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This is a collection of 287 chess puzzles drawn from games of the last half of 2012. Both players are rated above 2400 ELO. In each diagram, the player at the bottom of the board moves first and wins. The solutions are found at the end of the book along with the diagram. Match wits with the best of the best and find the winning move.

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Best Chess Puzzles: July Dec., 2012edited by Bill HarveyThis is a collection of 287 chess puzzles drawn from games of the last half of 2012. Both players are rated above 2400 ELO. In each diagram, the player at the bottom of the board moves first and wins. The solutions are found at the end of the book along with the diagram. The editor is the webmaster of Chess Puzzles by GMs, wtharvey.com, where you will find thousands of chess puzzles from modern and classic games indexed by grandmaster, chess opening, date or tournament.

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1) Jakov Geller (RUS) Sergei Iskusnyh (RUS) Samara, July 7

4) Arian Gonzalez Perez (CUB) Levan Aroshidze (GEO) Barbera del Valles, July 9

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-tr-mk-tr( 7+l+-vl-zp-' 6pwq-+Lsn-zp& 5+p+-+-+-% 4-+-+-+-vL$ 3+-+P+-+-# 2PzP-+QzPPzP" 1+-tR-tR-mK-! xabcdefghy2) Hans Tikkanen (SWE) Pia Cramling (SWE) Falun, July 8

XABCDEFGHY 8-wqr+n+k+( 7+-+R+-zpp' 6p+r+p+-+& 5+-+-+p+-% 4p+P+N+-+$ 3+P+-+QzP-# 2-+-+-zPKzP" 1+-+R+-+-! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 5. 5) Mikhail Ulibin (RUS) Ivan Martic (SRB) Paracin, July 9

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-vl-mk-tr( 7+R+-+pzpp' 6p+-zP-+-+& 5zP-+q+-+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2-+-sNQzPPzP" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 3. 3) Lubomir Ftacnik (SVK) Mikulas Manik (SVK) Banska Stiavnica, July 9

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+r+-+( 7zp-+q+k+-' 6-zp-vlNsnr+& 5+-zp-+Qzp-% 4-+Pzp-+-+$ 3+-+R+-vL-# 2PzP-+-+PzP" 1+-+-tR-mK-! xabcdefghy

6) Kore Akshayraj (IND) Yaroslav Zinchenko (UKR) Rethymno, July 11

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+k+( 7zpp+-tRrvlp' 6-+-+-+p+& 5+-+p+qvL-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+P+-+-+P# 2-zP-wQ-zPP+" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-trl+-tr-mk( 7zpp+-+P+p' 6-+-wq-+-+& 5+-+-+-+Q% 4-+-zPR+-+$ 3+P+L+-zpP# 2-+-+-+-+" 1+-+-+RmK-! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 3.

7) Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS) Aleksandr Shimanov (RUS) Konya, July 11

10) Blazo Kalezic (MNE) Dragan Kosic (MNE) Cetinje, July 12

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7zp-+-+R+-' 6-+-+-+-zp& 5+-+pmk-+-% 4-+-sN-tR-+$ 3tr-+-+-+-# 2-tr-+-+-+" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+l+k+( 7+RtR-+-zp-' 6pzp-+Pzp-+& 5+-+-+nsNp% 4-zP-+-zp-+$ 3+-+r+-+-# 2-vL-+-zP-mK" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy

8) Mikhail Ulibin (RUS) Slobodan Martinovic (SRB) Paracin, July 12

11) Parimarjan Negi (IND) Evgeny E Vorobiov (RUS) Leiden July, 14

XABCDEFGHY 8r+l+-+-+( 7+p+nmkp+-' 6p+-sNpsn-zp& 5+N+-+-zp-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-+-zP-zP-# 2PzP-+P+LzP" 1+-+R+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+ktr( 7tr-+-vlp+N' 6p+-+l+-+& 5+p+q+-+Q% 4-+-zp-+-zp$ 3+-+L+-+-# 2PzPP+-+P+" 1+-mK-tR-+R! xabcdefghy

