'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of the 2016 European Club Cup.
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 2.
Arkadij Naiditsch vs Christian Jeitz, Novi Sad, 2016
2n1N1rk/pr3p1p/q5pQ/2p5/8/4R3/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Spartak Grigorian vs Mihai-Lucian Grunberg, Novi Sad, 2016
5rk1/4Q2R/1r4p1/1p1p1qN1/p4P2/6P1/Pb2P2P/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Casper Schoppen vs Xavier Mastalerz, Novi Sad, 2016
6k1/3n2p1/2Q4p/2p1qN1K/1pPp2PP/8/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe8+ Qg6 Nf6# ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Dick De Graaf vs Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Novi Sad, 2016
6k1/4br1p/b1Q5/q2p1pP1/3P4/1pnR1N2/1K4P1/2N2B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa3+ Kxc3 Bb4# ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Fiona Steil-Antoni vs Filip Pancevski, Novi Sad, 2016
r3r1k1/1p3p2/p1ppb1pB/P7/3bP3/2NB1qQ1/1P3P2/R3RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3+ ]

1c)
mate in 2
Casper Schoppen vs Xavier Mastalerz

2016 European Club Cup Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Constantin Lupulescu vs Gabor Papp, Novi Sad, 2016
8/p4pkp/6p1/8/1pp2NqP/6P1/PP1r1n1K/R1Q3R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ Nxh3 Ng4+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Johann Ertl vs Spartak Grigorian, Novi Sad, 2016
6k1/5p2/4p1pp/8/2R2P1P/pPr3P1/P2q4/KQ6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc4 bxc4 Qc3+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Matthias Bluebaum vs Romain Edouard, Novi Sad, 2016
5k2/3q4/4bBQ1/6p1/2p2p2/P4P1P/6P1/3rR2K w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ if Ke8 Qh8+ Kf7 Qg7+ Ke8 Qg8# ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Thomas Koch vs Ranko Szuhanek, Novi Sad, 2016
6k1/1p3R1n/p5p1/6Np/4p2P/1B3P1K/PP4P1/5nq1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd7+ Kf8 Nxh7+ Ke8 Nf6+ ]

e)
Dmitry Bocharov vs Ornulf Stubberud, Novi Sad, 2016
4r1k1/1pr1p2p/2nR1ppQ/p1P2b2/4N2P/Pq4P1/4PPB1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ exf6 Bd5+ ]

2a)
mate in 3
Constantin Lupulescu vs Gabor Papp

2016 European Club Cup Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Dusan Schwarz, Novi Sad, 2016
3q4/1P3pk1/p1pNp2p/2PnPpr1/7Q/6PP/P4P1K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6+ if Kxh6 Nxf7+ or if Kg8 Qh8+ ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Patrick Zelbel, Novi Sad, 2016
R3n3/1r1b1k2/1pp3p1/3p3p/1P1B4/3B1P2/2PK2PP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ba6 if Rc7 Bxb6 ]

c)
Ivan Popov vs Theodor Kenneskog, Novi Sad, 2016
3r3k/1p1Pq1bp/p4R2/2p1r3/P3Np2/1PQ2P2/8/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Rf5 ]

d)
Loek Van Wely vs David Klein, Novi Sad, 2016
rn2r1k1/p2p1p1p/1p4p1/3bq1N1/2p2Q2/6P1/P3PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd5 if Qxd5 e4 ]

e)
Marco Baldauf vs Dmitry Andreikin, Novi Sad, 2016
4r1rk/pp5p/3P3q/3P2nn/8/3Q1N2/PP4PP/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kh1 Ng3+ hxg3 Nf2+ ]

3e)
Marco Baldauf vs Dmitry Andreikin

2016 European Club Cup Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Johan-Sebastian Christiansen vs Marko Nenezic, Novi Sad, 2016
r7/ppnbp1kp/1q1p1pp1/3P1n2/1P2NQP1/P4N2/2r1PPBP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 if dxe6 Nxe6 ]

b)
David Klein vs Vladislav Artemiev, Novi Sad, 2016
8/1p6/p4pBk/P6P/5bP1/1PR5/1P2R1K1/3r3r b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ Kf3 Rf1+ ]

c)
Victor Mikhalevski vs Ramil Faizrakhmanov, Novi Sad, 2016
2rr2k1/1q3ppp/4p3/1pRnP3/8/1P3QP1/1B3P1P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc5 if Rxc5 Nf4 if Rc8 Nh3+ or if Qxb7 Rd1# ]

4a)
Johan-Sebastian Christiansen vs Marko Nenezic


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