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Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Alexei Shirov.
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)
Alexei Shirov vs Valery Zhuravliov, Riga, 1986
6r1/p1BQ2p1/k1p3Rr/3p4/qbPP3p/1p1P1P2/1P6/1NK5 w - - 0 1
[ Bb8 if Rxb8 Rxg7 Ra8 Qb7+ ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Tom Wedberg, Stockholm, 1990
3r2k1/2q3pp/4p3/p1p1P2r/2Bn4/P3Q1P1/KP3R1P/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd4 cxd4 Bxe6+ ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Sergio Minero Pineda, Santiago, 1990
Q1b2rk1/7p/3p1npb/2pPpn2/2P1N2q/1N1B4/3B1PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g3 if Qh3 Nxf6+ ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Zoltan Varga, Santiago, 1990
4bk2/p4p2/6p1/Nrp1P3/n3NPP1/1P2K3/3R4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if Rxa5 Nf6 mates ]

e)
Alexei Shirov vs Valeriy Neverov, Moscow, 1991
1q3rk1/Q5pp/pr2p3/4N3/3pP3/8/Pb3PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb8 if Rfxb8 or Rbxb8 Nd7 ]

1a)
Alexei Shirov vs Valery Zhuravliov

Alexei Shirov, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
White mates in 8.
Alexei Shirov vs Yuri Piskov, Moscow, 1991
rn3Rbk/1pp1p1b1/3p3p/p2P2q1/2P2R2/1P2Q1N1/P5B1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg8+ Kxg8 Qe6+ Kh7 Be4+ Kh8 Qc8+ ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Carsten Hoi, Gausdal, 1991
r3rb2/1p1nBp1k/p2P1np1/7p/3Qp2q/1PN5/P3BPPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g3 Qh3 Bxf6 ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Olivier Renet, Correze, 1991
4r1bk/pp4pp/2nq4/3n2N1/2BP4/P2Q2P1/3B3P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Bxh7 Nf7+ Kg8 Nxd6 ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Simen Agdestein, Gausdal, 1992
4kb1r/2ppq2p/bnp2p2/8/r1P2P1P/1N4P1/P3Q2R/R1B1KB2 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 if Ra5 Nxa6 Rxa6 c5 ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Alexei Shirov vs Gata Kamsky, Manila, 1992
5k2/5p2/3P1Npp/4Q3/1p6/6Pq/3b3P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ Kg8 Qe8+ ]

2a)
mate in 8
Alexei Shirov vs Yuri Piskov

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Bangiev, Germany, 1993
r1b3k1/pp4pR/2p1p1B1/2PrN3/3n1P2/8/PP6/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rdh1 Kf8 Rh8+ Ke7 Re8+ ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs. Alexander Chernin, Groningen, 1993
r6k/p3q2p/4p1n1/6R1/6Q1/8/5PP1/1B4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 if hxg6 Rxg6 Qh7 Qd4+ ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Christopher Lutz, Munich, 1993
5rk1/2b2pp1/1n1p3p/p3p3/rP4PP/1K2BP2/2P5/3R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ c3 if axb4 Bxb6 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Alexei Shirov vs David Norwood, Germany, 1994
8/5r2/4R2p/ppkr1Rb1/3q4/P4Q2/1PP5/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5+ Qxd5 Qc3+ Qc4 b4+ ]

e)
Alexei Shirov vs Peter Leko, Belgrade, 1995
3r4/3Pb1k1/p5p1/2pp2B1/pn4QP/5N2/1q3PP1/1B4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ if Kh8 Qxg6 or if Kxh6 Qxg6# ]

