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### Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. 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)
2r5/7p/1P1p2pk/Pqn2p2/4pP2/4N1P1/8/Q2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5+ Kh5 Qf6 Kg4 Qg5+ ]

b)
Mamedyarov vs Rustam Samadli, Baku, 2000
r1q2rk1/p1nb1pbp/4p1p1/2pPN3/1pB2Q2/7P/PPP2PP1/1N1RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd7 Qxd7 dxe6 ]

c)
White Mates in 9. Mamedyarov vs Sergey Dolmatov, Dubai, 2000
3rr3/pp1qppk1/7p/5R2/2pPQ1P1/2P4P/PP6/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf6 Qxh6+ Kf7 Qh7+ Kf6 g5+ ]

d)
Mamedyarov vs Zeinal Eyubov, Baku, 2001
1r1qr1k1/p4pb1/3P1np1/1ppNp2p/2N5/5Q2/PPP2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ w/Nc6 ]

e) White Mates in 3. Mamedyarov vs Vitezslav Priehoda, Batumi, 2002
2Q5/p4qk1/1p3p2/1P2n1pP/4B1P1/6K1/5P2/8 w - - 0 1

Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Mamedyarov vs Benjamin Galstian, Peniscola, 2002
r2qr3/pb2b1k1/7p/2pPp2p/2B5/2N4P/PPQ3P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf8 Qxh6+ ]

b)
Mamedyarov vs Amir Bagheri, Abudhabi, 2003
r1b2rk1/p1q4p/5ppQ/2bp4/1p4P1/2PBP3/PP1N1P2/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

c)
Mamedyarov vs Artyom Timofeev, Moscow, 2004
b2r3k/p3Nppp/3r4/1pq5/2p2Q2/4R3/PP1R1PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ if hxg6 Qh4+ Qh5 Qxd8+ w/Rxd8+ & Ree8 or if fxg6 Qxd6 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Mamedyarov vs Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Dubai, 2004
4r1k1/4r2p/5QpP/6R1/2P2R2/1P2p3/q7/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ hxg6 h7+ Rxh7 Qxg6+ ]

e)
Mamedyarov vs Shojaat Ghane, Izmir, 2004
4r1k1/1p3pp1/p1p3r1/5bqp/2NPp2n/P1P1P1BP/2Q2PPK/4R1R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 if Re7 Bxh4 ]

Mamedyarov vs Gurevich, 2007

Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Mamedyarov vs Tomi Nyback, Warsaw, 2005
8/p7/bp4pk/4B3/PKQ2P2/1P2q2r/8/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if Qxe5 fxe5 Bxc4 Rh8+ ]

b)
Mamedyarov vs Dagur Arngrimsson, Reykjavik, 2006
r2n2k1/qb3pp1/3Np2p/pB2P3/Pp3Q2/4P3/1P4PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 Qb6 Re7 Ba6 Qe4 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Mamedyarov vs Stefan Martin, Mainz, 2006
3n3k/1p3B2/p2p1P2/2rP1br1/5p2/2P5/PP6/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1+ ]

d)
Mamedyarov vs Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mainz, 2006
rnbr2k1/pp3pp1/4p1qp/8/1b1pN3/3BPN2/PP3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh4 if Qh7 Nf6+ ]

e)
Mamedyarov vs Peter Heine Nielsen, Crete, 2007
rq4k1/7p/6p1/p2n4/P1B5/1P3R1P/3r1PP1/Q5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe1 if Rd4 Bxd5+ or if Qb4 Qe6+ Kg7 Rf7+ Kh6 Qg4 ]

