vasiljev vs Golubenko, Sillamae, 2001
2rr2k1/1bq2ppp/p2ppb2/1p6/1PnBP3/PR1B1P1P/2P1N1P1/2Q2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd4+ Nxd4 Qb6 c3 e5 ]

Golubenko Puzzles, Part VII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 6. Ksenia Startseva vs Golubenko, Tallinn, 2001
r4rk1/pp2pR1p/3pP2q/1Np5/2P3p1/1P6/P3P1Bb/1R1Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf4+ Kg1 Be3+ Kf1 Qh2 Ke1 Qg1+ ]

b)
Liis Oja vs Valentina Golubenko, Tartu, 2002
rnbqkb1r/pp1p1ppp/4pn2/8/3N1B2/7P/PPP1PPP1/RN1QKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...e5 ]

c)
Tuuli Vahtra vs Golubenko, Tartu, 2002
r2qkb1r/p2b1ppp/2p1p3/3n4/2B5/4B3/PPP2PPP/RN1QK2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 fxe3 Qh4+ ]

d)
Kermen Makarova vs Golubenko, Tartu, 2004
r4rk1/1b2bppp/p2pp3/q1n1n1PP/1p1NP3/1P2BP2/PNPQ4/1K1R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 Nxf3 Nxe4 Qg2 Nc3+ Kc1 Qxa2 ]

e)
Black Mates in 2. Tuuli Vahtra vs Golubenko, Tartu, 2004
5rk1/5ppp/pq6/1r3n2/2Q2P2/1P1N4/P1P1R1PP/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

Golubenko Puzzles, Part VIII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Irina Rukina vs Golubenko, Kohtla-Jarve, 2004
r1b2rk1/1pq3pp/pn1bn3/4pp2/2N4Q/1NP5/PP2BPPP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be7 ]

b)
Viktoria Korchagina vs Golubenko, Saint-Petersburg, 2005
1r4k1/4Qppp/p7/q4bP1/5P1P/1PNr4/PP4B1/K6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 b4 Qc7 ]

c)
Jana Krivec vs Golubenko, Rijeka, 2006
rnbqr1k1/pp3pPp/4p3/8/2pN2Q1/8/PPP2P1P/R1B1K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...e5 Nf5 Qf6 ]

d)
Black Mates in 6. Kateryna Grbatenko vs Golubenko, Kharkov 2006
3r2k1/5pp1/p6p/2p5/8/5KQ1/bP2PPPP/2q3NR b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd5+ if e4 Bxe4+ or if Kg4 Qg5+ ]

e)
Eduard Gorovykh vs Golubenko, Saint-Petersburg, 2007
3r2k1/1b3ppp/1B1b4/6P1/p3P3/P1R2QN1/qP5P/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf4+ Be3 Bxg3 if hxg3 Qa1+ Kc2 Bxe4+ ]

f)
Black Mates in 3. Deimante Daulyte vs Golubenko, Tallinn, 2008
6k1/2rB1p2/RB1p2pb/3Pp2p/4P3/3K2NQ/5Pq1/8 b - - 0 1
[ Qf3+ if Be3 Qd1+ ]

g)
White Mates in 4. Golubenko vs Hamid, Dresden (ol), 2008
3k4/1R6/1P2PNp1/7p/2n4P/8/4rPP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ e7+ if Kc8 Rc7+ Kb8 Nd7+ ]


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