'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergey Smagin.
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)
Sergey Smagin vs Anatoly Donchenko, Moscow, 1983
2b1k2r/2qnPppp/p2pp3/8/3N1P2/5B2/PrP3PP/R2QR2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Qd4 ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Sergey Smagin vs Viktor Kupreichik, Minsk, 1985
6k1/3r3p/p1q3pP/1p1p4/3Q4/4R1P1/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
Sergey Smagin vs Vladimir Raicevic, Moscow, 1986
2r1nqk1/p1r2p2/1p2p1p1/4P1Q1/2PpN1P1/7R/P6P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Nxf6 exf6 Rc5 Qh4 ]

d)
Sergey Smagin vs Slobodan Bojkovic, Novi Sad, 1986
r1bk1b1r/ppq3pp/4pp2/3n4/BP6/P4Q2/5PPP/RNB1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5+ if exd5 Re8# ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Sergey Smagin vs Nikolay Monin, Pinsk, 1986
2r2r1k/1p2R1bb/1npR4/5p1Q/p7/1B5P/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh6 Bxh6 Qxh6 ]

1c)
Sergey Smagin vs Vladimir Raicevic

Sergey Smagin Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergey Smagin vs Jan Banas, Trnava, 1987
2r1brk1/1p5p/p1nQ3P/2N2pq1/3P4/2P2p2/P4PP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Ne6+ ]

b)
Sergey Smagin vs Jan Plachetka, Trnava, 1987
r4rk1/pb6/1p1bpqp1/1B3pQp/3P4/2P2P1R/P2B2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if Qxg5 Bxg5 Bb8 Rxg6+ or if Qxe6 Bc4 Qxc4 Qxg6+ mates) ]

c)
Sergey Smagin vs Jens Kristiansen, Copenhagen, 1988
3Q4/p1r3bk/1p2p1pp/n1q1Pp2/2PR1P2/1P6/P5PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Sergey Smagin vs Henryk Dobosz, Naestved, 1988
r3q2k/p2n1r2/2bP1ppB/b3p2Q/N1Pp4/P5R1/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ Kxg7 Rxg6+ ]

e)
Sergey Smagin vs Oleg Romanishin, Yerevan, 1988
6k1/3nR3/p1b2bpp/1p6/1P3P2/4N3/P5PP/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Re6 if Bd4 Rxg6+ Kf7 Rxc6 Bxe3 g3 ]

f)
White mates in 3.
Sergey Smagin vs Jeremy Silman, Philadelphia, 1989
b4rk1/p4p2/1p4Pq/4p3/8/P1N2PQ1/BP3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ gxf7+ w/Qg8+ ]

2e)
Sergey Smagin vs Oleg Romanishin

Sergey Smagin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergey Smagin vs Klaus Bischoff, Biel, 1990
2kr3r/p3bp2/qpP1p2p/6p1/4P3/PpPnBN2/4QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd4 if g4 Ne5 Nc5 Qxa6+ Nxa6 Nxf7 ]

b)
Sergey Smagin vs Nukhim Rashkovsky, Paris, 1990
4k3/1p3R2/p4P2/4N3/3pn3/P3r3/1P6/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Re7+ if Kd8 Nf7+ Kc8 Rxe4 Rxe4 Nd6+ or if Kf8 Ng6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Sergey Smagin vs Jonathan Levitt, Amantea, 1993
k4b1r/1b3ppp/4pn2/qN6/2QR1B2/8/PPP2PPP/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ Qxd8 Qa4+ ]

d)
Sergey Smagin vs Carsten Hoi, Copenhagen, 1993
5r1k/8/2p1qp1b/2P4p/3P2p1/3Q1pPP/5P2/3R1BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6 if Bg7 Bd3 Kg8 Qh7+ Kf7 Bg6+ or if Be6 Bd3 ]

e)
Sergey Smagin vs W Camphausen, Dortmund, 1995
4r3/1p3k2/p1p3p1/2p1P1p1/4RP1b/P2P4/1PP3K1/6N1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf3 if Ke6 fxg5 ]

3c)
mate in 4
Sergey Smagin vs Jonathan Levitt

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