## Tactics in the openings series

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Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Mamedyarov vs Pavel Tregubov, Ajaccio, 2008
r5k1/p5p1/bn3q2/7Q/P1p2B2/8/5PPP/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg6 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Mamedyarov vs Peter Svidler, Alma-Ata, 2008
2b5/6k1/p2R3r/1pP1r1Bp/5NnP/1Bb5/P5P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh5+ ]

c)
Mamedyarov vs Peter Svidler, Nalchik, 2009
8/1Q1rkpp1/p3p3/3nB1r1/8/3q3P/PP3R2/K1R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qxd7+ if Kg8 Qd8+ w/Qxg5 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Mamedyarov vs B S Shivananda, Kolkata, 2009
1r4b1/1p2p1k1/2p1PpB1/2Pp4/7R/4R2P/r4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg3 f5 Bf7+ Kf6 f4 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, Moscow, 2009
r1q2nQ1/ppb1kp2/7B/1P2pb2/4N3/8/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ if Ke8 Nf6+ ]

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, Baku, 2010
2r3k1/p1Bp1p2/4pn2/1Qb2qpp/2P5/5BPP/P2RPPK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Nils Grandelius, Rogaska Slatina, 9/29/2011
1k1r3r/pp1nqpp1/3p1n1p/1BpP3b/Q3PP1B/P1N5/1P4PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ e5 if dxe5 fxe5 Nxe5 Rae1 Ka8 Bg3
or if Nb6 Qc2 dxe5 fxe5 Qxe5 Bg3
]

c)
White mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Boris Gelfand, Astana, 7/8/2012
5r2/1p3Pk1/3q1b2/p4Pp1/3Bp3/4P3/4QPK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Viktor Bologan, Beijing, 12/17/2012
r3r1k1/5pb1/2b1n3/p2pN2Q/3q4/1P4B1/P4PP1/1BR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh7+ ]

e)
Viktor Bologan vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Beijing, 12/15/2012
6k1/1p2pp2/4nbp1/P3B2p/q1P5/7P/5KP1/Q2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ if Ke1 Qe4+ or if Kg1 Bxe5 ]

## Tactics in the openings series

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Ildar Khairullin, Khanty Mansyisk, 6/7/2013
8/3n2p1/4p1kp/R3p3/r3P3/3K1P2/3B2PP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxa4 Nc5+ Kc2 Nxa4 Be3 ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Beijing, 12/15/2013
6k1/2R4p/3p2p1/2nPr3/2r4P/6P1/6B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 dxe5 d6 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Bartosz Socko vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Warsaw, 11/10/2013
r6k/ppp3pp/8/8/PP1p1r2/1Q1P1qN1/1B4RK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4+ Kg1 Qe3+ Rf2 Qxg3+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r2rb3/pp3p1k/5Rn1/4q3/3p2QN/3Bb3/PP4P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Bxf7 Rxf7+ Kh8 Rh7+ ]

e)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vladimir Potkin, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1r1b3/4p1k1/5nP1/1p1PN3/1ppqP2Q/8/P5PP/2R2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if Qxe5 Rf5 or if exf6 Qh7+ Kf8 Nd7+ ]

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1b1kb1r/pp1n1ppp/2pnp3/q7/3PP2B/2N5/PPPQ2PP/1K1R1BNR w kq - 1 0
[ Nd5 ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Beijing, 2014
2kr1b2/1bqp1Qp1/pp6/2p1P3/N1P1P2r/1P3p1B/PB3P2/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Qxf8+ Qd8 Nxb6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Pavel Ponkratov, Berlin, 2015
4rbk1/7p/1n4P1/2pPBp2/1pq2Q2/5NP1/5PK1/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ gxh7+ if Kxh7 or Kf7 Qxf5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Boris Savchenko, Izmir, 2016
3r4/p1R1np1p/1p2bbp1/3k4/3P4/3BP1B1/P2K1PPP/8 w - - 1 0
[ e4+ Kxd4 f4 ]

e)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Aleksandra Goryachkina, Sochi, 2017
r5k1/pb5p/1p1bq1p1/1B1pB2n/3P4/1QN5/PP4PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bd7 Qxd7 2.Nxd5 if 2...Bxe5 3.Nf6+ ]

f)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Riyadh, 2017
6k1/1b5p/1B2p1p1/3r4/8/P4P1P/3p1PK1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rg5+ 2.Kh2 Bxf3 3.Rxd2 Rg2+ ]

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