Here are the top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014.
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)
Viswanathan Anand vs Levon Aronian, Khanty Mansyisk, 3/13/2014
3r2k1/5pp1/7p/1p6/1R1B4/1P3P1P/1n3KP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ke3 Re8+ Kd2 Rd8 Kc3 ]

b)
Levon Aronian vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Dubai, 6/19/2014
rn3rk1/p4p2/1p2pqpp/2p1N3/2BPbPQ1/P1P1P3/6PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ f5 if exf5 Qxe4 or if Bxf5 Qf3 ]

c)
Etienne Bacrot vs Viktor Laznicka, Dubai, 6/19/2014
8/1p5p/2p5/5R2/2kr1P2/4K3/1P5P/8 w - - 1 0
[ b3+ ]

d)
Ferenc Berkes vs Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, Skopje, 4/3/2014
3R4/1b3p2/p1p3k1/2n3P1/2P2p2/8/PP2K2P/8 w - - 1 0
[ b4 if Ne6 Rb8 ]

e)
Viktor Bologan vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Caleta, 2/6/2014
6k1/5ppp/3qb3/4p1P1/1rpn4/2Q1B2P/1PB2P2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd4 exd4 Rxd4 if Qf8 Qxb4 Qxb4 Rd8+ Qf8 Bxh7+ ]

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Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Viktor Bologan vs Vladislav Kovalev, Dubai, 6/20/2014
8/pp6/4Q1p1/4b3/Pq2k3/4P3/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg4+ ]

b)
Lazaro Bruzon vs K Salazar, Alajuela, 1/22/2014
3r1bk1/p5p1/1p3p1p/2pNqP2/4P2P/6Q1/PP4P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe5 fxe5 Nf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand, Zurich, 1/29/2014
r2q1b1k/p6p/1pn1pNp1/2p1Q3/6P1/1PP5/PB1P3P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne8+ Kg8 Qxe6+ ]

d)
Magnus Carlsen vs Gilberto Milos, Caxias do Sul, 3/7/2014
2r3k1/p3P1p1/1p3n2/2N2Pb1/6P1/5K1P/PPR5/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ne4 if Re8 Nxg5 or if Rxc2 Nxf6+ ]

e)
Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana, Stavanger, 6/2/2014
r1bq1rk1/pp2bppp/n3pn2/8/8/P1N2Q2/1PPN1PPP/R1B1KB1R w KQ - 1 0
[ Bxa6 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen, Zuerich, 2/4/2014
1n1r4/5pk1/p4qp1/Pp5p/1N1N1P1P/2Q3P1/6BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 if b4 Nf5+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Fabiano Caruana vs Anish Giri, Stavanger, 6/2/2014
1q2b1k1/5p1p/6p1/3Np2P/3pP3/Q2P1RP1/P1r2PK1/4bB2 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kg7 h6+ Kxh6 Qf8+ Kg5 Rf5+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Fabiano Caruana vs Baadur Jobava, Dubai, 6/16/2014
r1bk3r/pp3pq1/2p1pN1p/8/2B3p1/5RP1/P1P1QPP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd2+ if Kc7 Qf4+ or if Ke7 Qb4+ ]

d)
Liren Ding vs Rui Gao, Cappelle la Grande, 3/2/2014
5b1k/1p5p/6p1/p5N1/5prP/P3Q2K/1q3N2/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if fxe3 Rxf8+ mates ]

e)
Alexey Dreev vs Ahmed Adly, Dubai, 6/18/2014
4Rrk1/3r1p1p/1p4p1/p1n5/8/B4P2/5P1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Kxf3 Rxd7 ]



Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexey Dreev vs Levon Aronian, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r7/1pp2pkp/3p1np1/3Pr3/pq2P3/1P3RP1/PQ3PBP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 Kxf6 f4 ]

b)
Pavel Eljanov vs Sergey Volkov, Yerevan, 3/5/2014
8/2r2p1k/6p1/2BQ4/4p2p/4P2P/2q1BKP1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bd4 ]

c)
Pavel Eljanov vs Alexander Goloshchapov, Dubai, 6/17/2014
r2r2k1/p4ppp/1pb1q3/3p4/1PnBn3/3QN1P1/P4PBP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe4 if Nxe3 Bxh7+ ]

d)
Laurent Fressinet vs Alexander Fier, Saint-Quentin, 5/24/2014
4k3/R7/2rP1pp1/B3p2p/8/6Pb/4PP2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ Kf8 d7 ]

e)
Daniel Fridman vs Suren Poghosyan, Yerevan, 3/3/2014
2b1nr2/5kpp/prN1p1n1/1p3pPQ/2p2q2/1P5R/PB4BP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne5+ if Ke7 Qxg6 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Daniel Fridman vs Kamil Miton, Trzcianka, 4/12/2014
2R1bk2/4pp2/8/p2n4/8/1PQ1P3/P7/KB5q w - - 1 0
[ Rxe8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Daniel Fridman vs Wlodzimierz Schmidt, Trzcianka, 4/12/2014
3r1rk1/pp3p1R/6p1/Q1pP4/2P5/3pp3/PP3Pq1/4K2R w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ Kg7 Qc3+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Grzegorz Gajewski vs Elise Forsa, Reykjavik, 3/5/2014
1r3r2/p1qn1Nkp/n5p1/P1pBP3/1p3Q2/8/1P3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ Kg8 Ng5+ ]

d)
Grzegorz Gajewski vs Alexander Donchenko, Fagernes, 4/13/2014
r3r3/p1p2p2/2kq3p/1p6/B5Q1/7P/P5P1/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ Kb7 Qxb5+ Qb6 Rxe8 Rxe8 Qxb6+ ]

e)
Tigran Gharamian vs Samy Shoker, Metz, 5/6/2014
6k1/p2R4/1p2p1p1/2p5/P3Prrp/1PP1K1P1/7P/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ h3 if Rxe4+ Kd3 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Boris Grachev vs Zdenko Plenkovic, Bol, 5/15/2014
r2r4/ppp2pkp/6p1/4p3/2QnP1q1/5NP1/PP2PP1P/2R2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ Kxf7 Nxe5+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
P Harikrishna vs Fabiano Caruana, Dubai, 6/20/2014
r1b2r1k/pp3p2/5q1b/2np4/3P1P2/2PB4/PP1NQ3/1K4RR w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Evgeniy Najer, Dubai, 6/20/2014
2rr1nk1/p6p/1p1n1Q2/2p2p1p/2P2P2/PP1N1B2/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Eduardo Iturrizaga vs Pontus Carlsson, Dubai, 4/9/2014
6k1/3R4/2r1q1p1/2bN3p/4pp2/4P2P/Q7/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Kf8 Qa8+ ]

e)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Asaf Givon, Yerevan, 3/4/2014
3r3k/6bp/p2p4/1pr2pq1/3Q1R2/PBP2P2/KP6/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rfh4 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dmitry Jakovenko vs Emil Sutovsky, Poikovsky, 5/16/2014
r5k1/1p2ppbp/2p3p1/n7/3P4/2R1P1P1/P2Q1PBP/1q2B1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc1 if Qb6 Rc5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Baadur Jobava vs Merijn Van Delft, Wijk aan Zee, 1/14/2014
3R4/1pr2p1k/pn3P2/7p/7q/1P2Q1p1/P5P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ if Kg6 Rg8+ or if Kxh8 Qh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Baadur Jobava vs Sundar Shyam, Dubai, 6/20/2014
r1n1R3/5p1k/6pp/2P5/3N1qP1/1PQ4P/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Nf5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Gawain Jones vs Sam Collins, Bunratty, 2/8/2014
3r1k2/2R5/1p1P1N2/2r1p1p1/p7/P7/1b4KP/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Ne8+ if Kg8 Rg7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Gata Kamsky vs Hayk Manvelyan, Las Vegas, 6/13/2014
4rk2/Q3b1Rp/3B2p1/3p1q2/3P2N1/8/P3NPb1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe7+ Kxg7 Bf6+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Anton Korobov vs Alexander Riazantsev, Dubai, 6/20/2014
5rk1/1p3p2/1q4p1/3BQ2p/p6P/P5P1/1P5K/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 if Rxf7 Qe8+ ]

