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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Anatoly Lutikov.
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 4.
Lev Polugaevsky vs Anatoly Lutikov, Rostov on Don, 1954
2R5/5kpp/1b1p3q/p2Pp3/1p2P1K1/PN4P1/1B3r1P/3Q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Kg6 h4 Rh2 Kf3 Qe3+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Anatoly Lutikov vs Eduard Gufeld, Tbilisi 1959
r7/ppkr2Rp/5Rp1/4p3/2pnP3/2N5/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5+ Kc8 Rf8+ Rd8 Rc7+ ]

c)
Isaak Birbrager vs Anatoly Lutikov, Orel, 1966
8/R7/3r2kp/2p1nrp1/4N3/6P1/P4PpP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Anatoly Lutikov vs Petriaev, URS, 1971
2r1b1rk/1p4np/p2ppR1Q/q5Pp/P3P3/2N1B3/1PP4P/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Anatoly Lutikov vs Udo Tarve, Cheliabinsk, 1972
3R2r1/5kp1/pq2r1Np/1ppQp3/8/8/5PPP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe5+ Ke7 Rd7+ Kf6 Rf7+ ]

f)
Anatoly Lutikov vs Fernando Silva, Odessa, 1976
8/1p1bkp2/p3nN2/6p1/8/6BP/2r1qPPK/Q7 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5+ if Kd8 Qf6+ Kc8 Nb6# or if Ke8 Qf6 Ng7 Be5 ]

g)
Anatoly Lutikov vs Juri Vetemaa, Minsk, 1981
3q3k/ppr3rp/3n2pQ/4p3/6B1/7P/PP3RPK/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc7 Qxc7 Rf8+ Rg8 Be6 ]


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