Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vasilios Kotronias.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
Kotronias vs Emanouel Pandavos, Athens, 1984
r3r1k1/p1pq1ppp/8/1bbpPP2/2pN4/2P1BQ2/P1P3PP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ e6 w/Nxb5 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Kotronias vs A Karmbinas, Karditsa, 1984
1r2b3/R7/1p2p2p/1p1pPpk1/3P1p2/2PN4/1P3KPP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Bg6 h4+ Kxh4 Nxf4 Kg5 g3 Rg8 Rxg8 Kg4 Rxg6# ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Kotronias vs Miklos Orso, Budapest, 1986
1nb2k2/r4rbR/p2pp3/5p1Q/1q1NP3/2N1B3/1PP5/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Bxh8 Qxh8+ Ke7 Bg5+ Rf6 Bxf6+ Kf7 Rg7+ Kxf6 Qh6+ Ke5 Nf3# ]

d)
Kotronias vs Suat Atalik, Pucarevo, 1987
Q3bb1r/1p3q1p/5pp1/2k5/2p1B3/8/P1P2PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa3+ Kd4 Qe3+ Ke5 Bxg6+ ]

e)
Kotronias vs Nikolaos Skalkotas, Akropolis, 1988
2b1r1k1/5qbp/1Np2pp1/4p3/4P2B/r7/P1Q2PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 w/Nd6 ]



Kotronias Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kotronias vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, Salonika, 1988
1b1r2k1/1p3p2/6pp/3p1n2/q2N2Q1/2B3P1/1P3P1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 w/Nxh6+ ]

b)
Kotronias vs Teodor Hellborg, Stockholm, 1988
3r2k1/5p1p/1rR2P2/p3p1P1/1pRb4/5K2/P1B2P1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd4 ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Kotronias vs Alexander Goldin, Moscow, 1989
8/3Q1pkp/p1n1r1p1/1p6/4P1P1/1P4KP/8/2B4b w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ Kxh6 Qxf7 g5 h4 gxh4+ Kxh4 Rg6 Qf8+ ]

d)
Kotronias vs Rikard Winsnes, Gausdal, 1990
5r1k/1p1nr1pp/8/2PpP2N/1q6/7Q/2B3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 g5 Ng6+ ]



e) White Mates in 3. Kotronias vs Daniel King, New York, 1990
r4rk1/p4ppp/Pp4n1/4BN2/1bq5/7Q/2P2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1

Kotronias Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kotronias vs Ivan Radulov, Chalkidiki, 1991
r2r1qk1/5p1p/2b2Pp1/1pp1P1Q1/p2p3R/5N1P/PPP3P1/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 (if Kxh7 Qh4+ & Ng5) w/Rg7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 8. Kotronias vs Alte Gronn, Gausdal, 1991
5r2/3qppk1/3p4/1prP2Pp/p4Rp1/P1PQ4/1P6/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Rxf7 Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf8 g6 e5 Qxd7 ]

c)
Kotronias vs Dimitrios Kiriazis, Greece, 1991
1k3r2/2pr3p/R3pBp1/1p1qb3/1P6/8/2Q2PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if Qxe5 Qc6 mates ]

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