9) Dmitry Svetushkin (MDA) Jayaram Aswin (IND) Rethymno, July 12

12) Kore Akshayraj (IND) Sergey Viktorovich Volkov (RUS) Rethymno, July 14

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+rmk( 7+-+-+psn-' 6p+rzpl+-zp& 5+-+-+-+-% 4qzp-wQ-+-+$ 3+N+-tR-tRP# 2-zP-+-zPP+" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7zp-+q+k+r' 6-zppwQlzPp+& 5+-+-+-+p% 4-+p+-+-+$ 3+-vL-+-zPP# 2PzP-+-+-mK" 1+-+-tR-+-! xabcdefghy

13) Chakkravarthy J Deepan (IND) Hipolito Asis Gargatagli (ESP) Barcelona, July 19

16) Isam Ortiz (CUB) Viktor Moskalenko (UKR) Barcelona, July 21

XABCDEFGHY 8rsn-+k+-tr( 7zpp+-+pzpp' 6-wqp+p+-+& 5+-+n+-+l% 4-+LzP-+-+$ 3zP-vL-+N+P# 2-zPP+QzPP+" 1+-mKR+-+R! xabcdefghy14) David Arutinian (GEO) Martyn Kravtsiv (UKR) Pardubice, July 19

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+k+( 7+-+l+r+-' 6p+-wq-+p+& 5+p+p+-+p% 4-+pzP-sn-+$ 3+-+-tRP+-# 2PzP-+-+-wQ" 1mKL+-tR-+-! xabcdefghy17) Yifan Hou (CHN) Nino Khurtsidze (GEO) Jermuk, July 21

XABCDEFGHY 8-tr-+-+k+( 7+-+-+-zpp' 6-+-+p+n+& 5+pwQ-wq-+N% 4-+-+N+P+$ 3+-+nzPR+-# 2P+-+-+-zP" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-tr-mk( 7+-tr-vllzp-' 6-+-wq-zp-zp& 5+-+-+L+R% 4-+-+Q+-+$ 3+-zP-vL-+P# 2-+-+-+P+" 1+-+-+R+K! xabcdefghy

15) Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS) Bathuyag Mongontuul (MGL) Jermuk, July 19

18) Mikhail Kobalia (RUS) Mikhail Gurevich (TUR) Konya, July 22

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-tr-+k+( 7zpp+-wqpzpp' 6-+-+-+-+& 5+-+L+-+-% 4-+R+-wQ-+$ 3zP-+-+-zP-# 2-zPl+rzP-zP" 1+-tR-+-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-wqn+k+( 7zpp+-+p+p' 6-+-+-+p+& 5+Q+N+N+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-zP-+P+-# 2P+-+-+PzP" 1+-+n+-mK-! xabcdefghy

19) Jakub Czakon (POL) David Arenas (COL) Sitges, July 22

22) Jan Votava (CZE) Maxime Aguettaz (FRA) Pardubice, July 26

XABCDEFGHY 8r+l+-+k+( 7+-sN-+-zpp' 6-zp-zP-+-tr& 5zp-+-zp-+-% 4-zPP+-wq-+$ 3+-+-tR-+-# 2-zP-wQ-zPpzP" 1+-tR-+-mK-! xabcdefghy20) Ervin Toth (HUN) Gyula Pap (HUN) Pardubice, July 25

XABCDEFGHY 8-tr-+-+k+( 7+-+-+p+p' 6-wq-zpp+pvL& 5+p+-+-+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-+QzP-zP-# 2PzPR+-+KzP" 1+-+-vl-+-! xabcdefghy23) Chanda Sandipan (IND) Tamir Nabaty (ISR) Pardubice, July 27

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+r+r+( 7zpl+-wq-zP-' 6-zpp+n+k+& 5+-+pwQ-zp-% 4-+-+p+-+$ 3+-vL-zP-+-# 2PzP-+-zPP+" 1+K+R+-+R! xabcdefghyWhite Mates In 6. 21) G N Gopal (IND) Igor Malakhov (RUS) Pardubice, July 26

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-tr-trk+( 7zpp+-+p+-' 6-+ntR-zp-zp& 5+-+-+-+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+R+-+-+P# 2P+-+-zPP+" 1+-+-+LmK-! xabcdefghy

