Here are some chess puzzles from the games of the 2012 European Championship.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
White Mates in 5. Tamas Banusz vs Adriana Nikolova, Plovdiv, 2012
8/5q1p/p3p3/8/3Q4/2P2kP1/P1b2P2/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe3+ Kg4 f3+ Kh3 Qh6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Laurent Fressinet vs Marian Jurcik, Plovdiv, 2012
5kr1/2R2p2/4r3/p3P3/1p1Q4/4R3/qP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ if Kg7 Rg3+ Rg6 Qf6+ or if Re8 Qd6+ ]

c)
Robert Hovhannisyan vs Marco Codenotti, Plovdiv, 2012
r3r1k1/6pp/b3p3/p1qpP3/1pnN2P1/7P/PPP3B1/1KQRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Rxe6 Bxd5 ]

d)
Igor Khenkin vs Michael Fedorovsky, Plovdiv, 2012
8/5pk1/2Pq2p1/2QN1p1p/3P3P/6b1/r4PK1/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 Bxd6 c7 ]

e)
Filip Pancevski 2459 vs Andrei Volokitin 2695, Plovdiv, 2012
2rr4/3q1pk1/3p2p1/p1nP2P1/Pp3B1p/1Pb4P/2P1RQB1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxd6 Nb7 Be7 ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 4. Vladimir Bukal Jr vs Dmytro Kigel, Plovdiv, 2012
2rr2k1/pp3p2/q1bPpQ2/n3P2p/P1pRB3/6P1/5P1P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ Kf8 Bh7 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Michael Fedorovsky vs Boris Blaushtain, Plovdiv, 2012
r2r1k2/ppq3pQ/2p2pBp/2n1b3/2P1RP2/4P3/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Ke7 Qxg7+ Kd6 fxe5+ fxe5 Qxe5+ Kd7 Rf7+ ]

c)
Djakhangir Agaragimov vs Giorgi Khelaia, Plovdiv, 2012
r1b1r1k1/pp1p3p/2n2npB/q1pp2N1/2P3p1/2PBPP2/P1Q4P/R3K1R1 w Q - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

d)
Bartlomiej Macieja vs Alexandru Manea, Plovdiv, 2012
1rb2rk1/p2p1ppp/2nQp3/qp2P3/5P2/2NB4/PPP3PP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Sergei Zhigalko vs Namig Guliyev, Plovdiv, 2012
r2q1b1k/5p2/p2p1n2/1ppb1NQ1/8/P2B3P/1PP2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8 if Qxe8 Qxf6+ Kg8 Qg5+ Kh8 Qh5+ Kg8 Ne7+ or if Nxe8 Qh5+ Kg8 Ne7+ ]



2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladimir Akopian vs Valerij Popov, Plovdiv, 2012
1r1r4/p5k1/5p2/bpq2Bp1/4R2p/5Q2/P4PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if Qc7 Rfe1 ]

b)
Dimitrios Balokas vs Hristo Katsarov, Plovdiv, 2012
3r2k1/p3qppp/1p2b3/3p4/2rQP3/6PP/PP1R1PB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc4 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Nikola Djukic vs Dimitar Mogilarov, Plovdiv, 2012
3q2r1/r4pbk/p4p1p/1p1BpN2/4P2Q/3PP1RP/2P3P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ ]

d)
Andrei Istratescu vs Antonios Pavlidis, Plovdiv, 2012
4rr1k/pbbnq1pp/2p5/2P1ppN1/2B5/8/PP1BQPPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh7 ]

e)
Nikolai Kabanov vs Atanas Dimitrov, Plovdiv, 2012
6k1/p1r2pp1/3p3p/3q4/Q7/4bN1P/PP4PK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ Kh7 Qxe3 Qxa2 Qd3+ g6 Qxd6 if Rb7 Ne5 Qxb2 Rxf7+ mates ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 4. Emil Sutovsky vs Sergey Grigoriants, Plovdiv, 2012
1r1rR3/2p2ppk/6p1/2nqn3/1p4N1/2P2Q1P/1PB2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kh6 Ng8+ Kg5 Rxe5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Artyom Timofeev vs Vasif Durarbeyli, Plovdiv, 2012
5k2/5p2/5Np1/4Q2p/1P6/5PP1/5PK1/1qn5 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ Kg8 Qe8+ Kh7 Qxf7+ Kh6 Qf8+ ]

c)
Tibor Kende Antal vs Alon Mindlin, Plovdiv, 2012
r7/5pbk/2bqN1pp/1p6/1P6/1B3p1P/P1Q2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 if Qxd1+ Qxd1 fxe6 Qd6 ]

d)
Marin Bosiocic 2580 vs Mateusz Bartel 2658, Plovdiv, 2012
5rk1/p1R1p1qp/3p4/5rp1/5p2/1P3BPb/P2QPP1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5+ Kh8 Be6 ]

e)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Ivan Salgado Lopez , Plovdiv, 2012
4rrk1/p1pq3p/1p1pb1n1/5p1N/2PR4/2Q2B2/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 if Qxc6 Rxd6 ]

