Here are some chess puzzles creating space with a clearance sacrifice.
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)
K Priyadharshan vs Deepan Chakkravarthy, Chennai, 2010
2b1k2B/5p2/p1pqp3/4nP1p/4P3/2N5/P1r1BQ1P/4K1R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ Nd1 Rxd1+ Bxd1 Nd3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Karina Ambartsumova vs Olga Girya, Moscow, 2011
8/4R1pk/2b3rp/1p2pp1q/7P/3PBP2/2P3PK/4Q3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ if Kh1 or Kxg2+ Qxf3(+) ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Natalia Zhukova vs Olga Son, Bled, 2002
r3q2k/ppQ1n2p/7P/4N3/2pP4/4P3/PP3P2/2K3Rb w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Qxf7 Qe5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Natalia Zhukova vs Sopio Gvetadze, Kutaisi, 2015
3brqk1/3R1p2/p1R5/1p2pQ2/8/1P2P1P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Oladapo Adu vs Timothy Hamilton, Mt. Vernon, 1999
1r5k/1B4p1/1p4P1/2p4p/8/6PK/7P/7R w - - 1 0
[ Rf1 if Kg8 Bd5+ Kh8 Rf5 or if h4 Bd5 ]

Clearance sacrifice puzzles (posted 6/25/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Vanessa West vs Boris Kreiman, San Diego, 2006
5rk1/1Q3p1p/3p2p1/3Pb3/1P3q2/4r2P/6P1/1R1R1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3 ]

b)
Yangyi Yu vs Wan Yunguo, Beijing, 2010
1r6/1P3pk1/2R3p1/3qp2p/7P/6P1/2Q2P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ if fxg6 Qc7+ ]

c)
Dmitry Nadezhdin vs Isaac Boleslavsky, Tashkent, 1965
r1r3k1/4bpp1/p1bp1n1p/q2NpP2/1p2P2P/P2Q4/1PPRBBP1/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd5 exd5 Rc3 if bxc3 Qxa3+ Kb1 bxc3 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Silje Bjerke vs Mikhail Al Antipov, Marianske Lazne, 2008
3rr3/Qp3k2/2b1pp2/3n3p/P7/BP4P1/4KP1P/2R1R2q b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ gxf4 Qf3+ Kf1 Qh3+ Ke2 Qd3# ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Nils Grandelius vs Mikhail Al Antipov, Stockholm, 2018
6k1/1p4p1/p1b1p1r1/4P2p/P6q/1P2p1P1/4QP1P/2B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rxg3+ 2.fxg3 Qe4 ]

Clearance sacrifice puzzles (posted 6/25/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Ivan Sokolov vs Ibragim Khamrakulov, Zafra, 2007
r3r1k1/p1q2pBn/3p1P2/1p6/2pPp1pP/2P2NP1/PPBQ3K/3nR3 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 if Ne3 Ng5 ]

b)
Vladimir Baklan vs Peter Svidler, Brussels, 2000
2rr4/2q2pkp/4pb2/p4p2/Pp3P1P/1P1B2PR/1P3Q2/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3 if Rxd3 Qc1+ Ka2 Rc2 mates ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Anton Guijarro vs Pablo Salcedo Tornero, Madrid, 11/1/2006
8/5pkp/p5p1/2N1b1P1/8/5bP1/r4P2/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ ]

d)
Anton Guijarro vs Jose Diaz Sanchez, El Sauzal, 9/4/2010
5rk1/3Rbp1p/4p1p1/3pP3/1p1P4/1P6/r2B1PPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6 if Re8 Rxe7 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
David Anton Guijarro vs Quang Liem Le, Alma-Ata, 2016
7R/p1R2p2/1p1rpkp1/7Q/p2P1q1P/5N2/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf6 Rf8# ]

