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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.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

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

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

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

d)
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 ]

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

Hort Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
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 ]

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

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

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

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

d)
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+ ]

e)
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 ]

King-pawn Opening Series



Hort Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 2.
Hort vs Dunne, Lucerne, 1982
1r2q2k/4N2p/3p1Pp1/2p1n1P1/2P5/p2P2KQ/P3R3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

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

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

d)
Hort vs Meinrad Schauwecker, Switzerland, 1987
r5k1/pp1b2pN/6P1/n4p2/4QP2/P1rB4/qP1K4/3R3R w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh1+ ]

e)
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+ ]

Hort Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
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 ]

b)
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+ ]

c)
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+ ]

d)
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+ ]

e)
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 ]

'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Vlastimil Hort Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vlastimil Hort vs Fritz Maurer, Interlaken 2003
1rb3k1/5pbp/p7/2qr1p1Q/2N1p3/1P6/P4PPP/3RRBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 if Qxd5 Rd1 ]

b)
Vlastimil Hort vs Fred Slingerland, Hoogeveen, 2006
1r6/q5kp/3ppnp1/pp6/2rRP3/P6P/1PP2QP1/3NR2K w - - 1 0
[ Rxc4 ]

c)
Vlastimil Hort vs Arno Feicht, Bad Homburg, 2007
5rk1/pbqr1p1p/1p2p1p1/2pnb3/4N3/2P3BP/PPQ2PP1/3RRBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe5 Qxe5 Nxc5 Qc7 Nxd7 Qxd7 c4 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Vlastimil Hort vs Viktorija Cmilyte, Marianske Lazne, 2008
2br4/3nk3/1p2B1R1/p1pP4/2Pb1B1p/P4K1P/8/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ d6+ Ke8 Rg8+ Nf8 Rxf8+ ]

e)
Vlastimil Hort vs Arthur Toenz, Zuerich, 2016
2q1r1k1/r3p1bp/2pnNpp1/pp1b4/3P4/PPP4P/2B1QPPB/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxg7 Kxg7 Bxd6 ]

Vlastimil Hort Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maximilian Ujtelsky vs Vlastimil Hort, Bratislava, 1959
2kr1r2/pp1bq3/n2p2p1/2pPb1Pp/2P1P2Q/1N3P2/PP2BB2/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf4 Qh2 Rxe4 ]

b)
Zbigniew Doda vs Vlastimil Hort, Varna, 1962
2b5/1p2kp2/2p1n3/2P3p1/3BP1P1/5P2/r3BK2/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 if Re1 Nd3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Vladimir Simagin vs Vlastimil Hort, Moscow, 1963
7k/1p4p1/p1b1Q2p/4Ppq1/1P6/P4PN1/6PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3+ Kf1 Bb5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Josef Augustin vs Vlastimil Hort, Prague, 1963
1Q6/1b3p1k/p3p2p/1p6/4qP1P/PP5K/3R2P1/6r1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Kg3 Qg6+ Kf2 Qxg2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Andras Ozsvath vs Vlastimil Hort, Prague, 1966
4r3/ppk1r3/2b3p1/1n3p2/R1N5/1B1n1N1P/P1R3P1/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

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