'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Elina Danielian.
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)
White mates in 4.
Elina Danielian vs Anna Zatonskih, Duisburg, 1992
1r2b1qk/2r4p/2p3P1/p1PpN1Q1/P2R1P2/1P5B/n4K1P/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ if Bxf7 g7+ ]

b)
White mates in 8.
Elina Danielian vs Liga Ungure, Simferopol, 1992
r3q1r1/2p1nk2/p2p2pB/3Pp3/2p1PpR1/2N2P1Q/PP6/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf4+ if exf4 Qe6# or if Nf5 Rxf5+ gxf5 Qxf5+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Elina Danielian vs Monica Calzetta, Buenos Aires, 1993
3r4/p4Q1p/1p2P2k/2p3pq/2P2B2/1P2p2P/P5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ Qg6 Bxg5+ Kh5 g4# ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Elina Danielian vs Silvia Aleksieva, Svitavy, 1993
1R6/pN5R/bk2p1p1/3pPpP1/3P4/K3P3/1P4P1/5q2 w - - 0 1
[ Na5+ Bb7 Rhxb7+ Ka6 Nb3 Qd3 Rb4 ]

e)
Olga Prokopenko vs Elina Danielian, Bratislava, 1993
1rr3k1/4ppbp/6p1/7q/2N2Pn1/1N1Q3P/1P4P1/3R1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc4 Qxc4 Nf2+ ]

1c)
mate in 3
Elina Danielian vs Monica Calzetta

Elina Danielian Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Elina Danielian vs Elvira Sakhatova, Yerevan, 1996
6k1/r2q1pbp/pRp3p1/3r1p2/N2P3P/4PQP1/1R3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rb8+ Bf8 Nb6 ]

b)
Elina Danielian vs Khalezov, Nizhnij Novgorod, 1999
3r1r1k/ppp1q1pp/2npb3/2b1np2/2PN1B2/1PN1P3/P2QBPPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Qxg5 Nxe6 ]

c)
G Osoblivy vs Elina Danielian, Novgorod, 1999
r1bqk2r/pp1n1ppp/2pbpn2/6N1/2BP1B2/8/PPP1NPPP/R2QK2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bxf4 if Nxf4 Qa5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Elina Danielian vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, Minsk, 2001
6rk/6pp/2p2p2/2B2P1q/1P2Pb2/1Q5P/2P2P2/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qxg8+ Kxg8 Rd8+ if Kf7 Rf8# ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Sopio Gvetadze vs Elina Danielian, Warsaw, 2001
8/6bk/1p6/5pBp/1P2b3/6QP/P5PK/5q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be5 ]

2c)
G Osoblivy vs Elina Danielian

Elina Danielian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Elina Danielian vs Nelly Aginian, Yerevan, 2005
5r2/1Q2Npkp/rn1R2p1/p7/qn3B2/6P1/4PPBP/2b3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be5+ Kh6 Nf5+ if Kg5 h4+ or if Kh5 Qf3+ ]

b)
Zeinab Mamedjarova vs Elina Danielian, Chisinau, 2005
6k1/4Qpp1/p3p3/1p2P3/1P1r4/P2q4/5PPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 if Rf1 Rd1 ]

c)
Arman Hayrapetian vs Elina Danielian, Yerevan, 2005
4r1k1/1p3rpp/p4b2/2Rp3q/3P1B2/6QP/PP1R2P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh4 if Qb3 Rxf4 ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Elina Danielian vs Michail Brodsky, Cappelle la Grande, 2006
8/p2q1p1k/4pQp1/1p1b2Bp/7P/8/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 ]

e)
Elina Danielian vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Crete, 2007
4R1Q1/pp2q1rp/2p2p1k/2r2npP/5P2/4P3/PP2B3/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ fxg5+ fxg5 Qe6+ Qxe6 Rxe6+ Rg6 hxg6 ]

3e)
Elina Danielian vs Antoaneta Stefanova

Elina Danielian Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Elina Danielian vs Athanasios Karayannis, Athens, 2007
2rr2k1/1p3pp1/3q3p/pP1pR3/3NbP2/2N1Q2P/6P1/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 dxe4 Nf5 Qb4 Ne7+ ]

b)
Elina Danielian vs Bela Khotenashvili, Dilijan, 2013
2r3q1/r3b1kp/pp2pnp1/3bN1B1/3P1Q2/P6R/1P3PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6+ Bxf6 Qh6+ Kh8 Nxg6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Jan Musialkiewicz vs Elina Danielian, Legnica, 2013
5rk1/pb2npp1/1pq4p/5p2/5B2/1B6/P2RQ1PP/2r1R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ ]

d)
Elina Danielian vs Humpy Koneru, Lopota 2014
5k2/1p1n1pp1/4b3/pP1p3p/P2Q4/3BPPnP/2Nq2P1/4N1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4 ]

e)
Elina Danielian vs Yaniet Marrero, Tromsoe, 2014
2r2rk1/pp6/3p1npp/3q1p2/1P1QpP2/4P2P/P4NP1/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc8 ]

4a)
Elina Danielian vs Athanasios Karayannis

Elina Danielian Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Elina Danielian vs Kateryna Lahno, Tromsoe, 2014
2r1r3/4b1kp/p5p1/4R3/1R1ppB1P/6P1/4PP2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rb7 if Kf6 Rexe7 Rxe7 Bg5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Evgeny Zanan vs Elina Danielian, Yerevan, 2014
6k1/3q1p2/1p4p1/2b3P1/7K/6PP/rp1BQ3/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd4+ if Qe4 Qxe4+ Bf4 Qf3 or if Bf4 Qh8+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Elina Danielian vs Thanh Trang Hoang, Hersonissos, 2017
2r4k/6b1/3Q3p/1rP1R3/p7/4P3/1B3PP1/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re8+ Rxe8 2.Qxh6+ ]

5a)
Elina Danielian vs Kateryna Lahno


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