'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Gabriel Sargissian.
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 7.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Maia Lomineishvili, Yerevan, 1996
1qrk2r1/R5p1/1pPppb1p/1Q6/4PBn1/8/1PP3PP/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ Ke8 Qh5+ g6 Qxg4 Rg7 Qxe6+ ]

b)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Suman Sankar, Cala Galdana, 1996
4r3/1p3p2/pR3nkp/4n1p1/8/2r1NPP1/P1P2K1P/2BR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6+ if Kxf6 Nd5+ ]

c)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Artem Gurevitch, Cala Galdana, 1996
1r3k2/pp4pQ/4pqp1/2p1b1N1/3p4/1P1P4/P1P1R2P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf2 if Bf4 Rxf4 Qxf4 Nxe6+ ]

d)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Matej Sebenik, Cannes, 1997
5rk1/6p1/p5B1/1p1Pp3/8/Pn5P/6P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bh7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Javier Campos Moreno vs Gabriel Sargissian, Linares, 2000
8/p5pk/1p2Q3/4np2/3Rb2q/7N/P3B1PK/2r5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kxh1 Qxh3+ ]

1c)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Artem Gurevitch

Gabriel Sargissian puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Viktor Kotov vs Gabriel Sargissian, Bor, 2000
kr6/pq3pp1/4p1p1/6N1/1n1P2PP/r7/PR3P2/KR1Q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxa2 if Rxb7 Nc3+ Kb2 Rxb7+ or if Rxa2 Rxa2+ ]

b)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Ashot Anastasian, Batumi, 2002
6k1/1p4p1/pb1p2Qp/3P4/1P6/4qBPK/P6P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Be4 if Qf2 Qe8+ & Bh7 or if Kf8 Qxd6+ & Bg6 ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Goran Dizdar, Abudhabi, 2003
6R1/5r2/8/8/8/4BK2/7k/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4+ Kh1 Re8 Rxf4+ Kxf4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Baadur Jobava, Abudhabi, 2003
8/p3b3/n4qp1/k1pQN3/P4B2/1P6/4K2P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qb7 Qb6 Bd2+ Qb4 Nc4# ]

e)
Aleksej Aleksandrov vs Gabriel Sargissian, Dubai, 2003
6k1/5ppp/p3p3/P3P3/3BqP2/3BP2b/2n1Q2P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4 if Qb2 Qxe3+ mates ]

2d)
mate in 3
Gabriel Sargissian vs Baadur Jobava

Gabriel Sargissian puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Dragan Paunovic, Zafra, 2007
3r4/1p4bk/pp1P2p1/3Q1q2/3nNp1p/8/P5PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ Kh6 Qxf5 Nxf5 Nf7+ ]

b)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Daniel Stellwagen, Wijk aan Zee, 2007
4rk1r/p3q1p1/4bpQ1/8/P2B4/6R1/6PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Bc5 ]

c)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Merab Gagunashvili, Rijeka, 2010
3qnr2/6kp/p1rp1pp1/2p1P3/P5P1/1PQ2N1P/5P2/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd4 ]

d)
Davit Shengelia vs Gabriel Sargissian, Porto Carras, 2011
6k1/2R2qp1/bp2r2p/p7/8/1P2N1Q1/P4P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Tycho Dijkhuis, Rethymno, 2012
r5k1/pp2q1p1/2p1P1QP/3pB3/2PPpP2/1P6/P5K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7 ]

3a)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Dragan Paunovic

Gabriel Sargissian puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Wojciech Moranda, Warsaw, 2012
r1b1r3/1p2ppk1/3p2pp/3P4/1R6/p5P1/qP2PPBP/2R1Q1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra1 axb2 Rxa2 Rxb2 Rxb2 Qc3+ ]

b)
Mikhail Al Antipov vs Gabriel Sargissian, Warsaw, 2013
1r1r2k1/p4ppp/8/8/3Q4/2N4q/P4K2/1R2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ ]

c)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Evgeny Mochalov, Minsk, 2014
8/p6p/1pk3n1/2p2B2/2P5/1P4K1/P3b1PB/8 w - - 1 0
[ Kf2 Bd1 Ke1 if Bh5 g4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Viktor Laznicka, Dubai, 2014
2q5/3k1r2/p1n1R2Q/np1N1p2/5B2/P3P2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nb6+ ]

e)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Karen Grigoryan, Yerevan, 2014
r1b1r3/pp2q2k/n1p4p/4bp2/2P1N2Q/3B2P1/PP3B1P/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if Qxf6 Qxf6 Bxf6 Rxe8 ]

4a)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Wojciech Moranda

Gabriel Sargissian puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Robert Kempinski, Jerusalem, 2015
5r2/p3P1kp/3P2p1/1pr3p1/8/P1nB3P/5PP1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ d7 if Rcc8 exf8/Q+ Rxf8 Rc1 ]

b)
Gabriel Sargissian vs Bragi Thorfinnsson, Reykjavik, 2016
5rk1/p2n2p1/1p6/1B1bq2p/3Q3B/5P2/P5PP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd1 if Bxf3 Bxd7 ]

c)
Teddy Coleman vs Gabriel Sargissian, Internet, 2017
2rq1rk1/ppbb1p1p/5pp1/3P4/2B1P3/5N2/P1Q2PPP/1R3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...b5 Bd3 Bxh2+ Nxh2 Rxc2 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Gabriel Sargissian vs Mahadevan Siva, Abu Dhabi, 2018
6k1/7p/8/2P1Q3/1p3NP1/5P1P/r2q2BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qe8+ Kg7 Nh5+ Kh6 Qe6+ ]

5d)
mate in 4
Gabriel Sargissian vs Mahadevan Siva

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