'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Krishnan Sasikiran.
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 5.
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Abjijit Kunte, Calcutta, 1997
4r1k1/p1q3p1/1p1p2Q1/2pbrB1P/6P1/P3RP2/1P5K/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe8+ Rxe8 Rxe8+ Kf7 Bg6+ ]

b)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Dale Kirton, Winnipeg, 1997
2kr1br1/3q1ppp/pn1p4/1ppPpN2/4N1PP/4PQ2/PPP2P2/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nh6 if gxh6 Nf6 ]

c)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs John Naylor, Scarborough, 1999
7k/1p4p1/n5qp/p2rp3/4N3/PP3QP1/6KP/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ Kh7 Nf6+ ]

d)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Jamshed Isaev, Shenyang, 1999
4q1k1/4pR2/pr2p1n1/1pp4R/3b3Q/2N5/PP3P2/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ if Nxh8 Qh7# or if Kxf7 Qh7+ ]

e)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Chandrashekhar Gokhale, Calcutta, 2000
r4r1k/ppb1q1p1/2n1pn1p/1N6/3p1P2/1Q4P1/PP1B2BP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 bxc6 Bb4 if Qd8 Nxc7 ]

1c)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs John Naylor

Krishnan Sasikiran Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Ziaur Rahman, Guntur, 2000
5bk1/p7/1pn3pp/2pqNp2/5P2/PP4P1/1BQ2K1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if Qxc6 Qc4+ mates ]

b)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Varugeese Koshy, Nagpur, 2002
3r4/3r2k1/5pp1/1R1n1P1p/1p2N2P/8/1P4P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 if Rd6 Ne6+ ]

c)
White mates in 8.
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Jha Sriram, Nagpur, 2002
6r1/p2r3k/1n2p1np/2q1B3/3RB2P/5Q2/P5P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf7+ Rxf7 Rxf7+ Rg7 Rxg7+ Kh8 Bxg6 ]

d)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Tatiana Grabuzova, Internet, 2004
r1br2k1/pp4bp/1q1n1pp1/4n3/2pNP2B/1PN4P/P1B2PP1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qa5 b4 Qa3 Nb5 or if Qc5 b4 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Sebastien Kolb, Bastia, 2005
3r1k2/p3bPp1/1p5p/3B4/3NQ3/6P1/PP3PPK/3q4 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Kxf7 Ng5+ Ke8 Kf8 Nh7+ ]

2c)
mate in 8
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Jha Sriram

Krishnan Sasikiran Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Persson Tiger Hillarp, Copenhagen, 2005
2Qq1k2/p4n2/1p3r2/2p4p/7P/1B2P1R1/P5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Kxg8 Qxd8+ ]

b)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Denis Rombaldoni, La Roche, 2006
4r1k1/R5p1/8/1pq3N1/2p1r3/P6P/1PQ2PP1/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe4 Rxe4 Ra8+ Qf8 Rxf8+ Kxf8 Nxe4 ]

c)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Zaftra, 2007
6rk/2p4p/p3qp1B/2b4Q/PpP5/1n3N1P/1P4P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Re1 if Qd7 or Qxc4 Ne5 or if Qd6 or Qc8 Qf7 ]

d)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Marc Arnold, Bastia, 2011
6k1/7p/3N4/3n4/1r3P2/7P/rb1RBPK1/2B5 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4 ]

e)
Konstantin Kostin vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Moscow, 2013
2kr4/pp6/2r1p2p/6b1/1P2P3/P1B2P2/R1pPK1P1/7R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 if dxc3 Rd2+ mates ]

3b)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Denis Rombaldoni

Krishnan Sasikiran Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Timo Paakkonen vs Kishnan Krishnan Sasikiran, Rhodes, 2013
4r1k1/5p1p/3p2p1/3P4/1P3q2/1Q3P1P/1R6/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Jayaram Aswin vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Jalgaon, 2013
8/8/R3R3/3p4/1k2n3/6b1/5r2/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ if Kf1 Nd2+ Kg1 Nf3+ or if Kd1 Nc3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Ahmed Al Khatib vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Tabriz, 2014
6k1/pbp3pp/1p1pP2r/2n2r2/1PP4q/P3P2B/1B3PP1/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh3 if gxh3 Rg5+ or if f3 Rg5 ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Anton Darnell vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Stockholm, 2016
5rk1/5p1p/p2p2p1/3P4/4R1PK/P1p2B2/2QbP2P/5q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...g5+ ]

e)
Lucas Van Foreest vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Stockholm, 2016
3rr1k1/1b3p2/6pp/pNn1p3/P4n2/5N2/2Q2PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be4 Rxd8 Rxd8 if Qc1 Ne2+ ]

4e)
Lucas Van Foreest vs Krishnan Sasikiran

Krishnan Sasikiran Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Chongsheng Zeng, Barcelona, 2016
2krr2q/pb3R1p/1pn1P3/2bp1B2/3P1B2/3Q2P1/PP5P/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ e7+ Rd7 Bxd7+ Kxd7 Qf5# ]

b)
Claude Landenbergue vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Novi Sad, 2016
6k1/1p3pp1/5r1p/1p1q4/4n3/P1P1B3/1P2Q1PP/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5 if g4 Qh3 Rg1 Rf3 Bd4 Ng3+ or if Qxh5 Rxf1+ ]

c)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Semetey Tologontegin, Ashkhabad, 2017
r3kb1r/ppq1pppp/2p5/3nP3/2N5/8/PPP1QPPP/R1B1R1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ 1.Nd6+ if 1...Kd7 2.e6+ Kxd6 3.b4 mates ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Jolanta Zawadzka vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Porto Carras, 2018
b2r2k1/3r1pp1/8/2B4q/1QPn1P2/2R1R2p/P4P1P/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg4+ Rg3 Ne2+ Bxe2 Rd1+ ]

5d)
mate in 5
Jolanta Zawadzka vs Krishnan Sasikiran

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