Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Khalifman.
White to move and win.

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


a)
White Mates in 8. Khalifman vs Konstantin Aseev, Borzhomi, 1984
1rr2bk1/2qb1ppp/pp2p3/8/2P1N3/1P4P1/PB2QPBP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kh8 Qh5 h6 Qxf7 Be7 Ne8 ]

b)
Khalifman vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Minsk, 1985
2r3k1/3nppbp/3p1np1/1r1P4/1qpBPPP1/R1N5/1PP4P/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Na2 ]

c)
Khalifman vs Adrian Mikhalchishin, Kuibyshev, 1986
5rrk/1bq1n2p/p2pPpp1/1p2pN1N/2p1P1Q1/2P4R/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 Nxf5 (if Rxf6 Qh4#) Rxh7+ w/Nxh7 & exf5 ]



d) White Mates in 3. Khalifman vs Alexander Huzman, Tashkent, 1987
3r1r1k/p4p1p/1pp2p2/2b2P1Q/3q1PR1/1PN2R1P/1P4P1/7K w - - 0 1

e)
Khalifman vs Eduardas Rozentalis, Vilnius, 1988
5k2/1p1q2p1/2pN1p1p/2P5/2BB4/2P2RPP/5PK1/4r3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 gxf6 Rxf6+ Kg7 Rf7+ ]



Alexander Khalifman Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khalifman vs Pal Petran, Berlin, 1989
2b3k1/5p1p/p5p1/2NP3n/2Q5/6PP/4PqBK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 Qf5 Nd6 if Qe5 Qxc8+ Kg7 Ne4 & if f5 Qc3 ]

b)
Khalifman vs O Gschnitzer, Bundeslinga, 1993
2rn2k1/3b1p1N/3p1Qp1/3Pp3/1q2P3/2p1R1NP/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Khalifman vs Ivars Berzinsh, Liepaya, 2014
4qkn1/p1Nnrr1p/1p1p4/3P1R2/2P5/1P3QP1/PB5P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ ]

d)
Rinats Muhamadejevs vs Alexander Khalifman, Liepaya, 2014
r4rk1/1p2ppbp/1q1pbnp1/1N6/2P1P3/1P3P2/2QBB1PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa1 Rxa1 Nxe4 if Rb1 Nf2+ mates ]

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