Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Miguel Najdorf.
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)
Najdorf vs Szapiro, Lodz, 1928
r4bkr/pbp4p/1p1qnp1B/7Q/2BP4/8/PPP2PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re1 ]

b)
Najdorf vs Jiri Pelikan, Mar del Plata, 1944
5bk1/1rQ4p/5pp1/2pP4/3n1PP1/7P/1q3BB1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 ]

c)
Najdorf vs Carlos Hounie Fleurquin, Mar del Plata, 1946
1nb1rk2/p3q1pp/1n3p2/1p1p1N2/2pP1PQ1/1PP3P1/P5BP/R1B1rRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba3 ]

d)
Najdorf vs J Bolbochan, Mar del Plata, 1946
4r3/2R2p1k/1Q5p/3q2p1/2b1p3/2B1P2P/5PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6 if Rg8 Rc6 ]

e)
Najdorf vs Carlos Maderna, Mar del Plata, 1946
r1b3k1/pp2q1p1/8/2p1p2r/2P1B1RP/3Q4/PP1R1P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]

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Najdorf Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Najdorf vs Gedeon Barcza, Budapest, 1936
1b2r3/5k1p/p3p1pP/4P1B1/7K/1B6/P4Pb1/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ f3 w/Kg3 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Najdorf vs Christian De Ronde, Buenos Aires, 1945
rn3rk1/6np/3q2p1/3P4/1pBB2P1/pPp2Q1P/P7/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Qxf8 d6+ Ne6 Bxe6+ Qf7 Rxf7 ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Najdorf vs Enrique Falcon, Buenos Aires, 1945
3q1nb1/r6k/p6B/1pp2p1P/4pP2/PP2P3/2P1B1R1/Q5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Kxh6 Rxa7 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Najdorf vs Gudbjartur Gudmundsson, Amsterdam, 1950
3r1k1q/pbn5/1pp2NB1/3p1P2/2P2bQ1/1P6/P5PP/1K2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nh7+ Qxh7 (if Kg8 Bf7+) Bxh7 Be3 f6 ]

e)
White Mates in 8. Najdorf vs Yosef Porath, Amsterdam, 1954
2rr1k2/p4p1Q/1pq2bpp/3N4/8/P2R3P/1P3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7 Be5 Nxc6 h5 Rxd8+ ]

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Najdorf Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 2. Najdorf vs Rodolfo Kalkstein, Montevideo, 1954
4r3/2q1rpk1/p3bN1p/2p3p1/4QP2/2N4P/PP4P1/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Najdorf vs Enrique Reinhardt, Buenos Aires, 1955
r2q1rk1/pbR2p2/1pnQ2p1/8/1P6/P1N5/4B1PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rfxf7 ]

c)
Najdorf vs Boris Spassky, Goteborg, 1955
3n2k1/1pp1Bp2/r4bp1/3P3p/8/4P1P1/r4PBP/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 if Rxd6 Bxf6 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Najdorf vs Aleksander Matanovic, Mar del Plata, 1960
2r1rn1k/2q3pp/pp1b3N/3b4/6Q1/3B4/PB4PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf7 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Najdorf vs Miroslav Filip, Varna, 1962
4q1k1/7p/p1b1p1pB/1p1nPpQ1/7P/P5P1/1P3PB1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 if Bxd5 Qf6 or if Qf7 Bxc6 Qf8 Bd7 ]

Najdorf Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Najdorf vs Julio Bolbochan, Buenos Aires, 1965
r1br1nk1/pp2qpbp/1npp2p1/5P2/1PP1P3/1NN1B3/P2QB1PP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ f6 if Bxf6 Rxf6 Qxf6 Bg5 ]

b)
Najdorf vs Herman Pilnik, Mar del Plata, 1972
2br2k1/4bpp1/p3p2p/2N5/1P2Q2P/2q1PBP1/5P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd8+ Bxd8 Qc6 ]

c)
Najdorf vs Margeir Petursson, Reykjavik, 1976
6k1/1b3rrp/1p2q1p1/p1ppP3/4pPP1/1P2P1RP/PB2Q2K/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ f5 Qc8 e6 ]

d)
Najdorf vs A Seidler, Buenos Aires, 1977
4qnk1/2Q2p2/4rP1p/6p1/3R4/2P1p1BP/6P1/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if Qc6 Qe7 ]

e)
Najdorf vs Arnold Denker, Groningen, 1996
rr4k1/5p1p/1ppq2p1/3Nn3/P3PQ2/8/1P4PP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc6 if Qxc6 Ne7+ ]

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