Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Lev Psakhis.
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)
Psakhis vs Viktor Gavrikov, Vilnius, 1978
r3k2r/p1q2ppp/2pbpn2/2p2b2/2B2B2/2NP1Q2/PPP2PPP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nb5 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Psakhis vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Minsk, 1982
1qr3k1/1r3pPp/ppbRp1n1/8/2P1P1N1/2n1B1PQ/P4K1P/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kxg7 Qh6+ Kxf6 Bg5 ]

c)
Psakhis vs Lubomir Ftacnik, Sochi, 1982
2rq1r2/3nbk1p/b1p1ppp1/p2pP3/N1P2PB1/1P2B3/P1R3PP/R4QK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6+ if Kxe6 cxd5+ w/Qxa6 or if Kg7 Bxd7 w/Nb6 ]

d)
Psakhis vs Andrei Kharitonov, Tallinn, 1983
6k1/2N1rp2/1p1q1bp1/p2pNb1p/3P1P2/P1R5/1P1Q2PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 w/Nc6 or Rc6 ]

e)
Psakhis vs Dragan Paunovic, Minsk, 1986
rnb3k1/4B3/5PpP/1p1p1p2/rPnP2N1/6P1/8/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ f7+ Kxf7 h7 if Kg7 Bf6+ Kxh7 Re7+ mates ]



Psakhis Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win.
a)
Psakhis vs Jaan Ehlvest, Yerevan, 1988
5rk1/pp1b2r1/4pQpR/3p4/q1pP2P1/P1P2P2/2P1B3/R3K3 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qxf8+ w/g5 Kf2 & Rh1 ]

b)
Psakhis vs Eugene Martinovsky, Philadelphia, 1989
1k1r3r/ppp2ppp/5bn1/Pn1q3Q/N7/3B2B1/1P3PPP/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb5 if Qxh5 Bxc7+ mates ]

c)
Psakhis vs Ulf Bode, Paris, 1990
r3r3/1bpq1Npk/pb5p/1p2P3/3np3/PB2B2P/1P3PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ if Kh8 e6 or if Kg6 Bf7+ Kf5 Qg4+ mates ]

d)
Psakhis vs Valery Loginov, Manila, 1992
1r3k2/3n1p1p/p5pb/p1qPp3/2pnP3/2N2NP1/1Q3PKP/1R3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 ]

e)
Psakhis vs R Kraan, Ostend, 1992
3q2k1/5p1p/1n1p1P2/2pPp3/brP1P2P/R7/3NBK2/Q7 w - - 0 1
[ Qg1+ Kf8 Qg7+ Ke8 Rg3 ]

Psakhis Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Psakhis vs Georg Steffens, Ostend, 1993
r1b1k1r1/pp5p/n1pp3b/3P1p1q/2P1pPn1/PQN3P1/1P1BN2P/1BK2R1R w q - 0 1
[ h3 if Nf6 g4 ]

b)
Psakhis vs Patrik Lyrberg, Gausdal, 1994
q2rk3/1b2bpp1/2p1p2p/1p2P3/1n1PB3/r4N1P/3B1PP1/R1R1Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa3 Qxa3 Ra1 Qb3 Rb1 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Psakhis vs Helge Nordahl, Gausdal, 1994
5rk1/pR4bp/6p1/6B1/5Q2/4P3/q2r1PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bh6+ ]

d)
Psakhis vs Ashot Nadanian, Yerevan, 1996
3r2k1/pp1rbppp/1q3n2/2p1B3/2P2Q2/1PNb4/P3BPPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd3 if Rxd3 Bc7 ]

e)
Psakhis vs Baron Rodriguez, Mondariz, 1997
3r3k/p1nr2pp/1p2p1q1/5p2/3b4/P1N2QBP/1P3PPK/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc7 Rxc7 Rxd4 if Rxd4 Qa8+ mates ]

f)
Psakhis vs David Coleman, Port Erin, 1999
r4qk1/2R3bp/3n1r2/1p1ppb2/pP4Q1/P2B1PNP/R2B4/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 Nxf5 Bxf5 Rxf5 Rxg7+ ]

g)
Psakhis vs Robert Fontaine, Internet, 2004
2r1r1k1/2p1n1b1/p3p1Np/1pp4N/4q3/1P3RQP/P4PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7+ Rxe7 Nf6+ ]

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