'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Khalifman.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
White mates in 8.
Alexander Khalifman vs Konstantin Aseev, Borzhomi, 1984
1rr2bk1/2qb1ppp/pp2p3/8/2P1N3/1P4P1/PB2QPBP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 Qg4+ mates or if Kh8 Qh5 h6 Qxf7 Be7 Ne8 ]

b)
Alexander Khalifman vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Minsk, 1985
2r3k1/3nppbp/3p1np1/1r1P4/1qpBPPP1/R1N5/1PP4P/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Na2 ]

c)
Alexander Khalifman vs Adrian Mikhalchishin, Kuibyshev, 1986
5rrk/1bq1n2p/p2pPpp1/1p2pN1N/2p1P1Q1/2P4R/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 if Nxf5 Rxh7+ Qxh7 Nxh7 Kxh7 exf5 or if Rxf6 Qh4# ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Khalifman vs Alexander Huzman, Tashkent, 1987
3r1r1k/p4p1p/1pp2p2/2b2P1Q/3q1PR1/1PN2R1P/1P4P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh4+ ]

e)
Alexander Khalifman vs Eduardas Rozentalis, Vilnius, 1988
5k2/1p1q2p1/2pN1p1p/2P5/2BB4/2P2RPP/5PK1/4r3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 gxf6 Rxf6+ Kg7 Rf7+ ]

1e)
Alexander Khalifman vs Eduardas Rozentalis

Alexander Khalifman Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexander Khalifman vs Pal Petran, Berlin, 1989
2b3k1/5p1p/p5p1/2NP3n/2Q5/6PP/4PqBK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 Qf5 Nd6 if Qe5 Qxc8+ Kg7 Ne4 f5 Qc3 ]

b)
Alexander Khalifman vs O Gschnitzer, Bundeslinga, 1993
2rn2k1/3b1p1N/3p1Qp1/3Pp3/1q2P3/2p1R1NP/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 if gxh5 Rg3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Khalifman vs Ivars Berzinsh, Liepaya, 2014
4qkn1/p1Nnrr1p/1p1p4/3P1R2/2P5/1P3QP1/PB5P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne6+ ]

d)
Rinats Muhamadejevs vs Alexander Khalifman, Liepaya, 2014
r4rk1/1p2ppbp/1q1pbnp1/1N6/2P1P3/1P3P2/2QBB1PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa1 Rxa1 Nxe4 if Rb1 Nf2+ mates ]

2d)
Rinats Muhamadejevs vs Alexander Khalifman

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