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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Garry Kasparov.
White to move and win except where noted:

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Kasparov vs Dmitry Kaiumov, Tbilisi, 1976
2rq1k1r/p3nppp/1p2pN2/nP1pP3/3P2P1/2R1QN2/5PKP/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Kasparov vs Aldyn Guseinov, USSR, 1976
3r1r2/4Qp2/1nqP2pk/p3p2p/1pB5/1P6/5RPP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Kasparov vs Adrian Negulescu, Cagnes sur Mer, 1977
8/2r1q2p/7k/2pR1Q2/4p2p/1P2P3/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4 ]

d)
Kasparov vs Evgeny Pigusov, Riga, 1977
r5k1/ppr2p2/6p1/3pP3/3P3Q/q2B1R1P/P5PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

e)
Kasparov vs Leonid Zaid, Leningrad Jr, 1977
2q5/3bb3/4B2k/2p1R3/7p/6rP/8/Q4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qc1+ ]



Kasparov Puzzles, Part II: White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Kasparov vs Guy West, Telex, 1977
r1bqkb1r/pp1n1ppp/3pp3/4P3/3N4/2PB4/P1PBQPPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

b)
Kasparov vs Andrei Kharitonov, Leningrad, 1977
6k1/2R3pp/8/n3p3/P3P3/1p3KP1/1b3P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rc5 ]

c)
Kasparov vs Dariusz Weider, Cagnes sur Mer, 1977
r5k1/pq1nR1pp/1p3r2/5p2/3P4/3B1b1Q/P4PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Y Fedoruk vs Kasparov, Tashkent, 1978
6k1/1p3pb1/4p1p1/2p2p2/2PP1P1q/1P5P/rB1Q2P1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb2 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Elmar Magerramov vs Kasparov, Baku, 1979
r3k2r/pp1b1ppp/1qn2n2/8/2Q1p3/2N1N1P1/PP2PPBP/R3K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Na5 ]

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Kasparov Puzzles, Part III: White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Kasparov vs Eduard Mnatsakanian, Moscow, 1979
6k1/p4n1p/3p1Bp1/2qb1p2/5Q2/3P2PP/5PB1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa4 ]

b)
Black Mates in 3. Milorad Knezevic vs Kasparov, Banja-Luka, 1979
6k1/5pp1/8/1bBn1q1p/1P5P/5PP1/3Qp1B1/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb1+ ]

c)
Kasparov vs Algimantas Butnorius, Moscow, 1979
b4rk1/p1n3p1/1p1rpP1q/7p/1P2PR1B/P4R2/6PP/5QK1 w - - 0 1
[ f7+ w/Be7 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Kasparov vs Istvan Csom, Baku, 1980
r3r1k1/pp3nPp/1b1p1B2/1q1P1N2/8/P4Q2/1P3PK1/R6R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 ]

e)
Kasparov vs Slavoljub Marjanovic, Malta, 1980
r4r1k/pbn1Nppp/np3q2/3p2N1/5B2/6PB/Pb3P1P/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh7 ]



Kasparov Puzzles, Part IV: White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Black to move and win. Vitaly Tseshkovsky vs Kasparov, Frunze, 1981
2r3k1/1p4pp/p1n1p3/4q3/P4BP1/1NP4P/1P3bQ1/R4K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf4 if Qxf2 Qc4+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Vladimir Tukmakov vs Kasparov, Frunze, 1981
6k1/4qp2/1B4pp/2R1b3/P2Nb3/1P2Q3/r4PPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc5 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Kasparov vs Zakharov, Moscow, 1981
5r1k/2q1r1p1/1npbBpQB/1p1p3P/p2P2R1/P4PP1/1PR2PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ ]

d)
Kasparov vs Leonid Yurtaev, Moscow, 1981
3r2k1/p4p2/3qbPp1/3pR2p/1r1P4/2N1Q3/1P5P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 w/Qh6 ]

e)
White mates in 3. Kasparov vs Elmar Magerramov, USSR, 1982
3r1r1k/1p3p1p/p2p4/4n1NN/6bQ/1BPq4/P3p1PP/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ ]



