Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Mikhail Podgaets.
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.
Yuri Balashov vs Mikhail Podgaets, Moscow, 1966
1b3r1k/1P4pp/8/2Q5/8/6r1/8/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ if Kh2 Rg5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
R Eud vs Mikhail Podgaets, Harrachov, 1967
6nk/3b3p/3p4/3P3p/2pbPq2/P1N2p1P/1Q6/1R3K1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3 if Qc2 Bxh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Mikhail Podgaets vs Janis Klovans, Alma-Ata, 1968
7k/1p3r1n/7Q/p2pPBq1/Pn6/1P1P4/1B3P2/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ e6+ if Rg7 Qxh7# or if Kg8 Bxh7+ Rxh7 Qxg5+ ]

d)
Anatoly Bannik vs Mikhail Podgaets, Kiev, 1968
1k6/1p1n1pp1/p4n1p/5P1P/P1rR4/1NB2Q2/KPq1r1P1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Mikhail Podgaets vs Liuben Spassov, Varna, 1972
3r2k1/p4R1p/1p4n1/4p1P1/2p5/Pq5B/1B3Q1K/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ Rxf8 Be6+ Kg7 Bxe5+ Nxe5 Qxf8+ ]

Mikhail Podgaets puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Karen Grigorian vs Mikhail Podgaets, Moscow, 1974
r3r1k1/pb3p2/1p3q1p/6p1/2Pn4/1PBQ2P1/P3PPNP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe2+ Qxe2 Qc6 ]

b)
Mikhail Podgaets vs Levon Eolian, Beltsy, 1979
r4rk1/p4qpp/1p2R3/5p2/8/1Q6/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd7 if Qxd7 Re7+ ]

c)
Mikhail Podgaets vs Eduard Mnatsakanian, Beltsy, 1979
2r3k1/pp2rppp/8/3R1Q2/1pq5/6P1/PP3P1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc5 ]

d)
Mikhail Podgaets vs Seiram Chekhelian, URS, 1979
3r2k1/p2q3p/1p3RpP/8/8/P4b2/1Q3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd6 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Mikhail Podgaets vs Valery Chekhov, Kharkov, 1985
4r1k1/1p2bp1p/pq3Bp1/3prP2/P2P3Q/1P1R4/6PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ ]

Mikhail Podgaets puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Mikhail Podgaets vs Alexander Baburin, Riga, 1988
r5k1/pp3ppp/8/4n2q/7P/2N1P3/PPQ2P2/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd5 if Re8 f4 ]

b)
Mikhail Podgaets vs Piotr Bobras, Koszalin, 1998
8/p1rrnpkp/1ppR2p1/3bP3/1P2N3/P5PP/5PB1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6 Bxg2 Kxg2 Rxd6 exd6 Rc8 dxe7 Kxf6 Rxc6+ ]

c)
Mikhail Podgaets vs Vladislava Kalinina, Alushta, 2001
6k1/p1p2pp1/1p5p/8/1Pr3q1/P2Q1NP1/5RK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Re2 ]

d)
Raffael Altshul vs Mikhail Podgaets, Bad Zwischenahn, 2008
1r2n3/p1r1qp1k/2p1bbpB/4p3/N1NnP3/5P2/PR4PP/1RQ2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb2 Rxb2 g5 ]


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