Zurab Azmaiparashvili's Winning Moves

Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Zurab Azmaiparashvili.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
Azmaiparashvili vs Alexander Izvozchikov, Tbilisi, 1979
3r1k2/p5pp/n1p1Q3/1bqp4/1p3B2/1P4P1/P3PPBP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 if Qe7 Qxe7+ Kxe7 Bg5 ]

b)
Azmaiparashvili vs Aleksandr Shneider, Vilnius, 1984
3rbnk1/p1R2pp1/1p1Bp2p/4P3/q2PB2P/P4Q2/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Tihomir Toshkov vs Azmaiparashvili, Albena, 1984
2Q2nk1/p2r1pp1/2N4p/8/8/1P6/1q3PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 ]

d)
Azmaiparashvili vs Zurab Sturua, Vani, 1986
8/p2n1kp1/1p2bp1p/3p4/1Pr2P2/6P1/PB1RPKBP/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Evgeny Pigusov vs Azmaiparashvili, URS, 1986
6k1/7p/1pp5/p1n5/P4p2/1P1NrP2/2PK3P/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3+ ]



Azmaiparashvili Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Azmaiparashvili vs Jonathan Speelman, London, 1989
2r3k1/p1r3pp/8/2nR4/8/6P1/P2B3P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 if Rc6 Rd6 Rb6 Rd2 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Valery Loginov vs Azmaiparashvili, Manila, 1992
5bk1/R4p1p/2p3p1/pr6/N3Pp2/1P3NPq/1QP2P2/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh5 if Nh4 Rxh4 gxh4 f3 mates ]

c)
Azmaiparashvili vs Kiril Georgiev, Burgas, 1994
2bb2k1/2q2n2/1r1p4/p1pPpNp1/P1P1PnPp/1RN2P2/8/1Q2KBB1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb6 if Qxb6 Ne7+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Yuri Yakovich vs Azmaiparashvili, New York, 1994
r5k1/3npp1p/2b3p1/1pn5/2pRP3/2P1BPP1/r1P4P/1NKR1B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc2+ Kxc2 Ra2+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Markus Stangl vs Azmaiparashvili, Tilburg, 1994
r2r2k1/p1q1pp1p/6p1/1N2n3/4Pb2/2P2N2/PP3PPP/RQ3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3+ gxf3 Qd7 w/...Qh3 ]

Azmaiparashvili Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Sergey Smagin vs Azmaiparashvili, Cap d'Agde, 1996
2kr4/pp6/2q5/8/2p3PP/P3QR2/5PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3 if Qe2 Rxf3 Qxf3 c3 ]

b)
Azmaiparashvili vs Jaan Ehlvest, Pula, 1997
1rbqk2r/p1n2p2/3p3p/2pPn3/2B1N1p1/1P2B1b1/P2Q1PP1/2R1K2R w Kk - 0 1
[ Bg5 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Azmaiparashvili vs Scott Brent, Internet, 2003
r1bqrb2/1p1nk3/p3p1Qp/8/3P1B2/7P/PP3PP1/1BR2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ if Kf6 Bd6 ]

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