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2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part V. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Antonios Pavlidis vs Ofir Aharon, Plovdiv, 2012
r3r1k1/pp2Pp1p/6p1/5b2/2BQn2q/2P1B3/P5PP/K1R4R w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Qxg4 Bh6 ]

b)
Jorgen Henseler vs Konstantinos Mihopoulos, Plovdiv, 2012
r2q1rk1/1p3ppp/2ppbb2/p1n5/P1BQP3/2N2N2/1PP2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 Bg5 exd6 Bxc4 Qxc5 Bd5 Nxd5 ]

c)
Mikheil Mchedlishvili vs Peter Michalik, Plovdiv, 2012
5r1k/1pq2p2/1p4nP/2pp3r/8/2P2R2/PP2BQP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh3 ]

d)
White Mates in 2. Alon Mindlin vs Serban Porfireanu, Plovdiv, 2012
6rk/ppp2R2/6bb/3Pp1Np/2P5/6R1/PPq3Q1/K7 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ ]

e)
Velizar Sofranov 2168 vs Nicolas Grandadam 2342, Plovdiv, 2012
2r3k1/5pp1/3Rp2p/pp6/8/2qQ1PPK/P6P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part VI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Artyom Timofeev vs Marin Bosiocic, Plovdiv, 2012
3q4/5Qbk/1p2p1p1/p3P2p/4NK1P/6P1/5P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ Kh6 Qxg7+ ]

b)
Daniel Hristodorescu 2215 vs Tamas Balla 2377, Plovdiv, 2012
7k/p3q2p/7Q/2P1pp2/4p3/P3P2P/3r4/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb7 ]

c)
Viktor Laznicka vs Romain Edouard, Plovdiv, 2012
3r1rk1/4bp2/pqn3pp/1p1R4/5Q1P/5N2/PPB2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh5 if gxh5 Qf5 ]

d)
David Navara vs Vlad-Cristian Jianu, Plovdiv, 2012
6k1/R6p/2p3p1/2Pbp1r1/3NP3/4KP2/7r/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rb1 if Bf7 Ne6 ]

e)
Romain Edouard vs Daniyyl Dvirnyy, Plovdiv, 2012
3rq1k1/3n1pbp/p2P2p1/1pp5/4r3/1N2BQPP/PP3P2/R3RK2 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part VII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Yakup Erturan vs Dmytro Kigel, Plovdiv, 2012
2R5/6p1/p6k/1p2pB1p/3r2n1/6P1/PP2KP1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ h4 if g5 Rg8 gxh4 Rg6+ or if g6 Rc6 Kh7 Rxg6 ]

b)
Eylon Nakar 2317 vs Emre Can 2462, Plovdiv, 2012
3Rb1k1/p6p/5np1/1r2Np2/8/B4P2/6PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7 if Rb3 Nxf6+ Kf7 Bc5 ]

c)
Martin Neubauer vs Adrian-Kalman Bach, Plovdiv, 2012
6k1/3p2b1/1p4p1/6Np/2P4P/Q5P1/4qP1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ Bf8 Qd5+ Kh8 Qf7 Bg7 Kg2 Qe5 Qxg6 ]

d)
Veselin Pantev vs Vladimir Pogosian, Plovdiv, 2012
rqb1kb1r/1p1pppp1/2n2n2/1N5p/p7/1N2B1PP/PPP1PPB1/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bb6 ]

e)
Nikola Sedlak vs Artem Smirnov, Plovdiv, 2012
6k1/1R3pb1/2p3pq/P3p3/4P3/6Pn/7K/5Q2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ Kh7 Qxg7+ Qxg7 Rxg7+ Kxg7 Kxh3 ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part VIII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Artyom Timofeev vs Nils Grandelius, Plovdiv, 2012
8/p4k1p/1p2rpp1/3N4/P2Pp1Q1/4P2P/2qn1PPK/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf4 if Re8 Qe2 ]

b)
Ofir Aharon vs Vladimir Pogosian, Plovdiv, 2012
8/p2kPp2/np6/5Pp1/P1pP4/B7/2P5/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Bd6 ]

c)
Avital Boruchovsky 2324 vs Hannes Stefansson 2534, Plovdiv, 2012
r3rbk1/1b3pp1/p6p/nppB4/4N3/P2P1N1P/1qP3P1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra2 ]

d)
Lucian-Costin Miron vs Marco Codenotti, Plovdiv, 2012
6k1/p1nR1rbp/1p2q1p1/2p1Pp2/5P2/2N1B2P/PP4P1/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc7 Rxc7 Qd8+ ]

