'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 if fxe6 Qxe6+ w/Nxd7 or if Rb7 Nxd7 Rxd7 Rxd7 Qxd7 Qa8+ ]

b)
Alexander Shabalov vs Ivanov, USSR, 1987
r2r2k1/pp2R1n1/2p3p1/3p1qQ1/8/2P2N2/P1P2P1P/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 if Qf6 Ng5 mates ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Alexander Shabalov vs I Naumkin, Norilsk, 1987
r2q1k2/2pp1rp1/1p4Qp/p1nP4/6NR/6P1/PP3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 if gxh6 Nxh6 if Rg7 Qf5+ or if Qf6 Qg8# ]

d)
Alexander Shabalov vs Keith Arkell, London, 1991
r1b1k2r/1p3ppp/3Qp3/2NnP3/1p6/P4NK1/q5PP/2RR4 w - - 0 1
[ Na6 if bxa6 Rc7 f5 Rxd5 or if f6 Rxd5 Qxd5 Nc7+ ]

e)
Alexander Shabalov vs Yuri Yakovich, Gausdal, 1991
2rr1k2/4pP1p/2p1Qn2/1p5q/pPpP4/P6P/6B1/2B3RK w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 w/Rg8+ ]

1c)
mate in 5
Alexander Shabalov vs I Naumkin

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+ Rxf8 Rxh7+ ]

b)
Alexander Shabalov vs Shelby Getz, Phila., 1992
2b2k2/5p2/1pp1r1p1/3rn2p/1P2N3/4P3/4BPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8 if Re8 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 if Bxf6 Qh6 ]

d)
Alexander Shabalov vs G Schwartzman, US Open, 1994
4k1r1/p1r1bp2/q7/4R3/1ppP1Q1N/3b2P1/1P3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg5 if Rxg5 Qxc7 or if Kf8 Rxg8+ Kxg8 Qxc7 ]

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+ Kf7 Rxf8+ Ke7 Qxf6+ ]

2a)
mate in 4
Alexander Shabalov vs Lawrence Chachere

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+ gxh5 Nxh5+ Kg8 Qxf7+ ]

b)
Alexander Shabalov vs Jonathan Parker, London, 1994
r1bqkb1r/pppp3p/2nn2p1/1N2pp2/8/1B3Q2/PPPP1PPP/R1B1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qd5 if a6 Nxd6+ ]

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+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]

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

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 ]

3c)
mate in 4
Alexander Shabalov vs Vinay Bhat

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