Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Aleksandr Volodin.
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)
Nikolaj Mikkelsen vs Aleksandr Volodin, Budva, 2003
r3kb1r/1pqb1pp1/7p/1B1Qp3/8/8/PPP2PPP/R1B1K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Qa5+ ]

b)
Aleksandr Volodin vs Riho Liiva, Tallinn, 2006
2b2rk1/6rp/p3p3/5p2/q4P2/2RBQP2/1P4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc8 Rxc8 Qxe6+ ]

c)
Aleksandr Volodin vs Arkadi Vul, Stockholm, 2009
1q2r1k1/pbbnrpp1/1p5p/3npB2/1PN5/4PN1P/PQ3PP1/B1RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd7 Rxd7 Ncxe5 if Rdd8 Nd7 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Aleksandr Volodin vs Heikki Westerinen, Finland, 2010
Q7/2pq1rpk/1b2N1Rp/pP2P3/P2p4/6RP/5rPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ ]

e)
Anto Kasak vs Aleksandr Volodin, Harjumaa, 2010
2r3k1/1p3pp1/p3Nb1p/3r4/q7/P1P5/1P1RQPPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2 if Rxd2 Re8 Rd6 Qb3 ]



Aleksandr Volodin Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anton Aaberg vs Aleksandr Volodin, Sweden, 2011
6k1/ppq1bpp1/2n1bn1p/8/Q3pB2/5NP1/PP2PPBP/3N2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ..exf3 if Bxc7 fxe2 ]

b)
Aleksandr Volodin vs Vladimir Vojtek, Pardubice, 2012
4r1k1/p1r1q1pp/3Qp1b1/3pP3/3P1R2/6RB/4PP1P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Bxe6+ if Kh8 Rxg6 or if Qxe6 Rf8+ ]

c)
Aleksandr Volodin vs Pavel Lagashin, St. Petersburg, 2013
rqb1r1k1/pp3ppp/8/3Qp3/1bN1P3/2R1B3/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qb5 ]

d)
Nikita Maiorov vs Aleksandr Volodin, Tallinn, 2013
2r3k1/4pp2/3p1b1p/3P2pP/1B6/5PP1/5P2/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb8 ]

e)
Timo Porrasmaa vs Aleksandr Volodin, Puhajarve, 2013
3r1r1k/pb2q1p1/1pn2bBp/2pN4/5P2/1P2P3/PBQ3PP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd5 Rxd5 Nb4 ]

Aleksandr Volodin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Aleksandr Volodin vs Gusztav Oltean, Amsterdam, 2015
r5r1/p5p1/1pR4p/3pNp1k/5P2/8/1b3BPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re3 Bxe5 Rh3+ Kg4 Rh4# ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Hendrik Steffers vs Aleksandr Volodin, Amsterdam, 2015
6rk/p5r1/1p1p2q1/2pPp1bb/2P1n2N/P1BR4/1PQ2N1R/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd2+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Aleksandr Volodin vs Daniel Fridman, Tallinn, 2016
8/1qb3kp/p1b3p1/P4p2/1p6/4Q3/1P1R2PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rd7+ ]

d)
Aleksandr Volodin vs Azat Sharafiev, St. Petersburg, 2016
3qbrk1/1p3ppp/p2b4/P2p4/1nrP4/Q1N2NBP/1P3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd6 Qxd6 Na2 b6 b3 ]

e)
Aleksandr Volodin vs Ulvi Bajarani, St. Petersburg, 2018
r2q1r1k/pb4pp/1p1pn3/2pNP3/1PP5/6P1/PQ4BP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf4 if Bxg2 Nxe6 or if Nxf4 Bxb7 ]


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