'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergei Zhigalko.
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)
Black mates in 5.
Alberto Gonzalez Merino vs Sergei Zhigalko, Oropesa, 1999
r4r1k/ppp3bp/5np1/1P2pn2/P1P5/2NP1P1q/2Q1P1NP/R3BR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 fxg4 Ne3 if Rxf8+ Rxf8 Nxe3 Rf1+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Sergei Zhigalko vs Igor Ratkovich, Minsk, 2002
3n2b1/1pr1r2k/p1p1pQpp/P1P5/2BP1PP1/5K2/1P5R/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Bf7 or Rg7 Rxh6+ ]

c)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Davit Jojua, Halkidiki, 2003
1r6/Rb4bk/6pp/1pPrp3/2p5/2P3B1/2N2PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 Bxd5 Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bxe5+ ]

d)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Bruno Jelic, Groningen, 2004
2r4r/5kpp/4p3/p1nq1pQ1/1p1N4/2P2P1P/PP1R1P2/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 if Qxf5 Rd7+ mates ]

e)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Kevin Terrieux, Istanbul, 2005
4b3/8/3r4/1P4pk/8/p1N5/P1K5/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5+ Kxg5 Ne4+ Kf4 Nxd6 Bg6+ Kb3 ]

1c)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Davit Jojua

Sergei Zhigalko Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexandr Khaiminov vs Sergei Zhigalko, Minsk, 2005
r1bqkb1r/pp1p1ppp/2n2n2/1Bp1p3/4P3/3P1N2/PPP1QPPP/RNB1K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Qa5+ if Nc3 Nd4 ]

b)
Risto Nevanlinna vs Sergei Zhigalko, Saint Vincent, 2005
3b3k/5r1p/pp1p3R/3Pp3/2P1r3/1P3pP1/P1R2B1P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Sergei Zhigalko vs Boguslaw Major, Warsaw, 2006
r4rk1/5Rbp/p1qN2p1/P1n1P3/8/1Q3N1P/5PP1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ ]

d)
Friso Nijboer vs Sergei Zhigalko, Dresden, 2007
q7/5pk1/3p2rp/1Q2p3/3p4/3P4/1PP1R1PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa1+ Kf2 Rf6+ Kg3 Qf1 mates ]

e)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Sanan Sjugirov, Gaziantep, 2008
4k2r/4p2p/4n1pb/1NpQp3/4B3/2P4P/1P1P1PPK/2q5 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ if exd6 Qxe6+ mates or if Kf8 Qxe6 ]

2a)
Alexandr Khaiminov vs Sergei Zhigalko

Sergei Zhigalko Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Nikita Maiorov, Minsk, 2009
1r1r4/k1p4p/p1Bb2p1/PP1P1p2/5n2/2N1R2P/5P2/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ b6+ if cxb6 Re7+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Sergei Zhigalko vs Predrag Masic, Budva, 2009
4r1k1/1p1q1np1/1P2p1B1/3p2PR/p2b4/7Q/3B1P1P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Nxh8 Qh7+ w/Bb4+ ]

c)
Daniil Lintchevski vs Sergei Zhigalko, Budva, 2009
2nq4/2p1kp1N/p1P1n1p1/3NQ3/6P1/1P5P/P5K1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd5+ Qxd5 Nf4+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Sergei Zhigalko vs Namig Guliyev, Plovdiv, 2012
r2qnbk1/5p2/p2p4/1ppb1N1Q/8/P2B3P/1PP2PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Alexander Areshchenko vs Sergei Zhigalko, Kiev, 2013
r3k2r/p3bpp1/2q1p1b1/1ppPP1B1/3n3P/5NR1/PP2NP2/K1QR4 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Nb3+ ]

3b)
mate in 6
Sergei Zhigalko vs Predrag Masic

Sergei Zhigalko Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Denis Pershin vs Sergei Zhigalko, St. Petersburg, 2013
3r4/5pkp/6p1/p2Bp3/Q2nP3/8/P1r2PPP/1RqR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4 if Rf1 Rxd5 exd5 Ne2+ w/Qxa4 ]

b)
Asaf Givon vs Sergei Zhigalko, St. Petersburg, 2013
3r1rk1/2q3bp/p2pp1p1/1pn1n1P1/4P3/PPPNQ1BP/K1R1B3/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ncxd3 if Bxd3 Rf3 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Sergei Zhigalko vs Denis Kadric, Aix les Bains, 2011
5b2/1p1R2pp/2n3k1/p2B2P1/1r3p1P/5P2/1PP5/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Bf7+ Kf5 R1d5+ Ne5 Rxe5+ ]

d)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Vladislav Kovalev, Minsk, 2014
4r3/2p3p1/1p2P3/p7/2br2P1/k1N3K1/2P5/1R2R3 w - - 1 0
[ Rb5 ]

e)
P Harikrishna vs Sergei Zhigalko, Dubai, 2014
3rr2k/1p4p1/p6p/1PR5/3P3P/1Q1q2P1/5P2/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

4c)
mate in 4
Sergei Zhigalko vs Denis Kadric

Sergei Zhigalko Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Sergei Zhigalko vs Roland Berzinsh, Yurmala, 2016
r3r3/1pR2pp1/p2pkq2/3b4/4PP2/3P4/PP3Q2/1K5R w - - 1 0
[ f5+ Ke5 d4+ Kxe4 Re1+ ]

b)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Miguel Santos Ruiz, Dubai, 2017
4r1k1/2qnbp1p/3r2p1/2pRp3/2P5/2NQ3P/1P3PPB/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 Qxd6 Qxd6 Bxd6 Rd1 if Re6 Ne4 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Sergei Zhigalko, Minsk, 2017
5r1k/6pp/p7/P7/2Q1N2P/5qPK/1PP1R3/6r1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qf1+ if 2.Rg2 Rh1+ ]

d)
Natalia Zhukova vs Sergei Zhigalko, Minsk, 2019
2r3k1/p4p1p/3b2p1/8/3Pp3/4P3/qB2QPPP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxa1+ 2.Bxa1 Rc1+ 3.Qf1 Bxh2+ ]

5b)
Sergei Zhigalko vs Miguel Santos Ruiz


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