'Tactics in the Openings' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Tamaz Gelashvili.
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 6.
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Sopio NIkoladze, Prague, 1994
5b1k/1bq2pn1/pp1p1Np1/4rN1p/2p1P1Q1/2Pp3R/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5 Nxf5 Rxh5+ Bh6 Rxh6+ ]

b)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Ales Drinovec, Chania, 1998
1k3b1r/p6p/2p5/2p2pN1/5P2/1P6/P1r3PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ w/Ne6 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Jan Sorensen, Korinthos, 1998
2r3r1/7p/b3P2k/p1bp1p1B/P2N1P2/1P4Q1/2P4P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Nxf5+ Kxh5 Qh4+ ]

d)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Poros, 1998
2r2k2/4q1b1/4br2/4p1RQ/pN1pP3/P2P2K1/3B4/7R w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 w/Bb4 ]

e)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Uwe Kuebler, Bad Wiessee, 1999
3r1rk1/p2p2pp/1p1np2q/2p1N3/P4P1n/1PPB4/3PQ1PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng4 ]

Tamaz Gelashvili puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Antonis Antoniou, Chania, 1999
5k2/3R2p1/1ppNPpp1/r2n4/6P1/P6P/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ e7+ Kg8 e8/Q+ Kh7 Rd8 Kh6 Nf7+ ]

b)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Akaki Shalamberidze, Batumi, 2001
8/pp5k/4q1rp/2ppPQ1N/7b/1P6/1PP3P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Panayiotis Kakogiannis, Korinthos, 2001
rq2kb1r/1p1n1pp1/p3p1b1/1B1pP1Bp/NP1P3P/P7/5PP1/2RQK2R w Kkq - 1 0
[ Bxd7+ Kxd7 Nb6+ ]

d)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Umut Atakisi, Ankara, 2002
rq6/2Q5/4pRpk/1p1bp2p/3p4/P2P4/1P4PP/3B2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc1+ w/Qg5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Yakup Bayram, Ankara, 2002
8/2Q5/8/8/3r4/4Q3/5PK1/q2k4 w - - 0 1
[ Qb3+ Ke1 Qe7+ Re4 Qxe4+ ]

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Tamaz Gelashvili puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Chandrashekhar Gokhale, Dubai, 2002
r7/pp1b3k/2pp3p/5P1Q/3b1P1P/Pq1BR3/1P5N/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ f6+ if Kg8 Qg6+ or if Qxd3 Qf7+ ]

b)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Ad Reijneveld, Les Dicqs, 2002
1k1r3r/1p1qbppp/p1n1b3/3pP3/5P2/PP4N1/3N1BPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ f5 Bxf5 Nxf5 Qxf5 Ba7+ ]

c)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Christos Goritsas, Athens, 2007
r3r1k1/bp1R2pp/p4p2/8/4n2q/1PN2Q1P/PB3PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe4 if Qxe4 Rxg7+ mates or if Rxe4 g3 ]

d)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Jesper Lauridsen, Thessaloniki, 2007
1r2k1r1/pb1p1p2/2n1pPp1/2p1N1RQ/2P5/3P2P1/1qn2PBP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6 if fxg6 Qh7 mates or if Rf8 Rg8 Kd8 Qxf7 ]

e)
Tamaz Gelashvili vs Nino Batsiashvili, Baku, 2008
r1r3k1/pp3pbp/n3p1p1/PN2P3/1nq2P2/5N2/1B2Q1PP/R2R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ ]

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