'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Praveen Thipsay.
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)
Praveen Thipsay vs Gary Kenworthy, Torquay, 1982
r2qk1nr/ppp3pp/4b1n1/bN3p2/4p3/2P3BN/PP3PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qa4 ]

b)
Praveen Thipsay vs Younus Hasan, Brighton, 1984
1r1r2k1/2qbb2p/p2pp1p1/1p3R1n/3B4/P1NBR2Q/1PP3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5 if gxh5 Qg3+ mates or if e5 Qg3 exd4 Rxh7 ]

c)
Praveen Thipsay vs Graham Waddingham, London, 1984
r4rk1/2pbnppp/pbnp1q2/1p6/3PP3/1BN1BN1P/PP3PP1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if Qf5 g4 Qg6 Nh4 or if Qg6 Nh4 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Praveen Thipsay vs Vaidyanathan Ravikumar, New Delhi, 1984
2qrr3/pp2bpkp/2b1p1p1/2n5/5QN1/2P3N1/PPB2PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5+ if gxh5 Qh6+ or if Kh8 Qxf7 Rg8 Ngf6 ]

e)
Praveen Thipsay vs Nicholas Ivell, Edinburgh, 1985
4r1k1/1p3p1p/p4Pp1/8/5R2/1P6/1qrQ2PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Re4 if Rec8 Rc4 Qxf6 Rxc8+ ]

1e)
Praveen Thipsay vs Nicholas Ivell

Praveen Thipsay Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Praveen Thipsay vs Natasha Regan, London, 1989
3q2k1/1p1r1p1p/p2p1Pp1/P2Np3/1P2P1Q1/1R4P1/7P/2b4K w - - 0 1
[ Rc3 if Bd2 Rc8 Qxc8 Ne7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Praveen Thipsay vs Rodrigo Alarcon, Moscow, 1994
1b4rk/4R1pp/p1b4r/2PB4/Pp1Q4/6Pq/1P3P1P/4RNK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ Rxg7 Re8+ ]

c)
Praveen Thipsay vs RB Ramesh, Madras, 1996
6r1/4n3/4Nn1p/R4Bpk/4p3/1P4PP/5K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7 if Nxh7 Nf4# ]

d)
Praveen Thipsay vs Charles Lamoureux, Ubeda, 1996
3qr1k1/2r2b2/pp2ppp1/n2p4/3P1Q1P/2N2N2/PP3PP1/2R1R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if exd5 Rxe8+ or if Rxc1 Nxf6+ ]

e)
Praveen Thipsay vs Lanka Ravi, India, 1998
5r2/5pkp/1p1Rn1p1/pB2rq2/P2Qp3/2P3P1/1P3P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 or Qxe6 f4 ]

2b)
mate in 4
Praveen Thipsay vs Rodrigo Alarcon

Praveen Thipsay Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Praveen Thipsay vs Nicholas Pert, Scarborough, 1999
1Rn2r1r/p1k1bR2/4Q2p/3pP1pN/3Pq1P1/7K/5B1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8+ if Rxc8 Qxe7+ ]

b)
Praveen Thipsay vs Atanu Lahiri, Lucknow, 2004
2n4r/1prb1pk1/1q2pNp1/pPbpP2p/P4Q1P/3B2P1/RB3P2/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if exd5 e6+ mates ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Abou el Zein vs Praveen Thipsay, Doha, 1992
Q1n2rk1/3b4/3p1b2/P2Pp1n1/4P3/6P1/4qNpN/2R1B1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3 if Bc3 Nf3+ Nxf3 Qf1+ ]

d)
Krishnan Sasikiran vs Praveen Thipsay, Nagpur, 2002
r3qr2/pp4bk/2p3p1/2P1p2p/PPQnP1p1/1N6/4NPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf7 if Qxf7 Nxe2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Ghate Swathi vs Praveen Thipsay, Nagpur, 2002
2N5/8/5R2/4p1pp/1Pb5/4k1P1/6KP/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd5+ Kh3 Rg1 ]

3a)
mate in 5
Praveen Thipsay vs Nicholas Pert

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