Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2007.
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)
White Mates in 3. Kiril Georgiev vs Bartosz Socko, Dresden, 2007
1r4k1/5bp1/pr1P2p1/1np1p3/2B1P2R/2P2PN1/6K1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ if Kxh8 Bxf7 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Nigel Short vs Aleksandar Savanovic, Vogosca, 2007
3rbk2/2q2p2/p4P1p/1p6/4BP2/P6P/1P1Q3K/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Anatoly Karpov vs Mihajlo Stojanovic, Valjevo, 2007
2q1rb1k/prp3pp/1pn1p3/5p1N/2PP3Q/6R1/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 if gxf6 Qxf6+ or if h6 Qxh6 ]

d)
Viswanathan Anand vs Arkadkij Naiditsch, Dortmund, 2007
8/7k/4NR2/5P2/2p3b1/2r5/5K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ Kg8 Rg6+ Kf8 Nh7+ ]

e)
Bartosz Socko vs Holger Rasch, Biel, 2007
r2bqk1r/5p2/2b1pPp1/pp1pP2p/1P1B4/P1PBQ1P1/5R1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5+ Kg8 Bxg6 ]

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2007 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Peter Svidler vs Sergei Tiviakov, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
3r1k2/RR3bp1/2Bn1p2/1PN5/3Pp1r1/8/7K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ if Nxf7 Ne6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Ruslan Ponomariov vs Sergey Karjakin, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
r2qkr2/2n1N2p/5QpP/pp1P2P1/6B1/8/PPP5/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Qc6+ if Kxe7 Re1+ Kf7 Qc3 ]

c)
Loek Van Wely vs Peter Svidler, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
r4rk1/4pp1p/pq4pQ/1pR5/3nPNb1/3B4/P4PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg5 if Bd7 Rh5 or if Bf3 Rg3 ]

d)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Dusko Pavasovic, Dresden, 2007
r4rk1/2pqbppp/2n1b3/1p6/3pB3/2P2N1P/1P3PP1/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa8 if Rxa8 Nxd4 ]

e)
Vladimir Akopian vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Sochi, 2007
8/4nNk1/6pp/2r5/5r2/6RP/6PK/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nd8 if Nf5 Ne6+ ]

2007 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Magnus Carlsen vs Zbynek Hracek, Germany, 2007
1R6/1P3p2/3K1k1p/8/4PpP1/8/1r6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8 if Rxb6 e5# ]

b)
Anatoly Karpov vs Michael Seitz, Wolfburg, 2007
1rn1b1k1/4bpp1/4p2p/1pNqN3/1P1P4/1Q1B3P/5PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5 exd5 Na6 if Ra8 Nc7 ]

c)
Alexander Morozevich vs Loek Van Wely, Monte Carlo, 2007
r3rbk1/1pqn1p2/1np1p1pp/2B5/pQ1PN2P/5BP1/PP2PP2/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb6 if Nxb6 Nf6+ Kh8 Nxe8 ]

d)
Vishy Anand vs Loek Van Wely, Monte Carlo (blind), 2007
r4r1k/2q1bPpp/p2p1n2/1p1Qp3/8/3BBP2/PPP4P/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Rg1+ Kh8 Bh6 ]

e)
Boris Gelfand vs Loek Van Wely, Monte Carlo (blind), 2007
r1b2rk1/5pp1/pqP1p2p/1n1p4/R7/Q2BPN2/5PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb5 if Qxb5 Rb4 Qe2 Rb2 ]

2007 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 5. Hou Yifan vs Michal Krasenkow, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
8/3R3p/6pk/p2Bb3/7K/2r4P/2P5/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg3 ]

b)
Vladimir Georgiev vs Pavel Eljanov, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
8/5pk1/3P3p/4p1p1/4N1P1/3qPKPP/7Q/4b3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ Nf2 Bxf2 if Qxf2 e4+ ]

c)
Vladimir Belov vs Vladimir Akopian, Moscow, 2007
r2q1rk1/2p2ppp/p7/1p2Q3/4n3/1BP2b2/PP3PPP/RN2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 ]

d)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Pavel Eljanov, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
2r3k1/pp3pp1/1q1n2bp/3Q4/2N5/1P5P/P1N2PP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc4 if bxc4 Bxc2 ]

e)
Bu Xiangzhi vs Daniel Rensch, Ottawa, 2007
r1b2k2/4rpp1/p2Qq2p/8/8/4PR2/PP4PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Qxf7 Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qd5+ ]

