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### Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Aleksandr Rakhmanov. 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)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Sanan Dovliatov, Cherepovets, 2005
r1bN1nkb/p1p3np/1p1q2p1/6P1/2P2p2/2QN1P2/PB4BP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6 if Qxf6 gxf6 or if Be6 Rxe6 ]

b)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Roman Lovkov, Dagomys, 2006
4rr1k/p2b2pp/1p5q/2p1np1n/2P2N2/P1Q1PP2/1BB3PP/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh5 Qxh5 f4 ]

c)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Damir Ayupov, Dubna, 2006
6k1/3R3p/1B3pp1/Prbp4/8/7P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc5 if Rxc5 a6 Rc8 a7 ]

d)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Francois Brethes, Herceg Novi, 2006
7k/p2r1pp1/1p2n2p/3pRN1P/3P2Q1/P5P1/1P3PK1/2q5 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg7 if Re7 Qh4 Rd7 Nxe6 ]

e)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Emil Sutovsky, Moscow, 2008
r1b1r1k1/1p3p1p/p1np2q1/2pNb1Bp/2P5/1N4P1/PP1Q3P/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Kf8 Qxd6+ if Re7 Rxe5 or if Bxd6 Re8+ mates ]

1d)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Francois Brethes

Aleksandr Rakhmanov's Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Michail Panarin, Pardubice, 2010
5r2/1p2PP1k/p1b2Qp1/8/4P3/8/PP4PP/2qr1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ exf8/N+ ]

b)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Yakov Ginzburg, Irkutsk, 2010
2r3k1/p5qp/1p4p1/3pbp2/5Q2/P2R2P1/BP3P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 if Bxf4 Rd8# ]

c)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Igor Blatov, Samara, 2011
3Rr1k1/p1r1Pppp/1p3n2/4p3/8/PP4N1/5PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 if g6 or Rc6 Nd6 ]

d)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Alexander Toivonen, St. Petersburg, 2011
6rk/pp4p1/1n5p/2q1Bp2/5P2/1Q4P1/P5KP/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6 if Kh7 Qf7 Nc8 Qg6+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Alesandr Rakhmanov vs Bindi Cheng, Arlington, 2013
2q3k1/p3ppb1/1p6/3pP1N1/3P4/2P3P1/4rPKR/1Q6 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

2d)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Alexander Toivonen

Aleksandr Rakhmanov's Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Alder Escobar Forero, Panama, 2013
3n2k1/3r2p1/6N1/3p1PP1/2b5/1p6/1P4B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Juergen Delitzsch, Wunsiedel, 2015
3bk3/7Q/2p2p1N/p2qpNpP/P7/2n3P1/5P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ if Kf8 Nhf5 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Albert Sergeev vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Minsk, 2005
6R1/8/3p3p/p1pPqp1k/P1P3b1/4r3/1r4P1/5RQK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh3+ gxh3 Qe4+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Konstantin Bazarov vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Sochi, 2007
6rk/7p/3Qp3/4Pp2/P3p3/4p3/3q3P/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg1+ Kxg1 Qf2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Sergei Ulyanin vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, St. Petersburg, 2009
7r/2Q1pk2/4rp2/1p1q3p/7P/P1BP1Pp1/2P3P1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd4+ if Kh1 Qxh4+ Kg1 Qh2+ or if Bxd4 Rxe1# ]

3b)
mate in 4
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Juergen Delitzsch

Aleksandr Rakhmanov's Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Stanislav Bogdanovich vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Moscow, 2012
6k1/Q4p2/3b2pP/P2n4/2p2P1K/2P1r3/6rP/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh3+ Kxh3 Nxf4+ Kh4 g5# ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Pavel Ponkratov vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2013
4r1k1/Q4bpp/p7/5N2/1P3qn1/2P5/P1B3PP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ Kf1 Bc4+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Rodrigo Vasquez vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2013
3r1k2/1q3pp1/7p/p1b2Qn1/P1p5/2P3P1/1PB1KPbP/1R1NB3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3+ Qxf3 Nxf3 if Ne3 Ng1# ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Eugenio Chinchilla vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, San Jose, 2013
5rk1/p5b1/1r6/3R3p/3n1p2/2N4q/PP1B1PQ1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg6 if Rg5 Rxg5 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Alexey Kostin vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Voronezh, 2014
3B1rk1/ppq2ppp/2n5/1B1Q4/8/2P2NnP/PP1N1bPK/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf1+ Kh1 Qh2+ Nxh2 Ng3# ]

4a)
mate in 3
Stanislav Bogdanovich vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov

Aleksandr Rakhmanov's Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Humberto Blanco vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Caracas, 2014
8/5pk1/1R1p2pp/p2PP1q1/3Q4/1P4nP/R5BK/5r2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Bxh1 Nf2# ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Joost Wempe vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Groningen, 2014
8/4k1pp/p3n3/r3p3/Pbp1K1P1/4PP2/7P/R1R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5+ Kf5 e4+ Kf4 Bd6# ]

c)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Joachin Mouhamad, Llucmajor, 2016
1rb1r1k1/p3p1qp/1p2npp1/4N3/1P3PP1/4Q2P/P3P1B1/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc6 if Rb7 Bd5 ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Aleksey Ivlev vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Sochi, 2017
4rnk1/1p3pb1/p1p5/P4bp1/1P1P4/Bq6/3QNp2/R1K4R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bh6 if 2.Nc3 Re1+ or if 2.d5 g4 ]

e)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Viktor Laznicka, Linares, 2017
4r1k1/1R3b1p/1nqp2p1/8/2P1NPPP/3QP3/5K2/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nf6+ if 1...Kf8 2.Rxb6 or if 1...Kh8 2.Rxf7 ]

5b)
mate in 3
Joost Wempe vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov

Aleksandr Rakhmanov's Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Artem Gogolev, Sochi, 2017
6k1/p2n1rp1/1r4Qp/3N1N2/8/8/PP1q1PPP/1B2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Nf8 Nde7+ if Kh8 Rxf8+ or if Rxe7 Nxe7+ ]

b)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Riyadh, 2017
r2r2k1/pbq2ppp/4pn2/1ppPn3/2P2N2/P3P3/BB3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.d6 ]

c)
Jouni Yrjola vs Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Finland, 2017
4n1k1/p1rb1pb1/q2p2pp/3P4/4NBP1/P6P/4rPB1/2RQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ba4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Petr Kiriakov, Dubai, 2018
4QNk1/8/p5pP/1p5n/3P3P/4Br2/P2KB2q/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ne6+ if 1...Kh7 2.Ng5+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Alexander Gutenev, Sochi, 2018
2r1r1k1/4p1bp/n4p2/p2PNQ2/2p2P2/q3P1B1/3R2PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ Kh8 Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ ]

f)
White mates in 5.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Dmitry Bocharov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2019
5n2/p1rn1k2/1p2p3/6Q1/2P4R/P4P2/1PB1qP2/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bg6+ Nxg6 2.Rh7+ Ke8 3.Qxg6+ ]

g)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Azar Gadimbayli, Konya, 2019
r1b5/p1q2p1k/1p3Prn/2p1P2R/3RP2P/6P1/PP1Q2B1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rd8 if 1...Bg4 2.Rxh6+ or if 1...Bb7 2.Rd7 Qc8 3.Rxh6+ ]

6d)
mate in 3
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Petr Kiriakov

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