'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bukhuti Gurgenidze.
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)
A Mokatsian vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Yerevan, 1955
2R2rk1/p3p2p/1p3ppb/4P1q1/1P1PP3/5QPB/P7/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc8 Bxc8 Qc1+ ]

b)
Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Lev Polugaevsky, Tbilisi, 1956
2b2rk1/2q5/1n1p3Q/p1pPpN2/PpP1P2P/1P1B1P2/8/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kh8 Ne7 ]

c)
Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Vladlen Zurakhov, Moscow, 1964
2b4k/r1q3p1/p3p2p/1p1nQ3/4B3/1NPR4/1P4PP/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 ]

d)
Evgeny Mukhin vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Minsk, 1964
1q3rk1/4Qp1p/6p1/1b5r/1p5P/1P3P2/NP4P1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 if Qxb4 Qa7+ Kh2 Qf2 ]

e)
Nana Alexandria vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Tbilisi, 1971
3r2k1/pp3pbp/2nq2p1/8/6n1/1QN2N1P/PP1B1PP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 Nxd4 Qh2+ Kf1 Re8 Be3 Nxe3+ ]

Bukhuti Gurgenidze puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Pimonov vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, URS, 1971
5r1k/pp4rp/3p4/2pP3P/2P2qNK/7Q/PP6/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf5 if Qg3 Rxh5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Vadimir Savon vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, URS, 1971
8/kp5R/pq2p1N1/3pP3/2rb4/6p1/PP4B1/KQ6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb2+ ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Zbigniew Szymczak, Varna, 1975
r5rk/pbq1b2p/2p1p1p1/3pP1B1/6Q1/3B3R/PPP2PP1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ Kg7 Qxg6+ Kf8 Bh6+ ]

d)
Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Mihai Suba, Varna, 1975
6rk/pR2b1r1/2p1P1p1/2Pp1p1p/P2P1P1P/2qB3K/4Q3/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6 if Rxg6 Qxh5+ mates or if Rh7 Qe5+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Yuri Nikolaevsky, Beltsy, 1977
rn2kr2/ppq1n2p/2p1PQp1/8/P7/1BN1B3/1PP2PPP/2KR4 w q - 1 0
[ Qf7+ Rxf7 exf7+ Kf8 Bh6# ]

Bukhuti Gurgenidze puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Fikret Sideif-Sade vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Borzhomi, 1984
6k1/1Q3p2/5qpb/p3r2p/P2NPP2/1P5P/2r5/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg5+ Kh1 Rg3 ]

b)
Elizbar Ubilava vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Kharkov, 1985
r3r1k1/1pp2pp1/p6p/8/1B6/5NPP/1q2NPB1/3QK2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2+ if Qxe2 Qc1+ Qd1 Re8+ ]

c)
Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Tibor Karolyi, Tbilisi, 1986
1r3nk1/2qrbp1p/p1b1p2Q/1pp1Pp2/8/2PPN1B1/PP4PP/R3RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf5 exf5 e6 if Bd6 or f4 exd7 ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Karlheinz Bachmann vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Naumburg, 2002
8/5p1k/6pb/pPp4n/3p4/PP1P1NPP/1R1Nr3/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ ]


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