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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ilya Kan.
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)
Black Mates in 3.
Vladimir Kirillov vs Ilya Kan, Moscow, 1931
R3Q3/5r1k/4p3/3p2n1/1P1P2p1/2P1p1Pq/3N3P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Nxf1 Nf3+ ]

b)
Ilya Kan vs Boris Goldenov, URS, 1941
6k1/2q2p1p/r3pPp1/2p5/1pP2P2/1n2BQ1P/1P4P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qb7 ]

c)
Ilya Kan vs FI Duz-Hotimirsky, Moscow, 1942
3k3r/pp2b1p1/6p1/8/2r5/5NB1/PP4PP/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Rhh4 Bxh4 Rxh4 Nxg6 ]

d)
Black Mates in 6.
Vladimir Alatortsev vs Ilya Kan, Moscow, 1945
4r1k1/p5pp/1nQq4/2pP1pPP/6r1/P4R1K/2B5/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4+ if Kg2 Qh2+ ]

e)
Ilya Kan vs Grigory Fridstein, Moscow, 1949
r5k1/2q2pbp/p1n3p1/4p3/1rQ5/1PN1BP2/1PP4P/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

f)
Ilya Kan vs Juraj Hukel, Calcutta, 1979
r2qkb1r/2p2ppp/p7/1p1Bn3/4p1b1/5N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Bxd1 Bxf7+ Ke7 Bg5+ ]

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