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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ivan Sokolov.
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)
Ivan Sokolov vs Bernard Spycher, Groningen, 1986
2r1r2k/1b3ppp/pqN1pn2/1p6/PQ6/2R1PB2/1P3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ a5 if Qc7 Na7 ]

b)
Ivan Sokolov vs Vojislav Petrovic, Novi Sad, 1986
r1br2k1/2q1bp1p/3pp1pP/8/ppn1P1P1/3B1P2/PPP1NQ2/1KBR3R w - - 1 0
[ Qd4 if Ne5 f4 ]

c)
Ivan Sokolov vs Alfredo Bass, Sevilla, 1987
2r2rk1/1p4p1/p1b1pb1p/3qNp2/Pn1P1P2/6B1/1P1Q2PP/1BR1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc5 if Qb3 Re3 Qxa4 Ra3 ]

d)
Ivan Sokolov vs S Pogliano, San Bernadino Brocco, 1989
rnbq2k1/p3p1bp/1n1P2p1/2p5/8/2N2Q2/PP3PPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 N8d7 dxe7 Qe8 Nc7 ]

e)
Ivan Sokolov vs Matthew Sadler, Oviedo, 1992
5bk1/6pp/p1b5/4Bp2/Pp2P3/r2B1P2/3R2PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4+ Kh8 Rd8 ]



Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ivan Sokolov vs Georg Mohr, Portoroz, 1993
rn3R2/ppp4R/3p2p1/3Pq1k1/2P2r2/4QP2/PP2KP2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf4 Qxf4 Qe7+ if Qf6 f4+ ]

b)
Ivan Sokolov vs Trond Romsdal, Oppvisning, 1996
8/pB3kpp/2P2p2/8/2b3r1/n5B1/5K1P/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ c7 Be6 Bd5 ]

c)
Ivan Sokolov vs Tron Walseth, Oppvisning, 1996
r4rk1/pp2bppp/2p2n2/4q1B1/4N3/2P4P/PP2QPP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ ]

d)
Ivan Sokolov vs Arkady Shevelev, Internet, 2001
rnb1k2r/p3ppbp/3p2p1/2pP4/1qP1P3/2N5/1P2BPPP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nb5 if Na6 Ra4 ]

e)
Ivan Sokolov vs Vidmantas Malisauskas, Bled, 2002
1r3rk1/Q4p2/1n2P1p1/2p2qp1/5P2/2P5/P5PP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ e7 if Rfe8 Qxb8 Rxb8 Rd8+ ]

Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Jaan Ehlvest, Dordrecht, 2002
r2qr1nk/1b5p/pp1p1p2/2pP2p1/1b2PNBN/7Q/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nfg6+ if Kg7 Nf5+ or if hxg6 Nxg6+ Kg7 Qh8+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Ivan Sokolov vs Viktor Korchnoi, Dordrecht, 2002
6k1/pp3R2/2r1r1pB/3pb1Q1/2nq4/P7/1P4PP/1B2R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qd8+ Kxf7 Qf8# ]

c)
Ivan Sokolov vs Jeroen Piket, Dordrecht, 2002
3k2r1/1b1q4/p4p2/2B1pp1Q/Pp3Pp1/8/1PR3PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Bb6+ Ke7 Qh7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Ivan Sokolov vs Evgenij Agrest, Mainz, 2003
3r2k1/1p3pp1/p2b3p/3p1B1P/2nP3q/P1N2r2/1P2N1RP/3Q2RK w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kf8 Rg8+ ]

e)
Ivan Sokolov vs Milos Perunovic, Neum, 2005
2r2k2/pp3pr1/2b1pN1q/2n5/2B3R1/2P5/P3Q1PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 if Nd7 Qd6# ]

f)
White Mates in 7.
Ivan Sokolov vs Dmitry Frolyanov, Warsaw, 2005
r7/pb2q2p/1p4k1/2p5/4p1NP/1P2P3/PQ4P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5+ if Kh6 Nf7+ ]

Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Ivan Sokolov vs Andrew Greet, Gibraltar, 2007
2br4/p5bp/2Ppp1p1/1B1k4/3pNP2/P2K2P1/5P1P/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ c7 Bd7 Bc6+ Bxc6 Rc5+ dxc5 cxd8/Q+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Ibragim Khamrakulov, Zafra, 2007
r3r1k1/p1q2pBn/3p1P2/1p6/2pPp1pP/2P2NP1/PPBQ3K/3nR3 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 if Ne3 Ng5 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Tom Middelburg, Netherlands, 2009
r4n1r/p2q1p1k/1nR3p1/4PN1p/P4P2/8/BP2Q3/2K3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh5+ if Kg8 Rgxg6+ or if gxh5 Rh6# ]

d)
Ivan Sokolov vs Avetik Grigoryan, Rijeka, 2010
1r3rk1/5ppp/4pn2/1qp5/7Q/2B3P1/1Pn1PPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 gxf6 Be4 f5 Qg5+ Kh8 Bxc2 ]

e)
Ivan Sokolov vs Nikola Sedlak, Vrnjacka Banja, 2010
5k2/p5pp/4b3/2n1Np2/3N4/P5P1/5P1P/1n3BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd3 if Nxd3 Nxe6+ Kf7 Bxd3 ]

Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Ivan Sokolov vs Deniz Arman, Stockholm, 2011
5k2/p1p1p2p/1pB3p1/4Q1P1/3PP3/1KP2r2/P2R3P/q7 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Kf7 Be8+ ]

b)
Ivan Sokolov vs Sebastien Feller, Belgium, 2011
r2r2k1/4qpbp/1p1Np1p1/8/4QPn1/1B2P3/P2R2PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf7 if Kxf7 Rxd8 Rxd8 Rxd8 ]

c)
Ivan Sokolov vs Guillaume Sermier, Aix les Bains, 2011
1r1rk3/1BR1n1pp/R4p2/N3p3/7P/6P1/1P2bP2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re6 if Rd7 Bc6 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Ivan Sokolov vs Koen Leenhouts, Internet, 2011
3r2k1/p4p1p/3p2p1/q1pN4/1r6/1PQ4P/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ ]

e)
Ivan Sokolov vs Koen Leenhouts, Internet, 2011
3r2k1/p4p1p/3p2p1/q1p5/1r2N3/1PQ4P/P4PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Kh8 Ne8+ or if Kf8 Nd5 Kg8 Ne7+ mates ]

Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Duilio Collutiis, Alghero, 2011
2k5/p2R3p/2P5/2r5/2N5/8/3K4/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Kb8 c7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Evgeny Levin vs Ivan Sokolov, Aix les Bains, 2011
1r4k1/5pp1/p1pp2Pp/7R/2pqPQ2/2N5/Pr6/K6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1+ ]

c)
Sergey Volkov vs Ivan Sokolov, Nakhchivan, 2011
7r/4kpp1/p1R3p1/1p1n2P1/4q2P/PQ2Pn2/BP3P2/3K3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5 if Qxd5 Rd8 ]

d)
Koen Leenhouts vs Ivan Sokolov, Internet, 2011
r2q1r1k/1pp3bp/p1b5/2B1p2Q/5p2/2PP3P/PP3PP1/R3RNK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Wouter Spoelman vs Ivan Sokolov, Boxtel, 2011
8/5pk1/2B1b1p1/p3P2p/PqpQ1P2/4K3/6PP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ ]

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Ivan Sokolov Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tapani Sammalvuo vs Ivan Sokolov, Porto Carras, 2011
r5k1/2p2p1p/2P2np1/2r1p3/4Pq2/1RNB4/2Q1R1PP/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ Rb1 Rxb1+ Qxb1 Rxc3 Bc2 Qxh2 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Sasa Rezan, Sibenik, 2012
r7/1p2qpk1/2p2p1r/5PN1/1b1P4/pP1B1PP1/P7/1KQ4R w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ fxe6 Qxh6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Arturs Neiksans vs Ivan Sokolov, Istanbul, 2012
7k/1p6/1b5p/3R4/p5b1/P1NP3P/6PK/5r2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc7+ if g3 Bf3 ]

d)
Ivan Sokolov vs Cristiano Quaranta, Vienna, 2013
r3k2r/ppqn1ppp/2nbp3/1B2N3/3PpB2/1Q6/PP3PPP/2R1K2R w Kkq - 1 0
[ Bxc6 bxc6 Rxc6 if Qb8 Qxb8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Jade Schmidt vs Ivan Sokolov, Dubai, 2013
r7/5k2/5Pp1/P1pp4/5p1B/4bb2/1P5K/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh8 if Kh3 g5 ]

f)
Black mates in 4.
Manuel Perez Candelario vs Ivan Sokolov, Linares, 2014
5kB1/7p/p5p1/2q5/P3bb2/6PP/Q5RK/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg3+ Kxg3 Qg5+ Kh2 Qf4+ ]

g)
Black mates in 5.
Ranan Sagit vs Ivan Sokolov, Porto Carras, 2018
8/1p5k/2p2rpp/p5p1/4Q1P1/PP1PPn1P/R3KP2/2R3q1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4+ Kd2 Rxf2+ Kc3 Nb5+ ]

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