Tactics in the openings series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergei Movsesian.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
Black mates in 2.
Vladimir Doroshkievich vs Sergei Movsesian, Perm, 1971
4r1k1/1p3p1p/pR1p2pb/P1pP4/2Pn2P1/1PK2b1P/Qn5R/6N1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd1+ Kd3 Be4# ]

b)
Sergei Movsesian vs Ara Minasian, Yerevan, 1983
1q3bk1/6p1/pp1pPpp1/2p2bN1/P4Q2/7P/1PP2PPB/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ e7 if fxg5 Qc4+ w/Bxd6 or if Bxe7 Qc4+ Kh8 Qh4+ mates ]

c)
Sergei Movsesian vs Martin Jacek, Mlada Boleslav, 1992
r1bqk2r/p2p1pbp/1pnp2pn/4P3/2Bp4/5N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Bg5 ]

d)
Sergei Movsesian vs Georg Bonstingl, Bratislava, 1993
r2k3q/pp6/2n5/1np1p3/3p2Q1/2PPB1P1/PP6/2K2RN1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 ]

e)
Sergei Movsesian vs R Jonathan, Szeged, 1994
3rkb1r/6p1/2n1qpP1/4pN1p/1p2P3/1P1QB2P/2R5/1K1R4 w k - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if Rxd3 Rxe6+ Kd7 Re7+ ]



Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergei Movsesian vs Josef Jurek, Mlada Boleslav, 1995
r6k/pp5p/1qn3p1/3BprB1/8/5N1Q/PPP2bPP/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Ladislav Szilard vs Sergei Movsesian, Litomysl, 1995
8/rp2kp1R/2p2p1P/4p3/2b1P3/2P5/p4PP1/b3K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3+ ]

c)
Virginijus Dambrauskas vs Sergei Movsesian, Sala, 1995
r1b1nr1k/p5b1/2P5/2P1p3/1PN1P2q/1B3P2/1BQ1KPp1/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if Kxf3 Qh3+ Ke2 Bg4+ ]

d)
Sergei Movsesian vs Gediminas Sarakauskas Gediminas, Mlada Boleslav, 1995
rq3rk1/1p1b1pbp/1n1p2p1/pNpPp3/P1P1P3/1Q1NBP2/1P4PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 if Qxd6 Bxc5 or if Nxa4 Nb5 Nb6 Bxc5 ]

e)
White Mates in 8.
Sergei Movsesian vs Pavel Karhanek, Olomouc, 1995
1nq1rk2/r3bbp1/1np5/1p1pNPP1/p2P1B2/P1N5/BP5Q/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ Bxg6 Qh8+ Kf7 fxg6+ Kxg6 Bb1+ Kf7 g6+ ]

Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergei Movsesian vs Jaroslav Polasek, Czech Republic, 1996
r7/p4k2/1p1Rb1p1/2pN4/8/7P/PPP5/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if Kxe6 Nc7+ ]

b)
Sergei Movsesian vs Artur Kogan, Lazne Bohdanec, 1996
8/3p2pp/p3p3/PbP1k3/8/4KP1P/1RN3P1/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb5 if axb5 a6 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Bartosz Socko vs Sergei Movsesian, Germany, 1996
6k1/1p3p1p/2pP2p1/p1N5/1P6/P1r1r1qP/6P1/Q2R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2 Rg1 Qxh3+ ]

d)
Sergei Movsesian vs Gerlef Meins, Groningen, 1997
2kr3r/1p2bpp1/p1bpp3/q5Pn/3BP3/2N2P1B/PPPQ4/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Bg4 ]

e)
Sergei Movsesian vs Aviv Friedman, Groningen, 1998
r5k1/5r1p/3PNpp1/4n3/q2Q4/4R2P/6P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qxa4 Rxa4 Rxe5 if fxe5 d7 ]

Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part IV
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jacek Gdanski vs Sergei Movsesian, Koszalin, 1998
r4rk1/1b1nbp1p/1q2p1p1/p2nP3/1p1N2Q1/3B3N/PPPB2PP/4RR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...h5 if Qe4 Nc5 Qf3 Nxd3 Qxd3 Ba6 ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Martin Mrva vs Sergei Movsesian, Slovakia, 1998
5rk1/Q5p1/4p2p/3p4/1P1Pb1N1/4qPN1/P1r2RPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ Nf1 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Bd3+ ]

c)
Petr Pisk vs Sergei Movsesian, Zlin, 1998
6k1/1p4p1/1p5p/4np2/4b3/4bNPP/PP1r4/3BRR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd1 Rxd1 Nxf3 if Rxf3 Bxf3+ ]

d)
Sergei Movsesian vs Zdenko Kozul, Batumi, 1999
r4k1r/2q2p2/p6p/4pP1N/1p3p1b/8/PPP1Q3/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Qg2 Ke7 Qg7 if Bxe1 f6+ mates ]

e)
Sergei Movsesian vs Uwe Boensch, Dresden, 1999
3r1k1r/pp2qppp/3p4/3Rn3/B3PQ2/8/PPP3PP/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 ]

Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergei Movsesian vs Raj Tischbierek, Dresden, 1999
r1b1r1k1/1p2qppp/p7/4p3/N1PN2n1/6Q1/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb6 if Rb8 Nxc8 ]

b)
Sergei Movsesian vs Zoltan Gyimesi, Pula, 1999
2r1n3/6pk/p1q1p2p/1pB1Qp2/1P1RnP2/P5PP/6BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Krunoslav Hulak vs Sergei Movsesian, Pula, 1999
Q7/3q3k/3p2pp/2pP3n/3bN2P/1r4P1/4RBK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ Nf4+ if gxf4 Qh3+ Kg1 Rb1+ ]

d)
Sergei Movsesian vs Dennis De Vreugt, Netherlands, 2000
8/4r1k1/R2Npnpp/2q5/2p2Q1P/2N5/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ ]

e)
Sergei Movsesian vs Zoltan Ribli, Neum, 2000
1r5k/5b1p/p2p1r2/5P1p/1q1N1QnP/2N3R1/1PP5/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg4 if hxg4 Qg5 ]

Tactics in the openings series


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Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Aimen Rizouk vs Sergei Movsesian, Shenyang, 2000
1Q6/r4p1k/P5r1/2p4p/4pn1N/5q2/5PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kh1 Rg1+ ]

b)
Stein Kristian Bru vs Sergei Movsesian, Panormo, 2001
7r/pp2b3/q2p2k1/3Pp1p1/bP2PnN1/P1B1Q1KP/3R1P2/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1 if f3 Qxh1 or if Rxf1 Rxh3# ]

c)
White Mates in 5.
Sergei Movsesian vs Vladimir Belov, Istanbul, 2003
2r1r1k1/2qbp1bR/3p2p1/3P4/1pBN2P1/5P2/PpPQ4/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Ne6+ Bxe6 Qd4+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3.
Sergei Movsesian vs Mihail Saltaev, Netherlands, 2006
6k1/p1q3pp/7P/1p3P2/4N1P1/3P1K2/4Q3/2b5 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

e)
Sergei Movsesian vs Elmir Guseinov, Dresden, 2007
br1r2k1/p1q2pb1/6p1/1p1nn3/3BN3/3P3Q/PPN3BP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Nf6 Rxf6 Bxf6 Qh7+ Kf8 Ne6+ ]

Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergei Movsesian vs Jakub Czakon, Warsaw, 2005
2r1kr2/pp2b1R1/2b1p2N/2npP3/5B1p/7P/P3BP1K/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7 if Kxe7 Rg7+ ]

b)
Sergei Movsesian vs Artem Iljin, Warsaw, 2005
r7/p3bk2/1pp3q1/4P3/4bP2/4Q1P1/PPPRN2r/2K2R2 w - - 0 1
[ f5 if Bxf5 Qe4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 5.
Alexander Morozevich vs Sergei Movsesian, Moscow, 2008
2kb2r1/5Q2/b1P1p2p/1q2P2N/8/1p1r4/6P1/RR5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh3+ if gxh3 Qd5+ or if Kg1 Bb6 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Sergei Movsesian vs Nils Grandelius, Rogaska Slatina, 2011
k3r3/P1b3pp/4p3/1PB2p2/R3n3/5B2/1P3P2/4K3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe4 if Kb7 Rd4+ ]

e)
David Howell vs Sergei Movsesian, Warsaw, 2011
5rk1/5pp1/8/nQB1P3/2n3Pp/3r1P1P/3bNKB1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd5 w/...Be3(+) ]

Tactics in the openings series


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Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Petr Neuman vs Sergei Movsesian, Hustopece, 2012
1q2r1k1/4rpp1/6n1/1p1p4/1P1P2Pp/P1N2P2/2QR2B1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Bf1 Qg3+ if Rg2 Rxf1+ ]

b)
Maxim Turov vs Sergei Movsesian, Wijk aan Zee, 2013
4r3/1p3k1r/p1P2bp1/3p4/PP1PqP2/1N2RRP1/4Q3/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ if Qf1 Reh8 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Nils Grandelius vs Sergei Movsesian, Legnica, 2013
1k6/r5pp/p1BpQb2/K2P3P/1P2p3/2P5/3q1r2/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa2+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Peter Michalik vs Sergei Movsesian, Czech Republic, 2014
1r6/p1p2qk1/2p5/K3p1p1/Q2Pp3/2P1P3/P6P/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5+ Ka6 Rb6+ ]

e)
Sergei Movsesian vs Jorden Van Foreest, Teplice, 2016
r3r1k1/3qbppp/8/1Ppn4/p1QpNB2/3P3P/P4PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6 ]

Sergei Movsesian Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Sergei Movsesian vs Mihail Saltaev, Germany, 2016
r3k2r/1R3pp1/p1pbp3/4nnBp/2B1q2P/PQ6/5PP1/3R2K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Rb8+ if Bxb8 Rd8# ]

b)
Sergei Movsesian vs Anton Shomoev, Cheliabinsk, 2016
r3r1k1/2qbbp1p/1pn3p1/p6N/2Pp1P2/PP1P1B2/1B4QP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe7 Rxe7 Nf6+ w/Nxd7 & Bxc6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Sergei Movsesian vs Jan Vokoun, Pardubice, 2018
2r2r2/1q1nppk1/3p1np1/p7/1p1NP3/3P2NP/PP1Q2P1/3R1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Ngf5+ (or Ndf5+) if Kg8 Qh6 gxf5 Nxf5 ]


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