Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Rauf Mamedov.
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)
Mamedov vs Rashad Gasanov, Baku, 1998
3r1r2/4qkpQ/3P1p2/pR6/5p2/P7/1PP3PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ (if dxe7 Rd1#) ]

b)
Mamedov vs Christopher Dorrington, Chalkidiki, 2001
r1b1r1k1/5ppp/p2qp3/1p1n4/3N1P2/3PB1Q1/PP4PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if exf5 Bd4 Qf8 Rxe8 or if Qf8 Bc5 Ne7 Nxe7+ ]

c)
Mamedov vs Hugo Gonzalez, Aviles, 2002
r2r2k1/pbq2ppp/4pn2/1pp1NnN1/6Q1/1B1P3P/PPP2PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

d)
Mamedov vs Michal Luch, Peniscola, 2002
r1q2r1k/3n2pp/3Q4/4pPb1/ppB2n2/4BP2/PPP5/1KNR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf4 if Bxf4 or exf4 Rxh7+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Mamedov vs Elnur Aliev, Baku, 2003
5r2/pb2qpk1/1p4pp/3nNR2/8/3P2Q1/PP4PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Rxf7 Qxg6+ Kf8 Rxf7+ ]



Mamedov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Mamedov vs Wojciech Moranda, Budva, 2003
3R4/p1r2k2/1p3Pp1/5n1p/5N2/4q2P/1Q4PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qa2+ ]



b) White Mates in 3. Mamedov vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Internet, 2003
4k2r/1b2ppb1/p3Nnp1/qp2p2p/7P/2rB1P2/PPPQ2P1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1

c)
White Mates in 4. Mamedov vs Kerim Aliev, Lahijan, 2005
2rq1rk1/pp4p1/2pb1pN1/n2p3Q/3P4/2N1B3/PPP2PP1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Nh8 ]

d)
Mamedov vs Matthew Dignam, Heraklio, 2004
8/2q1k1pp/2b1p3/p4p2/5P1P/PrN5/1P1R1QP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc5+ Kf7 Rd6 if Rb6 Ne2 ]

e)
Rauf Mamedov vs Pierluigi Piscopo, Rogaska Slatina, 9/26/2011
3q2k1/3b1pb1/3Nr1pp/4n3/3p1B2/r2P2P1/3Q1PBP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe5 if Bxe5 Nc4 ]

Rauf Mamedov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Rauf Mamedov vs Jean-Baptiste Mullon, Bastia, 2011
r3rnk1/pp1n2pp/2p1qp2/4pNB1/4P2P/bP4P1/P1P1QPB1/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6 if gxh6 Qg4+ Ng6 Rxd7 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Manuel Apicella vs Rauf Mamedov, Aix les Bains, 2011
3r3k/PP4b1/2qp2n1/8/8/2P2np1/Q7/1R3N1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ Kg1 Nf4 ]

c)
Rauf Mamedov vs Dmitry Svetushkin, Moscow, 2013
4r2k/2q2p1p/p4NpB/8/2p2b2/8/P1n3PP/2RR3K w - - 1 0
[ Bg7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Johann Ertl vs Rauf Mamedov, Rhodes, 2013
8/1Q6/p5pk/1pq1pp1p/8/2P2BPn/PP3PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ Kxh3 f4 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Rauf Mamedov vs Hao Wang, Dubai, 2014
5rk1/p4p1p/4p1pP/4P1q1/3P4/P3nQ2/2R3P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ ]

Rauf Mamedov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Rauf Mamedov vs Andrew Greet, Tromsoe, 2014
6k1/1p4p1/5R1p/p7/4Q3/2Pr3P/1q3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ if Kh7 Qf5+ ]

b)
Rauf Mamedov vs Aghasi Inants, Las Vegas, 2014
1r1r2k1/7p/6p1/4Qp2/q1p5/2P1B2P/5PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd4 if Qd7 Qh8+ or if Kf8 Qg7+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Rauf Mamedov vs Vladimir Akopian, Berlin, 2015
1r3bb1/4QN1k/p1qNP1pp/1p6/2p5/2P4R/PP3P2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh6+ if Bxe7 Nhf5+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Rauf Mamedov vs Alexander Riazantsev, Minsk, 2015
r2q1r2/1p3p1k/p1nP2p1/4R2p/n7/1N4Q1/P2P1PPP/B1R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Rauf Mamedov vs Stanislav Bogdanovich, Moscow, 2015
r7/4N2k/n5R1/p1p1B3/2b3p1/P6P/5P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rg7+ if Kh6 Nf5+ ]

f)
Rauf Mamedov vs Kivanc Haznedaroglu, Izmir, 2016
6k1/r4pNp/3qnQp1/8/2B5/6PP/P4P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe6 ]

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