Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vladislav Kovalev.
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)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Anish Giri, Herceg Novi, 2005
rnb1kb2/ppp2p1p/4pn1Q/8/3qp1r1/2N5/PPPB1PPP/2KR1BNR w q - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Bh6+ ]

b)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Ande Hagen, St. Petersburg, 2006
1q4Q1/3nkr2/2r1pp2/3p2b1/3B4/2P2R1B/6PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Bc5+ if Rd6 Rxe6# ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Vladislav Kovalev vs Anton Podolsky, Albena, 2011
4rr2/5k1p/5bp1/7Q/3P4/2P5/3q1PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb7+ Be7 Rbxe7+ Rxe7 Qxh7+ ]

d)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Andrei Matsenko, St. Petersburg, 2011
4r1k1/2qp2p1/6Bp/1p5P/3B1rQ1/p1PN4/P1P5/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Bh7+ Kf7 Qxg7+ Ke6 Qxh6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Vladislav Kovalev vs Andrei Volokitin, Dubai, 2014
6rk/6rp/pp2pQ2/3p4/P5R1/7P/2q3P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxg7+ ]



Vladislav Kovalev Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Ritvars Reimanis, Wroclaw, 2014
2r2rk1/pp4pp/1q6/2R5/1n1Q4/4pP2/P5PP/4RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Vladislav Kovalev vs Vadims Daskevics, Liepaya, 2015
2rq1r2/3nNpk1/8/p5Pp/2b4P/4Bp2/P1Q2K2/2R4R w - - 1 0
[ Bd4+ if f6 Qg6+ ]

c)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Michael Bezold, Berlin, 2015
r5k1/1q3pb1/6pp/4B1n1/1pN1b3/6NP/1PP2QP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7 Kxg7 h4 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Vladislav Kovalev vs Vitaly Kunin, Berlin, 2015
q4r2/6Q1/bp1R4/pk2Pp2/3P4/2P5/3K4/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qd7+ ]

e)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Hong Zhu, Philadelphia, 2015
4r1k1/1pq1pp1p/p2p1bp1/2rP4/P1PN4/1P3Q1P/4RPP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 exf6 Rxe8+ Kg7 R1e7 Qb6 Ne6+ ]

Vladislav Kovalev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Alexej Cherepov, Minsk, 2015
k3r3/1p5p/p7/3R1p2/8/2Q1r3/PPP3q1/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ if Ka7 Qc5+ ]

b)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Igor Malakhov, Minsk, 2015
3Q4/2r2p2/1k4p1/4p2p/8/7P/1P3PPK/4r3 w - - 1 0
[ Qd6+ if Rc6 or Kb7 Qb4+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Vladislav Kovalev vs Jesus Martin Duque, Lisbon, 2017
2r1qkr1/pp2n2R/1n2Q1p1/2BP2b1/2p1p1P1/8/PP1N1PK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Qxg8+ Kxg8 Rh8+ Kf7 R1h7+ ]

d)
Vladislav Kovalev vs Stefan Kuipers, Wijk aan Zee, 2019
2r2rk1/p4ppp/1qb1p3/4Q3/3R4/P2B2P1/1P3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxh7+ if 1...Kxh7 2.Rg4 f6 3.Rh4+ or if 1...Kh8 2.Rg4 f6 3.Qh5 mates ]


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