'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Nigel Short.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
White mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Joel Benjamin, London, 1977
1n1rrk2/1bq2p1Q/pp1pp1p1/4n1P1/2P1P1N1/1P2R3/P5P1/1BB2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 dxe5 Ba3+ ]

b)
Nigel Short vs Johannes Van Mil, Manchester, 1982
3r1rk1/1p3ppp/p4q2/b2R4/5B2/6P1/1PP2P1P/1R1Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 Rxd5 Qxd5 Qb6 b4 Bxb4 Be7 ]

c)
Nigel Short vs Sargon 2.5, Guensburg, 1983
1rb2rk1/bppp1ppp/p1nq4/4pPB1/PP4Q1/N1PP4/B4PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 Qd5 Bf6 if g6 Qh4 h5 Qg5 ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Nigel Short vs Patrick Carton, Brighton, 1984
8/1k2r1p1/1p1R1p1p/pNn1pP1P/2P3P1/1P3q2/PK1Q4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb6+ Kxb6 Qd8+ Ka6 Qd6+ Kb7 Qxe7+ ]

1b)
Nigel Short vs Johannes Van Mil

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Short vs Heinz Wirthensohn, Lucerne, 1985
1r1r1bk1/6p1/p1q1pP2/4P3/8/1Pp1p3/P1P5/1K1Q2RR w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ if Kxh8 Qh5+ or if Kf7 Rxg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Short vs Juergen Fleck, Germany, 1986
kr6/pR5R/1q1pp3/8/1Q6/2P5/PKP5/5r2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Robert Mandl, Germany, 1986
4r1k1/3b1p2/3pp2B/p6Q/2pbPPp1/8/PPP5/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ e5 Bxe5 fxe5 Kh7 Bg5+ ]

d)
Nigel Short vs Stuart Wagman, Lugano, 1986
4r3/pp4k1/5bp1/q2pp3/6Q1/4B2P/PPP3P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Kxf6 Bg5+ Kf7 Qd7+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Gennadi Sosonko, Brussels, 1987
5k1r/pp3p2/3Rp3/5bP1/8/2P1QP2/4RK2/7q w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ if Ke7 Qc5+ Kxd8 Rd2+ or if Kg7 Qe5+ Kg6 Qf6+ ]

2d)
Nigel Short vs Stuart Wagman

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Petar Velikov, Solingen, 1987
r1b1rk2/1p2n1nQ/p3p3/4PpN1/3q4/2N5/PPP4P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ if Kf7 Nd8+ Rxd8 Rxg7+ Ke8 Rxe7+ or if Nxe6 Qh6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Short vs Jonathan Mestel, Swansea, 1987
4b1k1/2r2p2/1q1pnPpQ/7p/p3P2P/pN5B/P1P5/1K1R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ if fxg6 Bxe6+ ]

c)
White mates in 9.
Nigel Short vs Yasser Seirawan, Manila, 1990
r2nk3/1rRN1p2/p3p2p/1p1pPb1P/3P4/4P3/P3BK2/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kf8 Rg1 if Bg6 hxg6 Rxc7 g7+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Nigel Short vs Jan Timman, Tilburg, 1991
2b1rrk1/2pR1p2/1pq1pQp1/p3P2p/P1PR1K1P/5N2/2P2PP1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Kg5 ]

3c)
mate in 9
Nigel Short vs Yasser Seirawan

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nigel Short vs Anatoly Karpov, Linares, 1992
r2r2k1/2p2ppp/5n2/4p3/pB2P3/P2q3P/2R2PP1/2RQ2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd2 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Leonid Yudasin, Yerevan, 1996
2Rrk1r1/1p4p1/3PPn2/p4Q1q/8/8/P4P1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh5+ if Nxh5 R1c7 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Utut Adianto, Internet, 2000
1r5r/5R1p/2Q1ppkq/8/2B5/7P/P1P2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe4+ if Kxf7 Qxe6+ ]

d)
Nigel Short vs Judit Polgar, Wijk aan Zee, 2000
6k1/5rpp/2q1p3/p3B2n/2P1R3/P4r2/6QP/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rh4 if Nf6 Bxf6 ]

4d)
Nigel Short vs Judit Polgar

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nigel Short vs Luiz Rouanet, Sao Paulo, 2001
1r1qr3/p4bk1/3p1bp1/3P3p/1pp1N2P/4BQ2/PPP5/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 if Qxf6 Bd4 ]

b)
Nigel Short vs Vinicius Van Riemsdijk, Sao Paulo, 2001
2b2k2/6b1/2n3pp/pr1np3/1p2N3/3P2PP/1PP1N1B1/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 ]

c)
Nigel Short vs Hannes Stefansson, Reykjavik, 2002
4brk1/5p1p/4PRpP/4r3/1pp3P1/8/1PP3BK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5 if Rxd5 e7 ]

d)
Nigel Short vs Amina Mezioud, Ajelat, 2003
5q1k/2p1r1pp/ppQ5/2p2rN1/2P2n2/7P/PP3PP1/3RR2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7 Qxe7 Qe4 if Qxe4 Rd8+ mates or if Qf8 Qxf5 mates ]

e)
White mates in 10.
Nigel Short vs Christopher Lutz, Budapest, 2003
3b1kr1/3p1p1R/q1rP4/3R2P1/4QP2/PK6/1P6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qf5+ Kg7 Qxd7+ ]

