Tactics in the openings series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bela Khotenashvili.
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.


a)
Khotenashvili vs Stevan Djukic, Marina d'Or, 1998
2r2rk1/1p1q1ppp/p2bp3/2pp4/2PPbPP1/1P2P2P/PB1Q2B1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe4 dxe4 dxc5 Rxc5 Red1 Rd8 Be5 Rc6 c5 ]

b)
Khotenashvili vs Alexandra Plo Palacin, Oropesa, 1999
2kr3r/ppp2ppp/2n2n2/3p3b/3P3q/2PB1PN1/PP4PP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 Qf4 g3 Qg5 h4 ]

c)
Khotenashvili vs Ana Gavasheli, Tbilisi, 2001
r2q1rk1/pbpnb1pp/1p1ppn2/5p2/2PP4/1P1BPN2/PBQN1PPP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Khotenashvili vs M Gomes, Heraklio, 2004
r2q1r2/ppp1nk2/3ppp1Q/8/3P3P/2P2P2/PPB2P2/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ ]



Bela Khotenashvili Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Khotenashvili vs Sabina-Francesca Foisor, Heraklio, 2004
3r2k1/p4qpp/1pp5/Pn1p4/1P2bP2/1Q4PB/5B1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 if dxe4 Be6 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Khotenashvili vs Miranda Mikadze, Tbilisi, 2004
3qrbk1/p2n4/1pr2pPp/2p2N1Q/4N3/P1BPP3/1P5P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ g7 ]

c)
Khotenashvili vs Rout Padmini, Yerevan, 2007
r6k/1r4bp/b7/p1ppB1R1/1p4P1/P3N3/1PP2R1P/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 Rxg7 Rf7 ]

d)
Khotenashvili vs Inga Khurtsilava, Tbilisi, 2010
8/p2n4/2K1kp2/2pN3p/2P1r3/PR4P1/7P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4+ if Ke7 Rb7 Rd4 Nd5+ ]

e)
White mates in 7.
Alexander Motylev vs Qingnan Liu, Chaongqing, 2011
8/r2bk3/1p2prQ1/n1q4p/R1pN2p1/2B5/5PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc6+ if Nxc6 Bxf6+ Kf8 Qg7+ Ke8 Rxa7 ]

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Bela Khotenashvili Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Motylev vs Daniele Vocaturo, Wijk aan Zee, 2012
2q2rk1/2p1r2p/4P2P/1p2Qp2/1P4n1/1BP3R1/5P2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg4+ fxg4 Qg5+ Kh8 Qxe7 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Ljilja Drljevic, Gaziantep, 2012
q7/1b3r1p/3pRnk1/P2N1p2/1P3P2/6P1/1Q4BP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6+ if Kg7 Rxf7+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Gaziantep, 2012
r4k2/3R3p/r1p1B1p1/1p3pB1/7P/6P1/P3PP2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ if Ke8 Rg7 or if Kg8 Bh6 Kh8 Bg7+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Carolina Mazariego-K, Istanbul, 2012
1r3b2/p4pk1/Ppqp1N1p/8/2P5/3QR2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 ]

e)
Bela Khotenashvili vs Xue Zhao, Beijing, 2012
5r1r/3n1q2/1kb1pN1p/bpppP2Q/3P4/pP2PN1B/P1P5/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7 Qxf7 Rxf7 Be6 if Re7 Bxd7 Bxd7 Nxd5+ ]

Bela Khotenashvili Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Karolina Olsarova vs Bela Khotenashvili, Gaziantep, 2012
8/pR2pnk1/1p3pp1/8/r3NP2/2PK4/PP4P1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4 ]

e)
Bela Khotenashvili vs Mircea Parligras, Dubai, 2013
3r2k1/pQ2Rpbp/3Pb1p1/2nB4/q1p2P2/8/P3PP1P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc7 if Rc8 Bxe6 Rxc7 dxc7 ]

c)
Bela Khotenashvili vs Veronika Exler, Warsaw, 2013
3k3r/3r1pp1/6p1/2R5/1q3B2/3Q1P2/PP4PP/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Bc7+ if Ke8 Re5+ or if Kc8 Qa6+ Qb7 Bd6+ Kd8 Qa5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Anton Demchenko vs Alexander Motylev, Vladivostok, 2014
r3r1k1/1p3ppp/5n2/N7/3Q4/PP2n1P1/1B3K2/2R1RB1q b - - 0 1
[ ...Neg4+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Ramil Hasangatin vs Alexander Motylev, Berlin, 2015
7r/ppk3p1/2p5/7n/3P2n1/1BP2RP1/PP4Pp/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg3+ Rxg3 Nf2# ]

Tactics in the openings series


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Bela Khotenashvili Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Motylev vs Bela Khotenashvili, Gibraltar, 2015
3r2k1/ppqr1pp1/4p3/4nn1p/1PPNR2P/P1Q2NP1/5P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf5 if Nxf3+ Qxf3 exf5 Re8+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Motylev vs Aleksandr Shimanov, St. Petersburg, 2015
r5n1/pp1N1n2/5P2/3p2kb/1P1p3R/P2B4/2P3PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf5+ Kxh4 g3+ Kg4 Kg2 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Alexander Motylev vs Mikhail Pogromsky, Sochi, 2015
7r/1p3pk1/3pnpp1/Q7/2P1Nqn1/PP1p3P/5PK1/2B1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ Kf3 Nd4+ Kxg4 Qg2+ ]

d)
Valentina Gunina vs Bela Khotenashvili, Khanty Mansyisk, 4/23/2014
8/ppR2pk1/3p1rp1/4n2p/qR2P3/6P1/PQ4KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd1 Rc1 Qf3+ Kg1 Nd3 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Pia Cramling vs Bela Khotenashvili, Beijing, 2014
2Q2R2/1p6/1k1p4/2pP4/p1bbPP2/8/1PB5/1K1Nq1r1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd1+ Bxd1 Rxd1+ Kc2 Bb3# ]

f)
White mates in 2.
Bela Khotenashvili vs Olga Lagutina, Baku, 2016
1r3r1k/p1q2Pnp/2b5/Pn1pN2N/2pP3P/4Q1PB/3R4/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ ]

g)
Jolanta Zawadzka vs Bela Khotenashvili, Khanty Mansyisk, 2017
6k1/p4pp1/1q2bn1p/1Nr5/P1pQ1P2/4RB1P/2P3PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxb5 ]


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