3a)
mate in 6
Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Bangiev

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexei Shirov vs Boris Gelfand, Wijk aan Zee, 1996
2b1r2k/2r2p1p/p2R4/1p2pN1P/1P6/4K3/PP3P2/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Maria Ferrer Jose, Villarrobledo, 1997
5rk1/1pnqb1r1/p2pRp2/2pP1PpQ/P1P1NpP1/3B1P2/1P1K4/7R w - - 0 1
[ Nxg5 if fxg5 Rh6 ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Loek Van Wely, Monaco, 1998
4r1k1/1p5p/p1n1p1pb/2pp3n/q4P2/2P4N/1P2Q1PP/2BR1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Gilberto Milos, Las Vegas, 1999
4qk2/6p1/p7/1p1Qp3/r1P2b2/1K5P/1P6/4RR2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf4+ exf4 Qf5+ Qf7 Qc8+ ]

e)
Alexei Shirov vs Nigel Short, Sarajevo, 2000
5kb1/4r3/p7/Pp1pRP2/1PpP3p/2P4B/7K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7 Kxe7 f6+ Kxf6 Bc8 ]

4d)
mate in 4
Alexei Shirov vs Gilberto Milos

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Grischuk, Linares, 2001
r5rk/pp3R1p/4n2B/4q3/6RQ/P2p3P/1P4P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Bg7+ ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov, Monaco (blindfold), 2001
8/2R3p1/4ppkr/3pPn1p/3P4/5P1P/5P1K/1QBq4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bxh6+ ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Krishnan Sasikiran, Berlin, 2001
1r5k/3b2np/p2q1p2/P1nPp3/2p1P2N/2P3RP/r1B3P1/2Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 if Qe7 Ng6+ or if Ne8 Ng6+ Kg8 Nxe5+ ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Veselin Topalov, Prague, 2002
5n2/5kpp/3P1p2/4pN2/2b3P1/6PP/3B1K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ d7 if Nxd7 Nd6+ ]

e)
Alexei Shirov vs Branko Damljanovic, Sarajevo, 2003
3r2k1/5b1p/3r1p2/R3n1p1/2p1P1N1/2B2P1P/6P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if Kf8 Bb4 or if Kg7 Nf5+ ]

5d)
Alexei Shirov vs Veselin Topalov

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexei Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov, Bastia, 2003
2qrr1k1/1pp1bppp/p1n5/3b2B1/3P1Q2/P4N1P/1PB2PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Stefan Kristjansson, Izmir, 2004
2kr3r/R4Q2/1pq1n3/7p/3R1B1P/2p3P1/2P2P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ Qxa8 Rc4+ ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Tomi Nyback, Calvia, 2004
n4k2/3nppbQ/3p2p1/2pP1PP1/1p2PB2/1P3N2/1q2NK2/8 w - - 0 1
[ f6 Nxf6 gxf6 if Qxf6 e5 or if Bxf6 Bh6+ ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Kevin Spraggett, Caleta, 2005
4rbk1/1b1n2pp/p7/q7/1p2pN2/1P1BQ3/PB4PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ if Kh8 Ng6+ mates ]

e)
Alexei Shirov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Monte Carlo, 2005
3r2k1/p1Rr1bpp/5p2/3p3P/1q1N1Q2/1P3P2/P4PK1/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Rxd7 Rc8+ ]

6d)
Alexei Shirov vs Kevin Spraggett

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexei Shirov vs Klaus Bischoff, Mainz, 2005
1r2r2k/5p1p/ppbp1P1B/5PR1/2P3Rp/3n4/PP1N3P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ Kg8 Bf8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Alexei Shirov vs David Navara, Prague, 2005
q2rrk2/1b4pQ/p7/3pP3/1b3P2/3B3R/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 if Ke7 Rd7+ or if Kg8 Rh8+ ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Andreas Schaudin, Dresden, 2006
r3kb1r/pp1n1pp1/2p4p/q2p1B1n/3P1B2/2N1P3/PPQ2PPP/1K1R3R w kq - 0 1
[ Bxd7+ Kxd7 Qf5+ ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Daniel Wichmann, Mainz, 2006
r5k1/pp1bprb1/3p1n1p/1PnP3q/7N/1Q4PP/PB1N2B1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc5 if dxc5 Re5 ]

e)
Baadur Jobava vs Alexei Shirov, Sochi, 2007
1r1r2k1/5qbp/5pp1/pNp1p3/PnQ1P3/5P2/1P1B2PP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc4 Rxc4 Bh6 ]