5e)
mate in 10
Nigel Short vs Christopher Lutz

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Andrew Muir, Catalan Bay, 2004
2r2n1k/2q3pp/p2p1b2/2nB1P2/1p1N4/8/PPP4Q/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Nxh7 Rxh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Ye Jiangchuan, Taiyuan, 2004
4r1rk/4b2p/p2p2p1/2qnp3/2P5/3P2RQ/P5PP/2B2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh3+ Kg7 Bh6+ ]

c)
Nigel Short vs Michal Paterek, Warsaw, 2004
rn3rk1/pp1qbppp/2p1p3/3pP3/3P2Pn/2PB1N2/PP3P1P/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh4 Bxh4 g5 w/Qh5 ]

d)
Nigel Short vs Andrey Zhigalko, Warsaw, 2004
r4rk1/1b3ppp/p2q1b2/1ppNp3/4P3/P2B3Q/1PP3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Qh6 Bxd5 exd5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Natalia Zhukova, Gibraltar, 2006
r1b2rk1/5pb1/p1n1p3/4B3/4N2R/8/1PP1p1PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Bxf6 Bxf6 ]

6b)
mate in 5
Nigel Short vs Ye Jiangchuan

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Short vs Aleksandar Savanovic, Vogosca, 2007
3rbk2/2q2p2/p4P1p/1p6/4BP2/P6P/1P1Q3K/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ ]

b)
White mates in 7.
Nigel Short vs Emanuel Berg, Malme, 2009
1r3k2/q4pb1/p1Pp2p1/p2P2P1/B3RP2/1P6/4Q1K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Rxe8 Qxe8+ Kxe8 c7+ ]

c)
Dennis Ovcina vs Nigel Short, Ekurhuleni, 2011
7r/p3q1k1/1ppp2p1/n2P1b2/2P1p1B1/2P1P3/P2N2QP/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 if Rg1 Bxg4 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Stefan Kindermann, Potsdam, 2012
4r2k/p4q1p/6pP/2p2p2/1p3Q2/1P2R3/P1P2PP1/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Qc7 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Elisabeth Paehtz vs Nigel Short, Potsdam, 2012
1r4k1/5p2/P2p1q1p/3P2p1/2B5/3PQ1P1/6KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb2+ if Kh3 Qf5+ g4 Qf1+ ]

7b)
mate in 7
Nigel Short vs Emanuel Berg

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dariusz Swiercz vs Nigel Short, Potsdam, 2012
8/R4p2/2b1pk2/2r1n3/4P3/P5P1/3N4/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 if Nb3 Nf3+ mates ]

b)
Nigel Short vs Attila Czebe, Pattaya, 2013
4r1k1/1p3pPp/8/8/4b1q1/Q3B1P1/5K1P/4R3 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6 if Qc8 Qf8+ ]

c)
Nigel Short vs Gilles Jobin, Ottawa, 2013
3q3r/p2b1k2/2p2pp1/2Pp4/1P1B4/2Q2PP1/P4K2/7R w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 Qxf6 Qxf6+ Kxf6 Rxh8 ]

d)
Nigel Short vs Arthur Calugar, Ottawa, 2013
1Q1q2k1/7p/p5pB/5P2/2P5/1P5P/P3R2K/3q4 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

e)
Maxence Godard vs Nigel Short, Gibraltar, 2013
8/3bp1bp/3p2k1/2nP1p2/2p5/2P1B1PB/r2N1P1P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f4 ]

8b)
Nigel Short vs Attila Czebe

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Colin McNab, England, 2014
r3nr1k/pb2q2p/5p1Q/2p1pP2/1pB1P1R1/4N3/PPP4P/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rdg1 if Bd5 Bxd5 Ng7 Rg7 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Short vs David Zakarian, England, 2015
1N5r/2p2pp1/3bp3/k7/2P4p/1R2B3/PP2KP2/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rb5+ Ka4 Bc1 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Mark Noble vs Nigel Short, Auckland, 2016
6k1/pp1q2b1/2n3P1/2p5/2bp1p1P/2P2K2/PP3P2/R1Q4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5+ if Ke4 Bd3+ or if Kg2 Qg4+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Nigel Short vs Erik Blomqvist, Malme, 2017
5bk1/5p1p/3p1p2/4pN1Q/4P3/1R5P/5PPK/2r2q2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qg4+ Kh8 2.Qg7+ Bxg7 3.Rb8+ ]

9d)
mate in 5
Nigel Short vs Erik Blomqvist

Nigel Short Puzzles, Part X.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Short vs Shardul Gagare, Abudhabi, 2017
3b1rk1/R6p/2QPb1p1/3rn3/7P/P3BR2/5P2/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxf8+ Kxf8 2.Bh6+ ]

b)
Nigel Short vs R Vaishali, Kolkata, 2018
1nb2bk1/r4pp1/ppB4p/2N1N3/3q4/1Q4P1/PP3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ncd7 if 1...Nxd7 2.Qxf7+ Kh7 3.Be4+
or if 1...Rxd7 2.Bxd7 w/Qxf7+
]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Evgeny Zanan vs Nigel Short, Gibraltar, 2019
4Q3/r4Npk/4p2p/3qP3/1p6/5nP1/5K1P/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Ra2+ 2.Ke3 Ra3+ ]

d)
Nigel Short vs Stephen Moran, Bunratty, 2019
5rk1/2pbqppp/1r3n2/p2p2BN/1p1P2PP/1P1B1P2/P1PQ4/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxf6 if 1...gxf6 2.Qh6 or if 1...Rxf6 2.Qg5 ]

10a)
mate in 3
Nigel Short vs Shardul Gagare

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