Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Igor Novikov.
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)
Novikov vs Eduard Pradstetter, Yerevan, 1984
r7/1bq2pk1/ppnr2pp/3pN3/3P1Q2/P7/BP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Rf8 Qxh6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Novikov vs Georgi Orlov, Minsk, 1986
7k/6r1/2b5/3p1P2/3PN3/2p1P3/2n2QR1/q4BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4+ Kg8 Qd8+ Kh7 Nf6+ & Qh8+ ]

c)
Novikov vs Pavel Blatny, Poznan, 1987
r1b1qrk1/1p2nn1p/p1p2p2/2P2Pp1/3Bp3/1BP2N1R/P5PP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg5 Nd5 (if fxg5 Qh5 mates) Nxh7 w/Nxf8 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Novikov vs Sofia Polgar, Budapest, 1991
r5k1/8/5Pp1/2P1p1N1/1pn5/3R2P1/4Q1KP/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ Rxd8 Qxc4+ Kh8 Qh4+ ]

e)
Novikov vs Berthold Bartsch, New Isenburg, 1992
2b1rk2/p1q2rpp/1ppR1p2/5P2/1PP1nN2/P1N3QP/6PK/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 if Rxe4 Ne6+ Bxe6 Rd8+ mates ]



Novikov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Novikov vs Stefan Gross, New Isenburg, 1992
r3nk2/pb4bp/1p4p1/2q5/4P3/1Q5P/P3BPP1/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Nd6 Rd1 Bd4 Qe6 ]

b)
Novikov vs Christian Rhodin, Bern, 1993
6k1/p3qppp/1pn1r3/8/6Q1/PP3BP1/5P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 if Rxc6 Qe4 ]

c)
Novikov vs Benjamin Finegold, New York, 1993
2kr1bnr/ppp2ppp/2n5/4P3/Q1p5/2N1Pq2/PP3P1P/R1B1KBR1 w - - 0 1
[ Be2 ]

d)
Novikov vs Viesturs Meijers, Riga, 1995
r3r1k1/1b2bp2/ppq2pp1/3N4/P1B5/8/1P2QPPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7 ]

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