Garry Kasparov, Part V: White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Kasparov vs Victor Korchnoi, Herceg Novi, 1983
r4r1k/p1q3pp/3pBpb1/2nPpN2/2p1P3/P1P5/1R4R1/2BQ3K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 ]

b)
Kasparov vs Cathy Forbes, London, 1984
2r2rk1/p1P2pp1/3Qp3/7p/8/6P1/P3qP1P/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ w/Rd8 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Anatoly Karpov vs Kasparov, Moscow, 1984
2rr2k1/6pp/5p2/p1n5/PbPpP1PP/5P2/2K2B2/1NRR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...d3+ Kb2 d2 Rc2 Nd3+ ]

d)
Kasparov vs Mephisto 68000, Hamburg Blind Simul, 1985
2r3k1/1qr1b1p1/p2pPn2/nppPp3/8/1PP1B2P/P1BQ1P2/5KRR w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ ]

e)
Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov, Moscow, 1985
3r2k1/pb1r1pp1/1pn2q1p/3B4/6Q1/P4NP1/1P3PP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7 w/Re8+ Be4+ & Rxd7 ]



Garry Kasparov, Part VI: White to move and win except where noted.

a)
White Mates in 5. Kasparov vs Mephisto Exclusive, Hamburg Simul, 1985
rb3rk1/1b1q1ppp/1pn1p3/p1p1P2Q/2PpNP2/3P2PP/PP4B1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

b)
Kasparov vs Mephisto 68000, Hamburg simul, 1985
R3n1k1/7p/3prppB/1p2p3/1P2P2Q/7P/5PPK/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ ]

c)
Kasparov vs Stefano Tatai, Dubai, 1986
5k2/pp1b4/3N1pp1/3P4/2p5/q1P1QP2/5KP1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ if Ke7 Qg7+ ]

d)
Kasparov vs Matthias Wahls, Frankfurt, 1986
r2q1r1k/3n1pnp/p4NbQ/1p1Pp1p1/2p1N3/4P3/PP2B1PP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh7 w/Nxg5 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Kasparov vs Bent Larsen, Brussels, 1987
1qr2bk1/pb3pp1/1pn3np/3N2NQ/8/P7/BP3PPP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/Qxg6+ ]



Kasparov, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Robert Huebner vs Kasparov, Brussels, 1987
r3r2k/6bp/6q1/2N5/1p1Pp3/5bQP/P4PB1/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg3 if fxg3 Bxd4+ ]

b)
Kasparov vs Nigel Short, Brussels, 1987
5rk1/pbr1bppp/4nn2/3p1B2/8/P3PN2/1B1N1PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Be5 if Rd7 Nd4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. John Van Der Wiel vs Kasparov, Brussels, 1987
6k1/p2R1p1p/5bp1/8/Pn2R1K1/1r6/7P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Luc Winants vs Kasparov, Brussels, 1987
8/Q1K2pk1/4q1p1/3p2Pp/1R6/P1p1P1P1/8/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe7+ Kb8 Qxa7+ w/...c2 ]

e)
Black Mates in 4. Florin Gheorghiu vs Kasparov, Salonika, 1988
6k1/1p5p/p2p1q2/3Pb3/1Q2P3/3b1BpP/PPr3P1/KRN5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb2+ ]

Kasparov, Part VIII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kasparov vs Gorgui Gueye, Cannes, 1988
r3r1k1/pb4pp/nq1np3/1p1pNp2/3P1N2/QP2P1P1/P4P1P/R1R2BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7 ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Kasparov vs Vasily Ivanchuk, Moscow,
r2n3k/pp2R1pp/2bp4/3B1PN1/2pP4/2P5/P6P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ f6 Nf7 Nxf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Kasparov vs Stuart Rachels, New York, 1988
5rk1/7p/5p2/1b1PN3/1p3Q2/1n2R3/6PK/2q5 w - - 0 1
[ Rg3+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

d)
Kasparov vs Ilya Smirin, Moscow, 1988
2n3k1/6b1/1p1pR2p/1q1Pp3/2r1P3/6PB/8/5QK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6 if Bxh6 Be6+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov, Lyon, 1990
r3Rb1k/8/p2p1q1p/3n1bN1/Pn5Q/6RP/1p3PPK/1B6 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Qxf7 Qxh6+ Bh7 Rxa8 ]

