See 2, 3 or 4 moves ahead - Be a Mate-Head !



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Zurab Azmaiparashvili.
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)
Tihomir Toshkov vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Albena, 1984
2Q2nk1/p2r1pp1/2N4p/8/8/1P6/1q3PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 if Rxe2 Rd1+ or if Nxe7+ Qxe7 ]

b)
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Zurab Sturua, Vani, 1986
8/p2n1kp1/1p2bp1p/3p4/1Pr2P2/6P1/PB1RPKBP/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 Bxf5 Bxd5+ ]

c)
Evgeny Pigusov vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, URS, 1986
6k1/7p/1pp5/p1n5/P4p2/1P1NrP2/2PK3P/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ .Rxd3+ cxd3 Nxb3+ ]

d)
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Jonathan Speelman, London, 1989
2r3k1/p1r3pp/8/2nR4/8/6P1/P2B3P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 if Rc6 Rd6 Rb6 Rd2 ]

1d)
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Jonathan Speelman

Zurab Azmaiparashvili Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Kiril Georgiev, Burgas, 1994
2bb2k1/2q2n2/1r1p4/p1pPpNp1/P1P1PnPp/1RN2P2/8/1Q2KBB1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb6 if Qxb6 Ne7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Yuri Yakovich vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, New York, 1994
r5k1/3npp1p/2b3p1/1pn5/2pRP3/2P1BPP1/r1P4P/1NKR1B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc2+ Kxc2 Ra2+ Kc1 Nb3# ]

c)
Markus Stangl vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Tilburg, 1994
r2r2k1/p1q1pp1p/6p1/1N2n3/4Pb2/2P2N2/PP3PPP/RQ3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3+ gxf3 Qd7 if Nd4 Qh3 ]

d)
Sergey Smagin vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Cap d'Agde, 1996
2kr4/pp6/2q5/8/2p3PP/P3QR2/5PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3 if Qe2 Rxf3 Qxf3 c3 ]

e)
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Jaan Ehlvest, Pula, 1997
1rbqk2r/p1n2p2/3p3p/2pPn3/2B1N1p1/1P2B1b1/P2Q1PP1/2R1K2R w Kk - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Qd7 Nf6+ ]

2b)
mate in 3
Yuri Yakovich vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili

Zurab Azmaiparashvili Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Ivan Sokolov, Dos Hermanas, 2001
5rk1/pp3p2/2p2B2/3prNP1/4q1B1/7p/PP3QbP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Julio Lapertosa, Internet, 2003
r3r2k/pp1n3p/2p1Np2/7P/6R1/2QBp2q/PP6/2K2R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if Ne5 Qxe5 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Scott Brent, Internet, 2003
r1bqrb2/1p1nk3/p3p1Qp/8/3P1B2/7P/PP3PP1/1BR2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ Kf6 Bd6 if Bxd6 Qg6+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Kallithea, 2009
rnk2b1r/1b4q1/4Pp2/pNp1P2p/Qp4pP/8/PP3PP1/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Na7+ if Rxa7 Qe8+ Kc7 Qd8+ Kc6 Rd6+ ]

3d)
mate in 5
Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Evgenij Miroshnichenko

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