'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Emre Can.
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)
White mates in 3.
Emre Can vs Ali Haydar Sahin, Antalya, 2002
r6b/1rnq2kp/1n4pN/pp1pP1N1/2pP4/P1P4Q/1P1B3P/5RRK w - - 1 0
[ Qxd7+ Nxd7 Ne6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Emre Can vs Wouter Spoelman, Peniscola, 2002
b1n3k1/6p1/p2p1rPp/1pp5/1Pqp3Q/P6P/2PNRP2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Rf8 Rxf8+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Emre Can vs Anastasios Pavlidis, Urgup, 2004
r6k/2qr1Qpp/7R/2P1P3/2B5/P6P/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ ]
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Black mates in 3.
Ates Ulker vs Emre Can, Izmir, 2004
5r1k/pp4pp/3b4/2p4r/7P/P1P2N1q/1P1N1P2/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh4 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Emre Can vs Levent Polatel, Yalova, 2005
r2br2Q/pp3kp1/4pp2/2q5/1nP2PN1/8/PP4PP/1B1R1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ gxh6 Qh7+ Kf8 Bg6 ]

Emre Can puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Emre Can vs Michal Paterek, Pardubice, 2005
r4k1r/pp4p1/2b3qp/4B3/n1B4Q/8/PPP2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7+ if Qxg7 Qf4+ or if Kxg7 Qe7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Hans De Lange vs Emre Can, Kusadasi, 2006
3r1k1r/1pp2p2/7p/p3n3/P3q2P/2PnB3/2Q1K1PR/R4B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ Kd2 Nc4# ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Miroslav Vlasenko vs Emre Can, Peterhof, 2006
2r3k1/pp4p1/1b2P1R1/3p1p2/8/3B1qP1/PP3P1P/5QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Emre Can vs Manuel Leon Hoyos, Gaziantep, 2008
5b1k/2pn4/1n1pp1p1/1p1q2N1/3PN1PB/2P2Q2/1r5P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf8+ Nxf8 Rxf8+ Kg7 Rf7+ Kh8 Rh7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Emre Can vs Leonardo Valdes, Dresden, 2008
r1b1k2r/3nq1bn/2Q3p1/p3p3/4P3/P3B1PB/1PP5/3R1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Qxg6+ ]

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Emre Can puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Emre Can vs Demre Kerigan, Kemer, 2011
rr6/4qNkp/pp3R2/2nB1Q2/8/6PP/2P5/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kf8 Nd6+ ]

b)
Tolga Demirel vs Emre Can, Konya, 2012
r5k1/4ppbp/2p3p1/3q4/p1RP4/2NQ1P2/7K/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5+ Kg2 Qg5+ Kf2 Qxc1 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Emre Can vs Luka Draskovic, Jerusalem, 2015
r3n3/6pp/pn2pp2/1k3N2/4PB2/1P3PP1/6KP/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Nd4+ Kb4 Bd2+ ]

d)
Emre Can vs Evgeny Postny, Jerusalem, 2015
5qk1/5ppp/bp1Rpn2/p7/8/PP4P1/1BrQPPBP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd1 if Rxb2 Rd8 Ne8 Bc6 or if Rc8 Rxb6 ]

e)
Antonio Gual Pascual vs Emre Can, Sitges, 2015
4r3/1p2b3/rP2k2B/4pp1R/8/8/4PK1P/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh8 e3 Bf8 ]

Emre Can puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Emre Can vs N Priyanka, Dubai, 2017
2rr2k1/pp2ppbp/6p1/q1P5/b3PP2/Q4N2/Pn2BBPP/2R2K1R w - - 1 0
[ Be1 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Emre Can vs Watu Kobese, Batumi, 2018
5r1k/pR1R4/4b3/2p4r/4P3/8/6PB/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be5+ Kg8 Rg7+ Kh8 Rg5+ ]

c)
Emre Can vs Anand Saurabh, Dubai, 2019
4n1k1/2r2ppp/8/2pBP3/p1b2B2/6P1/q4P1P/3QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc4 Qxc4 e6 if Re7 Qd8 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Emre Can vs Alex Cherniack, Gibraltar, 2020
4r1k1/pp1q3p/5Q2/8/4B2R/8/PP5K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bd5+ if Qxd5 Rg4+ ]


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