"Tactics in the Queen's Gambit" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Salome Melia.
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)
Black mates in 3.
Nelly Aginian vs Salome Melia, Batumi, 2000
8/5kB1/3p4/1p3q1p/7P/KPPn2Q1/P7/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc5+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Salome Melia vs Maria Fominykh, Oropesa, 2001
1r3rk1/5pb1/p1pp2p1/q2n4/3p3R/1BP2PN1/PP1Q1P2/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

c)
Salome Melia vs Bela Khotenashvili, Tbilisi, 2002
1n1n4/2p1q1k1/p5pp/1pN1p3/1P2Pp2/N1P4P/P2Q1PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd8 ]

d)
Ana Butskhrikidze vs Salome Melia, Tbilisi, 2002
r6k/2p4p/2P1Rqp1/3B4/2P5/5p2/6bP/4Q1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd4+ if Qe3 Ra1+ mates ]

e)
Salome Melia vs Shadi Paridar, Istanbul, 2005
3rk2r/2qpbpnp/4p1p1/pB2P3/1p2Q1P1/4B3/PPP2P1P/1K1R2R1 w k - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Rd1 Bd8 Rxd7 ]

Salome Melia puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Salome Melia vs Yifan Hou, Yerevan, 2006
6k1/1p4pp/4p3/p2pq1P1/8/3nBpNQ/P5rP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 if g6 Qxf3 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Salome Melia vs Tatyana Fomina, Stockholm, 2008
3r2k1/R5p1/p4b1p/5PP1/1p2Q3/8/PPPq4/1K2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Salome Melia vs Inga Charkhalashvili, Tbilisi, 2009
2rqr1k1/pp3p2/3bp1pB/3n2N1/2bP3Q/8/PP3PP1/RB2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg7 Kxg7 Qh7+ Kf6 Qxf7+ Kxg5 Qxg6+ ]

d)
Salome Melia vs Guerror Carlos Vinas, Caleta, 2012
2r4k/5p2/3p1Np1/p3n3/1pr1P2q/4Q2P/PP3RP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ g3 ]

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Salome Melia puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Salome Melia vs Gulnar Mammadova, Batumi, 2012
4R3/kp5q/p2N4/2Pp3p/1P5P/8/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nc8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 6.
Antoaneta Stefanova vs Salome Melia, Belgrade, 2013
3Rr1k1/pB3ppp/4q3/Q5B1/6b1/2P3P1/P4P1P/4n1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ Bxf3 Qe1+ Kg2 Bxf3+ Kh3 Qe6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Salome Melia vs Meri Arabidze, Tbilisi, 2018
3rB3/2p2pp1/6k1/pPpp2P1/P1P2PK1/1P4P1/4R3/2b5 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rh2 if 1...Bxf4 2.gxf4 ]

d)
Meri Arabidze vs Salome Melia, Vani, 2019
4r1k1/p1R2p1p/5Bp1/1p1r4/3b4/1P6/P4PPP/3R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bc3 ]

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