2007 Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Dragan Paunovic, Zafra, 2007
3r4/1p4bk/pp1P2p1/3Q1q2/3nNp1p/8/P5PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ ]

b)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Zaftra, 2007
6rk/2p4p/p3qp1B/2b4Q/PpP5/1n3N1P/1P4P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Re1 if Qd7 or Qxc4 Ne5 or if Qd6 or Qc8 Qf7 ]

c)
Reimour Radjabov vs Magnus Carlsen, Porto Vecchio, 2007
1r1r3k/7p/p1qbn1p1/3Rp1P1/6NP/8/P6K/B2Q1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd6 ]

d)
Vadim Milov vs Joshua Friedel, Oak Brook, 2007
4rr2/pbp1qpk1/1pnp2pp/8/2PPPQ1P/2PB1RN1/P5P1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5+ if gxh5 Rg3+ Kh7 e5+ ]

2007 Puzzles, Part V. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 3. Gata Kamsky vs Boris Gelfand, Elista, 2007
8/7k/1p6/5p2/1P6/4QKPN/2q5/2r5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ if Nf2 Rxf2+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Walter Arencibia vs Vugar Gashimov, Habana, 2007
8/kp3Q2/p2p1P2/4p3/KPP5/P1q5/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ Ka5 Qb3 if a4 Qxc4 ]

c)
Carretero Calzon vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Canada de Calatrava, 2007
r1bq1rk1/p5bp/3p2p1/n1pPp3/4Pp2/PNP2P2/2B3PP/R1NQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc4 if Qe2 Ne3 Rf2 c4 ]

d)
Robert Ruck vs Alexey Dreev, Dresden, 2007
2r3k1/p2b1p2/6pp/qB1p4/3N4/2n1P2P/PQ3PP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb5 if Nxb5 Ne2+ ]

e)
Artem Iljin vs Kiril Georgiev, Dresden, 2007
4r1k1/5p2/bq4pp/3PN2r/p1p1P1n1/P1Q3B1/1P4PP/1B1RR2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Bxh2 Nf2+ Kg1 Nxd1+ w/Nxc3 ]

2007 Puzzles, Part VI. Black to move and win.
a)
Ildar Khairullin vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Dresden, 2007
8/kp1N1p2/3p3b/8/2K5/P2R1rP1/5P2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...b5+ Kc3 Bg7+ Kd2 Rxd3+ w/...Kb7 ]

b)
Robert Hess vs Gata Kamsky, Foxwoods, 2007
R7/5ppk/4p3/P6p/6n1/6P1/r2r1PKP/3N1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd1 w/...Ne3+ ]

c)
Baadur Jobava vs Alexei Shirov, Sochi, 2007
1r1r2k1/5qbp/5pp1/pNp1p3/PnQ1P3/5P2/1P1B2PP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc4 Rxc4 Bh6 ]

d)
Yuri Yakovich vs Baadur Jobava, Sochi, 2007
3r2k1/4bpp1/p1q2nnp/3rNQ2/8/1P1p3P/PN1R1PPB/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe5 if Bxe5 Nh4 ]

e)
Manuel Lares vs Sergei Tiviakov, Morelia, 2007
5rk1/1p1r3p/1np1p1pb/3P4/pPP4q/P3NP1b/2QRBP1P/B2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe3 if fxe3 Qg5+ mates ]

2007 Puzzles, Part VII. Black to move and win.
a)
Vladimir Kramnik vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Monte Carlo, 2007
6k1/2p2ppp/2np1n2/1b2p3/1P6/1RBPP1P1/r2N1P1P/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd5 Bg2 Nce7 Bb2 Ba4 ]

b)
Viktor Bologan vs Dmitry Jakovenko, Poikovsky, 2007
4q3/6bk/4prN1/p3Np1p/2PPb2P/Q3P1R1/6P1/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg6 if Rxg6 Bxe5 or if Nxg6 Qb8 ]

c)
Roi Reinaldo Castineira vs Vugar Gashimov, Sanxenxo, 2007
1r2r1k1/1p3pbp/p2Rb1p1/2n5/P3PP2/N5PP/1P4BK/R1B5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb3 if Rb1 Nxc1 ]


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