'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Boris Avrukh.
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)
Boris Avrukh vs Florin Gheorghiu, Biel, 1996
2rqr1k1/pb2bp2/1p2p1pB/3n2N1/3P2n1/P4N2/BP3PP1/1Q1RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if Rc6 Nxf7 ]<>
b)
White mates in 4.
Boris Avrukh vs Merlijn Donk, Antwerpen, 1998
3q1r2/pb3pp1/1p6/3pP1Nk/2r2Q2/8/Pn3PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4+ if Kh6 Qh2+ or if Kg6 Qf5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Boris Avrukh vs Beat Zueger, Elista, 1998
5r1k/qbR3b1/7p/7Q/PP1p3R/6P1/3N1PnP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 ]

d)
Boris Avrukh vs Pablo Ricardi, Internet, 2000
8/5pQ1/6p1/p4rk1/3P3p/6PP/3q1P2/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ f4+ ]

e)
Boris Avrukh vs Michael Kreizberg, Israel, 2000
r4r1k/pp1b1p1p/3p1qpQ/3P4/n1P1R1PN/2N4P/nP1KBP2/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rf4 if Qe5 Nxg6+ ]

Boris Avrukh Puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Boris Avrukh vs Silvio Danailov, Wijk aan Zee, 2000
r2r2k1/p3R2p/3n1P2/1P1PN3/8/1B5P/P7/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Bc2 if Kh8 Rxh7+ Kg8 Rg7+ ]

b)
Boris Avrukh vs Dimitri Reinderman, Wijk aan Zee, 2000
b3rk2/1nR5/1N1p2p1/p2P3p/pr2NP2/4K2P/1PB3P1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ if Ke7 Ndf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Boris Avrukh vs Almira Skripchenko, Linares, 2001
r1b3rk/pp1R1Q1p/2p2p2/5q2/4R3/bPp2N2/P1P2PPP/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Re8 ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Boris Avrukh vs Mohamad Al Sayed, Biel, 2002
2r1Rbk1/3q1p1p/6pB/8/npB5/8/1P3PPP/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ if Rxf8 Qe5 ]

e)
Boris Avrukh vs Vasilios Kotrotsos, Nikea, 2003
2k5/pR6/2BpPrpp/2p2p2/2Pn4/6P1/5P1P/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Bd7+ ]

Boris Avrukh puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Boris Avrukh vs Randal Ferguson, Internet, 2004
2r1r1k1/1qp2pp1/1p1bp2p/p2n4/2NP4/P3PPP1/1PQB2KP/2RR4 w - - 1 0
[ e4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Boris Avrukh vs Predrag Trajkovic, Internet, 2004
2r2rk1/3Nb1pp/2n1pn2/pp1p2N1/3q1B1P/3Q2P1/PP2RP2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ ]

c)
Boris Avrukh vs Martijn Dambacher, Amsterdam, 2005
2b1qrk1/r2n3p/pp1R2p1/4pN2/P3B3/2P2PQ1/2P3P1/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ if Qxg6 Ne7+ or if hxg6 Bd5+ or if Kh8 Rg7 ]

d)
Boris Avrukh vs Etienne Mensch, Biel, 2008
6k1/p3rpn1/p2p1qp1/2pPr3/6P1/PPNR3P/5P2/2Q2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ f4 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Boris Avrukh vs Udi Weisbuch, Biel, 2008
r5r1/pp1b2nQ/3N1kpB/2pPn3/2P5/7P/PP4B1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg5+ Kxg5 Ne4+ Kf5 Qh4 ]

f)
Boris Avrukh vs Sopiko Guramishvili, Alghero, 2011
r1b5/p2nR3/2p1Q1qk/5p2/PpBr4/3N4/1P3PPb/R4K2 w - - 1 0
[ Qe3+ if Qg5 Re6+ ]


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