b)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Bassem Amin, Dubai, 6/18/2014
1R6/p5p1/k4p1p/P7/1P1r4/1Bnp2P1/5PKP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Be6 Rxb4 Rxb4 d2 Bb3 d1/Q Bxd1 Nxd1 Rb3 ]

c)
Viktor Laznicka vs David Burnier, Deizisau, 4/18/2014
2rqr1k1/pp5p/4bbp1/P2Np3/Q2nP2P/6P1/1P3PB1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe8+ Qxe8 Nxf6+ ]

d)
Quang Liem Le vs Viktor Bologan, Dubai, 6/16/2014
1b1r2k1/3r1ppp/p3b3/1p2p3/4N2n/BP2P3/P3BPPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Be7 ]

e)
Quang Liem Le vs Baadur Jobava, Dubai, 6/18/2014
3r1bk1/1p3pp1/2p2n1p/N1P5/pP1Q4/q2b1B1P/5PPB/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Luka Lenic vs Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Dubai, 6/20/2014
5rk1/p4ppp/8/2Q5/r6q/P6P/6P1/2R1RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ ]

b)
Igor Lysyj vs Ciprian-Costica Nanu, Iasi, 5/16/2014
2R2n2/5pk1/p4rpp/8/P4P2/6P1/1r5P/3R1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rdd8 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Rauf Mamedov vs Hao Wang, Dubai, 6/20/2014
5rk1/p4p1p/4p1pP/4P1q1/3P4/P3nQ2/2R3P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r2rb3/pp3p1k/5Rn1/4q3/3p2QN/3Bb3/PP4P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Bxf7 Rxf7+ Kh8 Rh7+ ]

e)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vladimir Potkin, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1r1b3/4p1k1/5nP1/1p1PN3/1ppqP2Q/8/P5PP/2R2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if Qxe5 Rf5 or if exf6 Qh7+ Kf8 Nd7+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part X.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1b1kb1r/pp1n1ppp/2pnp3/q7/3PP2B/2N5/PPPQ2PP/1K1R1BNR w kq - 1 0
[ Nd5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Moiseenko vs Igor Glek, Dubai, 6/20/2014
6k1/3R1b2/7p/p1B3pP/4B3/n5P1/5P1K/r7 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ if Be8 Rxe8+ Kf7 Bg6+ ]

c)
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Dmitry Gordievsky, Moscow, 1/30/2014
r1b3k1/4q1bp/2p1Nnp1/p5N1/Pp2p3/1QPBP3/1P4PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4+ if Kf8 Nxh7+ or if Kh8 Nf7+ Kg8 Ne5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Quang Liem Le, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1kq4/1b1nR3/3Q4/2pp3P/p7/5RP1/1PP2PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Peter Heine Nielsen vs Tahir Vakhidov, Dubai, 6/19/2014
4rk2/p4p2/1p6/2p1Nb2/2B5/q1P1Q3/P4PP1/3RK3 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Galina Strutinskaya, Wunsiedel, 5/31/2014
r1b1kn1Q/p5r1/2p1p3/2P1N2R/2P5/P1q5/3R1PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Kxd8 Qxf8+ Kc7 Qxg7+ ]

b)
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu vs Kanan Izzat, Canberra, 4/18/2014
r4rk1/pb5N/5ppQ/4p3/2p1q3/8/P4PP1/R4K1R w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 if Qxg2+ Ke2 ]