7e)
Baadur Jobava vs Alexei Shirov

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Alexei Shirov vs Dmitry Andreikin, Sochi, 2008
7r/3kbp1p/1Q3R2/3p3q/p2P3B/1P5K/P6P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qc6+ ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Evgeny Vorobiov, Dagomys, 2009
r3r3/7k/pR5p/4p3/P5p1/8/BPb2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 if B any Rc7+ mates or if Rc8 Be6 ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
r1bqk2r/1p2nppp/p1n1pb2/3p4/2N1P3/1NPBB3/PP3PPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qd7 Nc5 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Alexei Shirov vs Manuel Leon Hoyos, Khanty Mansyisk, 2011
2r1r3/1pq1pk2/3p1n2/3P2R1/2P5/1P5Q/6PP/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ Kf8 Rf1 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Aleksander Mista, Warsaw, 2011
5k2/2qP1p2/2B2brR/p3pN2/1p6/4Q3/PP6/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6 if fxg6 Qh6+ or if Bg7 Qc5+ Kg8 Rxg7+ ]

8c)
Alexei Shirov vs Sergey Fedorchuk

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part IX.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Alexei Shirov vs Mohammed Al-Sayed, Gibraltar, 2013
4r3/5pbp/p2R4/kp3QP1/2R5/P3q3/2P5/3K1B2 w - - 1 0
[ Ra4+ Kxa4 Rxa6# ]

b)
Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Sotsky, St. Petersburg, 2013
5b2/1p1r1p1k/4rRpP/p2p1pQ1/PqP5/1P5R/1B4KP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 Rg3 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Sergey Grigoriants, Hungary, 2014
4Q3/1b3B1p/1q3kp1/pp3rN1/7P/3n4/P4PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxh7+ Kg7 Qf8+ Kxh7 Qg8+ ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Michael Kleinman, Reykjavik, 2017
1rb1k2r/3p2pp/p1nQp3/1p2p3/2q1P3/2N3P1/PPP2PBP/2KR3R w k - 1 0
[ 1.a3 w/2.Bf1 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alexei Shirov vs Franz Braeuer, Germany, 2016
2k5/p6p/4p1pQ/2NpPp2/3P3P/8/r2q1PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Kc7 Qd6+ Kc8 Qd7+ ]

9a)
mate in 2
Alexei Shirov vs Mohammed Al-Sayed

Alexei Shirov Puzzles, Part X.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexei Shirov vs Marcin Szelag, Germany, 2015
2k4b/2nr4/3Q3p/q2pP3/8/3B2P1/p4P1P/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ba6+ if Kb8 Qxd7 or if Kd8 Qf8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Peter Schreiner vs Alexei Shirov, Germany, 2017
5rk1/1b1P1p1p/6p1/pB6/Pb2n3/1QN1P3/1P3q1P/R1BK2R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3+ if bxc3 or Qxc3 Bf3+ ]

c)
Alexei Shirov vs Xianliang Xu, Karlsruhe, 2018
7r/p2bp1kP/3p1pP1/4q3/2pNPN2/2P5/PP6/K5Q1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nf5+ Bxf5 2.Nh5+ Kh6 3.g7 ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Azer Mirzoev, Linares, 2018
r2k2r1/1p5p/p1p3p1/3nR1P1/1P4B1/P7/7P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7 if Nb6 Rxb7 Nc4 Rd7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Alexei Shirov vs Stellan Brynell, Sweden, 2018
R1rr4/2k5/1n5p/1Rb1P3/2p5/2P3P1/5PBP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Ra7+ Kb8 2.Rb7+ ]

10e)
mate in 3
Alexei Shirov vs Stellan Brynell

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