Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2006.
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)
Anatoly Karpov vs Alexei Shirov, Tallinn, 2006
4kr2/p1Bbpp2/1p4p1/n6p/2B1P2P/2K2P2/P2R2P1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bb5 ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Andreas Schaudin, Dresden, 2006
r3kb1r/pp1n1pp1/2p4p/q2p1B1n/3P1B2/2N1P3/PPQ2PPP/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxd7+ ]

c)
Alexei Fedorov vs Marat Dzhumaev, New Dehli, 2006
6k1/2q4p/4p3/4p2Q/p3P3/4N2P/1P2brPK/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ Qg7 Qxg7+ w/Rd2 ]

d)
Alexander Motylev vs Koneru Humpy, Wijk aan Zee, 2006
r2q1rk1/pp2bppp/2p1n3/3p2Bn/3P3P/P1NB1P2/1PPQ1P2/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 Qxe7 Qh6 ]

e)
Baadur Jobava vs Zoltan Almasi, Wijk aan Zee, 2006
4rkn1/5p1p/1p2q1pN/p2p4/3BnQPP/P3P3/1P3P2/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc6 if Qd7 Rc7 ]

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2006 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nikolai Ninov vs Laura Rogule, Cappelle la Grande, 2006
r2q1r1k/1b3ppp/3p1b1B/1n1PpP2/p3B1Q1/R7/1PP3PP/2N2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ Bxg7 f6 if Bxf6 Qf5 mates ]

b)
Suat Atalik vs Hakan Erdogan, Istanbul, 2006
3rk2r/p5pp/4p3/q1bbN3/8/2p3P1/P1Q1PPBP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 w/Nc6 ]

c)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Denis Rombaldoni, La Roche, 2006
4r1k1/R5p1/8/1pq3N1/2p1r3/P6P/1PQ2PP1/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe4 ]

d)
Evgeny Bareev vs Viktor Bologan, Poikovsky, 2006
6k1/p4pb1/N1B1p1pp/1P6/3r1P2/1P5P/b1K3P1/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Re4 if Rxe4 Bxe4 w/Nb4 or Kb2 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Ni Hua vs Sergei Movsesian, Internet, 2006
6k1/6bp/2Np2p1/1q6/4p1nP/1PR3P1/8/5RBK w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ ]

2006 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Peter Nielsen vs Veselin Topalov, Monte Carlo, 2006
1b4k1/1B3pp1/1P2b2p/8/3p4/6P1/2rB1P1P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 if Bxf4 Ra8+ w/Be4+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Vladimir Baklan vs Andrei Belozerov, Sochi, 2006
4kr2/3r2bp/2QPp3/1p2q3/8/2P3P1/PP5P/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ Rd8 d7+ Ke7 Qa3+ ]

c)
Zviad Izoria vs Zurab Sturua, Dubai, 2006
3r1k2/p4r1p/1pQq4/5p1P/8/8/PP6/1KR1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ if Kg7 h6+ Kf6 Rxd8 ]

d)
Loek Van Wely vs Jeroen Bosch, Netherlands, 2006
4k3/1R2b2p/4n1p1/4Pp2/1p3P1P/r4NP1/3B4/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ ]

e)
Suat Atalik vs Ljubomir Orak, Sibenik, 2006
2rr2k1/1b3ppp/1pn1p1q1/p7/P1PP4/1PQ2B2/1B4PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 if exd5 Bxd5 or if Nb4 Bh5 ]

2006 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 7. Veselin Topalov vs Gata Kamsky, Sofia, 2006
4k3/1p2prQ1/p1p2np1/2PrRB1p/8/2Bq2PP/PP3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ if Kxe7 Bxf6+ Ke8 Qg8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Lenier Dominguez vs Artur Jussupow, Turin, 2006
4r1k1/pp1q3p/2n1NBb1/3pP1Q1/2pP2P1/2P2P2/5K2/7R w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6+ ]

c)
Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Grischuk, Turin, 2006
5rk1/1Q6/p4Rp1/1p5p/3r1p1P/PPp4K/2q5/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ if Kxf8 Qb8+ winning the rook ]

d)
Michael Adams vs Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Turin, 2006
3r2k1/p3Q2p/1p4p1/3qNp2/P4n2/2P3RP/5PP1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Nf7 if Rc8 Nh6+ mates ]

e)
Alexander Grischuk vs Jesus Nogueiras, Turin, 2006
8/3b3p/3P2p1/1n1p1kP1/1Pp1p2P/2P3B1/6K1/3B4 w - - 0 1
[ Kh3 w/Bg4+ ]

