'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bartosz Socko.
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)
Bartosz Socko vs Edward Lupkowski, Torun, 1991
6k1/p2rn1bp/b2pp1p1/2p3B1/4P3/2P2QPB/qr3P1P/2RR1NK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra1 if Qc4 Rxa6 Qxa6 Bxe6+ ]

b)
Bartosz Socko vs Rafael Vaganian, Belgrade, 1999
2q2k2/1p2nrpp/1p6/3p1p2/1PrN1P2/P3Q3/2P3PP/3RR2K w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Kg8 Ng5 ]

c)
Bartosz Socko vs Cristhian Montero Martinez, Internet, 2000
3r2k1/4q1p1/pn1Npp1p/1p2Q3/8/1PPR3P/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Bartosz Socko vs Milos Pavlovic, Internet, 2000
6k1/1b1p2r1/p1q1pQpR/4Pp2/2p2P2/6P1/P1P2R2/3r1NK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

e)
Bartosz Socko vs Sipke Ernst, Bermuda, 2002
r1q2rk1/ppp1bppp/8/2p1Pb2/3Nn3/4B3/PPPNQPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 if Qxf5 Qd3 ]

Bartosz Socko Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bartosz Socko vs Holger Rasch, Biel, 2007
r2bqk1r/5p2/2b1pPp1/pp1pP2p/1P1B4/P1PBQ1P1/5R1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5+ Kg8 Bxg6 ]

b)
Przemyslaw Skalik vs Bartosz Socko, Wroclaw, 2013
2r2rk1/5pp1/1p2p2p/1Q1p4/N1n1q3/P3P3/1P3PPP/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 if fxe3 Qxe3+ or if f3 Qd4 ]

c)
Bartosz Socko vs Aleksandar Wohl, Bangkok, 2014
2b1rnk1/bp4p1/2p5/4Pp1Q/3P3p/q3B2P/2B1N3/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bh6+ if Kg8 Qg5+ or if Kh8 Bxf8+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Bartosz Socko vs Sabino Brunello, Civitanova Marche, 2015
8/1pp1nq2/p1r2p1k/4pP2/R5Q1/1PP4P/1P1r1P1K/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg7+ if Kh5 Qxf7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Bartosz Socko vs Michael Fedorovsky, Germany, 2016
1r4k1/pN1q1p2/6p1/2PB1b1p/8/1PB3P1/P3QK1P/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5 Kf8 Qh8+ Ke7 Bf6# ]

Bartosz Socko Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 6.
Alexander Moiseenko vs Bartosz Socko, Germany, 2016
R7/2q3k1/4Qp2/3p4/2pP3b/BpP3r1/8/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg1+ Kxg1 Qg3+ Kh1 Qf3+ if Kg1 Bf2+ or if Kh2 Bg3+ ]

b)
Bartosz Socko vs Dymitr Zarzecki, Zgierz, 2017
4r1k1/1p1qbpp1/p1r2n1p/3p1N2/1P1B4/2P4Q/1P3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 if Rxf6 Nxh6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Dmitry Kokarev vs Bartosz Socko, Riyadh, 2017
r2r4/pp2n1k1/7p/4p2P/2Bnp3/P1B2b1R/5P2/2R1KN2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nc2+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Bartosz Socko vs Jacek Tomczak, Warsaw, 2018
r2b4/6R1/r2pkp1p/3Np3/1P2P3/1KP5/6P1/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf6+ Bxf6 2.Nc7# ]

e)
Mateusz Paszewski vs Bartosz Socko, Poland, 2018
4rrk1/pppq2bp/3pb3/5p2/2PNnP2/1PNQ2PP/P5B1/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Nxc3 2.Qxc3 c5 ]

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