Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Alexei Shirov.
White to move and win.

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


a)
Shirov vs. Valery Zhuravliov, Riga, 1986
6r1/p1BQ2p1/k1p3Rr/3p4/qbPP3p/1p1P1P2/1P6/1NK5 w - - 0 1
[ Bb8 if Rxb8 Rxg7 ]

b)
Shirov vs Tom Wedberg, Stockholm, 1990
3r2k1/2q3pp/4p3/p1p1P2r/2Bn4/P3Q1P1/KP3R1P/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd4 ]

c)
Shirov vs Sergio Minero Pineda, Santiago, 1990
Q1b2rk1/7p/3p1npb/2pPpn2/2P1N2q/1N1B4/3B1PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g3 if Qh3 Nxf6+ ]

d)
Shirov vs Zoltan Varga, Santiago, 1990
4bk2/p4p2/6p1/Nrp1P3/n3NPP1/1P2K3/3R4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if Rxa5 Nf6 mates ]

e)
Shirov vs Valeriy Neverov, Moscow, 1991
1q3rk1/Q5pp/pr2p3/4N3/3pP3/8/Pb3PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb8 ]



Alexei Shirov, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.

a)
White Mates in 8. Shirov vs Yuri Piskov, Moscow, 1991
rn3Rbk/1pp1p1b1/3p3p/p2P2q1/2P2R2/1P2Q1N1/P5B1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg8+ Kh7 Qe4+ Kxg8 Qe6+ Kh7 Be4+ ]

b)
Shirov vs Carsten Hoi, Gausdal, 1991
r3rb2/1p1nBp1k/p2P1np1/7p/3Qp2q/1PN5/P3BPPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g3 ]

c)
Shirov vs Olivier Renet, Correze, 1991
4r1bk/pp4pp/2nq4/3n2N1/2BP4/P2Q2P1/3B3P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Bxh7 Nf7+ w/Nxd6 ]

d)
Shirov vs Simen Agdestein, Gausdal, 1992
4kb1r/2ppq2p/bnp2p2/8/r1P2P1P/1N4P1/P3Q2R/R1B1KB2 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 if Ra5 Nxa6 Rxa6 c5 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Shirov vs Gata Kamsky, Manila, 1992
5k2/5p2/3P1Npp/4Q3/1p6/6Pq/3b3P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ Kg8 Qe8+ ]

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Shirov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Shirov vs Alexander Bangiev, Germany, 1993
r1b3k1/pp4pR/2p1p1B1/2PrN3/3n1P2/8/PP6/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rdh1 Kf8 Rh8+ Ke7 Re8+ ]

b)
Shirov vs. Alexander Chernin, Groningen, 1993
r6k/p3q2p/4p1n1/6R1/6Q1/8/5PP1/1B4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

c)
Shirov vs Christopher Lutz, Munich, 1993
5rk1/2b2pp1/1n1p3p/p3p3/rP4PP/1K2BP2/2P5/3R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ c3 if axb4 Bxb6 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Shirov vs David Norwood, Germany, 1994
8/5r2/4R2p/ppkr1Rb1/3q4/P4Q2/1PP5/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5+ Qxd5 Qc3+ Qc4 b4+ ]

e)
Shirov vs Peter Leko, Belgrade, 1995
3r4/3Pb1k1/p5p1/2pp2B1/pn4QP/5N2/1q3PP1/1B4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ if Kh8 Qxg6 ]



Shirov Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Shirov vs Boris Gelfand, Wijk aan Zee, 1996
2b1r2k/2r2p1p/p2R4/1p2pN1P/1P6/4K3/PP3P2/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Shirov vs Maria Ferrer Jose, Villarrobledo, 1997
5rk1/1pnqb1r1/p2pRp2/2pP1PpQ/P1P1NpP1/3B1P2/1P1K4/7R w - - 0 1
[ Nxg5 if fxg5 Rh6 ]

c)
Shirov vs Loek Van Wely, Monaco (blindfold), 1998
4r1k1/1p5p/p1n1p1pb/2pp3n/q4P2/2P4N/1P2Q1PP/2BR1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Shirov vs Gilberto Milos, Las Vegas, 1999
4qk2/6p1/p7/1p1Qp3/r1P2b2/1K5P/1P6/4RR2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf4+ ]

e)
Shirov vs Nigel Short, Sarajevo, 2000
5kb1/4r3/p7/Pp1pRP2/1PpP3p/2P4B/7K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7 Kxe7 f6+ w/Bc8 ]