e)
Dariusz Swiercz vs Davit Lomsadze, Plovdiv, 2012
r4bk1/3R3p/4p1pP/r1p1PpB1/1p6/1P4P1/P4P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 if Kxh7 Rd7+ Kh8 Bf6+ ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part IX. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gabriel Voiteanu vs Dimitar Mogilarov, Plovdiv, 2012
Rn1r1k1b/7p/1p1pPp2/2p4p/8/2BB1P2/1P5P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra7 ]

b)
Anton Korobov vs Bojan Vuckovic, Plovdiv, 2012
5r2/p5kp/1p1q1pn1/3B3R/5R2/6QP/P2r2PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Rh4+ Nxh4 Qxd6 if Ng6 Qc7 ]

c)
Mircea Parligras vs Lucian-Costin Miron, Plovdiv, 2012
r3r2k/p5pp/b2q1p2/1np5/5N1Q/1P6/PB3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ Kg8 Qc4+ ]

d)
Vladimir Pogosian vs Naim Sahitaj, Plovdiv, 2012
2b1qkr1/1p5Q/4pb2/r4p2/2Pn1N2/1p1P2P1/5BB1/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc7 if Ra2 Qc5+ ]

e)
Kirill Safronov vs Burhanudin Misini, Plovdiv, 2012
3r2k1/pp3p2/5n2/5Np1/3pQ3/P1q5/2P2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe7 if Re8 Nh6+ ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part X. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Artem Smirnov vs Julian Radulski, Plovdiv, 2012
5rk1/2q1pp1p/2p3pP/p1Q1b3/2P3b1/1P3NP1/P4PB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 Bxd1 Nxc6 Re8 Qd4 ]

b)
Iulian Baltag vs Ofir Aharon, Plovdiv, 2012
5R2/p3r2k/1p1q2rp/2p5/P1PpP3/3P4/6RP/5Q1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ ]

c)
Daniel Hristodorescu vs Jorgen Henseler, Plovdiv, 2012
r5r1/p3b1pk/6Np/7Q/1q6/3p3P/PB3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 Rge8 Nxe7+ Kh8 Bxg7+ mates ]

d)
Burhanudin Misini vs Milan Pein, Plovdiv, 2012
r1b1kb1r/pp1p1p1p/1q4p1/2ppPn2/4N3/5N1P/PPPP1PP1/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Ke7 Nxd5 or if Kd8 Ng5 ]

e)
Axel Rombaldoni vs Stojan Ivanov, Plovdiv, 2012
r1q2rk1/6p1/1pp1pnp1/5bN1/P2PB2Q/R7/1P3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5 if gxf5 Rh3 or if exf5 Re6 ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part XI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 2. Aleksandr Shimanov vs Azat Sharafiev, Plovdiv, 2012
1r2q3/1p3R2/pN1p2nk/P2Pp1pp/3r4/6P1/1PQ4P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Velizar Sofranov vs Artur Gabrielian, Plovdiv, 2012
4r1k1/5ppp/5R2/r7/1R3Q1K/4pPP1/4P2P/5q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh5+ Kxh5 Qh3+ Kg5 h6+ ]

c)
Miodrag Perunovic 2466 vs Svetlana Cherednichenko 2265, Plovdiv, 2012
1Qbq4/5rbk/p1pp3p/4npPR/2P2N2/4P3/PPp1BP2/K5R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb7 if Qa8 Qb6 Nd3 c1/Q+ Rxc1 Nxd3 ]

d)
Michael Zaslavsky vs Viktor Bologan, Plovdiv, 2012
5r2/3qbk2/p2p2bR/3P2B1/1pN1p1P1/1P3r2/PP1Q4/K2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3 if Qe1 Rxd1+ Qxd1 Bxg5 or if Rf1+ Kg7 ]

e)
Black Mates in 2. Dan Zoler vs Gawain Jones, Plovdiv, 2012
4R3/5pk1/8/1P6/3Nn3/4n3/1r6/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part XII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Adrian-Kalman Bach vs Petar Drenchev, Plovdiv, 2012
5rk1/R6p/1p3np1/4q3/7R/5P1b/1P1Q1P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ Qf5 ]

b)
Ido Ben Arzi vs Petar Arnaudov, Plovdiv, 2012
4r1k1/1q3ppp/1p2r3/RQ1n4/1BpP4/2P1P3/5PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc7 ]

c)
Hristo Katsarov vs Ivica Pantic, Plovdiv, 2012
r2q1rk1/p2nbpp1/3p1n1p/3Bp3/1p2P2B/5N2/PPP2PPP/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd5 ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Marko Nenezic vs Alexander Ipatov, Plovdiv, 2012
r3k3/1p6/p2p1RR1/2pPp3/P1P1q3/2KQ2p1/1P5r/8 b q - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ ]