c)
Judit Polgar vs Yangyi Yu, Dubai, 6/19/2014
5r1k/1bq4p/1p1b2B1/1Pp5/8/4B2Q/P5PP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd4+ if Kg8 Qe6+ ]

d)
Markus Ragger vs Georg Danner, Graz, 2/15/2014
5rk1/p1pqnrpp/1p1p1n2/3Pp1R1/2P5/2NBPQ2/PP3P1P/2K3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6 if Nxd5 Bxh7+ Kh8 Qg6 Ne7 Qh5 or if Rxf6 Rxg7+ mates ]

e)
Richard Rapport vs Alejandro Ramirez, Reykjavik, 3/6/2014
3rk3/1p5R/5p1p/p2r1Pp1/P3p1P1/BP1nK2P/3R4/8 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ Kf8 Rd7+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Eltaj Safarli vs Baadur Jobava, Dubai, 6/20/2014
r5k1/1p3pp1/1qpQ3p/p3p1b1/P1B1P2n/BP5b/2P1NPP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc5 ]

b)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Evgeny Mochalov, Minsk, 2/11/2014
8/p6p/1pk3n1/2p2B2/2P5/1P4K1/P3b1PB/8 w - - 1 0
[ Kf2 Bd1 Ke1 if Bh5 g4 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Viktor Laznicka, Dubai, 6/20/2014
2q5/3k1r2/p1n1R2Q/np1N1p2/5B2/P3P2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Colin McNab, England, 5/3/2014
r3nr1k/pb2q2p/5p1Q/2p1pP2/1pB1P1R1/4N3/PPP4P/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rdg1 if Bd5 Bxd5 Nc7 Rg7 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Wesley So vs Elshan Moradiabadi, New York, 4/6/2014
1rbq1r1k/2p4n/ppn1p3/2Pp2R1/1P1P1P1p/P3P3/1BQ5/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bartosz Socko vs Aleksandar Wohl, Bangkok, 4/18/2014
2b1rnk1/bp4p1/2p5/4Pp1Q/3P3p/q3B2P/2B1N3/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bh6+ if Kg8 Qg5+ or if Kh8 Bxf8+ ]

b)
Emil Sutovsky vs Vilka Sipila, Yerevan, 3/10/2014
2r1k2r/p1pbb2p/4Nqp1/3Q4/8/7P/PPP2PP1/R3R1K1 w k - 1 0
[ Rad1 if Bxe6 Rxe6 Qf7 Qd7+ or if Ba4 Re4 Bxc2 Qc6+ ]

c)
Peter Svidler vs Alexander Ipatov, Dubai, 6/20/2014
q7/8/3knQ2/p1p1p2P/4b3/4N1P1/PP6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc4+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Loek Van Wely vs Kirill Stupak, Riga, 3/28/2014
4k3/1pr2pp1/1q4rp/2pRP3/PpP4P/1P4P1/3R3K/3Q4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Ke7 R2d7+ ]

e)
Loek Van Wely vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Dubai, 6/19/2014
5rk1/Q3Rp1p/1p3qp1/3B4/8/3R2P1/Pbr2P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf3 if Qd4 Rexf7 mates ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XIV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Petter Haugli, Caleta, 1/28/2014
1rb2k2/p1Npnp2/1pnQpp2/8/3qP2P/P1R2B2/1P4P1/3NK3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc6 ]

b)
Nikita Vitiugov vs Ivan Cheparinov, Dubai, 6/20/2014
8/6pp/3k4/7R/pPnNPP2/8/K6P/3r4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd5+ ]

