'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Tony Miles.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Tony Miles vs Bojan Kurajica, Amsterdam, 1976
8/2rb2k1/2q3p1/Q1pR1p2/2P1p2p/4P1P1/5PKP/3B4 w - - 0 1
[ Ba4 if Qb7 Qxc7 ]

b)
Tony Miles vs Gert Ligterink, Amsterdam, 1976
r2b4/pb4k1/np1q4/3Pp2Q/PP2Pp2/8/2R2BPp/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rc6 Bxc6 Rxc6 if Qd7 Rg6+ mates ]

c)
Tony Miles vs Gert Iskov, Dortmund, 1976
1r2q3/2k5/1p1p2n1/1PpP1pp1/4p3/1QP1P1B1/3K1PP1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Ra7+ if Rb7 Bxd6+ ]

d)
Tony Miles vs Svetozar Gligoric, Bad Lauterberg, 1977
4r3/ppk2ppp/2n5/5r2/1bN5/1K3P2/PP3BPP/3R3R w - - 0 1
[ Ne3 Rb5 a4 w/Nd5+ ]

e)
Tony Miles vs Padron Jose Garcia, Las Palmas, 1977
rn2kbnr/pbp2ppp/1p2p3/4N3/2Pq4/2NB4/PP3PPP/R1BQK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 Bc5 (if Kxf7 Bg6+) Be3 ]

1a)
Tony Miles vs Bojan Kurajica

Tony Miles Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Tony Miles vs Luis Bronstein, Sao Paulo, 1977
1Rb1r3/6p1/4p2k/5p1p/8/1P3B2/5PPP/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 Rg8 Bd7 ]

b)
Tony Miles vs Mestres Luis Gonzales, Las Palmas, 1980
3q2k1/3rrpp1/pp1p3p/3b4/PPNPpQ2/4P2P/5PP1/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb6 Qxb6 Rc8+ if Rd8 a5 or if Kh7 Qf5+ g6 Qf6 ]

c)
Tony Miles vs Miguel Quinteros, Puerto Madryn, 1980
r1b1k1nr/pppq1pbp/6p1/1N2p1B1/2PnP3/5N2/PP3PPP/R2QKB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nfxd4 if a6 Qa4 or if exd4 Bf4 ]

d)
Tony Miles vs Jonathan Tisdall, England, 1982
4rk2/p4p1p/4bQ1P/1Rr5/3N2P1/1Pq1P3/2P2P2/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ if Rxe6 Qd8+ Re8 Qd6+ Re7 Rxc5 or if Kg8 Nd4 Kf8 Qd6+ w/ Rxc5 ]

e)
Tony Miles vs Bernd Saacke, Germany, 1982
8/6p1/1RbN2kp/2rpPp2/p7/3K2P1/P5P1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nb7 Rc1 Nd8 ]

2e)
Tony Miles vs Bernd Saacke

Tony Miles Puzzles, Part III.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Tony Miles vs Craig Pritchett, London, 1982
4r2k/p2R1Qp1/1p5p/7P/q1p5/2b3B1/PP2rPP1/K2R4 w - - 0 1
[ Be5 ]

b)
White mates in 7.
Tony Miles vs Timothy Upton, Manchester, 1982
5kbR/p3r1p1/2p2nQ1/1p1p4/3P1P2/4PK2/q7/3N2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ gxf6 Rhxg8+ Kf7 f5 ]

c)
Tony Miles vs William Watson, Torquay, 1982
r3kb1r/pp5p/1q2bpp1/2p3n1/3p4/1N2BP2/PPP3PP/2KRQB1R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5 if fxg5 Qe5 Rg8 Re1 Kf7 Qxe6+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Tony Miles vs Ralf Laven, Germany, 1983
3r2qk/p2Q3p/1p3R2/2pPp3/1nb5/6N1/PB4PP/1B4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if Rxd7 Rf7+ ]

e)
Tony Miles vs Frank Ullrich, Germany, 1983
2r1k2r/1ppq3p/p1n1p1p1/6Q1/3pP2P/B7/PP3PP1/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if bxc6 Rxd4 Qf7 Qc5 Rd8 Qxc6+ Rd7 Qa8+ ]

3c)
Tony Miles vs William Watson

Tony Miles Puzzles, Part IV.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 4.
Tony Miles vs Ole Jakobsen, Esbjerg, 1984
2r1rk2/p1q3pQ/4p3/1pppP1N1/7p/4P2P/PP3P2/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ Ke7 Rxg7+ Kxe6 Qg6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Tony Miles vs Jonathan Mestel, Esbjerg, 1984
r2r2k1/1p3pb1/q2p2p1/3PnN1R/p1P1p3/N6Q/PP5P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7 Bf6 Qh6 ]

c)
Tony Miles vs Jon Arnason, Oslo, 1984
2b3k1/3p1p1p/1p1r1p2/1p6/1P1N4/P3K1P1/5P1P/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 Bb7 Rc7 if Bg2 Rc8+ w/Nf5+ or if Ba6 Ra7 ]

d)
Tony Miles vs Jan Timman, Tilburg, 1984
5qrk/1pp3pp/p5n1/6Q1/4R3/P5P1/1B2P1KP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6 ]

e)
Tony Miles vs Jan Timman, Amsterdam, 1985
r4rk1/pp1qb1pp/8/4pN2/2P5/5Q2/P4PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Qxd5 Nxe7+ ]

f)
Tony Miles vs William Watson, New York, 1987
r1br2k1/p4p1p/8/Q1N1pNb1/2q1P3/2P4p/PR3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne3 if Bxe3 Qxd8+ ]

g)
Tony Miles vs Maxim Dlugy, Cambridge Springs, 1988
3r3k/p5pp/3qQp2/4p3/2n5/n3P1P1/1B3PBP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 if Rxd6 Bxa3 ]

4e)
Tony Miles vs Jan Timman

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