Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Yuri Balashov.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
Balashov vs Yuri Anikaev, Minsk, 1983
2b5/p5k1/1pnR1r1p/2p1qp1P/4pQ2/1PP1N1P1/P5B1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Qxf6 Qc7+ or if Kxf6 Ng4+ or if Qxf4 Rg6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Balashov vs Ulf Andersson, Wijk aan Zee, 1973
4rr1k/1b1qb2p/p2p4/1p1NPp1R/3p2n1/P2B3Q/1PP3PP/R5K1 w - f6 0 1
Note: White can capture e.p. on f6.
[ Rxh7+ Kg8 Qh5 Bf6 Nxf6+ ]

c)
Balashov vs Silvino Garcia Martinez, Cienfuegos, 1975
r2qk2r/1b1nnpb1/p3p1pp/4P1B1/NpBN2Q1/8/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxe6 fxe6 Qxe6 if Rf8 Bd3 ]

d)
Balashov vs David Bronstein, Yerevan, 1975
2r1nbk1/5ppp/3p4/3PpN2/qp2P3/5Q1P/P2B1PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if gxh6 Qg4+ Ng7 Qxc8 ]

e)
Balashov vs Semen Furman, Yerevan, 1975
3R1B2/1r3k1p/p1n1bpp1/Pp2p3/1P2N3/2P4P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ ]



Balashov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Balashov vs Oleg Romanishin, Moscow, 1976
r1b2rk1/p3qppp/1pn1pn2/2p5/1bp5/1PN1PNP1/PBQP1PBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Bb7 Nd5 ]

b)
Balashov vs Lev Alburt, Leningrad, 1977
r1b1r3/p2p1k2/3Q2pp/2p1pp2/1p2q3/1P6/P1P2PPP/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ if Kg7 Bd5 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Balashov vs Aloyzas Kveinys, Klaipeda, 1980
2rr2k1/1p4pp/p7/n1b5/4R1Q1/P2B4/1q4PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qe6+ Kh8 Rh4 ]

d)
Balashov vs Chen De, Hannover, 1983
2k4r/pbqr2pp/B3pp2/2Ppn3/5B2/P1P5/2P1QPPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxb7 if Qxb7 c6 Nxc6 Bxb7+ Kxb7 Qb5+ ]

e)
White Mates in 8. Balashov vs Paul Keres, Tallinn, 1973
r1qn2k1/6p1/pR3p1p/P3Q3/bP2P3/6RP/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Qxf6+ or if Kh8 Rxf6 ]


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