'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vladimir Malakhov.
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)
Vladimir Malakhov vs M Ab Rahman, Duisburg, 1992
4r2k/ppn3bp/n1p2r2/3pN1p1/3P4/BP2P2B/P4P1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd7 w/Be7 ]

b)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Ventzislav Inkiov, Porto San Giorgio, 1998
1r1k4/Rnnbb1pp/3p4/1p1P1P2/1PpN2B1/2P3pP/1B1N4/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ ]

c)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Peter Wells, Bled 2001
3q1rk1/p4pp1/2p2n2/3b3p/N5r1/1P1B2P1/P2Q1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5 ]

d)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Peter Nielsen, Istanbul, 2003
r1br2k1/ppq2ppp/1npN1n2/2B5/3RP3/P5P1/1P3PBP/2Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if cxb5 Qf4 ]

e)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Alexander Areshchenko, Moscow, 2005
3rkb1r/pp1n1ppp/4p3/1Q2p2q/3R4/5N1P/PPP2PP1/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 g4 ]

Vladimir Malakhov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Vladimir Malakhov, Helsingor, 2009
1bk5/1p3pp1/4q1p1/BBpr4/3Pp3/Q5P1/PP2KP2/2RR3r b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ if Kd2 Rxd1+ ]

b)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Ivan Salgado Lopez, Plovdiv, 2012
4rrk1/p1pq3p/1p1pb1n1/5p1N/2PR4/2Q2B2/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 if Qxc6 Rxd6 ]

c)
Jacob Hoyer vs Vladimir Malakhov, Helsingor, 2012
r6k/2R4p/3p4/P2Pb3/4P3/5B1P/2p5/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd4+ w/...Bc5 ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Sergey Karjakin vs Vladimir Malakhov, Moscow, 2014
2kr3r/1p2n1p1/2p2np1/p1qpNp2/P4P2/3P2P1/1PP3BP/R2QR2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Kxh2 Rh8+ if Bh3 Qf2+ ]

e)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Sergei Iskusnyh, St. Petersburg, 2015
r1r5/p1bb1kqQ/4pp2/3p4/8/1P2RN2/P2B1PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc7 if Rxc7 Ng5+ or if Qxh7 Rxd7+ Kg6 Ne5+ ]

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Vladimir Malakhov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nikita Meskovs vs Vladimir Malakhov, Yurmala, 2016
r2rq1k1/1p3p1p/p5p1/2P5/PP1R4/1Q5P/5PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 Rxd4 Qe1+ Kh2 Qe5+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Vladimir Malakhov vs Falko Bindrich, Doha, 2016
2r3k1/pp5p/5R2/5N1q/4p1p1/1P1nP2P/PQ4P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ ]

c)
Igor Vladimir Malakhov vs Noam Bergauz, Pardubice, 2017
7r/pk1r1p1p/1p2p1p1/nP1q4/1B6/5Q2/P4PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rfd1 ]

d)
Igor Vladimir Malakhov vs Zan Tomazini, Pardubice, 2017
r2qr1k1/1b3pbp/p1pp2p1/1p1N4/4P3/1PP1BP2/1P1Q2PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bb6 Qh4 2.Nc7 ]

e)
Vladimir Malakhov vs Dennis Wagner, Brest, 2018
8/p2P1pkp/1p3bp1/8/1B6/6PP/P4P2/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bc3 ]

f)
White mates in 4.
Vladimir Malakhov vs Igor Efimov, Brest, 2019
4rrk1/pbqn1p1p/1p1b2p1/2pp2N1/2P4P/1P4P1/PB2QP2/1B1R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh5 ]

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