'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of 2004.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
White mates in 4.
R Mailhe vs JM Dominguez, Calvia, 2004
1R3nk1/5pp1/3N2b1/4p1n1/2BqP1Q1/8/8/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Kxf8 Qc8+ Ke7 Qc7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
D Campora vs S Mikheev, Calvia, 2004
4r2R/3q1kbR/1p4p1/p1pP1pP1/P1P2P2/K5Q1/1P2p3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qc3+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
M Makarov vs S Gregoire, Cappelle la Grande, 2004
1r1r1bk1/p2n1ppp/8/1p4NQ/2nB4/3q2P1/1P3PBP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ Kh8 Bd5 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
A Iljin vs H Mossong, Izmir, 2004
3n2k1/3q2r1/1r1pn1p1/2pB1pP1/2P2P1R/8/2Q1NPK1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kf7 Qc3 if Rg8 Qf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Aryam Abreu vs Enrique Rodriguez, Havana, 2004
2bbrn1Q/q4kp1/2p1p1p1/2rpP2B/1p3P2/1P2PN2/1B1K4/6RR w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 if Nxg6 Bxg6+ Kxg6 Qh5# ]

1a)
mate in 4
R Mailhe vs JM Dominguez

2004 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Peter Acs vs R Smith, Calvia (ol), 2004
3qn1k1/p1r3p1/1pPrpp2/3bN1P1/3P1Q2/P4P2/7R/1BR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh4+ Kg8 Qh7+ Kf8 Ke7 Ng6+ ]

b)
Karsten Mueller vs Marco Thinius, Hoeckendorf, 2004
4k2r/Qb1q1p1p/3bpp2/8/Pp2p3/6P1/1P1N1PBP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 if Be7 Qb8+ or if Bf8 Nb6 or if 0-0 Nxd6 ]

c)
C Hanley vs R Palliser, Scarborough ENG-CH, 2004
3r3k/pp3rb1/6pp/P2np3/2Q1N1P1/2PP1p1q/1P3P1P/R1B3RK w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Rdd7 Rg3 or if hxg5 Nxg5 ]

d)
H Hamduchi vs S Mikheev, Calvia, 2004
1br1r2k/pp3p1p/2nq1ppQ/8/3Pb1N1/P4N1P/BP3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 Qxf6 Ng5 Qg7 Nxf7+ Kg8 Nd6+ ]

e)
A Stefanova vs L Bruzon, Wijk aan Zee, 2004
4r2k/p6p/1r1nq1pN/2p1p3/2p4Q/3n1RP1/P2P3P/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ if Kg8 Ng5 or if Nxf7 Rxf7 h5 R1f6 ]

2a)
mate in 6
Peter Acs vs R Smith

2004 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
J Hanken vs JN Yehl, Ft Lauderdale, 2004
r4rk1/pb3ppp/np3nq1/3p4/3PpBP1/1QP1NP2/P3P1BP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if Rfe8 Nh4 ]

b)
A Moiseenko vs R Gunawan, Calvia, 2004
3br1k1/5p1p/1r1q1Pp1/1p1Pp3/2p1P1N1/2P4Q/1P5P/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if Kf8 Nxf7 Kxf7 Qxh7+ mates or if Kh8 Nxf7 ]

c)
Levon Aronian vs Irina Krush, Reykjavik, 2004
6r1/5R2/1P3b1k/3p4/3npN1q/4P2p/4QP1K/5B2 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ Qxh5 Rxf6+ Kg5 Nxh5 Kxh5 exd4 ]

d)
A Shabalov vs I Krush, San Diego US-CH, 2004
5r2/4Q2p/p2p1Pp1/4pk2/2p4P/2P2b2/P1q1N3/4K1R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4+ if exd4 Rg5+ mates ]

e)
I Nataf vs B Xiangzhi, Reykjavik, 2004
8/1p6/8/PP6/2bk4/2N1p3/8/4K3 w - - 0 1
[ a6 if bxa6 b6 Bd5 Nxd5 ]

3c)
Levon Aronian vs Irina Krush

2004 Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
L Bruzon vs Y Quezada, Havana, 2004
4r3/1p4k1/3p1bpR/3Np1p1/1PP1P3/p4P2/P1K5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ if Kxh7 Nxf6 ]

b)
Anand vs Ivanchuk, Monte Carlo rapid, 2004
r7/P1q2p1k/6p1/R6p/3Qp2P/6P1/5P1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ gxh5 Qxe4+ Kg7 Qxa8 ]

c)
P Charbonneau vs N Mitkov, Calvia, 2004
4rk2/4Rp2/4nP1p/5B2/8/4r3/6RK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Kxg8 Rxe8+ Nf8 Rxe3 ]

d)
R Leitao vs Z Zhang, FIDE WC, 2004
R2b1r1k/6p1/3p2Bp/1p1Qp3/1P6/2q3P1/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7 ]

e)
A Kosteniuk vs M Sergeeva, Elista-WWC, 2004
2b5/1pp3k1/3p1q1p/5P2/2Pb2PQ/1P3B2/3B4/7K w - - 0 1
[ g5 if hxg5 Bxg5 Qxf5 Qxd4+ Kf7 Qe3 ]

4c)
P Charbonneau vs N Mitkov

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