'Tactics in the Sicilian' series

Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Tigran Gharamian.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)
Tigran Gharamian vs Patrick Donrault, France, 2005
r6r/pbkq3p/2pbp3/3pQ3/8/3B2R1/PPPB1PP1/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Ba5+ Kc8 Qxh8+ ]

b)
Tigran Gharamian vs Arnaud Jossien, Bethune, 2005
q4rk1/p1r2p1p/1pnp1bp1/3b1N1Q/1P6/P2B4/3N1PPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ Kg7 Qxd5 Kxh6 b5 ]

c)
Tigran Gharamian vs Sergei Ivanov, Cappelle la Grande, 2006
r3b2k/pR2n1p1/2nNp2p/3pP3/3r4/3B4/P1P3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Ng8 Rxe8 if Rxe8 Nf7# ]

d)
Tigran Gharamian vs Xavier Rouze, Bethune, 2006
2b2rk1/1p3pb1/5rpp/nN1Bp3/p7/2P1B3/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc5 if Re8 Nc7 ]

e)
Tigran Gharamian vs Kostas Soultatis, Nikea, 2007
1r3r1k/p2q2p1/2pb1pn1/2p1pbNp/2Q1N2P/PP1PBP2/2P3P1/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 if Qxd6 Nf7+ if fxg5 Nxf5 Qxf5 Bxg5 ]

1b)
Tigran Gharamian vs Arnaud Jossien

Tigran Gharamian Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tigran Gharamian vs Andreas Schmitz, Calvia, 2007
1Rb5/5k1p/pK2p3/3p4/3N1P2/1Pr5/P6P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6 Bd7 Ne5+ if Ke7 Rb7 ]

b)
Tigran Gharamian vs Thanh-Tong Nguyen, France, 2007
1r3r1k/4N1pp/pb3p2/3ppP2/P1Q1P3/qPR5/6PP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ if hxg6 Qxd5 or if Kg8 Rxd5 Rf7 Qc8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3.
Tigran Gharamian vs B Adhiban, Paris, 2010
r6r/1p2pp1k/p1b2q1p/4pP2/6QR/3B2P1/P1P2K2/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ Qxh6 f6+ e4 Qg7# ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Tigran Gharamian vs Eric Prie, Belgium, 2011
r1nrbk2/1pq2p2/4pNpp/p2p2QN/P2P4/1PP2P2/4R1PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nh7+ Kg8 Qxh6 if f5 Qf8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Tigran Gharamian vs Roman Slobodjan, Germany, 2011
1n5k/r3qppP/p7/3rN3/6P1/4P3/P4PB1/2R1K2R w K - 1 0
[ Nxf7+ Qxf7 Rc8+ ]

2a)
Tigran Gharamian vs Andreas Schmitz

Tigran Gharamian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Tigran Gharamian vs Marsel Efroimski, Biel, 2011
4b1k1/p1R2N2/1p2pKp1/n6p/3PP3/5P2/4r1PP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rc8 Kf8 Nd6 ]

b)
Black mates in 7.
Nikolay Maevsky vs Tigran Gharamian, Aix les Bains, 2011
2r3k1/1b3ppp/p7/1pPp3q/1P4n1/P2Br3/4N1PP/R2R2QK b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh3 gxh3 d4+ if Qg2 Qxh3 ]

c)
Tigran Gharamian vs Samy Shoker, Metz, 2014
6k1/p2R4/1p2p1p1/2p5/P3Prrp/1PP1K1P1/7P/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ h3 if Rxe4+ Kd3 ]

d)
Tigran Gharamian vs Andrei Shchekachev, Bastia, 2012
6k1/4r2p/R4ppP/1B6/3p4/P4r2/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ra8+ Kf7 Bc4+ Re6 Ra7+ Ke8 Bxe6 d3 Rxh7 ]

e)
Tigran Gharamian vs Algimantas Butnorius, Cappelle la Grande, 2013
3r2k1/4b1p1/4qpn1/1p2p3/2p1P3/2P1BQP1/1P3PK1/3B3R w - - 1 0
[ Qh5 if Kf7 Qxg6+ Kxg6 Bh5+ mates or if Qf7 Qh7+ Kf8 Bh5 ]

3a)
mate in 5
Tigran Gharamian vs Marsel Efroimski

Tigran Gharamian Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tigran Gharamian vs Andrey Baryshpolets, Cappelle la Grande, 2013
1r5k/1pRb3p/p2q2p1/5p2/P7/6PP/1P4BK/4Q3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd7 Qxd7 Qe5+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Tigran Gharamian vs Yannick Kambrath, Lille, 2013
4r2q/p1nb3Q/3p1k1p/1ppP4/2P2p1N/7P/PP3P2/1BK3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ ]

c)
Tigran Gharamian vs Jean-Noel Riff, Lille, 2013
2q2rk1/p4ppp/1p1b1nb1/4N3/1P3Q2/5BP1/PB3P1P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg6 if Qc7 Be5 or if Bxf4 Ne7+ ]

d)
Quentin Loiseau vs Tigran Gharamian, Paris, 2014
3r2k1/p4pp1/bp2p2p/4P3/5q2/5Q2/PPB1N1PP/R4K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe2+ Kxe2 Rd2+ Ke1 Qxf3 gxf3 Rxc2 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Sebastien Maze vs Tigran Gharamian, Nimes, 2018
6k1/1b1p2Pp/p7/1p3KPQ/3q4/3p3R/P5B1/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Bxf1 Qe4+ ]

4e)
mate in 3
Sebastien Maze vs Tigran Gharamian

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