Kasparov, Part IX. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kasparov vs Iglesias, Galacia, 1991
4nr1k/4r2p/2B3n1/5p1N/8/3q2P1/Q6P/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Qa1+ Kg8 Rxe7 Nxe7 Bxe8 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Viswanathan Anand vs Kasparov, Paris, 1992
r5k1/1p3pbp/pqn2n2/5R2/P7/2N1R3/1PP2QPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 if Re8+ Rxe8 Qxb6 Bd4+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Nigel Short vs Kasparov, London, 1993
3r4/p1b3k1/bp5p/2p1n1p1/P1P1Pp2/6Pq/1PQN1P1P/2BRN1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2 if Bxd2 Bxc4 ]

d)
Kasparov vs We Barclays de Zoete, 1993
8/1Rr3k1/2pq2p1/4rp2/P1Q4R/6P1/5PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qd4 if Qe7 Rxc7 ]

e)
Kasparov vs Nigel Short, London, 1993
4q1k1/1b1rrp1p/p3n1p1/2p1P3/3P4/P1N5/B4QPP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 if Ng5 h4 or if Ng7 Ne4 ]

Kasparov, Part X. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kasparov vs Lautier, Moscow, 1994
2b3rk/4np1p/p6P/2r1qpQR/1pP1p3/4N3/PPB2PP1/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Ng4 ]

b)
Kasparov vs Rafael Vaganian, Novogorod, 1995
2r2r1k/pq2b2P/1p2pp2/4B3/1n2N3/P3P3/1PQ2PP1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 if Bxf6 Bxf6+ Rxf6 Qc3 or if Nxc2 Nd5+ Bf6 Nxf6 ]

c)
Kasparov vs Yasser Seirawan, Amsterdam VSB, 1996
r3kn2/5q2/r3p2p/4Pp2/1Q3N1B/5P1P/1P6/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 ]

d)
Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand, Moscow, 1996
2b1rnkb/1q3p1p/pBrp1PpQ/1p1Np1P1/1P2P3/P2PR3/4N2P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd8 if Qd7 Ne7+ w/fxe7 & Rh3 ]

e)
Tal Shaked vs Kasparov, Tilburg, 1997
3rr1k1/pb2ppb1/1p4p1/q1pP2Bp/2n1PQ1P/2P2P2/P3N1P1/1BR1K2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Be5 ]

Kasparov, Part XI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kasparov vs Pau Xavier Guerrero, Madrid, 1997
3k3r/pRb5/4ppr1/1Q1p2p1/1B1P1qP1/P4P1P/6K1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rxc7 if Kxc7 Ba5+ mates ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Kasparov vs Graham Lee, Oakham, 1997
1qrr1nk1/5p1p/1p5Q/pP1bpPP1/4N3/4B3/3R3P/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kh8 Nh5 ]

c)
Black Mates in 2. Veselin Topalov vs Kasparov, Sofia, 1998
8/p4pk1/6p1/3R4/3nqN1P/2Q3P1/5P2/3r1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf1+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Kasparov vs P Munch, Colmar, 1998
r3q3/p1Q1bk2/2p2pp1/4P3/8/4B3/PPP3P1/2KR1B2 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ Kg7 exf6+ Kxf6 Qf4+ ]

e)
Kasparov vs Jean Netzer, Colmar, 1998
kb1r3r/pp3p2/3q1n2/1B5p/Q5p1/4B1P1/P4P1P/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc6 if Qe5 Ra6 ]

Kasparov, Part XII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Kasparov vs Peter Svidler, Internet, 1998
6r1/7k/p1pr1p1P/q1p1pP2/2P5/2bP3R/P7/2Q3RK w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Rxg7 hxg7+ Kxg7 Qh6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Kasparov vs Steven Brown, London, 1998
r3k2r/1pp1nqbp/p4Pp1/6B1/8/7B/PpP3PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd7+ Kf8 fxe7+ Kg8 e8/Q+ ]

c)
Kasparov vs Ismael Kharmadi, Besancon, 1999
r3k2r/ppp1b2p/4Qp2/3Pn3/5q2/P1N5/BP4PP/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ d6 if cxd6 Nd5 ]

d)
Kasparov vs Malina Nicoara, Besancon, 1999
2r5/p4k1p/1pn1Rp1B/2p4n/P1N5/2Pr4/1P3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6 ]

e)
Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik, Frankfurt, 1999
4kr2/2qr1p2/p3p1p1/3b3p/5Q1P/1P3P2/1KP1N1P1/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if exd5 Nd4+ Kd8 Ne6+ or if Qxf4 Nxf4 ]

