'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Motylev.
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 8.
Alexander Motylev vs Peter Gomolla, Pardubice, 1996
5R2/7k/2p2PpP/1p1b4/7r/P1B5/1P3K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 f7+ Kh7 f8/Q ]

b)
Alexander Motylev vs Alexander Zakharov, Kolontaevo, 1997
r6k/5Qpp/p3p3/2q1P3/1nP1r3/8/6PP/1R3R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 ]

c)
Alexander Motylev vs Aleksandr Bujakevich, Moscow, 1998
1rbr2k1/p4p1p/PpB1p1p1/2p1P3/6R1/2Pq1N2/1P1b1PPP/Q4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 if Qc2 Be4 or if Qe2 Re4 or if Qf5 Rg3 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Alexander Motylev vs Gamil Agamaliev, Bydgoszcz, 1999
R2b3k/7p/1q1p1r1P/3Bp3/1P4p1/6P1/3Q1P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe3 if Qc7 Qg5 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Motylev vs Wojciech Ehrenfeucht, Bydgoszcz, 1999
3R4/5p2/1p5k/5B2/1P3K2/5PNp/r7/4r3 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 ]

1a)
mate in 8
Alexander Motylev vs Peter Gomolla

Alexander Motylev Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Motylev vs Bozidar Ivanovic, Herceg Novi, 2000
r2r2k1/1p3ppp/3R4/p2Np1q1/P3P3/1n3P2/1P3QPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ h4 if Qh5 g4 or if Qd2 Ne7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Motylev vs Alexei Iljushin, Samara, 2000
r3rnk1/pp6/1q3B1p/3pP2Q/8/8/PP4PP/1B3b1K w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ if Nxh7 Qg6+ ]

c)
Alexander Motylev vs Andrei Chigvintsev, Smolensk, 2000
r3kb1r/p1nq1ppp/1pn1p3/3pP3/3P4/PP4QN/1B1N1PPP/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc3 ]

d)
Alexander Motylev vs Aleksei Lugovoi, Panormo, 2001
8/3Q1pk1/2Nn1q1p/p1p3p1/Pp1b1PP1/1P3KBP/2P5/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 ]

e)
Alexander Motylev vs Koneru Humpy, Wijk aan Zee, 2006
r2q1rk1/pp2bppp/2p1n3/3p2Bn/3P3P/P1NB1P2/1PPQ1P2/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 Qxe7 Qh6 Nf6 Rxg7+ Nxg7 Rg1 ]

2e)
Alexander Motylev vs Koneru Humpy

Alexander Motylev Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Motylev vs Sergei Azarov, Budva, 2009
8/pp1k1p1p/3P2b1/Q7/6P1/2q1r2P/P1r2RB1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Bxf7 Rxf7+ Ke8 d7+ if Kxf7 Qxc3 ]

b)
Alexander Motylev vs Alexei Shirov, Poikovsky, 2009
r1bq3k/pp5p/6p1/8/3p4/1B1Qr3/PP4PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Kg7 Rg8+ if Kh6 Qxe3+ or if Kf6 Qf1+ ]

c)
Alexander Motylev vs Farrukh Amonatov, Moscow, 2010
r4r2/4k1p1/p2q1b2/2Q5/7P/2pB4/PPP5/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Re1+ if Kd7 Bf5+ mates ]

d)
Alexander Motylev vs Viktor Kuznetsov, Olginka, 2011
1r5k/6pp/r4p2/q1P1pP2/ppQn4/PP4P1/6BP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd4 exd4 axb4 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Motylev vs Aleksandr Shimanov, St. Petersburg, 2015
r5n1/pp1N1n2/5P2/3p2kb/1P1p3R/P2B4/2P3PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf5+ Kxh4 g3+ Kg4 Kg2 ]

3a)
Alexander Motylev vs Sergei Azarov

Alexander Motylev Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Motylev vs Tor Fredrik Kaasen, Helsingor, 2017
r5k1/1n3ppp/3b1q2/2p5/1pN5/7P/1PB2PP1/3QR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be4 if Rb8 Qxd6 ]

b)
Alexander Motylev vs Roman Kezin, Sochi, 2017
r1r3k1/1b1n1ppp/pbqpp3/8/4P3/R3BP2/1PP1NQPP/R4BK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxb6 if 1...Nxb6 2.Rc3 Qb5 3.Rb3 or if 1...Qxb6 2.Qxb6 Nxb6 3.Rb3 Rc6 4.Nd4 ]

c)
Valery Sviridov vs Alexander Motylev, Yaroslavl, 2018
4rr1k/np2q1pp/3p4/pP6/3P1P2/PQnB1NPb/5K1P/R1B4R b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qe2+ 2.Bxe2 Rxe2+ 3.Kg1 Rg2+ 4.Kf1 Rb2+ ]

d)
Alexander Motylev vs Bo Li, Harbin, 2019
r5r1/pb2p2k/1pn1Pp1p/2p2P1q/P1p2BN1/6R1/1PP2QP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rh3 Qxg4 2.Rxh6+ Kg7 3.Rh4 ]

4c)
Valery Sviridov vs Alexander Motylev

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