Shirov Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Shirov vs Alexander Grischuk, Linares, 2001
r5rk/pp3R1p/4n2B/4q3/6RQ/P2p3P/1P4P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ ]

b)
Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov, Monaco (blindfold), 2001
8/2R3p1/4ppkr/3pPn1p/3P4/5P1P/5P1K/1QBq4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Bxh6+ ]

c)
Shirov vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Berlin, 2001
1r5k/3b2np/p2q1p2/P1nPp3/2p1P2N/2P3RP/r1B3P1/2Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 if Qe7 or Ne8 Ng6+ ]

d)
Shirov vs Claudia Amura, Benidorm, 2002
2b2r1k/6pp/1qPp1p2/r2BpP2/p3P3/PpR2R2/1P1Q2PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rh3 if Rc5 Rxh7+ mates ]

e)
Shirov vs Alexey Dreev, Sarajevo, 2002
1kr4r/4b1p1/p3P1Bp/8/Ppq2p2/2n2Q2/1B4PP/2R2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxc3 bxc3 Rb1+ Bb4 Rxb4+ ]

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Shirov Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Shirov vs Veselin Topalov, Prague, 2002
5n2/5kpp/3P1p2/4pN2/2b3P1/6PP/3B1K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ d7 if Nxd7 Nd6+ ]

b)
Shirov vs Branko Damljanovic, Sarajevo, 2003
3r2k1/5b1p/3r1p2/R3n1p1/2p1P1N1/2B2P1P/6P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if Kf8 Bb4 or if Kg7 Nf5+ ]

c)
Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov, Bastia, 2003
2qrr1k1/1pp1bppp/p1n5/3b2B1/3P1Q2/P4N1P/1PB2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Shirov vs Stefan Kristjansson, Izmir, 2004
2kr3r/R4Q2/1pq1n3/7p/3R1B1P/2p3P1/2P2P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ Qxa8 Qxe6+ ]

e)
Shirov vs Tomi Nyback, Calvia, 2004
n4k2/3nppbQ/3p2p1/2pP1PP1/1p2PB2/1P3N2/1q2NK2/8 w - - 0 1
[ f6 if Nxf6 gxf6 Qxf6 e5 ]

Shirov Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Shirov vs Kevin Spraggett, Caleta, 2005
4rbk1/1b1n2pp/p7/q7/1p2pN2/1P1BQ3/PB4PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ if Kh8 Ng6+ mates ]

b)
Shirov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Monte Carlo, 2005
3r2k1/p1Rr1bpp/5p2/3p3P/1q1N1Q2/1P3P2/P4PK1/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Shirov vs Klaus Bischoff, Mainz, 2005
1r2r2k/5p1p/ppbp1P1B/5PR1/2P3Rp/3n4/PP1N3P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ Kg8 Bf8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Shirov vs David Navara, Prague, 2005
q2rrk2/1b4pQ/p7/3pP3/1b3P2/3B3R/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 if Ke7 Rd7+ or if Kg8 Rh8+ ]

e)
Shirov vs Andreas Schaudin, Dresden, 2006
r3kb1r/pp1n1pp1/2p4p/q2p1B1n/3P1B2/2N1P3/PPQ2PPP/1K1R3R w kq - 0 1
[ Bxd7+ w/Qf5+ ]

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Shirov vs Daniel Wichmann, Mainz, 2006
r5k1/pp1bprb1/3p1n1p/1PnP3q/7N/1Q4PP/PB1N2B1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc5 if dxc5 Re5 ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Shirov vs Dmitry Andreikin, Sochi, 2008
7r/3kbp1p/1Q3R2/3p3q/p2P3B/1P5K/P6P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qc6+ ]

c)
Shirov vs Evgeny Vorobiov, Dagomys, 2009
r3r3/7k/pR5p/4p3/P5p1/8/BPb2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 if B any Rc7+ mates or if Rc8 Be6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Alexei Shirov vs Manuel Leon Hoyos, Khanty Mansyisk, 8/28/2011
2r1r3/1pq1pk2/3p1n2/3P2R1/2P5/1P5Q/6PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ Kf8 Rf1 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Aleksander Mista, Warsaw, 12/17/2011
5k2/2qP1p2/2B2brR/p3pN2/1p6/4Q3/PP6/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6 if fxg6 Qh6+ ]

f)
White mates in 2.
Alexei Shirov vs Mohammed Al-Sayed, Gibraltar, 1/31/2013
4r3/5pbp/p2R4/kp3QP1/2R5/P3q3/2P5/3K1B2 w - - 1 0
[ Ra4+ ]

g)
Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Sotsky, St. Petersburg, 8/31/2013
5b2/1p1r1p1k/4rRpP/p2p1pQ1/PqP5/1P5R/1B4KP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 Rg3 ]

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