Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Shabalov.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.


a)
Shabalov vs Osolinsh, Riga, 1985
6k1/q1rn1p1p/pN1Rpbp1/2p5/2P1QN2/1P4PP/P4P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

b)
Shabalov vs Ivanov, USSR, 1987
r2r2k1/pp2R1n1/2p3p1/3p1qQ1/8/2P2N2/P1P2P1P/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Shabalov vs I Naumkin, Norilsk, 1987
r2q1k2/2pp1rp1/1p4Qp/p1nP4/6NR/6P1/PP3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 w/Nxh6 ]

d)
Shabalov vs Keith Arkell, London, 1991
2rr1k2/4pP1p/2p1Qn2/1p5q/pPpP4/P6P/6B1/2B3RK w - - 0 1
[ Na6 w/Rc7 ]

e)
Shabalov vs Yuri Yakovich, Gausdal, 1991
2rr1k2/4pP1p/2p1Qn1q/1p6/pPpP4/P6P/6B1/2B3RK w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 ]



Shabalov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Shabalov vs Lawrence Chachere, Geneva, 1992
r3rn1k/4b1Rp/pp1p2pB/3Pp3/P2qB1Q1/8/2P3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ w/Rxh7+ ]

b)
Shabalov vs Shelby Getz, Phila., 1992
2b2k2/5p2/1pp1r1p1/3rn2p/1P2N3/4P3/4BPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8 w/Nd6 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Shabalov vs Pavel Vavra, Oberwart, 1992
r1r3k1/1bq2pbR/p5p1/1pnpp1B1/3NP3/3B1P2/PPPQ4/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 ]

d)
Shabalov vs G Schwartzman, US Open, 1994
4k1r1/p1r1bp2/q7/4R3/1ppP1Q1N/3b2P1/1P3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg5 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Shabalov vs Victor Frias, New York, 1994
5bk1/1b4rR/p1q1Nn2/1p3Q2/3p4/P2BB1p1/1PP5/6KR w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ w/Rxf8+ & Qxf6+ ]

Shabalov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Shabalov vs Roman Levit, New York, 1994
1r2r3/2p2pkp/p1b2Np1/4P3/2p4P/qP4N1/2P2QP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nfh5+ ]

b)
Shabalov vs Jonathan Parker, London, 1994
r1bqkb1r/pppp3p/2nn2p1/1N2pp2/8/1B3Q2/PPPP1PPP/R1B1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qd5 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Shabalov vs Vinay Bhat, Alexandria VA, 1996
r3r1k1/pp3pb1/3pb1p1/q5B1/1n2N3/3B1N2/PPP2PPQ/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ ]

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