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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Smirin vs A Sedrakian, Minsk, 1986
7k/4p2p/1p1p1rpP/2r3N1/3RP3/nPP2P2/4K3/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra4 if Ra5 Rxa5 bxa5 Ra1 ]

b)
Smirin vs Janis Klovans, Kuldiga, 1987
3rr1k1/q1p2ppp/2bp4/p1nNP3/2P5/2Q4P/P1B2PP1/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Qg3+ Kf8 exf6 Re5 Rxe5 dxe5 Qg7+ mates ]

c)
Smirin vs Lars Hjelmaas, Gausdal, 1990
4k3/2R2p2/P3p3/3p4/2n5/8/3B2r1/3K4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc4 ]

d)
Smirin vs Yochanan Afek, Ramat-Gan, 1992
r1bqkbnr/1p1ppppp/p7/1B1N3Q/3pP3/8/PPPP1PPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qe5 ]

e)
Smirin vs Veselin Topalov, Biel, 1993
1r1br1k1/2qb1pp1/p2p1n1p/n1pPp3/P1P1P3/2BQ1NN1/2B2PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxa5 ]



Smirin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smirin vs Vladimir Dimitrov, Burgas, 1993
8/2q2pp1/k6p/p2QR2P/8/2r5/2P2P2/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ Kb6 Qxa5+ if Kb7 Rb5+ or if Kc6 Qb5+ mates ]

b)
Smirin vs Mark Tseitlin, Haifa, 1993
5rk1/5ppp/p1q2b2/1pp1rN2/4PQ1P/2P5/PPB2PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 ]

c)
Smirin vs David Garcia Ilundain, Las Palmas, 1993
2rr2k1/p2nbpp1/3pbn1p/1P2p3/1P2P3/q1N2N1P/3B1PP1/1R1QRBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Re3 if Re8 Na4 Qa2 Rb2 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Smirin vs Gert-Jan De Boer, Wijk aan Zee, 1993
2q2r1k/5Qp1/4p1P1/3p4/r6b/7R/5BPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh4 if Rxf7 Be7+ ]

e)
Smirin vs Alexey Vyzmanavin, Burgas, 1994
8/4kpp1/p3p2p/1p2P2P/2n1Q3/5N2/PP3PPK/2q5 w - - 0 1
[ Qb7+ Ke8 Qc6+ w/b3 ]

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Smirin Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Smirin vs Sahbaz Nurkic, Bratto, 1997
4kr2/3rn2p/1P4p1/2p5/Q1B2P2/8/P2q2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ Rd8 Rxe7+ Kxe7 Qe4+ ]

b)
Smirin vs Nelson Gamboa, New York, 1998
r4rk1/pb1pq1pp/n1p1pn2/2P1Np2/1b6/1QN3P1/PP2PPBP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd3 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Smirin vs Sergei Rublevsky, Bastia, 1999
8/pp3pPk/3prBp1/3q3p/5Q2/3P1R2/PP2r1PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ Kxh6 g8/Q Rxf6 Qh8+ Kg5 Rg3+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Smirin vs Mikhail Ulibin, Pula, 2000
2R5/1p3p1p/r3pB1k/pb2P1p1/3r3P/5P2/PP4P1/4R1K1 w - - = 1
[ g4 w/Rg8 & Bxg5# ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Smirin vs Karsten Rasmussen, Saint Vincent, 2000
b1r2bk1/p4R1p/1p6/4Q3/2PP3q/8/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Bxg7 Qe6+ ]

Smirin Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smirin vs Thomas Luther, Moscow, 2001
4r1k1/6bp/1p1Bp3/4P2R/p2N1P2/6R1/1P4PK/1br5 w - - 0 1
[ f5 ]

b)
White Mates in 9. Smirin vs Jaan Ehlvest, Moscow, 2001
1r5k/1p3Qp1/p2pB2p/3Pq2P/8/5RP1/1PPb4/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qf8+ if Rxf8 Rxf8+ Kh7 Bg8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Smirin vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Port Erin, 2004
5Rnk/1p2p2p/p2pNr2/3P1p2/1P3P1q/2Q4P/P5P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg8+ ]

d)
Smirin vs Goran Dizdar, Sibenik, 2005
5rk1/5pp1/3r4/2Qp1n1p/8/1N5P/q4PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 if Rf6 Ra1 Qb2 Qxf8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Smirin vs Dizdar, Sibenik, 2005
4rk1r/p2b1pp1/1q5p/3pR1n1/3N1p2/1P1Q1P2/PBP3PK/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Bxe8 Ba3+ ]

Smirin Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smirin vs Andrei Volokitin, Fuegen, 2006
3rr2k/pp2b2p/8/n1pqNp1p/P2P1B2/2P3QP/6P1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ hxg6 Qxg6 if Nc6 Re6 ]

b)
Smirin vs N Abasov, Moscow, 2008
r1b2r2/1p1q1pk1/p5p1/3N3p/8/5P1P/PP3P2/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd4+ Kh6 Qf4+ Kg7 Nb6 ]

c)
Smirin vs Michael Roiz, Natanya, 2009
7r/Qnk3p1/1pp2p2/4pPP1/8/P7/1PP2qB1/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ ]

d)
Smirin vs Marat Makarov, Rijeka, 2010
3Rbk2/5p2/4rNpp/p2Nb3/2P3P1/5P2/1P6/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ Kg7 Nc5 ]

Ilia Smirin Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Mackenzie Molner vs Ilia Smirin, Philadelphia, 7/4/2011
7r/1N1k1pq1/p2pp3/1p2P2Q/4NP2/3P2rP/PP3bP1/R1B4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

b)
G N Gopal vs Ilia Smirin, New Delhi, 4/4/2012
r4r1k/2p2P2/p1qpN1b1/8/7P/2b1Q1B1/PnB2R2/2K1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ ]

c)
Ilia Smirin vs Eduard Kanter, Baku, 9/21/2013
r4r2/pb3pbk/1p5p/5Np1/4qpN1/1BP4Q/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Bxf6 Qxh6+ Kg8 Qg6+ mates ]

d)
Rinat Dzhumabayev vs Ilia Smirin, Skopje, 3/15/2013
r3b1k1/1p2b3/4q2p/1P1p2pn/3BpP2/1Q4PN/5PKP/2R2B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra3 Qb2 Qxh3+ if Kxh3 Nxf4+ Kg4 Bd7# ]


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