Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Ratmir Kholmov.
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)
Kholmov vs A Shumakher, Zhdanovichi, 1946
n4rr1/4qppk/p2p2Rp/1ppPpP1P/4P3/1PP1Q3/P4PR1/3B3K w - - 0 1
[ f6 ]

b)
Kholmov vs Dmitri Grechkin, Tbilisi, 1949
6k1/5pb1/p1r1b1pp/2prR3/P4P1P/2B5/4Q1PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if Bxd5 Bxg7 w/Qe5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Kholmov vs Y Kliavinsh, Vilnius, 1955
r5rk/pp1np1bn/2pp2q1/3P1bN1/2P1N2Q/1P6/PB2PPBP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

d)
Kholmov vs Peter Dely, Balatonfured, 1959
7k/4r1p1/q4p1p/2p5/2r5/P4Q2/5PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb8+ Kh7 Qd3+ if Ree4 f3 or if g6 Qd8 mates ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Kholmov vs Alexei Suetin, Leningrad, 1963
3Q3R/4rqp1/6k1/p3Pp1p/Pp3P1P/1Pp4K/2P5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qd1 ]



Kholmov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kholmov vs Georgi Tringov, Leningrad, 1967
6k1/R4r2/1p1r2pp/2pq1p2/P4P2/2P1R3/7P/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Kg7 Rxf7+ ]

b)
Kholmov vs Vasily Panov, Skopje, 1967
2R2bk1/1p1rqp1p/p5p1/3p4/3P1Q2/4B2P/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8 w/Bh6 ]

c)
Kholmov vs Edmar Mednis, Budapest, 1976
rn2k2r/pp3ppp/1qp1pn2/b3Nb2/2BP4/1QN1P3/1P3PPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Rxa5 Qxa5 Qxb7 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Kholmov vs Burkhard Malich, Halle, 1978
2r3k1/5q1p/1R4nP/P4p2/4p3/1Q4P1/1B3P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ if hxg6 h7+ ]

e)
Kholmov vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Ordzhonikidze, 1978
2R5/5Bpk/7p/5r2/3bpP1P/6PK/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bg8+ Kg6 Rc6+ if Bf6 g4 Rxf4 h5+ mates or if Rf6 h5+ ]

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Kholmov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kholmov vs Jan Sikora-Lerch, Trencianske Teplice, 1979
r5k1/4ppbp/1r1p2p1/3q4/1P4n1/2BB4/1P3PPP/R2R1QK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4 if Qb7 Bd5 ]

b)
Kholmov vs Alex Gofman, Planernaya, 1980
q2n3k/p4rbp/2Pp2p1/3P1p2/4r2Q/4B3/4B1PP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe4 if fxe4 Rxf7 Nxf7 c7 Qc8 Ba6 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Kholmov vs Kuntsevich, Planernaya, 1980
r2nr3/p2k2pp/4p3/3pP3/1QnN4/2P5/PP4PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ if Nxf7 Qb7+ or if Kc8 Qc5+ ]

d)
Kholmov vs Sergei Terentiev, Volgograd, 1980
6k1/5R1p/p5p1/1p6/8/6B1/r2r1RKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Kg7 Be5+ Kh6 Bf4+ ]

e)
Kholmov vs Stanislaw Kostyra, Warsaw, 1989
5bk1/6pp/p4p2/3R4/P2B4/r4P2/6PP/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 ]

Kholmov Puzzles, Part IV.
a)
White Mates in 4. Kholmov vs Alexander Filipenko, Cheliabinsk, 1991
2Rr1qk1/5ppp/p2N4/P7/5Q2/8/1r4PP/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ Qxf7 Rxd8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Kholmov vs Henryk Dymerski, Wisla, 1992
r1qrb1k1/2p1bp1p/1p2p1pB/p1n1P2N/2P2Q2/8/PPB2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kh8 Qh4 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Kholmov vs Mikhail Ivanov, Moscow, 1996
6k1/p2r1p2/3Np1pQ/2pnP3/qP6/P5RP/5PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Kholmov vs Leonid Totsky, Pardubice, 1996
3r1knR/r4p2/p3p1p1/1p1qN1P1/3p1Q2/1PP2p2/P4K2/7R w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Kholmov vs Nikolai Kushch, Marganets, 1999
R6R/2kr4/1p3pb1/3prN2/6P1/2P2K2/1P6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ra7+ ]

Kholmov Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kholmov vs Dmitry Vdovin, Moscow, 1999
r5k1/ppp3p1/1b1p3p/3Nprq1/PPP5/2P2Q1P/5PP1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5 ]

b)
Kholmov vs Yuri Shabanov, Rowy, 2000
1r3b2/5k2/p1n2p1p/4p1p1/N1N1P3/P1P2PB1/1Pr3PP/1R3K2 w - - 0 1
[ Be1 w/Ne3 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Kholmov vs Jan Turner, Pardubice, 2001
3r2k1/3N3p/4p1pQ/3p1p2/3P4/6BP/q4PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kf7 Qxh7+ ]

d)
Kholmov vs Vladimir Doroshkievich, Tula, 2003
rq1bb1k1/5pp1/npn1p2p/pN6/2P1B3/P3BN2/1P2QPPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nfd4 if Qc8 Nd6 ]


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