24) Gabriel Battaglini (FRA) Ciprian-Costica Nanu (ROM) Arad, July 29

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-trr+k+( 7+l+-vl-wq-' 6p+-zp-zpp+& 5+-+-zpP+-% 4-zpP+P+Pzp$ 3+P+-+Q+-# 2P+-+-+-zP" 1+LvL-+RtRK! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+r+r+k+( 7zppwq-+-zpp' 6-+-vl-+-+& 5+-+-sN-+-% 4-+lvLQ+-+$ 3zP-+R+-+-# 2-zP-+-+PzP" 1+-+-+RmK-! xabcdefghy

25) Andrei Volokitin (UKR) Evgenij Miroshnichenko (UKR) Kiev, July 30

28) Prasanna Vishnu (IND) Benjamin Bok (NED) Biel, Aug 2

XABCDEFGHY 8-mk-+-+q+( 7+-zpltRr+-' 6Qzp-+-+p+& 5zp-+p+pvLp% 4-+-zP-+-zP$ 3+-zP-+-zP-# 2PzP-+-zP-+" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy26) Vitali Golod (ISR) Maxim Rodshtein (ISR) Biel, Aug 1

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+-trk+( 7+-+-tRp+-' 6p+qzp-+-wQ& 5snp+-+l+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-zp-+-+P# 2PzP-+-zPP+" 1tR-vL-+-mK-! xabcdefghy29) Yannick Pelletier (SUI) Rao Prasanna (IND) Biel, Aug 3

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+k+( 7+p+r+l+p' 6-zp-sN-tRp+& 5+-+-zP-+-% 4-+-zp-+P+$ 3+-+-+-+P# 2PzP-+-+-+" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy27) B Adhiban (IND) Miso Cebalo (CRO) Biel, Aug 2

XABCDEFGHY 8r+r+-+k+( 7zp-+-snp+p' 6-+-+pvL-+& 5+-+-+-+-% 4Pzpq+-+-+$ 3+Q+-+PzPl# 2-zP-+-+-zP" 1tR-+R+-mK-! xabcdefghy30) David Arutinian (GEO) Torstein Bae (NOR) Olomouc Aug 3

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+-+rmk( 7+l+-+p+p' 6p+qzp-zPpwQ& 5+p+-+-+-% 4-+p+N+-+$ 3zP-+-+-+-# 2-zPL+-+PzP" 1tR-+-+R+K! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 6.

XABCDEFGHY 8r+lwq-+k+( 7+-zp-sn-vlp' 6p+Pzp-snr+& 5+-+-zp-zp-% 4-+-+Pzp-+$ 3+-sNN+P+-# 2PzP-+LvLPzP" 1+-tRQ+RmK-! xabcdefghy

31) Andras Flumbort (HUN) Kore Akshayraj (IND) Budapest, Aug 4

34) Mustafa Yilmaz (TUR) Rui Gao (CHN) Athens Aug 8

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+r+k+( 7+-vLn+-vlp' 6p+-+-+p+& 5+-+P+p+-% 4-zp-sNlzP-+$ 3+L+-+-zP-# 2P+-+-+-zP" 1+-mKRtR-+-! xabcdefghy32) Samvel Ter Sahakyan (ARM) Yi Wei (CHN) Athens Aug 6

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-trk+( 7+-+R+p+-' 6p+-+p+p+& 5+p+-zP-+p% 4-+-+-+-wq$ 3+P+-wQ-+-# 2P+r+-zPP+" 1+-+R+-mK-! xabcdefghy35) Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) Sanan Sjugirov (RUS) Moscow, Aug 9

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-vlk+( 7+-+-trqzP-' 6p+-zp-wQ-zp& 5+-+-zpL+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-+-+P+-# 2-zPP+-+-zP" 1+KvL-+-+-! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 3. 33) Alexei Shirov (LAT) Viktor Laznicka (CZE) Novy Bor, Aug 7

XABCDEFGHY 8r+l+-trk+( 7+pwq-+psnN' 6p+-vlp+-+& 5+-+nsN-+-% 4-+-+-+-+$ 3+-+L+-+-# 2PzPP+QzP-zP" 1tR-+-+KtR-! xabcdefghy

