Tactics in the openings series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of S P Sethuraman.
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.
S P Sethuraman vs Semetey Tologontegin, Bishkek, 2006
r6k/1b4qp/n2NB1pR/8/pp6/4BrQ1/PbP5/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Qxh7 Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh4+ Kg7 Bh6+ ]

b)
S P Sethuraman vs Aarthie Ramaswamy, Dindigul, 2007
r1b2rk1/pp2bppp/4pn2/4Q1B1/Nq3P2/8/PPP3PP/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Rd4 if Ng4 Rxb4 Nxe5 Bxe7 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
S P Sethuraman vs Jonathan Tordeur, Kemer, 2007
r4bk1/2rn2pp/3p2P1/ppqP4/3N4/7B/PnP4Q/1KBR3R w - - 1 0
[ Be6+ ]

d)
S P Sethuraman vs M R Venkatesh, Chennai, 2008
1kr5/1p3pbp/5N2/p2P1Pr1/P1q5/1N6/1PP2Q1P/1KR5 w - - 1 0
[ Nd7+ if Kc7 Nb6 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
S P Sethuraman vs Vasif Durarbeyli, Mersin, 2008
3r4/1k1n2p1/2bQ4/p1B2PP1/1pB1p3/1P1R4/PKP5/4q3 w - - 1 0
[ Ba6+ ]



S P Sethuraman Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
S P Sethuraman vs Vahe Baghdasaryan, Mersin, 2008
3r1k2/6pp/p2PB3/8/6P1/5p1q/P4P1P/4R1RK w - - 1 0
[ Rg3 if Qh6 Rxf3+ Ke8 Bc8+ mates ]

b)
S P Sethuraman vs Atanu Lahiri, New Delhi, 2009
r5k1/p2nR1pr/3q4/1p1p2BP/2pP4/2P2Q2/PP3K2/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
S P Sethuraman vs Vikramaditya Kamble, New Delhi, 2010
7b/1BR5/pr1pPkn1/5pp1/3N3p/1P2P3/P5PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
S P Sethuraman vs Gabriel Battaglini, Philadelphia, 2012
5r1k/pp1q1b1p/2n1pp1Q/8/2B4N/8/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
S P Sethuraman vs Raja Panjwani, Philadelphia, 2012
6k1/5p1p/1p3Q2/2b1Rb2/p4PpB/3q4/PP3P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Bf8 Rxf8+ ]

S P Sethuraman Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
S P Sethuraman vs Mishra Swayams, Chennai, 2012
7k/p4p1p/1p3N1p/n1r1r3/1R2R2P/8/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 if Rxe5 Rg4 ]

b)
S P Sethuraman vs Jan Krejci, Moscow, 2013
rn1qk2r/pbp2pp1/1p1ppn1p/8/1bPP3B/2N5/PP1NPPPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Qa4+ if Nc6 d5 ]

c)
S P Sethuraman vs Mahadevan Siva, Dharamshala, 2014
r3rqk1/3n1p1p/1p2n2p/p1p3PP/2PpQ3/PP2P3/1B1PB2b/2K2RR1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd3 Qg7 gxh6 if Ng5 Rxg5 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
S P Sethuraman vs Mohammed Al-Sayed, Tromsoe, 2014
2r1k3/1R1nBrQp/p3R3/5q2/3p4/8/P1P2PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg8+ Nf8 Bxf8+ if Qxe6 Ba3+ ]

e)
S P Sethuraman vs Arend Bruemmel, Bad Zwischenahn, 2015
rqb2rk1/1p3ppp/1P2pn2/pB2b3/N7/P3PN2/2Q2PPP/3RK2R w K - 1 0
[ Qc5 if Ng4 h3 ]

Tactics in the openings series


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S P Sethuraman Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
S P Sethuraman vs Arnaud Payen, Paris, 2015
1r1n1k2/pr3p2/5NPp/4P2p/2qP4/4Q3/1P1R4/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ g7+ if Kxg7 Qg1+ or if Ke7 g8/N+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
S P Sethuraman vs Aryan Gholami, Doha, 2015
5qk1/1p5p/pN2r3/2PR3Q/6p1/1P4n1/P4rP1/B1R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg5+ Rg6 Rxg6+ ]

c)
Salor Sitanggang vs S P Sethuraman, Dubai, 2007
3r3k/6pp/4Qr2/4p3/Pp1N4/5P2/2q3PP/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd1 Rxd1 Rxe6 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Anup Deshmukh vs S P Sethuraman, Dindigul, 2007
3r2k1/b2q2p1/2pR1p1p/1p3N2/1Pb2P2/P1Q2KP1/1B2r3/1NR5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2+ if Kg4 h5+ Kxh5 Qxf5+ or if Ke4 Bd5+ ]

e)
Bakberdi Zhandarbekov vs S P Sethuraman, Kemer, 2009
4q1k1/p6p/3p2p1/1P1P1p2/b1p1nP2/P1P4P/3BB1P1/1Q2K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3 Kf2 Qxe2+ Kxg3 Qxd2 ]

S P Sethuraman Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Das Debashish vs S P Sethuraman, Chotowa, 2010
r5k1/p4pp1/4p2p/1R1bP3/3n4/8/1Q3PPP/1Nq2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Qg5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Petr Kostenko vs S P Sethuraman, Al-Ain, 2014
6k1/pp4b1/3p3p/2pN2p1/1PP1P3/P2NBnqb/4Q3/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ Qxg2 Qh4+ ]

c)
S P Sethuraman vs John Paul Wallace, St. Petersburg, 2014
r4rk1/1p1b2b1/2pp2Q1/q1nPp3/p1P1P3/P1N1nPK1/1P1NB3/2R4R w - - 1 0
[ Rh7 if Rf7 Rch1 Kf8 Rxg7 ]

d)
Catarina Leite vs S P Sethuraman, St. Petersburg, 2014
r1b1k1r1/1pqnbp2/p2ppn2/6B1/3NP3/2N1Q2P/PPP3P1/2KR1B1R b q - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 if hxg4 Bxg5 ]

e)
S P Sethuraman vs Nino Batsiashvili, Gibraltar, 2017
r3k1r1/ppp1qp2/1b1p4/3Pn1p1/2P5/1N4B1/PP2QPP1/R3K2R w KQq - 1 0
[ Bxe5 if dxe5 c5 Bxc5 Qb5+ ]

Tactics in the openings series


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S P Sethuraman Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
S P Sethuraman vs Axel Smith, Stockholm, 2016
4r3/pn6/1kp2p2/3bq3/1P1N2p1/B1Q2P2/P2P1KP1/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc6+ Bxc6 Rxc6# ]

b)
White mates in 2.
S P Sethuraman vs Arkadij Naiditsch, Sharjah, 2018
6r1/1p3Q2/r2N1npk/3P4/2p1PP2/P7/1q5P/3B2RK w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxg6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Klementy Sychev vs S P Sethuraman, Moscow, 2018
8/6bk/2p5/3p1p2/N2n3K/1P4PB/7q/5Q2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Kg6 if 2.Qf4 Bf6+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
S P Sethuraman vs Abhimanyu Puranik, Sharjah, 2018
3kr3/pp2r3/2n2Q1p/2Rp4/2p2B2/2P3P1/2q2P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qd6+ Rd7 2.Qxd7+ Kxd7 3.Rxd5+ ]


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