Tactics in the openings series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ivan Saric.
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)
Saric vs Jacek Tomczak, Heraklio, 2002
1r3rk1/ppq2pb1/3Np1p1/2Pn3p/2QP2B1/7P/PP4P1/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 if Rxf7 Bxe6 ]

b)
Saric vs Aleksandr Volodin, Peniscola, 2002
r1bbk2r/1p3ppp/pBqp4/3Np1P1/4PPn1/8/PPPQ3P/2KR1B1R w kq - 1 0
[ Bxd8 Kxd8 h3 ]

c)
Saric vs Zdenko Plenkovic, Split, 5/6/2005
3qrnk1/1p1nppb1/p1r3p1/6Pp/5B1P/2N2Q1B/PPP2P2/2KRR3 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd7 Nxd7 Qd5 ]

d)
Saric vs Mate Ribicic, Omis, 10/12/2005
8/p4kb1/2q2p2/4pb2/2Nr3Q/1PN5/1PP5/2K3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Saric vs Drasko Babic, Bosnjaci, 1/4/2006
r1b2k2/3n1p2/p3p3/5N2/qp2p1P1/5P2/PPPQ4/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ Ke8 Qh8+ Nf8 Qf6 ]



Saric Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Saric vs Vit Valenta, Pula, 6/19/2006
r2qr3/1pp2kb1/p1b2npp/P3p3/8/1PNQ3P/1BP2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ if Bd5 Nxd5 Nxd5 Rxd5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Saric vs Kristian Valkovic, Bjelolasica, 8/15/2006
r2qkr2/1p1n2pp/p2pBR2/3N4/6Q1/4P3/PPP3PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd7+ Qxd7 Qe4+ ]

c)
Saric vs Vladimir Bukal, Kutina, 11/14/2006
3r3r/p3qpk1/R3p1p1/1np1P2p/4QN2/P1pR4/2P2PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 Qxg6+ Kf8 Nxe6+ or if Rxd3 Qxd3 Qh4 g3 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Saric vs Massimo Varini, Nova Gorica, 1/27/2007
3R4/1r1b1pk1/p3r3/1pBpPpP1/2n2P2/1NP5/P1P5/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Bf8+ Kg8 Be7+ ]

e)
Saric vs Mikhail Gurevich, Cannes, 2/19/2007
r6k/ppr2p1p/4pP2/3pN3/7q/3P4/PP1Q3P/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc2 if Rac8 Nxf7+ or if Re7 fxe7 Qxe7 Nxf7+ ]

Saric Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Saric vs Gerhard Lorscheid, Dresden, 4/7/2007
r1b2rk1/1pb2ppp/p1pN1q2/8/P4B2/6Q1/1PP2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Be5 Qg6 Nxc8 if Qxg3 Ne7+ ]

b)
Saric vs Ladislav Havas, Pula, 6/25/2007
1Q6/p3r2p/1pp1p2k/3q1p2/P2P1Pp1/2P5/1P4P1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg8 if Rg7 Rxe6+ Kh5 Qxg7 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Saric vs Heimo Titz, Zadar, 12/17/2007
5b1r/1p1kpp2/pQbp1p1p/3N4/1P2PP2/8/qPP3PP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Qc7+ Ke6 Qc8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Saric vs Sasa Martinovic, Zadar, 12/14/2009
5kr1/p5p1/3PRp1p/2p2Q1P/3q4/P7/1P4P1/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Kxe8 Qc8+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Saric vs Bachana Morchiashvili, Rijeka, 3/17/2010
7k/5Rp1/2p1p3/ppb3PP/8/5Q2/PPP5/1KBrq3 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ ]

Tactics in the openings series


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Saric Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Saric vs Holger Rasch, Aix les Bains, 3/22/2011
r1r2k2/2qp1ppQ/1p2p3/3nP2p/p7/1P1B3P/K1P3P1/B2R1R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Rf1+ Nf6 Rxf6+ ]

b)
Saric vs Laszlo Gonda, Sibenik, 10/8/2011
r1b1kb1r/ppp1npp1/2p4p/4P3/3N4/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1BR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ndb5 cxb5 Nxb5 if Bd7 Nxc7+ ]

c)
Saric vs Andre Fischer, Vienna, 8/15/2012
8/1p6/p7/PP3kpp/2P5/6KP/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ c5 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Saric vs Martin Egle, Deizisau, 3/28/2013
4r2k/p6p/1p3Pp1/6q1/2Q4R/P1P5/2PrB3/4RK2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qf7+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Saric vs Anna Zatonskih, Bastia, 10/19/2013
4r1kr/ppp2qpp/4b3/2BB4/3Q4/4N1R1/6PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 if Re7 Bxe6 ]

Ivan Saric Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Pierre-Mathieu Costa vs Ivan Saric, Bastia, 2014
r7/4ppk1/3p1np1/2pP4/3qP1PK/2Nn1P1P/PRQ4R/6N1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe5 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Adam Horvath vs Ivan Saric, Bastia, 2014
2r3k1/5rp1/2q2R1B/4p3/1pn3Q1/1p5P/1PP5/1K4R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ ]

c)
Ivan Saric vs Elisabeth Paehtz, Minsk, 2017
r3k1r1/pbq1np1Q/1pn1p2P/4P3/3p1P2/P1p5/2P1N1P1/R1B1KB1R w KQq - 1 0
[ 1.Qxg8+ ]

d)
Dragan Solak vs Ivan Saric, Hersonissos, 2017
1rq3k1/3b1pp1/1r6/1Pb1p2p/Q2pP3/1R1B1P2/2PB2PP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ra8 if 2.Ba5 Rba6 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Ivan Saric vs Marin Bosiocic, Batumi, 2018
5r1k/2q4b/p3p2Q/1pp4p/8/1P3r2/P1P4P/1KBR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rd7 Qxd7 2.Bb2+ ]

f)
Cristian Silva Lucena vs Ante Saric, Sevilla, 2018
3q1rk1/pb3pp1/1pNbp2p/3P4/1P6/2rB4/P3QPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bxc6 2.dxc6 Rxd3 if 3.Qxd3 Bxh2+ ]


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