"Tactics in the Queen's Gambit" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
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 5
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Elshan Moradiabadi, Gurzuf, 1999
2r5/7p/1P1p2pk/Pqn2p2/4pP2/4N1P1/8/Q2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5+ Kh5 Qf6 Kg4 Qg5+ ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Rustam Samadli, Baku, 2000
r1q2rk1/p1nb1pbp/4p1p1/2pPN3/1pB2Q2/7P/PPP2PP1/1N1RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd7 Qxd7 dxe6 ]

c)
White Mates in 9
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Sergey Dolmatov, Dubai, 2000
3rr3/pp1qppk1/7p/5R2/2pPQ1P1/2P4P/PP6/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf6 Qxh6+ Kf7 Qh7+ Kf6 g5+ ]

d)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Zeinal Eyubov, Baku, 2001
1r1qr1k1/p4pb1/3P1np1/1ppNp2p/2N5/5Q2/PPP2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ w/Nc6 ]

e)
White Mates in 3.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vitezslav Priehoda, Batumi, 2002
2Q5/p4qk1/1p3p2/1P2n1pP/4B1P1/6K1/5P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ h6+ Kxh6 Qh8+ ]

Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Benjamin Galstian, Peniscola, 2002
r2qr3/pb2b1k1/7p/2pPp2p/2B5/2N4P/PPQ3P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf8 Qxh6+ ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Amir Bagheri, Abudhabi, 2003
r1b2rk1/p1q4p/5ppQ/2bp4/1p4P1/2PBP3/PP1N1P2/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Artyom Timofeev, Moscow, 2004
b2r3k/p3Nppp/3r4/1pq5/2p2Q2/4R3/PP1R1PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ if hxg6 Qh4+ Qh5 Qxd8+ w/Rxd8+ & Ree8 or if fxg6 Qxd6 ]

d)
White Mates in 7.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Dubai, 2004
4r1k1/4r2p/5QpP/6R1/2P2R2/1P2p3/q7/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ hxg6 h7+ Rxh7 Qxg6+ ]

e)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Shojaat Ghane, Izmir, 2004
4r1k1/1p3pp1/p1p3r1/5bqp/2NPp2n/P1P1P1BP/2Q2PPK/4R1R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 if Re7 Bxh4 ]

Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Tomi Nyback, Warsaw, 2005
8/p7/bp4pk/4B3/PKQ2P2/1P2q2r/8/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if Qxe5 fxe5 Bxc4 Rh8+ ]

b)
P Nikolic vs Shakhriyar Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wijk aan Zee 'B', 2005
4r1k1/p4p2/3q2pb/3p2N1/3Rn2P/1R2P2b/PQ2P3/5NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg5 if Rxe4 dxe4 w/...Qd1 or if hxg5 Qe5 ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Dagur Arngrimsson, Reykjavik, 2006
r2n2k1/qb3pp1/3Np2p/pB2P3/Pp3Q2/4P3/1P4PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 Qb6 Re7 Ba6 Qe4 ]

d)
White Mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Stefan Martin, Mainz, 2006
3n3k/1p3B2/p2p1P2/2rP1br1/5p2/2P5/PP6/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1+ ]

e)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mainz, 2006
rnbr2k1/pp3pp1/4p1qp/8/1b1pN3/3BPN2/PP3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh4 if Qh7 Nf6+ ]

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Peter Heine Nielsen, Crete, 2007
rq4k1/7p/6p1/p2n4/P1B5/1P3R1P/3r1PP1/Q5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe1 if Rd4 Bxd5+ or if Qb4 Qe6+ Kg7 Rf7+ Kh6 Qg4 ]

b)
Carretero Calzon vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Canada de Calatrava, 2007
r1bq1rk1/p5bp/3p2p1/n1pPp3/4Pp2/PNP2P2/2B3PP/R1NQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc4 if Qe2 Ne3 Rf2 c4 ]

c)
White Mates in 5.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Pavel Tregubov, Ajaccio, 2008
r5k1/p5p1/bn3q2/7Q/P1p2B2/8/5PPP/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg6 ]

d)
White Mates in 5.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Peter Svidler, Alma-Ata, 2008
2b5/6k1/p2R3r/1pP1r1Bp/5NnP/1Bb5/P5P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh5+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 5.
Sergey Karjakin vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Moscow, 2008
2bQ4/5ppk/4q1np/1pB1p2n/1Pp1P2P/2P3P1/2B2PK1/5N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ngf4+ ]