2006 Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 8. Lazaro Bruzon vs Baadur Jobava, Turin, 2006
3r1b2/p1qr1p1k/2p2Q2/2p1pRp1/1P5P/P3P1P1/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5 ]

b)
Laurent Fressinet vs Mohsen Sharbaf, Turin, 2006
2rqn2k/p2bb1p1/2np3p/1BpNpr2/Q1P5/P2P1N1P/3B1PP1/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba5 if Nc7 Bxc6 ]

c)
P Harikrisha vs Balgan Bayamandah, Turin, 2006
2qrrb1k/pp3Rp1/1np1bn1p/4P3/3P3N/P7/1PQ3BP/2B1R2K w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ Kg8 Rxf8+ ]

d)
Michael Adams vs Mikhail Gurevich, Turin, 2006
r5k1/p3r1pp/1p2pq2/1P1pQn2/3P1N1P/R5P1/1P3P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 ]

e)
Vugar Gashimov vs Adegboyega Adebayo, Turin, 2006
1rb1k2r/p4q2/3pp1Q1/n1p2n1p/P3N3/B1P3P1/5PBP/R4RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Qxf5 ]

2006 Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kiril Georgiev vs Giovanni Vescovi, Turin, 2006
2r3k1/7N/4q1pQ/5R1p/4b3/7P/6P1/7K w - - 0 1
Improvement by Ian Nemerov, ed.
[ Nf6+ if Kf7 Qh7+ mates ]

b)
Andrei Istratescu vs Riho Liiva, Turin, 2006
3qrk2/p2Qbp2/1p4p1/7p/4N2P/P4RP1/1P3P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if Kg8 Qe6 mates or if Kxf7 Ng5+ (& if Kg8 Qe6+) ]

c)
Magnus Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Cap d'Agde, 2006
1r6/8/Q4ppk/3p3p/1P1N1q1P/2PB4/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ ]

d)
Alexey Dreev vs Bojan Kurajica, Solin, 2006
r1b1r3/pp1k1q2/3p4/Q5p1/3P4/2P1pB2/P4P2/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg4+ Ke7 Qc7+ Kf8 Qxf7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Viktor Bologan vs Rafael Vaganian, Fuegen, 2006
r1b1r1k1/pp4pp/4pBp1/q1pp4/8/P1P3QR/2PK1PP1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 if Kxh7 Rh1+ Kg8 Qxg6 if Re7 Bxg7 ]

f)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Friso Jijboer, Fuegen, 2006
2r1k3/1b3pp1/p2p1b2/1p6/1B2PP2/3Bq2r/PPP5/1K1RQR2 w - - 0 1
[ e5 dxe5 Bf5 ]

2006 Puzzles, Part VII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Laszlo Hetey vs Erik Van Den Doel, Bad Zwesten, 2006
4r1k1/4rp2/1nqb1np1/pppp3p/3P4/P1NNPPP1/1PQ4P/2BR1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...cxd4 if exd4 b4 ]

b)
David Baramidze vs Alexander Graf, Bad Zwesten, 2006
3b1rk1/1q4pp/p2p4/3P1P2/br2p3/RNR1B3/1PQ2PPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf6 if Rc7 Qxd5 Qd2 Bxb3 ]

c)
Ildar Khairullin vs Andrey Safronov, Cheboksary, 2006
1Q1br1k1/1p5p/p2p1ppP/2p5/2P2P2/1P3qP1/PBP5/1K4R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc6 if Rd1 Bc7 ]

d)
Vladimir Moskvin vs Boris Savchenko, Internet, 2006
3r2k1/5pp1/p4b2/Pp2nq2/2b1p3/2P1B1PP/1PQN3K/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 5. Ivan Sokolov vs Viktor Bologan, Poikovsky, 2006
6k1/5p1p/2b2Qp1/8/2P5/2N4P/1q2BbPK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb8+ w/...Bxg2+ ]

f)
Black to move and win. Dimitrij Bunzmann vs Vugar Gashimov, France, 2006
2r3k1/pp1q1pbp/6p1/3Q2B1/3n2P1/6P1/PP2rPB1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd5 Bxd5 Rc5 if Rxe2 Nxe2+ w/...Nd4 ]

g)
Black Mates in 4. Piotr Bobras vs Grzegorz Gajewski, Krakow, 2006
6k1/1pqb2pp/8/p2p1B1Q/P1pP4/B1P1rP2/6rP/1RK4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ w/...Qf4+ ]

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