c)
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Trzcianka, 4/12/2014
6kr/pp3pb1/5q2/3pp2p/3PnN2/BP2PQ2/P4P2/K5R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh5 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Mateusz Bartel, Trzcianka, 4/12/2014
5r2/pp3p2/3p1bkB/2pP4/2q5/5P2/PPPQr3/1K1R3R w - - 1 0
[ Rdg1+ if Kf5 Rg5+ or if Kh7 Bf4+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Arkadij Naiditsch, Trzcianka, 4/13/2014
3r1r2/ppq2p1Q/8/2bpP1k1/PpP3b1/8/5P1P/1R2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ h4+ Kf4 Qh6+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Eltaj Safarli, Shamkir, 4/23/2014
3r2r1/pp3kbR/1q3p2/3p4/6B1/8/PP1Q4/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Bh5+ Kf8 Qe2 ]

b)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Vladislav Kovalev, Minsk, 1/15/2014
4r3/2p3p1/1p2P3/p7/2br2P1/k1N3K1/2P5/1R2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Rb5 ]

c)
Steven Breckenridge vs Viktor Bologan, Dubai, 6/19/2014
2k3r1/1pqb4/4p3/pPn1N3/P1Pp4/6Pr/2B1QP2/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d3 if Nxd3 Rhxg3+ mates or if Bxd3 Nxd3 ]

d)
Michael Brown vs Lazaro Bruzon, Las Vegas, 6/13/2014
2r3k1/5pp1/bp5p/7q/8/PQ3PB1/3R2PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ if Rd1 Qb5 or if Kf2 Qc5+ mates ]

e)
Sergei Yudin vs Magnus Carlsen, Dubai, 6/20/2014
1r3rk1/p1p2ppp/3p1n2/1p2pR2/4P3/2PPP3/PPQNq1PP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 if Qd1 Qxe3+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XVI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Grischuk vs Fabiano Caruana, Stavanger, 6/3/2014
8/7k/3p2pb/3P1p2/3q3P/1rrN1BP1/Q3PPK1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3 if exd3 Rb2 ]

b)
Tanguy Ringoir vs Ivan Cheparinov, Dubai, 6/17/2014
6k1/5pb1/3p1np1/2pPn3/4PP2/q5Pp/3QBB1P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3 Bxf3 Nxf3+ Kh1 Nxd2 ]

c)
Thorsten-Michael Haub vs Liren Ding, Cappelle la Grande, 3/5/2014
5k2/r5pp/8/1B3p2/2nP4/rp4PP/5P2/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Re8+ Kf7 Rb2 Ra2 or if Rbe1 b2 ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
R S Kalugampitiya vs Liren Ding, Tabriz, 5/23/2014
2B2r1k/bp4p1/pq1p3p/7Q/P3P3/2Pn4/1P1N2PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Richard Rapport vs Lenier Dominguez, Wijk aan Zee, 1/17/2014
1R2r1k1/Q7/2p5/2Np1p1p/2P5/2PP4/P2Kbq2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd3+ if Kxd3 Qe2+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XVII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mircea Parligras vs Alexey Dreev, Yerevan, 3/12/2014
8/p7/6p1/6k1/2B1n1P1/5K2/PR2p1P1/4r3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Kxe2 Rf2+ Ke3 Rxb2 Kxe4 Rxg2 ]

b)
Aleksandar Colovic vs Romain Edouard, England, 2/16/2014
1k3r1r/pbp5/1p3q2/1B1p4/2nP2p1/1PR3Pp/P1Q1NP1P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na3 Qd3 Qf3 Qxf3 gxf3 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Ralf Appel vs Zahar Efimenko, Germany, 2/9/2014
3r2k1/7p/6p1/p1n3P1/Ppn2N2/4P3/N4P2/2K3R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 if Nc3 Nb3+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Andrei Cioara vs Daniel Fridman, Germany, 4/6/2014
r3r1k1/1p3ppp/1Q1b4/p7/2P3n1/2N2qP1/PP1B3P/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg3 ]