e)
Milan Novkovic vs Branko Damljanovic, Plovdiv, 2012
6k1/1p6/3B3r/3P4/3bPp2/PN6/1P4K1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f3+ if Kxf3 Rh3+ ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part XIII. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladimir Onischuk vs Maxim Matlakov, Plovdiv, 2012
r3brk1/pp4pp/1q2p3/3pP1PP/P7/1PN1b1QB/K1PnN3/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...d4 Nb1 Rc8 if Kb2 Rxc2+ mates ]

b)
Milan Pacher vs Andrei Istratescu, Plovdiv, 2012
2k4r/pp1r3p/2n5/8/3q1Q2/8/P2B1P1P/2R1K1R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8+ if Kd1 Qxf4 ]

c)
Bojan Vuckovic 2628 vs Michael Fedorovsky 2395, Plovdiv, 2012
r5k1/3R1pn1/1q2pQp1/1N4P1/5P2/2P5/1P6/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3+ if Kc2 Qe2+ or if Kb1 Qe4+ ]

d)
Vladimir Fedoseev vs Tigran L Petrosian, Plovdiv, 2012
2B5/4P3/7p/k4b1P/1p6/4K3/p3P3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...a1Q if e8Q Qc3+ ]

e)
Emre Can vs Tomi Nyback, Plovdiv, 2012
2r1r1k1/pp3ppp/5q2/3nBn2/3P4/1P1Q1P2/P3BKPP/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe5 dxe5 Qb6+ Ke1 Nf4 Qe4 Rc2 if Qxc2 Nxg2+ ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part XIV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black Mates in 3. Claus Michael Andok vs Naim Sahitaj, Plovdiv, 2012
4r1k1/1R1b4/2p5/3p1ppQ/PB1P1b1p/4q2P/6B1/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc1+ ]

b)
Bartosz Socko vs Momchil Nikolov, Plovdiv, 2012
8/1p6/2b2p2/6pk/8/P1R1N1KP/2P5/5r2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf3+ Kh2 f5 if Nd1 Rf1 Nb2 f4 ]

c)
Velizar Sofranov vs Milan Pacher, Plovdiv, 2012
3R4/2r2pkp/pq3p2/2n1pp2/7Q/1P4P1/P4PKP/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if Rf1 Rc2 ]

d)
Black Mates in 4.
Adrian-Kalman Bach 2264 vs Antonios Xylogiannopoulos 2086, Plovdiv, 2012
7k/8/p7/8/5r2/2Pp1r1P/PP3bK1/3R1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg3+ ]

e)
Evgenija Ovod vs Valerij Popov, Plovdiv, 2012
4R3/1kpp3p/1p6/2n2p2/1N3P2/P3B3/6rr/1R3K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if Nd3 Ng3+ ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part XV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Yavor Todorov vs Anastasios Pavlidis, Plovdiv, 2012
b2q1nk1/7p/3p2p1/2p2PN1/P2b3r/1nNB2QP/1P4P1/1R3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg5 if Qxg5 Rxh3# ]

b)
Erwin L'Ami vs Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Plovdiv, 2012
5rk1/5p2/2R1p2p/1pQ2q2/5P2/3r2P1/PP3PK1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe4+ if Kh2 Rd5 ]

c)
Leon Lederman vs Sotirios Porfiriadis, Plovdiv, 2012
4r1k1/pp3pbp/1q4p1/4P3/2PQ2P1/1P5P/P6B/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 ]

d)
Dejan Marjanovic vs Evgenija Ovod, Plovdiv, 2012
2kr3r/ppq1b1p1/2p2pp1/3nn3/5B1P/2P3N1/PP1QBPP1/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4 if Qxf4 Nd3+ ]

e)
Alex Yakimenko vs Axel Rombaldoni, Plovdiv, 2012
2rr2k1/pb2q1pp/1pp1p3/2b1Pp2/2P1pP2/1PQ1P3/PB2B1PP/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb4 if Qc2 Rd2 ]

2012 European Championship Puzzles, Part XVI. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Peter Michalik 2533 vs Christian Braun 2381, Plovdiv, 2012
3R1nk1/6b1/3p4/2pP1bB1/2Pq1P2/6Pp/1r3N1P/4QBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2 if Qxf2 Qe4 ]

b)
Black Mates in 7. Milan Novkovic vs Vlad-Cristian Jianu, Plovdiv, 2012
4r1k1/pp3pp1/8/3P3p/P4qP1/2r2B1P/4P1K1/1Q3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2+ ]

c)
Dragan Solak vs Mateusz Bartel, Plovdiv, 2012
2kr2r1/Qpp2p2/2p4p/8/4P3/2q3Pb/P1PN1P1K/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3 if fxg3 Rxd2+ Kxh3 Qe5 or if Rad1 Rg2+ Kh1 Rxd2 ]


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