Kasparov, Part XIII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Kasparov vs Joao Rebelo, Lisbon, 1999
r3r3/pppq1p1k/1bn2Bp1/3pPb2/1P1P4/P4N2/2BQ1PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5 Bg4 Qh4+ ]

b)
Kasparov vs Oriana Reynolds, Lisbon, 1999
3r1rk1/ppp1qpp1/1bnp1n1p/6B1/2bPP3/2N2N2/PPB2PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 Bxd5 exd5 ]

c)
Kasparov vs A Ringel, Frankfurt, 2000
4qnk1/2Q2p1p/p3p1pP/1p2P1N1/1P6/P7/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Nd7 Qxd7 ]

d)
Kasparov vs Peter Hayes, Internet, 2000
r5n1/pp6/2pqbkP1/3p1p1P/2PP1P2/3BQ3/PP6/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ c5 if Qd7 Qe5+ Ke7 Qg7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Kasparov vs Jamie Hillman, Internet, 2000
3r2k1/4Rb1p/p1q2p2/5Qp1/2pB3N/Pr5P/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 ]

Kasparov, Part XIV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Kasparov vs Alexander Karman, Internet, 2000
r3rk2/5pn1/pb1nq1pR/1p2p1P1/2p1P3/2P2QN1/PPBB1P2/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 ]

b)
Kasparov vs Raphael Kruse, Internet, 2000
2k1r1r1/ppq2pp1/2pb1n1p/3n1P2/3P4/P2B1Q1P/1PPB2R1/2KN1R2 w - - 0 1
[ c4 ]

c)
Kasparov vs Alexei Shirov, Linares, 2000
1rn3k1/R1R2p1p/6p1/8/3PB3/7P/3r2PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rab7 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Kasparov vs Alexei Shirov, Astana, 2001
2r5/pp1b4/4p3/3pPk2/5P2/8/1K6/3R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd4 ]

e)
Black Mates in 4. Vladimir Kramnik vs Kasparov, Moscow, 2001
8/5p1k/4r1p1/2PP1p2/1Q6/1p3bbP/1B2pqP1/R5RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Rxd2 Qf1+ ]

Kasparov, Part XV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kasparov vs Evgeny Bareev, Cannes, 2001
5k1r/1p6/2b1pNpp/2q1P2N/5P1Q/pPp5/Pn4PK/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ if Bxd7 Qf6+ mates ]

b)
Kasparov vs Olavur Simonsen, Torshavn, 2001
R7/1bp3rk/1pNp1nq1/3P1p2/1PP1pPp1/4N1P1/7P/Q5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8 if Rf7 Rxf7 & Nd8 or if Nd7 Ne7 & N7xf5 ]

c)
Kasparov vs Viktor Korchnoi, Zurich, 2001
1rr5/pp3kp1/1n2p1Np/nB1pP1p1/3P4/1PP4R/P4PP1/R3K3 w - - 0 1
[ Rf3+ if Kxg6 Bd3+ mates ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Kasparov vs Ronaldo Abud, Sao Paulo, 2004
3rnr1k/2q1bppb/p1pp3P/6B1/3NPQ2/2N5/PPP2P2/2K3RR w - - 0 1
[ hxg7+ if Nxg7 Rxh7+ or Bf6 mates or if Kg8 Bxe7 mates ]

e)
Garry Kasparov vs Eduard Kocisky, Bratislava, 2011
4rbr1/pp1k1p2/2p2p1p/3n3P/3PNPP1/1P2NK2/P7/2R4R w - - 1 0
[ Nxd5 cxd5 Nxf6+ ]

f)
Black mates in 4.
Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov, Saint Louis, 2015
6r1/7k/7p/5p1q/5P2/1P1Pp3/P6Q/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...e2 if Rg1 e1/Q ]


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