'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Justin Tan.
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)
Justin Tan vs Giang Nguyen, Canberra, 2004
4rk2/p1q4p/2P2pp1/5p2/2QP1P2/8/Pr1B2PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Bb4+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Justin Tan vs Richard Voon, Rotorua, 2011
r3nr2/1b2qpp1/p1n1p3/1p2P2k/4N2N/7Q/PPP3PP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ g4+ Kh6 Nf5+ ]

c)
Justin Tan vs Owen Phillips, London, 2012
4r1k1/pp2r1np/3q2p1/2pPRp2/5P2/1B2Q3/PP4PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe7 Rxe7 Qxe7 Qxe7 d6+ ]

d)
David Guthrie vs Justin Tan, London, 2012
8/p2qr2k/6pp/8/2Rbp3/1P1r4/P1QNRPP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ if Rxf2 e3 Re2 Rxd2 or if Kxf2 e3+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Justin Tan vs Ryan Louie, Canberra, 2013
1rbk4/1p4pp/p2p1q2/3P4/8/1P4P1/1PP2QBP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qb6+ Kd7 Bh3+ ]

Justin Tan puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Justin Tan vs Denis Molofej, Bedford, 2013
7k/2br2pn/7p/p1p1pR2/1pBrP1Pq/1P1P1Q2/1N3P2/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ Nxf8 Qxf8+ Kh7 Bg8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Mirko Rujevic vs Justin Tan, Melbourne, 2013
1r6/3k4/8/2nnp1B1/3p2P1/1p1P1P2/1R2KR2/2N4r b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3+ ]

c)
Anatoli Sirota vs Justin Tan, Melbourne, 2013
r2q1rk1/pp2bpp1/2n1b2p/3n4/Q7/N1P2N2/P2BBPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Justin Tan vs Jason Hu, Melbourne, 2016
3rk2r/2R2pp1/4p1p1/p1p3Pn/2n5/2P4P/P3PPB1/2BR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6+ ]

e)
Justin Tan vs Matthias Gantner, England, 2016
8/p2br3/P1pR4/2N1n1k1/2P2pp1/1P4P1/5KB1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ne4+ if Kh5 gxf4 g3+ Nxg3+ or if Kf5 Rf6# ]

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Justin Tan puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Justin Tan vs George Salimbeni, England, 2016
1r2qr1k/7p/3p1b2/2pB3Q/p2pPP2/P2P1R2/2P5/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

b)
Martin Brown vs Justin Tan, Bournemouth, 2016
3rr2k/1qp3pp/8/1pBn1P2/p2n2P1/7P/PPN2RQ1/1K1R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc2 Rxc2 Nc3+ bxc3 Rxd1+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Justin Tan vs Peter Carroll, Melbourne, 2018
2qrr2k/pp2p1np/n1p3p1/4Np2/2QPP3/1P3NPb/P4P1P/R3R1KB w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Dieter Seyb vs Justin Tan, Ortisei, 2018
r3r1k1/1Q1R1ppp/2p5/4p3/8/b5B1/2P2PPP/KR3q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc1+ if Qa7 Qa6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Justin Tan vs N Raghavi, Paracin, 2019
q6k/4n1b1/2p3P1/4B1pp/2Q5/6PP/5PBK/1r6 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg7+ ]


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