Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Alexander Lastin.
White to move and win except where noted.

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




a) White Mates in 3. Lastin vs Vladimir Burmakin, Moscow, 1994
3r3k/1p3Rpp/p2nn3/3N4/8/1PB1PQ1P/q4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1

b)
White Mates in 5. Lastin vs Mikhail Kobalia, Moscow, 1994
3r3r/1R3p2/p1qkp2p/2p5/Q1Pp4/P2P2P1/5P2/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc6+ w/Reb1 ]

c)
Lastin vs Andrei Lukin, Elista, 1995
2r4k/6p1/p3R2N/1p3P2/2qpQ2b/P7/1PP5/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ w/Nd6 ]

d)
Lastin vs Sergei Shestakov, Moscow, 1995
4r1k1/4q2p/p2bb1p1/1p1pN3/8/1PB4P/1P1Q1PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng4 w/Qd4 if Bc5 Nh6+ w/Qf4+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Lastin vs Vladimir Zhuravlev, Azov, 1996
2b5/3qr2k/5Q1p/P3B3/1PB1PPp1/4K1P1/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bg8+ Kxg8 Qh8+ Kf7 Qg7+ Ke8 Qg8# ]

f)
White Mates in 5. Lastin vs Igor Gulkov, Voronezh, 1998
2r1r1k1/2q1bp2/p2p2p1/1p1Qn1P1/5B2/2P5/PP4B1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 dxe5 Rh8+ Kxh8 Qxf7 Bxg5 Rh1+ Bh4 Rxh4# ]

g)
Lastin vs Alexander Motylev, Tula, 1999
7k/p5b1/2p5/6p1/2B3P1/5K1P/Pr6/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ w/Bd3+ & Re6+ ]



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