'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Anish Giri.
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 3.
Anish Giri vs Olga Lelekova, St. Petersburg, 2007
8/pR6/2rp4/2k5/4Q3/5P2/q1PK4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qe3+ if Kd5 Rb5+ or if Kc4 Qd3+ ]

b)
Andrey Davydov vs Anish Giri, St. Petersburg, 2007
1r1r2k1/pbq3p1/1pp1p2p/8/3R2QP/P5P1/1PP2PB1/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 if Qxd4 c5 ]

c)
Aleksander Chehlov vs Anish Giri, St. Petersburg, 2007
4r1k1/p3q1p1/1p3bB1/3b3p/2pP1P2/P1Q4P/1P2rRP1/2B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2 Rxf2 Qe1+ Qxe1 Rxe1+ if Rf1 Bxd4+ ]

d)
Anish Giri vs Vitaly Churkin, St. Petersburg, 2008
r1r2k2/1bq1bpp1/pp1pp2p/4n2Q/4PB2/1BN3R1/PPP2PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 Kxg7 Qxh6+ Kg8 Bxe5 w/Rd3 ]

e)
Anish Giri vs Marcel Schroer, Hilversum, 2008
1r4k1/2R2pp1/3p1b1p/3Q4/8/1q3NPP/5PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ Kh7 Qf5+ g6 Rxb8 ]

1c)
Aleksander Chehlov vs Anish Giri

Anish Giri Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Yochanan Afek vs Anish Giri, Groningen, 2008
4bk2/5pr1/p4Q2/1p1BP3/1P1P3R/P6K/5P2/6q1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd7+ if e6 Bxe6+ Bxe6 Qg2# ]

b)
Friso Nijboer vs Anish Giri, Groningen, 2008
4rrk1/R2Q2p1/4p2R/4p3/4P3/5P2/1PP3q1/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ Ka2 Qxh7 Qxh7 Ra8 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Anish Giri vs Romain Picard, Bussum, 2009
5rk1/pp2Rppp/nqp5/8/5Q2/6PB/PPP2P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ Rxf7 Re8+ Rf8 Be6+ ]

d)
Anish Giri vs Hans Groffen, Utrecht, 2009
r3r1k1/2qn1ppp/p1p1pn2/2Pp1b2/3P4/1NN1PP2/P3B1PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Bg6 g5 Nh5 f4 ]

e)
Anish Giri vs Daan Brandenburg, Dieren, 2009
r4rk1/1bq2pp1/p2pp1P1/8/1n2P3/2b1BP1B/1PP3Q1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 if fxe6 Rh8+ mates or if Rfb8 Bxf7+ ]

2b)
Friso Nijboer vs Anish Giri

Anish Giri Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White Mates in 6.
Anish Giri vs Jan Sodoma, Ohrid, 2009
4k2r/1Bb2p2/4pP2/p7/8/P2RB1P1/1P3PKP/1r6 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5 ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Wesley So vs Anish Giri, Wijk aan Zee, 2010
7k/2p3pp/p7/1p1p4/PP2pr2/B1P3qP/4N1B1/R1Qn2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
iri vs Nils Grandelius, Malme, 2010
r3kr2/p1q2p2/2p1bP2/1p4Q1/2p5/6pP/P5B1/3RR2K w q - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ fxe6 Qg6+ Rf7 Qg8+ Rf8 Qxe6+ ]

d)
Anish Giri vs Viktor Laznicka, France, 2010
r1r2Bkb/2R4p/p3qpp1/1p1b4/3p2N1/P6P/1P3PP1/2Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc5 if Rxf8 Nh6# ]

e)
Anatoly Vaisser vs Anish Giri, France, 2010
4r1k1/1b3pbp/1p4p1/6q1/P1QN4/3nPP1P/3BN1P1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5 if Qb5 Nxf3+ Nxf3 Qxb5 axb5 Bxa1 or if Qc1 Nxf3+ Bxf3 Nf4 Bxa1 ]