e)
Andrzej Dassuj vs Daniel Fridman, Trzcianka, 4/12/2014
r3k2r/pp3ppp/2n1p3/3q4/1b1Pn3/3B1N2/PP1B1PPP/R2QK2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nxd2 Nxd2 Qxd4 Be2 Rd8 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XVIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Alaa-Eddine Moussa vs Timur Gareev, Los Angeles, 4/25/2014
6k1/1B4bp/3p2p1/1p6/1Pb1pQ2/8/3BPPqP/3K4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Loek Van Wely vs Boris Gelfand, Wijk aan Zee, 1/25/2014
1k6/ppb2p2/4p3/2P2p1R/5P1K/1N1r2PQ/Pq5P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Deep Sengupta vs Boris Grachev, Basel, 1/5/2014
3r2k1/6p1/p6p/2P3r1/8/4pp1P/1P5P/R1R2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Alexander Riazantsev vs Boris Grachev, Vladivostok, 6/7/2014
6k1/5p2/5Pp1/4p1Pp/4P2P/3r3q/7N/Q6K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 if Qg1 Rb2 ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Nikolai Ninov vs Julio Granda Zuniga, Llucmajor, 5/15/2014
8/2P2pk1/p3pp2/1p6/1P3qP1/P3r2p/3Q3P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg3+ hxg3 Qxd2 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XIX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Mladen Palac vs Ernesto Inarkiev, Yerevan, 3/4/2014
r1b5/1p3p1k/2p1nq2/p1b1pN1p/4Pn1N/2P2PK1/PP1Q2P1/3RRB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg1 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Hakob Vardanian vs Ivan Ivanisevic, Yerevan, 3/4/2014
5r2/1p5k/3p3B/1PpNp3/P1P1P1q1/6rp/2Q2P1K/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ Kh1 Rh2+ ]

c)
Ljubomir Ilic vs Ivan Ivanisevic, Skopje, 3/29/2014
3rr1k1/pp3ppp/3q4/1P5b/8/2Rp2PP/P1nP1PBK/2R2QN1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be2 ]

d)
Alon Greenfeld vs Gawain Jones, Bunratty, 2/8/2014
3r4/1ppr2k1/p1n2nq1/P1Q1p3/1P2Pp2/2P2Pp1/1N1NK1P1/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2+ Rxd2 Nxe4 fxe4 Qxe4+ Kd1 Rxd2+ Kxd2 Qxg2+ ]

e)
Mikhailo Oleksienko vs Gata Kamsky, Philadelphia, 4/20/2014
5r1k/1p3qnp/2p1p1pQ/p1Pp4/P2P2N1/1P3r1P/4R3/2B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Kh2 Qf3 Rg2 Rxe1 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vadim Moiseenko vs Denis Khismatullin, Vladivostok, 6/4/2014
4R3/5pkp/6p1/2P2b2/5N2/1rb5/5PKP/4N3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd2 if Nd5 Bh3+ Kg1 Rb1 ]

b)
Furtado Ivana Maria vs Anton Korobov, Dubai, 4/7/2014
2r2rk1/5pb1/6p1/p2pp2p/P5q1/1PBQP1P1/5P1P/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 if Qd2 Rxc3 ]

c)
Luka Lenic vs Quang Liem Le, Dubai, 6/18/2014
5b2/p4k1p/1p2p1p1/8/3PP3/4B2P/P1n1K1P1/2N5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 ]

d)
Maxim Matlakov vs Quang Liem Le, Dubai, 6/20/2014
2r4k/p2bq1pp/1p3b2/2pQ1n2/4NB2/P2PP1P1/1P4BP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be6 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Jasem Alhuwar vs Luka Lenic, Dubai, 6/20/2014
8/5pk1/1q5p/1p4p1/pB2PP2/Pn3BPP/R3Q3/2r3bK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh2+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XXI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bassem Amin vs Chao Li, Reykjavik, 3/10/2014
7q/p3nk2/Pp1p1bpr/1Pp1p3/2P1PpP1/3P1P2/2N2Q2/4BKR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2 if Rg2 Qh3 ]

