Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Sergey Smagin.
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)
Smagin vs Anatoly Donchenko, Moscow, 1983
2b1k2r/2qnPppp/p2pp3/8/3N1P2/5B2/PrP3PP/R2QR2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Qd4 ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Smagin vs Viktor Kupreichik, Minsk, 1985
6k1/3r3p/p1q3pP/1p1p4/3Q4/4R1P1/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
Smagin vs Vladimir Raicevic, Moscow, 1986
2r1nqk1/p1r2p2/1p2p1p1/4P1Q1/2PpN1P1/7R/P6P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/exf6 & Qh4 ]

d)
Smagin vs Slobodan Bojkovic, Novi Sad, 1986
r1bk1b1r/ppq3pp/4pp2/3n4/BP6/P4Q2/5PPP/RNB1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Smagin vs Nikolay Monin, Pinsk, 1986
2r2r1k/1p2R1bb/1npR4/5p1Q/p7/1B5P/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh6 ]



Smagin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smagin vs Jan Banas, