Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Aleksandr Shimanov.
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.
Shimanov vs Rafael Barhudarian, St.Petersburg, 6/29/2006
1rb4k/p2nrpR1/2pp3N/8/1qPPp3/1P2P3/1PQ2P1P/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf7+ if Rxf7 Rg8+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Shimanov vs Dmitry Kosarev, Peterhof, 8/15/2006
2r3k1/1b4b1/p2p4/qp3NPQ/4P3/P1r1B3/1PP5/2KR2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Kf8 Rgf1+ ]

c)
Shimanov vs Ilaha Kadimova, Moscow, 1/31/2007
1b3r2/6pk/Q3p3/2PpPq2/3P2p1/4BbR1/4B2P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf3 if gxf3 Bd3 ]

d)
Shimanov vs Maxim Matlakov, St. Petersburg, 2/1/2008
6k1/5p1p/3B2p1/3q4/1p1b2QP/1P3P2/6K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qc8+ Kg7 Qd8 if Qxb3 Bf8+ ]

e)
Shimanov vs Danil Dubov, Dagomys, 4/2008
2r2rk1/1bq3p1/p3p1Qp/1p2P3/3P4/4P3/1Pn3PP/1B1R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf8+ Kxf8 Rf1+ Kg8 Rf2 ]



Shimanov Puzzles, Part II. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shimanov vs Samvel Ter Sahakyan, Mersin, 8/20/2008
2b1rk1r/3qb1p1/p5Pp/2pP1p1Q/5P1P/2P1R3/P5B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re6 if Kg8 Qe2 Kf8 Qe5 ]

b)
Shimanov vs Nazi Paikidze, Kirishi, 11/20/2008
4r1k1/5p2/1p4pQ/p1p4P/4B3/8/PP2q1PK/3N4 w - - 1 0
[ hxg6 fxg6 Bd5+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Shimanov vs Ivan Kosov, Peterhof, 1/8/2009
3qbk1r/3nR3/pp3Ppp/3B4/1P6/4Q3/P1P3PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe6 if Nc5 Rxe8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Shimanov vs Vladislav Kovalev, Kirishi, 5/19/2009
1q2n1rk/4R1p1/6Qp/4pN2/1P2p3/2P4P/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh6 if Rf8 Qh5 ]

e)
Shimanov vs Egor Vlasov, Warsaw, 12/18/2010
r3kb1r/1b3ppp/pqn1p1n1/2p1N3/B1P5/2N5/PP2QPPP/R1B2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nd5 if Qa5 Bxc6+ Bxc6 Nxc6 or if exd5 Nxg6+ ]

Shimanov Puzzles, Part III. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shimanov vs Vladimir Fedoseev, St. Petersburg, 3/5/2011
1Q3bk1/p2q1r1p/b2Bp3/3p1pp1/3P4/4P1P1/P4P1P/1R3BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf8 Rxf8 Bxa6 if Rxb8 Rxb8+ ]

b)
Shimanov vs German Bazeev, St. Petersburg, 5/25/2011
1b1rr1k1/p4q2/1p3pnp/2pP3Q/2P2P2/1P4P1/PB2R2P/4RK2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe8+ Rxe8 Rxe8+ Qxe8 f5 if Kg7 Bc1 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Shimanov vs Baris Erbis, Konya, 7/8/2011
r1b1n2k/pp1qnr2/2pp1b1P/2PPp2R/1PN1Pp2/2N2P2/P2KBBQ1/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg7+ Rxg7 hxg7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Shimanov vs Andrey Stukopin, St. Petersburg, 10/21/2011
r4r2/1p1R4/2p1kp1p/4q1p1/6P1/3Q4/P4P1P/5BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh7 if Qc5 Bc4+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Shimanov vs Azat Sharafiev, Plovdiv, 3/31/2012
1r2q3/1p3R2/pN1p2nk/P2Pp1pp/3r4/6P1/1PQ4P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg6+ ]

f)
White mates in 2.
Shimanov vs Gawain Jones, Tromsoe, 8/13/2013
3k4/7R/2P1p3/4p3/2N1Pb2/2P3r1/1P2K3/8 w - - 1 0
[ c7+ ]

Shimanov Puzzles, Part IV. The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vasiliy Korchmar vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Moscow, 2/1/2014
2rqr1k1/pp3pb1/3p2pp/3P4/5P2/R6P/1p1QNBP1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2 Qxe2 Rc1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Vitaliy Bernadskiy vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Minsk, 2/14/2014
7r/p4pk1/2p3pr/3p4/3nPQ2/2N2BPq/P4P2/RR4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh1+ ]

c)
Aleksander Czerwonski vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Warsaw, 2014
3r2k1/1pq4p/2p3p1/3r1p2/1P2n3/4PNPP/1Q3PK1/1R2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 Nxd2 Rxd2 if Qb3+ Kf8 mates ]

d)
Krzysztof Jakubowski vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Warsaw, 2014
6k1/1p4pp/1b4r1/p1P5/Pn2qP2/1PR1p1Nb/1Q4PB/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3 if Bxg3 e2 ]

e)
Danny Raznikov vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Warsaw, 2014
8/3B1pk1/p4b2/n7/Nq3P2/Q6P/KP4r1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc4+ Ka1 Nb3+ Ka2 Nd4+ ]

f)
Black mates in 2.
Vugar Bayramov vs Aleksandr Shimanov, Baku, 2014
r6k/1pp4n/p7/4n1rq/3BPp2/1BPQ1b1P/PP3R1K/5N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3+ ]


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