36) Alexander Fier (BRA) Igors Rausis (CZE) Riga, Aug 9

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-vlk+( 7+-+Q+-zpp' 6p+-+-zp-+& 5+-+-+N+-% 4-zP-+r+-+$ 3+-+p+-zP-# 2-+-+-zPKzP" 1+-+q+-+-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+rvl-tr( 7+kwq-+-+-' 6psnp+-+-+& 5wQ-+psNp+p% 4-+-zP-zP-+$ 3+R+-+-+-# 2PzPP+-+-zP" 1+-mKR+-+-! xabcdefghy

37) Yangyi Yu (CHN) Karen H Grigoryan (ARM) Athens, Aug 10

40) Grzegorz Gajewski (POL) Joaquin Antoli Royo (ESP) Barcelona Aug 19

XABCDEFGHY 8-+rwqk+r+( 7zpp+-+-vLp' 6-+-+p+-wQ& 5+-+p+-+-% 4-+-+N+P+$ 3+-+-+-+P# 2PzP-+-zP-+" 1+K+n+-+R! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 3. 38) Ivan Salgado Lopez (ESP) Vladimir Okhotnik (FRA) Vienna, Aug 18

XABCDEFGHY 8rsn-+-mk-+( 7zpp+-+-vlp' 6-+-zP-+-tr& 5+N+-+l+-% 4-+-+-zp-+$ 3+Q+-+L+-# 2PzP-+-zPPwq" 1tR-+-tRK+-! xabcdefghy

41) Igor Blechzin (RUS) Mladen Palac (CRO) Schwarzach, Aug 20

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-tr-mk-tr( 7+-+Qvl-zp-' 6-+-+Pzp-+& 5zp-+pzP-+p% 4P+-wq-+-+$ 3+-+-+-+-# 2-zP-+-+PzP" 1+-tR-+R+K! xabcdefghy39) Melikset Khachiyan (USA) Andranik Matikozian (ARM) Los Angeles, Aug 18

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-+-trk+( 7zpp+l+pzpp' 6-+-+p+n+& 5+-wq-+-+-% 4PvlN+L+-+$ 3+Q+-+-zP-# 2-vL-+PzP-zP" 1tR-+-+RmK-! xabcdefghy42) Valeriy Neverov (UKR) Pavel Ponkratov (RUS) St Petersburg, Aug 24

XABCDEFGHY 8r+-wq-trk+( 7+l+-snp+p' 6pzp-zp-+p+& 5+-+-zpP+-% 4P+-sNP+-+$ 3+-sN-+-+-# 2-zPP+-+PzP" 1+-+RwQRmK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+rtrk+( 7zp-+-+-+p' 6lzp-zp-vLp+& 5+-zpP+-+-% 4-+P+-zP-wQ$ 3+-+-wq-+P# 2P+L+-+-mK" 1tR-+-+-tR-! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 3.

43) Aleksei Pridorozhni (RUS) Igor Lysyj (RUS) St. Petersburg, Aug 24

46) Levon Aronian (ARM) Ziaur Rahman (BAN) Istanbul Aug 29

XABCDEFGHY 8-+r+-trk+( 7+p+-+p+p' 6p+-vl-zp-+& 5zP-zp-zp-+-% 4-+-+-+l+$ 3+-sNP+-sN-# 2-zPP+-zPPzP" 1tR-+-tR-mK-! xabcdefghy

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-trk+( 7zp-wQ-+pzpp' 6r+q+-+-+& 5+-+-+-+-% 4P+-+-tR-+$ 3+-+-+PzP-# 2-+-+-zP-+" 1+-+R+-mK-! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 4.

44) Alvar Alonso Rosell (ESP) Luc Bergez (FRA) Barcelona Aug 25

47) Zdenko Kozul (CRO) Dzhurabek Khamrakulov (UZB) Istanbul, Aug 29

XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-tr-+( 7+Q+-+-+p' 6-+-+Lmkpvl& 5+-zp-zp-sN-% 4p+-+-wq-+$ 3zP-+-+-+-# 2-zP-+-zP-+" 1+-+RmK-+-! xabcdefghyWhite Mates in 2. 45) Andrei Istratescu (FRA) Jean-Luc Chabanon (FRA) Dieppe, Aug 28

XABCDEFGHY 8-+l+-+-+( 7zp-+p+kzp

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