Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2011.
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)
Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Alexander Onischuk, Reggio Emilia, 2011
4rrk1/p1p1bp1p/2p2Qp1/3pP1N1/2q5/7R/PP3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh7 if Qg4 Qxe7 Qxh3 Nf6+ ]

b)
Michael Adams vs Charles Monroy, Caleta, 2011
5rk1/4qppp/1pr1p3/2n1P3/p2R3b/P3B2P/4BPP1/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb5 if Rc8 Qh5 ]

c)
Alexander Onischuk vs Irinna Gaponenko, Caleta, 2011
1rb1qrk1/p4pp1/1n3P1p/1n1pP3/NppP1B2/8/P3B1PP/1R1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ fxg7 Kxg7 Bxh6+ Kxh6 Qd2+ Kh7 Rf6 Bf5 Qh6+ Kg8 Rxf5 mates ]

d)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Pablo Lafuente, Caleta, 2011
k1r5/2r2bp1/2p2p2/2Rp4/3N1PP1/1R2P3/PK6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if Ra7 Rcb5 mates ]

e)
Viswanathan Anand vs Alexei Shirov, Wijk aan Zee, 2011
3rr1k1/5pp1/p2Bp2p/q1nbN3/1bpR4/4P3/P1Q1BPPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5 if Rxd6 Bxf7+ Kf8 Bxe8 Kxe8 Qg6+ Kd8 Nxc4 ]

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2011 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wijk aan Zee, 2011
3qr2k/pp5p/3r1R2/5Q2/4p3/6R1/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7 ]

b)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Meelis Kanep, Caleta, 2011
1q1r4/2k4n/2P1p1p1/1pBpPpP1/pP2nP2/P2QP3/1KR5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qd4 if Rg8 Bd6+ Nxd6 exd6+ Kxd6 Qe5+ ]

c)
Arkadij Naiditsch vs Peter Meister, Germany, 2011
2rqkr2/3n1pQ1/2bpp1p1/p6p/1p1P1N1P/P6R/1PP2PP1/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Qf6 Nxf8+ if fxe6 Rxe6+ mates ]

d)
Viktor Bologan vs Alexandre Danin, Moscow, 2011
1r1r4/1P2Npk1/pR4pp/8/q1pb4/5QP1/5P1P/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ R6b4 if Qc2 Nc6 ]

e)
Anish Giri vs Viesturs Meijers, Germany, 2011
2r2rk1/4qp2/p3pp1p/npb5/8/2N3P1/PP2PPBP/1Q1R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Bb7 Rd7 Qxd7 Nxf6+ or if f5 Nxc5 w/b4 ]

2011 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Laurent Fressinet vs Christian Bauer, Nancy, 2011
3r3r/p4kp1/5p1p/p1p5/6Q1/6N1/Pq3PPK/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3.
Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik, Monaco (blind), 2011
8/ppp5/6Np/7k/8/1Br1nP1n/P4B1P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5.
Lenier Dominguez vs Hector Leyva, Santiago de los Caballeros, 2011
1r1r4/p4Nkp/1bp3q1/8/4P3/6Q1/1P5P/2R2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qe5+ if Kf8 Nh6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 11.
Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Ioannis Papaioannou, Aix les Bains, 2011
r1b1kb1r/1p3p2/p3pP1p/2N3p1/2Q1N2q/6n1/PPPB4/R1K2B2 w kq - 0 1
[ Qa4+ b5 Bxb5+ axb5 Qxb5+ Kd8 Ba5+ ]

e)
Laurent Fressinet vs Clovis Vernay, Aix les Bains, 2011
4brk1/pp4qp/8/4PpQ1/4p3/2B1P3/PP5P/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 if Qd7 e6 Qxe6 Qg3+ w/Qc7 or Qe5 and if Bg6 e6 ]

2011 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Viswanathan Anand vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Tashkent, 2011
r1bq2k1/pp3rp1/2p2pB1/3p4/7Q/2P4P/PPP3P1/1K1n3R w - - 0 1
[ Re1 ]

b)
Viktor Bologan vs Stuart Conquest, Aix les Bains, 2011
1R6/4P3/k2B3p/1n1K4/8/3p4/4r3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb5 if Kxb5 Be5 or if Rxe7 Kc6 ]

c)
Anish Giri vs Jeroen Bosch, Netherlands, 2011
4r1k1/3b1pb1/3ppq2/p7/p3PBQ1/2P2p2/1PB5/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if dxe5 Bg5 or if Qe7 Bg5 Qf8 Qe4 ]

d)
Alexander Motylev vs Viktor Kuznetsov, Olginka, 2011
1r5k/6pp/r4p2/q1P1pP2/ppQn4/PP4P1/6BP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd4 exd4 axb4 ]

e)
Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Pavel Maletin, Olginka, 2011
5r2/p1kr3R/6p1/2p5/3bN3/8/P4P2/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7+ Kxd7 Nxc5+ if Kc6 Ne6 or if Kd6 Nb3 ]

2011 Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Sergey Smagin, Olginka, 2011
2r2b2/pn2qN1p/6p1/3B3k/PpP1Np2/1P5b/1Q6/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Qxf6 Bf3+ Bg4 Qh2+ Qh4 Rd5+ ]

b)
Dmitry Andreikin vs Valerij Popov, Olginka, 2011
r1q1k2r/1b2bpp1/p3pn1p/1pp5/4NB2/6P1/PPQRPPBP/3R2K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

c)
Michael Adams vs Alexei Slavin, England, 2011
r6r/pp2ppk1/1n3bp1/2pP1q1p/2PnNP2/6PP/PP4B1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 hxg4 hxg4 Qc8 g5 ]


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