Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergey Karjakin.
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)
Karjakin vs Sergei Saraikin, Tallinn, 1999
1r2kn1r/1p1b1p2/p2qpb2/2pP1pNp/2P4P/2N3P1/PP1Q1PB1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 w/dxe6+ & Bd5 ]

b)
Karjakin vs A Kulikovsky, Alushta, 2000
1Rb1r1k1/2rp2pp/2p1pb2/2B5/p1B2P2/3Q2Pq/P1P1R2P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Rb7 Rxb7 & Qxd7 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Karjakin vs Alexander Areshchenko, Kharkov, 2001
1r6/1p3K1k/p3N3/P6n/6RP/2P5/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg6 ]

d)
Karjakin vs Viktor Komliakov, Kramatorsk, 2001
6k1/p2qb2p/8/1p2Pp1Q/1Pp2P2/P1B4P/5K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ e6 ]

e)
Karjakin vs Sergiy Zavgorodniy, Simferopol, 2001
3r2k1/pp3p1p/3q1npP/2pP4/5P2/1P4PB/PQ6/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re6 ]



Karjakin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win.
a)
Karjakin vs Georgy Arzumanian, Alushta, 2002
4rk1r/p2Q1n1p/8/2pp2p1/8/1P6/P1PqN1PP/R3R2K w - - 0 1
[ Rf1 if Re7 Qd8+ & if Re8 Qf6 mates ]

b)
Karjakin vs Persson Hillarp, Benidorm, 2003
2b2rk1/2q3bp/p2N2p1/1pn1pp2/8/4BQ2/PPP3PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if Qxc5 Qb3+ w/Nf7+ ]

c)
Karjakin vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, Brissago, 2003
4R3/5kpp/r2p4/P2bpp2/1P6/1B3P2/6PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8 ]

d)
Karjakin vs Maxim Pavlov, Simferopol, 2003
5bk1/3q1ppp/r2p3P/3P2P1/4Np2/1Q3P2/1P6/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ hxg7 if Bxg7 Qb8+ & Nf6+ or if Kxg7 Qc3+ f6 Rxh7+ & Nf6+ ]

e)
Karjakin vs Friso Nijboer, Wijk aan Zee, 2003
1r5r/3bk3/4p1pp/n2pP3/1p6/1PqB1N2/P2Q2PP/1K1R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf4 if Rf8 Qh4+ & if g5 Nxg5 mates ]

Karjakin Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Karjakin vs Artyom Timofeev, Internet, 2004
5k1r/3b4/3p1p2/p4Pqp/1pB5/1P4r1/P1P5/1K1RR2Q w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ ]

b)
Karjakin vs Predrag Nikolic, Wijk aan Zee, 2005
2r5/pk6/1p1r4/q7/2Qn2R1/2PN4/2PK4/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ w/Rf8 ]

c)
Karjakin vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, Wijk aan Zee, 2005
7k/p1p2rq1/4r1p1/2B1PbQP/8/8/2P2R2/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh2 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Karjakin vs Lenier Dominguez, Dos Hermanas, 2005
5q1k/7p/5b1P/p4P2/PrB2Q2/1P6/KP4R1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6 ]

Karjakin Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 4. Nikolay Khomenko vs Karjakin, Alushta, 2000
6k1/4bppp/1Q2p3/2P2P2/4q1P1/5r2/1K1R3P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf6+ Kc1 Qc4+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 8. M Gajduk vs Karjakin, Simferopol, 2000
b2r2k1/pq3p2/1p2p1p1/2p3P1/P1P2PKp/2P5/1PQ1R3/5RBr b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg1+ Kh3 (if Rxg1 Qf3+ & Kg7) Qh1+ Rh2 Rd3+ Qxd3 Bg2+ ]

c)
Viktor Laznicka vs Karjakin, Chalkidiki, 2001
r3r1k1/1b3ppp/p3n1q1/4P3/2B1pB2/4Q3/1PP3PP/1R3K1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4 Qxf4 e3 ]

d)
Natalia Kovtoniuk vs Karjakin, Evpatoria, 2002
3r4/4qpkp/bp4p1/2p1p3/3rPP2/PPQ3P1/3R2BP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be2 ]

e)
Black Mates in 4. Sergey Korensky vs Karjakin, Internet, 2002
6k1/6pp/pp1p3q/3P4/P1Q2b2/1NN1r2b/1PP4P/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ ]

