'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergey Smagin.
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)
Sergey Smagin vs Anatoly Donchenko, Moscow, 1983
2b1k2r/2qnPppp/p2pp3/8/3N1P2/5B2/PrP3PP/R2QR2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Qd4 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Sergey Smagin vs Viktor Kupreichik, Minsk, 1985
6k1/3r3p/p1q3pP/1p1p4/3Q4/4R1P1/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
Sergey Smagin vs Vladimir Raicevic, Moscow, 1986
2r1nqk1/p1r2p2/1p2p1p1/4P1Q1/2PpN1P1/7R/P6P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/exf6 & Qh4 ]

d)
Sergey Smagin vs Slobodan Bojkovic, Novi Sad, 1986
r1bk1b1r/ppq3pp/4pp2/3n4/BP6/P4Q2/5PPP/RNB1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Sergey Smagin vs Nikolay Monin, Pinsk, 1986
2r2r1k/1p2R1bb/1npR4/5p1Q/p7/1B5P/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh6 ]

Sergey Smagin Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergey Smagin vs Jan Banas, Trnava, 1987
2r1brk1/1p5p/p1nQ3P/2N2pq1/3P4/2P2p2/P4PP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ w/Ne6+ ]

b)
Sergey Smagin vs Jan Plachetka, Trnava, 1987
r4rk1/pb6/1p1bpqp1/1B3pQp/3P4/2P2P1R/P2B2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 Qxg5 (if Qxe6 Bc4 & Qxg6+ mates) Bxg5 & Rxg6+ ]

c)
Sergey Smagin vs Jens Kristiansen, Copenhagen, 1988
3Q4/p1r3bk/1p2p1pp/n1q1Pp2/2PR1P2/1P6/P5PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Sergey Smagin vs Henryk Dobosz, Naestved, 1988
r3q2k/p2n1r2/2bP1ppB/b3p2Q/N1Pp4/P5R1/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ ]

e)
Sergey Smagin vs Oleg Romanishin, Yerevan, 1988
6k1/3nR3/p1b2bpp/1p6/1P3P2/4N3/P5PP/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Re6 w/Rd6 & Rc6 ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Sergey Smagin vs Jeremy Silman, Philadelphia, 1989
b4rk1/p4p2/1p4Pq/4p3/8/P1N2PQ1/BP3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ gxf7+ ]

Sergey Smagin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergey Smagin vs Klaus Bischoff, Biel, 1990
2kr3r/p3bp2/qpP1p2p/6p1/4P3/PpPnBN2/4QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd4 if g4 Ne5 Nc5 Qxa6+ Nxa6 Nxf7 ]

b)
Sergey Smagin vs Nukhim Rashkovsky, Paris, 1990
4k3/1p3R2/p4P2/4N3/3pn3/P3r3/1P6/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ if Kd8 Nf7+ Kc8 Rxe4 Rxe4 Nd6+ or if Kf8 Ng6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Sergey Smagin vs Jonathan Levitt, Amantea, 1993
k4b1r/1b3ppp/4pn2/qN6/2QR1B2/8/PPP2PPP/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Qxd8 Qa4+ ]

d)
Sergey Smagin vs Carsten Hoi, Copenhagen, 1993
5r1k/8/2p1qp1b/2P4p/3P2p1/3Q1pPP/5P2/3R1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6 if Bg7 Bd3 Kg8 Qh7+ Kf7 Bg6+ or if Be6 Bd3 ]

e)
Sergey Smagin vs W Camphausen, Dortmund, 1995
4r3/1p3k2/p1p3p1/2p1P1p1/4RP1b/P2P4/1PP3K1/6N1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf3 if Ke6 fxg5 ]

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