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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Polgar vs Circakov, Targoviste, 1981
3rnk2/pp2q3/2pp2p1/8/1Pb1pB2/4Q1P1/P3PPBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Nf6 Qd4 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Branimir Vujic vs Polgar, Panonija, 1981
3r2k1/2p2pp1/2n3q1/p1B1p2n/Q3P3/1PP2PP1/5K2/2RrRN2 b - - 0 1
[ ...R8d2+ if Nxd2 Qxg3+ mates; if Ke3 Qh6+ mates; if Kg1 Nxg3 ]

c)
Black mates in 5. Smirnov vs Polgar, Televen, 1981
1r6/2q1nbk1/2p2b2/N1PN4/1Q1P2pr/3B1p1P/5P2/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ Kxh2 Rxh3+ Kg1 Rbh8 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Polgar vs Krastjo Dimitrov, Targoviste, 1984
4rqk1/p2r3p/4p1pQ/3nB1N1/2p2P2/Pb2P2R/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6+ Rg7 Rxh7 Nf6 Bxf6 Qxf6 Qxe8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Polgar vs Peter Jamieson, Adelaide, 1986
7r/Nkp3np/3pn1p1/1B3pq1/8/P4P2/6PP/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bc6+ ]



Susan Polgar Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Polgar vs Nikola Spiridonov, Albena, 1986
2qrbknQ/1p4p1/3p1p2/p1pP2B1/P1P1N3/2P4P/2B5/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

b)
Polgar vs Jay Whitehead, New York, 1987
6k1/3n1p1p/r1n3p1/pNQ5/P4P2/3qr1PP/1R4BK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qc1 if Rxg3 or Nf6 Rd1 ]

c)
Polgar vs Nick De Firmian, New York, 1989
6k1/3bbr1p/p2p4/Pp1P2P1/3BPP1p/1p6/q2Q1N1K/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Bb2 w/Ra1 ]

d)
Polgar vs Vasilios Kotronias, Corfu, 1990
8/5r1k/1p1p3P/p1pP1p2/P1P3Np/KP5P/1B3pq1/1B2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5+ Rxf5 Re7+ Rf7 Rxf7+ Kg6 Rg7+ w/Ne3+ ]

e)
Polgar vs Miodrag Todorcevic, Pamplona, 1991
2b2r1k/q5bp/3BR3/p2P1r2/1pp1Q1R1/7P/1P4PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5 Bxe6 (if Rxf5 Re8+ Rf8 Bxf8 Bxg4 Bc5+ Bf8 Bxa7) Qxe6 Qf2 Bxf8 Qxf8 Rxc4 ]

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Susan Polgar Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 6. Lajos Portisch vs Polgar, Hungary, 1991
Rb4k1/5p2/1p4p1/1Pp2q1p/4p3/1Q2P1Pn/1B1rB2P/4nN1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ Bxf1 Nf2+ Kg1 Nf3+ Kg2 Nh3+ Be2 Rxe2+ Kxh3 Rxh2+ ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Polgar vs Leonid Yudasin, Munich, 1991
3r2k1/p1q2p1p/1p3Q2/5B1b/4N3/PP5P/2p3P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 if Bg6 Nf6+ Kh8 Ne8 ]

c)
Polgar vs Efim Geller, Aruba, 1992
r1r3k1/1b1n1ppp/p1q1pb2/P3B2n/Np2P3/3B1N2/1P2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 ]

d)
Polgar vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, Aruba, 1992
r7/p2b1N2/n2Pk2p/2p3p1/2p3P1/P5KP/2B5/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5+ Kxf7 Bxd7+ Kg7 Bb5 ]

e)
Polgar vs Cristina Adela Foisor, Tilburg, 1994
4r2k/1p4b1/p5pp/3q4/P1p1N3/3n3P/1P1Q2P1/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 if Bxf6 Qxh6+ wins the rook ]

Susan Polgar Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 8. Alisa Maric vs Polgar, Tilburg, 1994
5N1k/1b4pp/1p3q2/p3n3/P1B1p1r1/1P6/1Q2RPPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ Kh1 Rh4 h3 Qd6 ]

b)
Black to move and win.
Yadira Hernandez-Guerrero vs Polgar, Moscow olw CUB-HUN 1994
3r4/p4b1k/1p6/1B1p1p1r/3PpP1n/4N1Rq/PP1Q1R1P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg3 hxg3 Nf3+ Rh2 Nxd2 ]

c)
Polgar vs Anatoly Karpov, Monte Carlo, 1994
2r2nk1/pb2qpb1/1p2p1p1/3r3p/2NP1B2/2PB3P/P3QPP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be4 if Rd8 Bxb7 Qxb7 Nd6 ]


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