Karjakin Puzzles, Part V. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alexandr Truskavetsky vs Karjakin, Kramatorsk, 2002
5bk1/BQ1Rrpp1/7p/4r2q/4p3/6P1/PP2PP1P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3 ]

b)
Robert Ruck vs Karjakin, Panormo, 2002
2rqrbk1/5p2/6p1/pnnPp2p/8/1P1b2PP/4NPB1/RNBQR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe2 if Qxe2 Nd4 or if Rxe2 Nxb3 Qxb3 Nd4 ]

c)
Anna Ushenina vs Karjakin, Sudak, 2002
b4rk1/5pp1/p6p/4pP2/2q1p1Pb/7Q/2P4P/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e3 w/...Qe4 ]

d)
Black Mates in 4. Oleg Kalinin vs Karjakin, Alushta, 2003
3k4/R7/5N2/1p2n3/6p1/P1N2bP1/1r6/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ ]

e)
Alexey Dreev vs Karjakin, Internet, 2004
2k4r/p2q2p1/Ppp5/5pN1/2nP4/2P2B2/5PPb/R3QK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf4 if Nh3 Nd2+ & Nxf3+ ]

Sergey Karjakin Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergey Karjakin vs Alexander Grischuk, Astana, 7/6/2012
2r2n1k/4bq2/p6p/1r1pPp2/3P1P2/2BQ2RP/1P5K/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf5 if Qe6 Rg8+ or if Qxf5 Rg8+ mates ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Anuar Ismagambetov vs Sergey Karjakin, Astana, 7/6/2012
1k6/p3qp1p/PB2p3/3bb3/2R1nP2/1Q6/1P4rP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

c)
Viktor Bologan vs Sergey Karjakin, Astana, 7/9/2012
r2b1r2/pp3pk1/6p1/3Np1N1/4B3/2PP4/PP6/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh8+ ]

d)
Liren Ding vs Sergey Karjakin, Beijing, 12/17/2012
4r2k/pp4p1/2p5/4P2p/4Qnq1/8/PP4PP/4R1NK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe5 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Sergey Karjakin vs Dmitry Frolyanov, Moscow, 2/16/2013
3q2bk/6b1/2p4p/p7/1pP1Q3/3B4/PPP5/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ if Bxh6 Qe5+ ]

Karjakin Puzzles, Part VII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Sergey Karjakin vs Quang Liem Le, Beijing, 12/15/2013
5r1k/Q4b1p/5pp1/2p1pN2/4P3/2P3RP/1q3PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7 ]

b)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin, Stavanger, 5/7/2013
2r1r1k1/1p1q1ppp/4b3/1N1pP3/4n1P1/Pn1QP2P/1B4B1/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nbc5 if Qe2 Ng3 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Fabiano Caruana vs Sergey Karjakin, Moscow, 6/12/2013
r1r3k1/5ppp/4p3/qb1pPPP1/1p6/1P1NbR1P/P3Q1B1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd3+ if Rxd3 Rc1+ ]

d)
Yue Wang vs Sergey Karjakin, Beijing, 12/12/2013
r1q1k2r/p3ppb1/1p1p3p/3Pn3/3N2pQ/1P4P1/P3PPKP/R1BR4 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Ng6 Qh5 Bxd4 Rxd4 Qc3 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Teimour Radjabov vs Sergey Karjakin, Beijing, 12/16/2013
4r1k1/1b3p2/1P4r1/6n1/5q2/3Q1P2/5KP1/1RR1BB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ ]


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