Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Konstantinopolsky.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
Vladimir Alatortsev vs Konstantinopolsky, Tbilisi, 1937
r2r2k1/5qpp/8/4p3/P1Q5/4P1P1/7P/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ ]

b)
Iosif Pogrebyssky vs Konstantinopolsky, Kiev, 1940
4r2k/3brp2/1Rpb1q2/3p2n1/3P3p/2NBP2P/5QP1/1R3NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxh3+ w/...Rg8+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 3.
Evgeny Zagorjansky vs Konstantinopolsky, Sverdlovsk, 1943
8/4R1pk/p5p1/8/1pB1n1b1/1P2b1P1/P4r1P/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf3+ Kg1 Rg2+ Kh1 Rg1# ]

d)
Black Mates in 5.
Goldberg vs Konstantinopolsky, Moscow, 1945
7k/6p1/3r3p/3Np3/4Pp1q/1r5P/5RBK/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ Bxh3 Qg3+ Kh1 Qxh3+ Kg1 Rg6+ Rg2 Rxg2# ]

e)
Black Mates in 2.
Boris Ratner vs Konstantinopolsky, Moscow, 1945
1r4k1/3b2pp/1b1pP2r/pp1P4/4q3/8/PP4RP/2Q2R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Kxh2 Qh4# ]

f)
Grigory Lowenfisch vs Konstantinopolsky, Leningrad, 1947
2kr1b2/ppqn1p1p/4pp2/8/3pb3/1QP4P/PP1BBPP1/2K1R2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc5 Qb4 (if Qd1dxc3 3.bxc3 Qb6) Nd3+ Bxd3 Bxb4 ]

g)
Konstantinopolsky vs Vasily Byvshev, Moscow, 1952
r4rk1/p3qppp/1pbbp3/8/1P2P3/P5P1/1B3PBP/RQ1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd3 w/Qc3 ]

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