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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Pavel Smirnov.
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)
Pavel Smirnov vs Dmitry Batsanin, Arkhangelsk, 1996
2kr3r/pp1bbppp/5n2/2p5/5Bq1/N1P2Q2/PP3P1P/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Nb5 if Bxb5 Bh3 or if Qxf3 Nxa7# ]

b)
Pavel Smirnov vs Alexander Malcsev, Novokuznetsk, 1998
3r2k1/1pr2ppp/pNn5/3p4/1b1Pb1P1/4BB1P/PP3P2/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe4 dxe4 d5 ]

c)
White mates in 8.
Pavel Smirnov vs A E Belousov, Tomsk, 1998
1r3rk1/1q3ppp/2pQ4/p7/2PNb3/1P6/P4P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Rg1+ Bg6 Nf5+ Kg8 Qf6 or if Kh8 Qf6 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Pavel Smirnov vs Alexandr Bogachev, Novokuznetsk, 1999
r2q2rk/pb1p1Q1p/3P1b1B/2p2P2/1p6/3B1R2/PP4PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Re7 if Bxe7 f6 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Pavel Smirnov vs Pavel Kotsur, Novokuznetsk, 1999
3q4/p3RR1p/1r3npk/2pP1b2/5p1P/2Q5/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 if Rxf6 Rxh7# or if Qxe7 Qxe7 ]

Pavel Smirnov puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Pavel Smirnov vs Vyacheslav Asatov, Novosibirsk, 1999
rn3b1r/1p1b1k1p/p1q2P2/4pP2/8/3QB3/PpP2P1P/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb3+ Qe8 f7+ Kd8 Rg8 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Pavel Smirnov vs Yannick Pelletier, Panormo, 2002
4b1k1/1p5p/2r1P1p1/p2p1p1Q/2qB4/2N3R1/2P2PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

c)
Pavel Smirnov vs Alexander Kochyev, St. Petersburg, 2002
5r2/2r2pkp/4pbp1/5q2/1Q6/1Bn1B3/P2R1PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6+ Kxh6 Qxf8+ ]

d)
Pavel Smirnov vs Valay Parikh, Chennai, 2004
r5qr/pp1nkpQ1/2p1p3/3pPp1p/3P3N/1P6/P1P2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ Ke8 Qxh8 ]

e)
Pavel Smirnov vs Vladimifr Kolomensky, Saratov, 2006
2k1r3/5p2/p7/qp2bNPp/2p1b3/2P1B3/PP3Q2/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Bb6 if Qxa2 Qc5+ mates ]


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