b)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Rauf Mamedov, Dubai, 6/20/2014
1r1qrbk1/5p1p/2bp1n2/2pNn1p1/1p2P3/1P2BPPP/2PQN1K1/3RRB2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 Kxf3 Nxe4 if Qd3 Re5 ]

c)
Vladimir Belous vs Maxim Matlakov, Vladivostok, 6/7/2014
2rr3k/6pp/4Qn2/6q1/7P/P2BPP2/1P3K2/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2+ if Bxc2 Rd2+ mates ]

d)
Igor Kovalenko vs Alexander Moiseenko, Yerevan, 3/10/2014
3r2k1/5p1p/4pqp1/2pP4/4Bn2/1P2QPN1/r5PP/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb2 Ne2 Nxe2+ ]

e)
Talal Hilwani vs Alexander Moiseenko, Dubai, 6/19/2014
4rrk1/1p4p1/2n4p/p3np2/1P1pP3/P1q3P1/1Q1N1P1P/1R2RBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd2 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XXII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Baadur Jobava vs Alexander Morozevich, Dubai, 6/18/2014
r3r3/3N1k1p/3R4/p4p2/1p1B4/Pb6/1P3PPP/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Markus Ragger vs Alexander Morozevich, Dubai, 6/20/2014
4k3/2R5/6N1/1p3p1P/1P1Pn3/6PK/3r4/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5+ Kh4 Nf3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Alexander Morozevich, Dubai, 6/20/2014
3Q4/5ppk/2p2n2/P1Ppb3/4r3/6Pq/3R1P2/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4 if f3 Bd4+ ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Anton Demchenko vs Alexander Motylev, Vladivostok, 6/13/2014
r3r1k1/1p3ppp/5n2/N7/3Q4/PP2n1P1/1B3K2/2R1RB1q b - - 0 1
[ ...Neg4+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Peter Michalik vs Sergei Movsesian, Czech Republic, 3/23/2014
1r6/p1p2qk1/2p5/K3p1p1/Q2Pp3/2P1P3/P6P/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5+ Ka6 Rb6+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XXIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Fabiano Caruana vs Arkadij Naiditsch, Wijk aan Zee, 1/25/2014
6k1/pR5p/1q2prp1/4N3/5r2/PP6/2Q2nBP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ if Kh1 Rf1+ ]

b)
Viswanathan Anand vs Hikaru Nakamura, Zuerich, 1/31/2014
8/k1p3p1/Ppp3r1/1p1q4/7p/2P1P2Q/1P2N2K/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd2 if Qf1 Rf6 Qg2 Qxe3 Rf1 h3 ]

c)
Pawel Czarnota vs David Navara, Gorzow, 2014
2r2rk1/p4ppp/3Q2n1/1N2Bq2/3R3n/4R3/PP3PB1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ Kh2 Qxf2 if Rg3 Nf5 ]

d)
Igors Rausis vs David Navara, Ostrava, 5/3/2014
3r1k2/p3b2r/5p2/2P2q1p/4Q3/5p2/PPR4P/4RKB1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ Kf2 Bxc5+ Rxc5 Qg2+ Ke3 Re7 ]

e)
Krasimir Rusev vs Parimarjan Negi, Cappelle la Grande, 3/8/2014
3rr1k1/p1q3pp/1p2p3/4Bp2/2P1n3/1P1NQ2P/P2b1PP1/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd7 Rxd2 Nxd2 Qxd2 Qxd3 ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XXIV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Loek Van Wely vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Magdeburg, 5/11/2014
8/5N2/6P1/3p4/8/3nP1k1/1r6/3B2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ if Kf1 Kh2 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Peter Meister vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Germany, 4/6/2014
4r1k1/pp3ppp/6n1/2P5/1B6/P4Pqn/1P1Q1RN1/3B1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2 Ne3 Qg1+ Ke2 Nf4# ]

