'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Shabalov.
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)
Alexander Shabalov vs Osolinsh, Riga, 1985
6k1/q1rn1p1p/pN1Rpbp1/2p5/2P1QN2/1P4PP/P4P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

b)
Alexander Shabalov vs Ivanov, USSR, 1987
r2r2k1/pp2R1n1/2p3p1/3p1qQ1/8/2P2N2/P1P2P1P/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Shabalov vs I Naumkin, Norilsk, 1987
r2q1k2/2pp1rp1/1p4Qp/p1nP4/6NR/6P1/PP3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 w/Nxh6 ]

d)
Alexander Shabalov vs Keith Arkell, London, 1991
2rr1k2/4pP1p/2p1Qn2/1p5q/pPpP4/P6P/6B1/2B3RK w - - 0 1
[ Na6 w/Rc7 ]

e)
Alexander Shabalov vs Yuri Yakovich, Gausdal, 1991
2rr1k2/4pP1p/2p1Qn1q/1p6/pPpP4/P6P/6B1/2B3RK w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 ]

Alexander Shabalov Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Shabalov vs Lawrence Chachere, Geneva, 1992
r3rn1k/4b1Rp/pp1p2pB/3Pp3/P2qB1Q1/8/2P3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ w/Rxh7+ ]

b)
Alexander Shabalov vs Shelby Getz, Phila., 1992
2b2k2/5p2/1pp1r1p1/3rn2p/1P2N3/4P3/4BPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8 w/Nd6 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Shabalov vs Pavel Vavra, Oberwart, 1992
r1r3k1/1bq2pbR/p5p1/1pnpp1B1/3NP3/3B1P2/PPPQ4/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 ]

d)
Alexander Shabalov vs G Schwartzman, US Open, 1994
4k1r1/p1r1bp2/q7/4R3/1ppP1Q1N/3b2P1/1P3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg5 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Shabalov vs Victor Frias, New York, 1994
5bk1/1b4rR/p1q1Nn2/1p3Q2/3p4/P2BB1p1/1PP5/6KR w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ w/Rxf8+ & Qxf6+ ]

Alexander Shabalov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Shabalov vs Roman Levit, New York, 1994
1r2r3/2p2pkp/p1b2Np1/4P3/2p4P/qP4N1/2P2QP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nfh5+ ]

b)
Alexander Shabalov vs Jonathan Parker, London, 1994
r1bqkb1r/pppp3p/2nn2p1/1N2pp2/8/1B3Q2/PPPP1PPP/R1B1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qd5 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Alexander Shabalov vs Vinay Bhat, Alexandria VA, 1996
r3r1k1/pp3pb1/3pb1p1/q5B1/1n2N3/3B1N2/PPP2PPQ/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ ]

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

e)
Alexander Shabalov vs Rafael Vaganian, Rhodes, 2019
6r1/3n1p1k/6qp/p2pBp2/1p1P3P/3Q2P1/1PP5/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.h5 if 1...Qe6 or 1...Qxh5 2.Rxf5 ]

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