'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vladislav Tkachiev.
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)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Evgeni Ragozin, Biel, 1993
6nk/5pbp/6p1/n1r1p3/1r2P3/q4N1P/2B1NPP1/1R2RQK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra1 if Qb2 Reb1 ]

b)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Rajko Vujatovic, London, 1993
r4rk1/2n1b1pp/p4p2/q1p1P3/P2p1P2/3B4/P4BPP/2RQ1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qb3+ if c4 Rxc4 Kh8 Be1 ]

c)
Black mates in 6.
Anatoly Karpov vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Alma-Ata, 1995
4R3/1qp2pkp/pp2nbp1/8/P1P3P1/1P3QKP/5P2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ....Bh4+ Kg2 Nf4+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Igor Jelen vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Cannes, 1996
r1b3k1/2p4r/1p1p2q1/1N1Pp1p1/pPP1PpP1/Pn1R4/4QPKN/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh6 if Rh1 Nc1 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Evgeniy Solozhenkin vs Vladislav Tkachiev, France, 1997
r4rk1/1bp2pp1/p2Pn2p/1p2Q3/5P2/2P3qP/PPB2RP1/RN4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5 ]

Vladislav Tkachiev Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Jan Pinski, Geneva, 1997
r2r2k1/1bq1bppp/p1n1p3/1p2n3/3pB2P/1N1P1N2/PP1BQPP1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 Qxe5 Na5 if Qc7 Rac1 ]

b)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs John Van Der Wiel, Cannes, 1999
r4rk1/pp1bb2p/1np1pp2/2N2qp1/3P1P2/4PN2/PP3PBP/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nh4 if gxh4 Be4 ]

c)
Murtas Kazhgaleyev vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Cannes, 1999
1r2r1k1/1p3p2/1Bp1q1pp/p3p2n/Pb2P3/1P1R1Q1P/1P2NPP1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...c5 if Bc7 Rbc8 Bd6 c4 ]

d)
Halid Bajramovic vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Neum, 2000
6k1/4pp2/2b3p1/2Np3p/3Pn3/1P2Q1PP/5PK1/1q3B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc5 if dxc5 d4+ ]

e)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Halid Bajramovic, Neum, 2000
r5r1/4kpQp/1qb1p3/pp1pRp2/3P4/P1PB4/1P4PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ if Kxe6 Qe5+ Kd7 Bxf5+ mates ]

Vladislav Tkachiev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Hichem Hamdouchi, Cannes, 2001
r3qrk1/p1p4p/n5p1/1p1Nbp2/1P3N2/P2Q1PP1/4P1KP/2R2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rc6 if Nb8 Re6 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Ivan Sokolov, Shanghai, 2001
8/1R4pk/pp2B2p/3pNP2/1P2n3/4P3/P4PKP/1br5 w - - 0 1
[ Bg8+ if Kxg8 Rb8+ or if Kh8 Ng6+ ]

c)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Victor Korchnoi, Biel, 2002
6k1/5rpp/bpRp3n/p4p2/3NpP2/2QqP1PP/1P3KB1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qc1 if Bb7 Bf1 ]

d)
Miso Cebalo vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Rabac, 2003
3q1rk1/1pp2pb1/3p2p1/1P1N3p/2Pn4/3P1BP1/r4P1P/1R1QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2 ]

e)
Vladislav Tkachiev vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Moscow, 2008
r1b1r1k1/ppb2pp1/2nq3p/3p4/3P4/3BBN1P/PP3PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 ]

f)
Denis Kovalev vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Warsaw, 2012
q3r1k1/5p2/1pR3p1/7p/1P2r3/P2pP1P1/5P1P/2Q1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d2 ]

g)
Gombosuren Munkhgal vs Vladislav Tkachiev, Tromsoe, 2014
r2qr1k1/3b2bp/p2p2p1/3Ppp2/nP2Pn2/1NNBBP2/3Q2PP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 Qxc3 Rc1 Qb2 Nxd3 Rxd3 Bb5 ]

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