'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Here are some checkmates from the games of Garry Kasparov.
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 2.
Veselin Topalov vs Garry Kasparov, Sofia, 1998
8/p4pk1/6p1/3R4/3nqN1P/2Q3P1/5P2/3r1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf1+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Garry Kasparov vs Adrian Negulescu, Cagnes sur Mer, 1977
8/2r1q2p/7k/2pR1Q2/4p2p/1P2P3/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Milorad Knezevic vs Garry Kasparov, Banja-Luka, 1979
6k1/5pp1/8/1bBn1q1p/1P5P/5PP1/3Qp1B1/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Garry Kasparov vs Elmar Magerramov, USSR, 1982
3r1r1k/1p3p1p/p2p4/4n1NN/6bQ/1BPq4/P3p1PP/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Garry Kasparov vs Alexander Karman, Internet, 2000
r3rk2/5pn1/pb1nq1pR/1p2p1P1/2p1P3/2P2QN1/PPBB1P2/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 ]

Garry Kasparov puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Garry Kasparov vs Zakharov, Moscow, 1981
5r1k/2q1r1p1/1npbBpQB/1p1p3P/p2P2R1/P4PP1/1PR2PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Garry Kasparov vs Bent Larsen, Brussels, 1987
1qr2bk1/pb3pp1/1pn3np/3N2NQ/8/P7/BP3PPP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/Qxg6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
John Van Der Wiel vs Garry Kasparov, Brussels, 1987
6k1/p2R1p1p/5bp1/8/Pn2R1K1/1r6/7P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Florin Gheorghiu vs Garry Kasparov, Salonika, 1988
6k1/1p5p/p2p1q2/3Pb3/1Q2P3/3b1BpP/PPr3P1/KRN5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb2+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Garry Kasparov vs Joao Rebelo, Lisbon, 1999
r3r3/pppq1p1k/1bn2Bp1/3pPb2/1P1P4/P4N2/2BQ1PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5 Bg4 Qh4+ ]

Garry Kasparov puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Garry Kasparov vs Alexei Shirov, Astana, 2001
2r5/pp1b4/4p3/3pPk2/5P2/8/1K6/3R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd4 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov, Moscow, 2001
8/5p1k/4r1p1/2PP1p2/1Q6/1p3bbP/1B2pqP1/R5RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Rxd2 Qf1+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov, Saint Louis, 2015
6r1/7k/7p/5p1q/5P2/1P1Pp3/P6Q/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...e2 if Rg1 e1/Q ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Garry Kasparov vs Aldyn Guseinov, USSR, 1976
3r1r2/4Qp2/1nqP2pk/p3p2p/1pB5/1P6/5RPP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 Rxf7 Rxf7 if Rh8 h4 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Garry Kasparov vs Mephisto Exclusive, Hamburg Simul, 1985
rb3rk1/1b1q1ppp/1pn1p3/p1p1P2Q/2PpNP2/3P2PP/PP4B1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Garry Kasparov puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Garry Kasparov vs Graham Lee, Oakham, 1997
1qrr1nk1/5p1p/1p5Q/pP1bpPP1/4N3/4B3/3R3P/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kh8 Nh5 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Garry Kasparov vs Peter Svidler, Internet, 1998
6r1/7k/p1pr1p1P/q1p1pP2/2P5/2bP3R/P7/2Q3RK w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Rxg7 hxg7+ Kxg7 Qh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Garry Kasparov vs Steven Brown, London, 1998
r3k2r/1pp1nqbp/p4Pp1/6B1/8/7B/PpP3PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd7+ Kf8 fxe7+ Kg8 e8/Q+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Garry Kasparov vs Jamie Hillman, Internet, 2000
3r2k1/4Rb1p/p1q2p2/5Qp1/2pB3N/Pr5P/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Garry Kasparov vs Istvan Csom, Baku, 1980
r3r1k1/pp3nPp/1b1p1B2/1q1P1N2/8/P4Q2/1P3PK1/R6R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 ]

Garry Kasparov puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Garry Kasparov vs Stuart Rachels, New York, 1988
5rk1/7p/5p2/1b1PN3/1p3Q2/1n2R3/6PK/2q5 w - - 0 1
[ Rg3+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov, Lyon, 1990
r3Rb1k/8/p2p1q1p/3n1bN1/Pn5Q/6RP/1p3PPK/1B6 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Qxf7 Qxh6+ Bh7 Rxa8 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Garry Kasparov vs P Munch, Colmar, 1998
r3q3/p1Q1bk2/2p2pp1/4P3/8/4B3/PPP3P1/2KR1B2 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ Kg7 exf6+ Kxf6 Qf4+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Garry Kasparov vs Ronaldo Abud, Sao Paulo, 2004
3rnr1k/2q1bppb/p1pp3P/6B1/3NPQ2/2N5/PPP2P2/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ hxg7+ if Nxg7 Rxh7+ or Bf6 mates or if Kg8 Bxe7 mates ]

e)
White mates in 7.
Kasparov vs Vasily Ivanchuk, Moscow,
r2n3k/pp2R1pp/2bp4/3B1PN1/2pP4/2P5/P6P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ f6 Nf7 Nxf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ ]


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