c)
Daniyyl Dvirnyy vs Judit Polgar, Yerevan, 3/11/2014
8/5pk1/2q2rp1/r3p2p/R3P3/R2P2PP/4P1K1/Q7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2 if Qe1 Rxa4 or if Rxa5 Qxe2+ mates ]

d)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Teimour Radjabov, Dubai, 6/20/2014
r5k1/5p1p/1q3p2/1b2pPp1/1Q4P1/1PRP4/r5BP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2 if Kxg2 Bc6+ or if Rxg2 Ra1+ ]

e)
Ivan Salgado Lopez vs Alexander Riazantsev, Yerevan, 3/5/2014
8/1pkN1p2/p6p/4r1p1/3np3/7P/PPP2PP1/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd5 if Nf6 Ne2+ mates ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XXV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Duc Hoa Nguyen vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Tabriz, 5/23/2014
r2rn1k1/pbB2pp1/4q2p/1Bp5/4nQ2/P1P1PN1P/3R1PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2 if Nxd2 Nxc3 ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Ahmed Al Khatib vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Tabriz, 5/28/2014
6k1/pbp3pp/1p1pP2r/2n2r2/1PP4q/P3P2B/1B3PP1/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3 if gxh3 Rg5+ or if f3 Rg5 ]

c)
Vasiliy Korchmar vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Moscow, 2/1/2014
2rqr1k1/pp3pb1/3p2pp/3P4/5P2/R6P/1p1QNBP1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2 Qxe2 Rc1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Vitaliy Bernadskiy vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Minsk, 2/14/2014
7r/p4pk1/2p3pr/3p4/3nPQ2/2N2BPq/P4P2/RR4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh1+ ]

e)
Black mates in 6.
Arno Zude vs Emil Sutovsky, Caleta, 2/2/2014
6k1/2b4p/p1q5/3bBpn1/P6P/6Q1/1P5K/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ Kg1 Bb6+ ]

Top FIDE puzzles of Jan-June 2014, Part XXVI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Ahmed Adly vs Peter Svidler, Dubai, 6/19/2014
4r3/6bk/6p1/p7/2Q5/1P2p1qp/P7/R5RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3+ Kh2 Be5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Gadir Guseinov vs Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dubai, 6/19/2014
k6r/1pQN1pp1/p1p5/1q1bB3/8/5P1p/PP4PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...hxg2+ if Kxg2 Qe2+ ]

c)
Alberto David vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Condino, 4/30/2014
2b1r1k1/1p3pB1/2pp2p1/1P2n3/2P1p1P1/8/2NPPPBq/QR3K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3 if exf3 exf3 Bxf3 Bxg4 ]

d)
Kevin Terrieux vs Loek Van Wely, Saint-Quentin, 6/2/2014
2q3k1/pp1brpb1/3p2p1/2rn3p/P1p1BP2/2N2QPP/1P1B2K1/R2N3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 Nxc3 Bxc3 if Bxc3 Rxe4 Qxe4 Bc6 ]

e)
Alexander Riazantsev vs Hao Wang, Dubai, 6/18/2014
7r/5k2/pp1p1Pp1/2pP4/P1P5/1PN1rRn1/R5P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 ]

f)
Wlodzimierz Schmidt vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Trzcianka, 4/12/2014
4rrk1/p2q1ppp/2pb2b1/3p4/3Pn3/1PNBPR1P/PBR3P1/2Q3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5 ]

g)
S P Sethuraman vs Yangyi Yu, Sharjah, 4/22/2014
3rrbk1/1bq4p/pp2p1p1/7n/1PP1B3/P4NP1/3BQ2P/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg3 hxg3 Qxg3+ Qg2 Qxg2+ w/Bxe4 ]

h)
P Harikrishna vs Sergei Zhigalko, Dubai, 6/18/2014
3rr2k/1p4p1/p6p/1PR5/3P3P/1Q1q2P1/5P2/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]


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