Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2004.
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)
M Scherer vs R Dausch, Hoeckendorf GER-CH, 2004
5k2/pp3qb1/2r1R2p/2N2B2/1P1p4/P3nQP1/1r3PK1/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe3 ]

b)
C Hanley vs R Palliser, Scarborough ENG-CH, 2004
3r3k/pp3rb1/6pp/P2np3/2Q1N1P1/2PP1p1q/1P3P1P/R1B3RK w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 ]

c)
E Ghaem Maghami vs R Bancod, Calvia (ol), 2004
1r1q1k1r/1b2npp1/1pp2n1p/3Pp2P/p1P1PQ2/P1BB2R1/1P3PP1/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if Nxh5 Qg4 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Aryam Abreu vs Enrique Rodriguez, Havana, 2004
2bbrn1Q/q4kp1/2p1p1p1/2rpP2B/1p3P2/1P2PN2/1B1K4/6RR w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 ]

e)
A Stefanova vs L Bruzon, Wijk aan Zee, 2004
4r2k/p6p/1r1nq1pN/2p1p3/2p4Q/3n1RP1/P2P3P/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ w/Ng5 ]

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2004 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win.
a)
Valerij Filippov vs Loek Van Wely, Tripoli, 2004
4rk2/5p2/p2p1Pp1/3B2Pp/2P1Q3/8/Pq3PKb/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rb1 w/Rb7 ]

b)
R Vaganian vs S Rublevsky, Mainz, 2004
3k4/5p2/B3nP2/1p2pQ1p/1Pp1P2P/2Pq4/3r1P1K/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 ]
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c)
Levon Aronian vs Irina Krush, Reykjavik, 2004
6r1/5R2/1P3b1k/3p4/3npN1q/4P2p/4QP1K/5B2 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ w/Rxf6+ ]

d)
A Shabalov vs I Krush, San Diego US-CH, 2004
5r2/4Q2p/p2p1Pp1/4pk2/2p4P/2P2b2/P1q1N3/4K1R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4+ ]

e)
I Nataf vs B Xiangzhi, Reykjavik, 2004
8/1p6/8/PP6/2bk4/2N1p3/8/4K3 w - - 0 1
[ a6 w/b6 ]

2004 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
L Bruzon vs Y Quezada, Havana, 2004
4r3/1p4k1/3p1bpR/3Np1p1/1PP1P3/p4P2/P1K5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ ]

b)
Anand vs Ivanchuk, Monte Carlo rapid, 2004
r7/P1q2p1k/6p1/R6p/3Qp2P/6P1/5P1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. R Mailhe vs JM Dominguez, Calvia (ol), 2004
1R3nk1/5pp1/3N2b1/4p1n1/2BqP1Q1/8/8/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. D Campora vs S Mikheev, Calvia (ol), 2004
4r2R/3q1kbR/1p4p1/p1pP1pP1/P1P2P2/K5Q1/1P2p3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ ]

e)
P Charbonneau vs N Mitkov, Calvia (ol), 2004
4rk2/4Rp2/4nP1p/5B2/8/4r3/6RK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ ]

2004 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
R Leitao vs Z Zhang, FIDE WC, 2004
R2b1r1k/6p1/3p2Bp/1p1Qp3/1P6/2q3P1/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7 ]

b)
Karjakin vs J Radulski, Calvia (ol), 2004
r2bQ3/1q3nkp/n1Np1pp1/3Pp3/4P1P1/4B1NP/5P1K/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5+ w/gxh5 & Rg1+ ]

c)
L Van Wely vs J Timman, Almelo, 2004
1n6/5p2/1N3k2/Bn2p1pp/4P3/3r1P2/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Peter Acs vs R Smith, Calvia (ol), 2004
3qn1k1/p1r3p1/1pPrpp2/3bN1P1/3P1Q2/P4P2/7R/1BR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ w/Qh4+ ]

e)
A Kosteniuk vs M Sergeeva, Elista-WWC, 2004
2b5/1pp3k1/3p1q1p/5P2/2Pb2PQ/1P3B2/3B4/7K w - - 0 1
[ g5 ]

2004 Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
N Miezis vs M Velcheva, Dubai, 2004
2r2rk1/2pq1bpp/ppN2b2/1n1n1p2/1P6/P2Q2P1/1B1NPPBP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 w/a4 or Qxd7 & Ne7+ ]

b)
J Hanken vs JN Yehl, Ft Lauderdale, 2004
r4rk1/pb3ppp/np3nq1/3p4/3PpBP1/1QP1NP2/P3P1BP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 ]

c)
E Iturrizaga vs O Bouhaddoun, Calvia (ol), 2004
rn2r1k1/1p3pb1/q1p3pp/p1B1P3/5P2/6P1/2Q3BP/1R1R3K w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 w/Bf1 ]

d)
J Gustafsson vs M Prusikin, Pulvermuehle, 2004
1qrbnr1k/1b1n1ppp/p2pp3/1p1N2N1/2P2B2/1P2Q1PB/P3PP1P/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ w/Qxe6 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. J Hanken vs E Schlich, Ft Lauderdale, 2004
r2q1rk1/p2pn1p1/bp1b4/2pP1B2/2P2P1N/1P4P1/PBQ5/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ w/Rxe7 & Ng6+ ]

2004 Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. M Makarov vs S Gregoire, Cappelle la Grande, 2004
1r1r1bk1/p2n1ppp/8/1p4NQ/2nB4/3q2P1/1P3PBP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ w/Bd5 ]

b)
S Haslinger vs D Tan, Scarborough ENG-CH, 2004
r1r1q1k1/1RP2pbp/p5p1/3p3n/5B2/5P2/P2QB1PP/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rb8 w/Rxa8 & Bxa6 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. A Iljin vs H Mossong, Izmir, 2004
3n2k1/3q2r1/1r1pn1p1/2pB1pP1/2P2P1R/8/2Q1NPK1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ w/Qc3 ]

d)
A Moiseenko vs R Gunawan, Calvia (ol), 2004
3br1k1/5p1p/1r1q1Pp1/1p1Pp3/2p1P1N1/2P4Q/1P5P/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ w/Nxf7 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. S Halkias vs A Tsanas, Athens, 2004
3kqr1r/1Q2ppRp/3p4/3PP3/1p3P2/P7/1P2n2P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ w/e6+ ]

2004 Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win.
a)
H Hamduchi vs S Mikheev, Calvia (ol), 2004
1br1r2k/pp3p1p/2nq1ppQ/8/3Pb1N1/P4N1P/BP3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 w/Ng5 Nxf7+ & Nd6+ ]

b)
Carlos Garcia-Palermo vs Bent Larsen, Pinamar, 2004
2r2bk1/1rn2p1p/1p4p1/p3R3/P1N5/1P4Pq/1B2QP1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 w/Qf6 ]

c)
Karsten Mueller vs Marco Thinius, Hoeckendorf GER-CH, 2004
4k2r/Qb1q1p1p/3bpp2/8/Pp2p3/6P1/1P1N1PBP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 if Be7 Qb8+ or if Bf8 Nb6 or if 0-0 Nxd6 ]

d)
Agnieszka Brustman vs Olivier Potaux, Cappelle-la-Grande, 2004
rn2k2r/ppp2ppp/5n2/8/3N2q1/2P5/P1P2PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Re1+ Kd7 f3 Qh5 Nf5+ ]

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