Clearance sacrifice puzzles (posted 6/5/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Alisher Suleymenov vs Alireza Firouzja, Reykjavik, 2019
8/6k1/7p/6rP/2P1Nr2/pP1B1n1b/P4R2/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bg2+ 2.Rxg2 Rh4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Hajra Chandreyee vs Manuel Petrosyan, Mumbai, 2019
6k1/5p1p/Bq5r/1P2p3/P7/4pQP1/4R1K1/2r5 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rh2+ 2.Kxh2 Qh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Zhongyi Tan vs Wenjun Ju, Shanghai, 2018
5rk1/p2b2r1/1p2pR1Q/3pP1p1/1q1P2RP/3BP3/PP6/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxg7+ Kxg7 2.Rxg5+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Igor Kurnosov vs Vladimir Onischuk, Khanty Mansyisk, 2012
1r2q1k1/8/3p3B/2pPppN1/7Q/r6P/6P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg7 if Kxg7 Qh7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 7.
Nikolai Kabanov vs Igor Kurnosov, Khanty Mansyisk, 2013
6k1/4ppbp/1n2b1p1/rB5q/2p1P2P/2N1B3/1PQ2PK1/1N3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3+ if Kxh3 Qf3+ Kh2 Be5+ or if Kh2 Qf3 ]

Clearance sacrifice puzzles (posted 6/4/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Hua Ni vs Thomine Stolberg-Rohr, Helsingor 2011
r2qr1k1/2pb2bp/p4np1/1pp3N1/5Q2/2N4P/PP2BPP1/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4+ if Kf8 Nxh7+ mates or if bxc4 Qxc4+ Be6 Nxe6 Qe7 Nxc7+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Leonid Shamkovich vs Mato Damjanovic, Sochi, 1967
1qr2rnk/5p1p/p1bp1PB1/4p3/3B4/P1p3Q1/1PP3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ Nxf6 Rxf6 if Rce8 Be4 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Leonid Shamkovich vs Larry Chistiansen, Mentor, 1977
6r1/p5bk/4N1pp/2B1p3/4Q2N/8/2P2KPP/q7 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ hxg5 Qxg6+ Kh8 Qh5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Giampaolo Buchicchio vs Deepan Chakkravarthy, Kochin, 2004
r3k3/1pp2p1Q/p1np4/4r3/2N5/4q2P/PPP3P1/1K1n1BR1 b q - 0 1
[ ...Nc3+ bxc3 Rb5+ ]

e)
H L M Hapuarachchi vs Deepan Chakkravarthy, New Delhi, 2009
1r1r4/5k2/p1q1pbpp/2P2p2/pN3P2/2P1Q1P1/1P5P/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb4 if cxb4 Bd4 ]

Clearance sacrifice puzzles (posted 5/27/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Darcy Lima vs Nicolas Lopez Azambuja, Montevideo, 2019
r2k1bbr/pp6/nqp3p1/3p2N1/2PP1B2/1P4QB/P6P/R3R2K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nf7+ Bxf7 2.Qg5+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Tomas Polak vs Karol Motuz, Slovakia, 2019
r1bq1rk1/4bpn1/p1p1n3/1p1pPBP1/1P6/P1N1PN2/2Q2PP1/3RK2R w K - 1 0
[ 1.Bh7+ Kh8 2.Bg8+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Fabiano Caruana vs Paul Ezra, San Francisco, 2019
r1n3k1/1p1b2P1/3Pqp2/1Pp1p3/2P5/2N5/2B1Q3/6RK w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bh7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Vladimir Hamitevici vs Loek Van Wely, Brest, 2019
r4q1k/p4Qp1/1p2pN1P/4P3/2r5/3n1N2/P3nPP1/R4K2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.hxg7+ Qxg7 2.Qh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Jose Ibarra Jerez vs Oscar Saez Gabikagogeaskoa, Sevilla, 2019
1r2r1k1/1b1p1p1p/2qbpBp1/pp2P3/8/PBP1R2Q/1PP2PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qxh7+ ]


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