Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Luben Popov.
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)
Luben Popov vs James Aitken, Enschede, 1963
r2qr1k1/pb2bp1p/1pn3pB/8/2BPp1Q1/2P2N2/P4PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf4 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Luben Popov vs Krum Tomov, Sofia, 1966
r4r1k/1p2Nq2/p2p1b1B/2p3Q1/P2nBP2/6P1/1P5P/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg7+ Bxg7 Qh4+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Luben Popov vs Dragoljub Janosevic, Skopje, 1967
5rk1/3R1p2/5Q1p/p4qp1/2B1b3/1P4P1/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ if Rxf7 Rd8+ or if Kh7 Bg6+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Luben Popov vs Werner Golz, Sofia, 1967
6rk/3P1Rnp/p4Qp1/PppP3q/5P2/8/1P2N1K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg7+ Rxg7 d8/Q+ Rg8 Qf6+ ]

e)
Luben Popov vs Jordan Ajanski, Plovdiv, 1969
5qrk/5p1p/1p2rPp1/p1p1P3/6P1/P1R4Q/1P1R3P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if Qxd8 Qxh7+ mates ]



Luben Popov puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Luben Popov vs Nikolai Radev, Bulgaria, 1973
3r1rk1/1pp2pbp/6n1/5N2/p4n2/5BB1/PqQ2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ Kh8 Nxf7+ Rxf7 Rxd8+ Nf8 Qxa4 ]

b)
Luben Popov vs Gert Ligterink, Amsterdam, 1974
2r2rk1/4ppbp/pBbn2p1/4n3/N1P5/qP1B1P2/4N1PP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc5 if Qa2 Nec3 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Luben Popov vs William Hartston, Scara, 1980
r1q2r2/4bNk1/p2pb1p1/2pP4/2p2Q1P/2N5/PP5B/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ ]

d)
Luben Popov vs Ristic, Smederevska Palanka, 1981
2r2rk1/pbq2p1p/1p3Qn1/8/2p5/5NP1/P4PBP/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd4 if Bxg2 Nf5 mates or if Qd8 Qxd8 Rfxd8 Bxb7 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Luben Popov vs Jordan Grigorov, Sofia, 1981
2r1r3/2qbpk1p/3p1ppP/3P2P1/ppP2Q2/1P6/P3RPB1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe7+ Rxe7 Qxf6+ ]

Luben Popov puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Luben Popov vs Nikolai Radev, Sofia, 1981
r2r2k1/p2b1pb1/n3p2p/qNpP2p1/4Q3/3B1NB1/PP3PPP/R4K1R w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Bd6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Luben Popov vs Stephen Neurohr, Berlin, 1988
r2rk3/p2nppQ1/q7/2pP1B2/1pP5/2B3R1/6PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ Kxf7 Be6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Romislav Rakic vs Luben Popov, Leningrad, 1960
r3r3/pp5k/6pp/2PQb3/2R2P1P/8/P5PK/4q2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh4+ Kg1 Bd4+ ]

d)
Zdravko Kadrev vs Luben Popov, Sofia, 1963
6k1/6p1/7p/7P/3Pp3/rp4P1/4RP2/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ if Kb2 Ra2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Angel Milev vs Luben Popov, Sofia, 1963
1k1r4/5p2/p2q1P2/1p2p3/2p5/P1P1Q2B/1PK1R3/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ ]

f)
Paul Keres vs Luben Popov, Dortmund, 1973
4r1k1/5pp1/1QbR3p/1p2n3/1P5P/4P1P1/2P3B1/q2N2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2 Kxg2 Qa8+ Kg1 Nc4 if Qa6 Nxd6 Qxd6 Rd8 ]

g)
Dragoljub Baretic vs Luben Popov, Novi Sad, 1992
2qr2k1/p4pp1/2P3bp/2PB4/1PK2QPP/8/8/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa6+ if Kd4 Qd3+ ]


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