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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Hort vs Leonid Shamkovich, Moscow, 1962
r4rk1/p1n2pp1/4bR1p/3pP3/2p4Q/q1PB4/P3N1PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 if gxh6 Qg3+ Kh8 Rf6 ]

b)
Hort vs Vasja Pirc, Marianske Lazne, 1965
2r3k1/6p1/p2p1b2/5Qp1/1pqP4/2n1B1P1/P3P1BP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd5+ ]

c)
Hort vs Tomas Bjornsson, Oerebro, 1966
r2r2k1/1b1n1pb1/p2q1np1/1p1Np1N1/2p1P1P1/3BB2P/PPP2Q2/2KR1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ if Nxf6 Nxf7 w/Bxc4+ or if Qxf6 Qh4 ]

d)
Hort vs Vladimir Savon, Habana, 1967
r5k1/pR3b2/q6p/3p2p1/5pP1/1Q3P1P/8/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Hort vs Erkki Havansi, Halle, 1967
1R6/4r1pk/pp2N2p/4nP2/2p5/2P3P1/P2P1K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf8+ ]



Hort Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Hort vs Dragoljub Minic, Halle, 1967
r7/pp4R1/4bn1p/2p1Np1k/2P2q2/2Q5/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3+ if Qh4 Ng6 ]

b)
Hort vs Boris Vladimirov, Leningrad, 1967
b5k1/2q1b1pp/3p1p2/1np1pP2/2N1P1PB/2PP3P/6BK/3Q4 w - - 0 1
[ Qb3 if Na7 Nxd6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Hort vs Luben Popov, Varna, 1969
r1bq4/1p4kp/3p2p1/p1pP4/P1P1rNPb/5R1P/1P1Q4/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5+ if gxh5 Rf7+ or if Kg8 Qh6 ]

d)
Hort vs Jan Banas, Havirov, 1970
1r2nbk1/1p3p1p/pP3qp1/3Qp3/4P3/1B2BP1P/P5P1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 if Nd6 Bg5 Qxg5 Rxf7 Qc1+ Kh2 Qc6 Rxb7 ]

e)
Hort vs Samuel Reshevsky, Herceg Novi, 1970
2r1k2r/1b1nbppp/p3p3/3pP3/Pp3P2/1N1PB2P/1P2N1P1/2R2RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Na5 ]

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Hort Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hort vs Bent Larsen, Palma de Majorca, 1970
5b1k/3r2pb/1r5p/2p1Bp1P/p1B1P3/q5P1/4QP2/1RR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra1 if Qb4 Bc3 ]

b)
Hort vs Risto Nicevski, Rovinj/Zagreb, 1970
1qr3k1/r3bppp/4pn2/1p1p4/1B6/1PN2QP1/P1R1PP1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 if Rxe7 Nxd5 ]

c)
Hort vs Jerzy Kostro, Luhacovice, 1971
4r1k1/1b2qpp1/2pR3p/prN1p3/4P3/P1Q5/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ a4 w/Rd7 ]

d)
Hort vs Ulf Andersson, Skopje, 1972
3nr1r1/ppnkpq1p/3p4/1P1N1p2/2P2P2/2B3P1/P1KQ3P/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7 if Rxe7 Qxd6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Hort vs Lajos Portisch, Madrid, 1973
5rk1/r1q2p1p/p3pQ2/1bPp1p2/1R6/3BP3/P4PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg4+ if fxg4 Qg5+ Kh8 Qh6 ]

Hort Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hort vs Eduard Meduna, Rimavska Sobota, 1974
2kr3r/pp1n1ppp/2p1p3/6P1/PbBPP1nq/2N2Q2/1P4PP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh3 ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Hort vs Radolfo Cardoso, Las Palmas, 1975
r2q4/p4pk1/n1bPpNr1/2p1PpNp/Pp5P/6R1/1P3PP1/R1Q3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ if fxe6 Rxg6+ Kxg6 Qg5+ ]

c)
Hort vs William Hartston, Teeside, 1975
rn1rb1k1/4bp1p/ppq1p1p1/8/3PNB2/2PB1Q2/P4PPP/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Bxf6 Be4 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Hort vs Milenko Sibarevic, Banja-Luke, 1976
1R2R3/p1r2pk1/3b1pp1/8/2Pr4/4N1P1/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ ]

e)
Hort vs Gennadi Sosonko, Tilburg, 1979
6k1/pp2p1np/3pp3/r5qB/r3P3/P1P2P2/1PR4Q/K6R w - - 0 1
[ Be8 if Nxe8 Rg2 ]

Hort Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Hort vs John Van Der Wiel, Amsterdam, 1980
4r1k1/p2n4/3p1Pp1/1ppq1n2/4N1P1/PP3R2/5PK1/Q6R w - - 0 1
[ f7+ if Kxf7 Rh7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Hort vs Scotland, Germany, 1981
2bqr1k1/ppr1b2p/4p1p1/3n2B1/3P4/P1P2R1Q/5PPP/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 if Nf6 Bxf6 Kxf7 Qxh7+ or if h5 Qd3 ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Hort vs Dunne, Lucerne, 1982
1r2q2k/4N2p/3p1Pp1/2p1n1P1/2P5/p2P2KQ/P3R3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

d)
Hort vs Ferdinand Hellers, Wijk aan Zee, 1986
3q1rk1/1R4b1/3p4/3PpnNQ/2P4r/8/6BP/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Rb7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Hort vs Hubert Schuh, BRD, 1987
3r2k1/6p1/3Np2p/2P1P3/1p2Q1Pb/1P3R1P/1qr5/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+, Rxf8+ & Qa8+ ]

Hort Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hort vs Meinrad Schauwecker, Switzerland, 1987
r5k1/pp1b2pN/6P1/n4p2/4QP2/P1rB4/qP1K4/3R3R w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh1+ ]

b)
Hort vs A Schneiders, San Bernadino Brocco, 1989
r2bqr1k/2pb2pp/1pnp4/p3pP2/2P1P2N/4B1PP/PP2Q1BK/3R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ if hxg6 fxg6 Kg8 Qh5+ Rxf1 Qh7+ Kf8 Rxf1+ Bf6 Rxf6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Hort vs Ralf Schoene, Bad Neuenahr, 1991
r3b3/1p3N1k/n4p2/p2PpP2/n7/6P1/1P1QB1P1/4K3 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ Kg8 Qh8+ Kxf7 d6 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Hort vs Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Monte Carlo, 1994
4r1k1/5p2/p4Pr1/2p2QN1/3b4/1P5R/4q1PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh3+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Hort vs Luc Zimmermann, Dieren, 1999
r5rk/6pp/p5bR/2p1pPB1/4P2Q/2q4P/P5RK/8 w - - 0 1
[ fxg6 if gxh6 Bf6+ ]

Hort Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Hort vs Oliver Kurmann, Davos, 2002
1r1q1b1k/pQ6/2pP2pp/1b6/1P1p1B2/6P1/P4PBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be5+ if Kg8 Bd5+ cxd5 Qxd5+ ]

b)
Hort vs Ernst Zindel, Davos, 2002
2k1r2r/ppp1nppp/2npb2q/2bN4/4PN2/3B2P1/PPP2P1P/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc7 ]

c)
Hort vs Julian Radulski, Hoogeveen, 2002
7r/Rn3pk1/1R1p2p1/1ppPp1p1/4P1q1/1PP3N1/5QK1/6Nr w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ if Kxf7 Rbxb7+ mates or if Kh6 Kxh1 Qxg3 Ra2 ]

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