'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Gildardo Garcia.
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)
Harri Hurme vs Gildardo Garcia, Dresden, 1969
5rk1/1b5p/p2p2p1/qp1Pp3/4Q1P1/P2B1r2/1P2N3/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb6+ Kg2 Rf2+ if Rxf2 Qxf2+ Kh1 Rf3 ]

b)
Alonso Zapata vs Gildardo Garcia, Medellin, 1977
1r1r2k1/4ppbp/6p1/R3P3/4QB2/7P/1q3PP1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd4 if Qe3 Qb4 ]

c)
Gildardo Garcia vs Daniel Campora, Bogota, 1979
2k5/pp5p/3b2r1/3N4/8/5R2/PP3BnP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bg3 if Bxg3 Ne7+ or if Rg5 Rc3+ Kd8 Bxd6 Rxd5 Bc7+ ]

d)
Gildardo Garcia vs Amador Rodriguez, Salonika, 1984
4r3/3k1pQ1/p2np1N1/q7/3PbPP1/8/B1R5/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5+ if Ke7 Qg5+ mates ]

e)
Guillermo Garcia Gonzales vs Gildardo Garcia, Tunja, 1984
3q2k1/Q4ppp/3b4/8/1P6/P3rB2/6PP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if gxf3 Qg5+ ]

Gildardo Garcia puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gildardo Garcia vs Alonso Zapata, Colombia, 1986
6k1/2nR3p/p3p3/4Rr1B/2rP4/6P1/6K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf5 exf5 Bf7+ ]

b)
M Z Ali vs Gildardo Garcia, Dubai, 1986
1b3r1k/6pp/p1nqp3/1p1P4/5P2/1B4rP/PPR2QN1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba7 Rxc6 Bxf2+ Kxf2 Rxg2+ Kxg2 Qxf4 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Walter Arencibia vs Gildardo Garcia, Granma, 1987
3r2k1/6pp/Rp2r3/2B1n3/1P6/4RpPP/1P3P2/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ if Kh2 Ng4+ ]

d)
Gildardo Garcia vs Oscar Castro, Manizales, 1988
r1k2b1r/2pq4/p6p/Qp1PR1p1/P7/6B1/1PP2PbP/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

e)
Joaquin Gutierrez vs Gildardo Garcia, Colombia, 1988
8/p2r1p1k/6p1/8/6P1/2Qp2qP/PP3RP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ Kxf2 d2 ]

Gildardo Garcia puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gildardo Garcia vs Steve Wygle, Philadelphia, 1989
5k2/1R3pp1/4n3/2p1P1PP/2r5/3p2K1/P2B4/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8+ Ke7 h6 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Gildardo Garcia vs Fabian Fiorito, Bogota, 1991
1rb4k/p4Rp1/1pn1pp1p/5n1P/4NP2/2N5/PPP5/2K3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rgxg7 if Nxg7 Rf8+ or if Nh4 Nxf6 ]

c)
Gildardo Garcia vs Mauricio Rios, Bogota, 1992
3q3k/p2Prpbp/1r3pp1/1pQ5/8/5R2/PPP3PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Qxe7 if Qxe7 d8/Q+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Gildardo Garcia vs Alonso Zapata, Medellin, 1992
3r1rk1/1b1q1ppp/p1p5/1p2R2Q/1b2NB2/8/PPP2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Rg5+ fxg5 Qxg5+ Kh8 Qf6+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
S C Andreu vs Gildardo Garcia, Palma de Majorca, 1992
3r1k2/1p4pp/p3Q3/Pq3p2/8/2P1RKPP/1P4B1/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ ]

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Gildardo Garcia puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Francisco Sanz Alonso vs Gildardo Garcia, Zaragoza, 1992
1k3r2/R3Rp1p/p2p4/Pp3r2/3P4/1B3bP1/1P3P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc8 Kf1 Rc1+ ]

b)
Gildardo Garcia vs Hugo Spangenberg, Matanzas, 1994
5r1k/pp2p2p/2p3p1/2q1b3/2B4P/2P3P1/PP2QP2/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ b4 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Gildardo Garcia vs Carlos Beltran, Cartagena, 1995
5r2/p1r1nk1p/3R2pP/1Q6/8/q1P2P2/P1P2P2/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe7+ if Kg8 Qd5+ or if Kxe7 Qe5+ ]

d)
Cristian Martinez vs Gildardo Garcia, Cartagena, 1995
8/5p2/3k2p1/pp1PnPP1/2p2K2/P1P4r/1PB1R3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf3+ Ke4 gxf5+ Kd4 Ng4 ]

e)
Sergi Alsina Franco vs Gildardo Garcia, La Pobla de Lillet, 1996
2b1r1k1/1pp2pp1/p4r2/7Q/P3P3/1B1P2qP/5bPN/1R3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re5 Qe2 Rg5 ]

Gildardo Garcia puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Harmen Jonkman vs Gildardo Garcia, Hoogeveen, 1998
4Br1k/ppp3pp/3pq3/n1P2p2/N4nb1/2P3P1/PPQK1R1P/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc4+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Gildardo Garcia vs Larry Kaufman, Connecticut, 2000
b4r1k/1q4pp/pp2Q3/3R2N1/1Pr5/P5P1/7P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 ]

c)
Gildardo Garcia vs John Fernandez, New York, 2000
4r1k1/4pp2/1p1p2nb/8/PqP1Q3/1P4RP/6P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ ]

d)
Dimitri Komarov vs Gildardo Garcia, Cali, 2000
5rk1/1p5p/2p3p1/p7/Pb2r1B1/1b2N1P1/1P3P1P/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd2 if Bd1 Rxe3 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Rafael Mendoza vs Gildardo Garcia, Cali, 2000
8/5pk1/2p3p1/p1np2P1/1r3Pb1/PPKB4/2P4r/2N1RR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na4+ ]

Gildardo Garcia puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gildardo Garcia vs Jorge Szmetan, Cali, 2001
r3k2r/pp3ppp/1np1p3/2b1Pq2/2P5/5N2/PP2QPPP/R1B2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nh4 ]

b)
Mauricio Uribe vs Gildardo Garcia, Neiva, 2005
3r4/Bp4bk/2b3pp/P3Pp2/2p2P2/2P4Q/1q4PP/R2R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3 ]

c)
Jhon Morales vs Gildardo Garcia, Medellin, 2010
8/p4p2/1p2qnkp/3Np3/3bP1p1/1P5P/1PP1QBPK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2 if Qxf2 Ne4 Qe1 g3+ Kg1 Qxd5 ]

d)
Gildardo Garcia vs Maurice Ashley, New York, 2011
5r2/pR3pkp/4pnp1/4p1Q1/2n5/2N2P2/1PP2qP1/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf6+ Kxf6 Ne4+ ]

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