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Evgeny Alekseev, Moscow, 2008
4r1k1/r4pp1/bp5p/n1pPB1q1/2P5/2PB1Q2/6PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc7 ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Alexander Morozevich, Moscow, 2008
2r3k1/p4bb1/1q1r1pp1/3Pp1P1/P1pnP2Q/2N1B2R/5RBP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Rdd8 gxf6 ]

c)
Alexander Grischuk vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Moscow, 2008
4nrk1/1pqR1ppp/p3p3/2r1P3/P7/2N1Q3/1PP3PP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 ]

d)
Mamedyarov vs Peter Svidler, Nalchik, 2009
8/1Q1rkpp1/p3p3/3nB1r1/8/3q3P/PP3R2/K1R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qxd7+ if Kg8 Qd8+ w/Qxg5 ]

e)
White Mates in 6.
Mamedyarov vs B S Shivananda, Kolkata, 2009
1r4b1/1p2p1k1/2p1PpB1/2Pp4/7R/4R2P/r4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg3 f5 Bf7+ Kf6 f4 ]

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 5.
Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, Moscow, 2009
r1q2nQ1/ppb1kp2/7B/1P2pb2/4N3/8/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5+ if Ke8 Nf6+ ]

b)
Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, Baku, 2010
2r3k1/p1Bp1p2/4pn2/1Qb2qpp/2P5/5BPP/P2RPPK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Nils Grandelius, Rogaska Slatina, 9/29/2011
1k1r3r/pp1nqpp1/3p1n1p/1BpP3b/Q3PP1B/P1N5/1P4PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ e5 if dxe5 fxe5 Nxe5 Rae1 Ka8 Bg3
or if Nb6 Qc2 dxe5 fxe5 Qxe5 Bg3
]

d)
White mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Boris Gelfand, Astana, 7/8/2012
5r2/1p3Pk1/3q1b2/p4Pp1/3Bp3/4P3/4QPK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Viktor Bologan, Beijing, 12/17/2012
r3r1k1/5pb1/2b1n3/p2pN2Q/3q4/1P4B1/P4PP1/1BR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh7+ ]

King-pawn Opening Series



Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viktor Bologan vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Beijing, 12/15/2012
6k1/1p2pp2/4nbp1/P3B2p/q1P5/7P/5KP1/Q2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc2+ if Ke1 Qe4+ or if Kg1 Bxe5 ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Ildar Khairullin, Khanty Mansyisk, 6/7/2013
8/3n2p1/4p1kp/R3p3/r3P3/3K1P2/3B2PP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxa4 Nc5+ Kc2 Nxa4 Be3 ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vassily Ivanchuk, Beijing, 12/15/2013
6k1/2R4p/3p2p1/2nPr3/2r4P/6P1/6B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 dxe5 d6 ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Bartosz Socko vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Warsaw, 11/10/2013
r6k/ppp3pp/8/8/PP1p1r2/1Q1P1qN1/1B4RK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4+ Kg1 Qe3+ Rf2 Qxg3+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r2rb3/pp3p1k/5Rn1/4q3/3p2QN/3Bb3/PP4P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Bxf7 Rxf7+ Kh8 Rh7+ ]

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vladimir Potkin, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1r1b3/4p1k1/5nP1/1p1PN3/1ppqP2Q/8/P5PP/2R2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if Qxe5 Rf5 or if exf6 Qh7+ Kf8 Nd7+ ]

b)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, Dubai, 6/19/2014
r1b1kb1r/pp1n1ppp/2pnp3/q7/3PP2B/2N5/PPPQ2PP/1K1R1BNR w kq - 1 0
[ Nd5 ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Beijing, 2014
2kr1b2/1bqp1Qp1/pp6/2p1P3/N1P1P2r/1P3p1B/PB3P2/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Qxf8+ Qd8 Nxb6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Pavel Ponkratov, Berlin, 2015
4rbk1/7p/1n4P1/2pPBp2/1pq2Q2/5NP1/5PK1/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ gxh7+ if Kxh7 or Kf7 Qxf5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Boris Savchenko, Izmir, 2016
3r4/p1R1np1p/1p2bbp1/3k4/3P4/3BP1B1/P2K1PPP/8 w - - 1 0
[ e4+ Kxd4 f4 ]

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Aleksandra Goryachkina, Sochi, 2017
r5k1/pb5p/1p1bq1p1/1B1pB2n/3P4/1QN5/PP4PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bd7 Qxd7 2.Nxd5 if 2...Bxe5 3.Nf6+ ]

b)
Aleksandr Rakhmanov vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Riyadh, 2017
6k1/1b5p/1B2p1p1/3r4/8/P4P1P/3p1PK1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rg5+ 2.Kh2 Bxf3 3.Rxd2 Rg2+ ]

c)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Viswanathan Anand, Saint Louis, 2018
2rqr1k1/pp1b1p2/7p/1B1pBnp1/3Pn3/2N2Q2/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd7 Qxd7 Nxd5 Qxd5 Qxf5 if Rc6 Rxe4 or if Nd2 Qf6 ]

d)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Fabiano Caruana, Saint Louis, 2018
4k3/2q1np2/4pp1p/8/2rN4/6RP/3Q1PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nb5 w/Nd6+ ]

e)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Anish Giri, Paris, 2019
8/p2q2p1/3Prp1k/6p1/2Q5/6PP/P2R3K/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxe6 ]

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