3c)
mate in 5
iri vs Nils Grandelius

Anish Giri Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anish Giri vs Viesturs Meijers, Germany, 2011
2r2rk1/4qp2/p3pp1p/npb5/8/2N3P1/PP2PPBP/1Q1R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Ba7 Rd7 Qxd7 Nxf6+ or if Kg7 Nxc5 Qxc5 b4 ]

b)
Anish Giri vs Jeroen Bosch, Netherlands, 2011
4r1k1/3b1pb1/3ppq2/p7/p3PBQ1/2P2p2/1PB5/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if Qe7 Bg5 Qf8 Bf6 mates or if dxe5 Bg5 ]

c)
Anish Giri vs Robin Swinkels, Boxtel, 2011
2r1r1k1/pp4bp/1q2p1p1/4n1B1/Q5B1/6P1/PP3P1P/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be3 if Qa6 Qxa6 bxa6 Rxc8 Rxc8 Bxe6+ or if Qxb2 Rxc8 ]

d)
Anish Giri vs Wouter Spoelman, Boxtel, 2011
2r3k1/6pp/p1b1q3/4Pp2/P7/1pQ1PPB1/6PP/3B2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxb3 Bd5 Bxd5 Rxc3 Bxe6+ Kf8 Bxf5 ]

e)
Anish Giri vs Jan De Jong, Netherlands, 2011
1r2rn1k/5p1p/p7/1p1p1pQN/8/6P1/Pq3P1P/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe8 Rxe8 Nf6 ]

4d)
Anish Giri vs Wouter Spoelman

Anish Giri Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tom Nolz vs Anish Giri, Vienna, 2011
8/6k1/3p1pp1/3Pb3/1pP3Pr/1P6/3Q2RP/r1qB1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh2 if Qxc1 Be5+ Kg1 Bd4+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Anish Giri vs Georg Halvax, Vienna, 2011
brq5/3R1pk1/1p3p2/1PpnN2p/5Q2/4P1P1/5PBP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Kg8 Qh6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Anish Giri vs Bragi Thorfinnsson, Rogaska Slatina, 2011
3r3r/4kp2/pp1ppN2/4nP2/3R3Q/6P1/PP2qPKP/R7 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5+ if Kd7 Qe7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Ruud Janssen vs Anish Giri, Boxtel, 2011
2b4r/1p3Bk1/5rp1/p1q1Rn2/8/PP1P4/1Q5P/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ Kg2 Rf2+ Qxf2 Rxh2+ ]

e)
Anish Giri vs Ivan Sokolov, Amsterdam, 2012
3r2k1/1bprn3/1pn5/pq2Pp1p/3P1Pp1/P5P1/1BQ3BP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf1 if Qd5 Bc4 ]

5d)
mate in 4
Ruud Janssen vs Anish Giri

Anish Giri Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Anish Giri vs Jan Sprenger, Netherlands, 2012
r3k3/5ppp/4p3/p7/5P1B/PPb5/1n1N2PP/1R3K2 w - - 1 0
[ Ne4 if Bd4 Nd6+ Kf8 Nb5 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
John Markus vs Anish Giri, Netherlands, 2012
6k1/6p1/3NpnPp/2Pb4/3P3P/3NQ1K1/8/5q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg2+ Kf4 Qg4+ Ke5 Nd7# ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Adrian Petrisor vs Anish Giri, Plovdiv, 2012
6R1/8/R3p3/5p2/b1P4P/5k2/2r4P/r4BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf1+ ]

d)
Anish Giri vs Patrick Driessens, Netherlands, 2013
3r1r1k/p2q1p1n/1p1N3p/2p1bp1n/P2p3N/8/1PPQ1B1P/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf7+ Qxf7 Ng6+ ]

e)
Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anish Giri, Beijing, 2013
8/pp2k2p/6p1/P2P4/6P1/R2nr2P/1P2p3/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg3+ Kh2 Nxe1 Kxg3 Nc2 ]

f)
Anish Giri vs Baadur Jobava, Wijk aan Zee, 2015
1r4k1/1p6/pN1p1qr1/P2Pp2R/1P2Ppb1/5BP1/5PKQ/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg4 Rxg4 Qh3 ]

6a)
Anish Giri vs Jan Sprenger


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