Tactics in the openings series

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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Eltaj Safarli. 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)
Safarli vs Sanan Guliyev, Chalkidiki, 2001
3r2k1/1p3p1p/3p2p1/R1PPp3/1P2P3/2n3PB/7P/7K w - - 0 1
[ c6 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Safarli vs Konstaninos Liodakis, Heraklio, 2002
1q3k1r/5p2/Q2R1N1p/2p5/8/8/P1r2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ if Kg7 Rg6+ ]

c)
Safarli vs Janez Kavcic, Peniscola, 2002
2rq1b1k/pp3pp1/1n3n1p/3pB3/3P1Q2/2NB1P2/PP3P1P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 if Rxc3 Bxf6 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Safarli vs Ruben Miguel Pereira, Halkidiki, 2003
6n1/4q1k1/p2p2Pp/1p1Pp3/1Pn1B2Q/8/2P5/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh6+ if Kh8 Bf8+ ]

e)
Safarli vs Ronald Ducalang, Dubai, 2004
r1b1nr1k/bp1pNppp/p1nq4/4p1B1/4P3/1N4P1/PPP2PBP/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 Nxd6 Nxc6 w/Be7 ]

Safarli Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Safarli vs Raphael Delivre, Heraklio, 2004
5rk1/pp2ppbn/3p2pp/n2P4/1r4PP/4BP1B/PPP1N3/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ c3 if Rb5 a4 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Safarli vs Sergei Simonenko, Abudhabi, 2005
4r1k1/3r1p1p/bqp1n3/p2p1NP1/Pn1Q1b2/7P/1PP3B1/R2NR2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 Nh6+ ]

c)
Safarli vs Bjoern Bente, Dubai, 2006
5r1k/1q1n1p2/4pP1p/2rpP1pP/1p1N2P1/2PQ4/1P3R2/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Qg6 ]

d)
Safarli vs Kateryna Lahno, Moscow, 2007
r5k1/1Rnb1pp1/p2N4/3Pp1B1/4P1p1/7P/2r2P2/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 ]

e)
Safarli vs Stelios Halkias, Moscow, 2007
4nrk1/p1q1br1p/6p1/1p1PQ1pN/2p1P1B1/2P5/PP3RP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qe6 if Nd6 e5 ]

Safarli Puzzles, Part III.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Safarli vs Sergei Zhigalko, Kirishi, 2007
3rr3/1R4pk/p5bp/P1pNN1b1/2B1pB2/3P4/6K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5 if hxg5 Nf6+ mates ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Safarli vs Bela Khotenashvili, Baku, 2008
5r2/7p/3R4/p3pk2/1p2N2p/1P2BP2/6PK/4r3 w - - 0 1
[ g4+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Safarli vs Aydin Duman, Kocaeli, 2008
2r1r2k/1q3pb1/p3b2p/3p3Q/3n3B/2pB2RP/PP3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 if Nf5 Bxf5 ]

d)
White Mates in 9. Safarli vs Babu Lalith, Delhi, 2010
r4rk1/ppBbbpp1/2q1pn2/6Rp/3P4/P4N2/1P3PPP/RBQ3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qg5+ Kh8 Be5 ]

e)
Eltaj Safarli vs Baadur Jobava, Dubai, 6/20/2014
r5k1/1p3pp1/1qpQ3p/p3p1b1/P1B1P2n/BP5b/2P1NPP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc5 ]

Tactics in the openings series

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Eltaj Safarli Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Seyb vs Eltaj Safarli, Doha, 2014
2q3k1/Q4pp1/p2p1b1p/1p1P1P2/2n5/7P/PPP5/1KBR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na3+ if bxa3 Qc3 or if Ka1 Qxc2 mates ]

b)
Eltaj Safarli vs Lucas Van Foreest, Basel, 2017
R7/3bk2p/5ppB/2Nr4/1n6/7P/5PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bf8+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Eltaj Safarli vs Alexander Donchenko, Basel, 2017
r1b3rk/1p3ppp/pnq1p3/7N/8/6Q1/PPP2PPP/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if g6 Qe5+ ]

d)
Eltaj Safarli vs Reddy Chakravarthi, Dubai, 2018
3r1r2/8/1k5p/1bb3pP/2p1N3/5R1B/5PP1/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf8 Bxf8 2.Nc3 ]

e)
Eltaj Safarli vs Ioannis Papaioannou, Rio Achaia, 2018
5bk1/1p3p1p/3p2pP/3P1rP1/4Q3/PqB5/1P6/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8 ]

f)
Boris Markoja vs Eltaj Safarli, Batumi, 2018
8/5pk1/3b1rp1/3B3r/q1P5/6P1/5RQP/1R5K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2 Qxf2 Rxd5 cxd5 Qe4+ ]

g)
Eltaj Safarli vs Velimir Ivic, Batumi, 2018
6k1/1q1nrpp1/7p/prR1P3/8/4Q1P1/2B2P1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qd3 ]

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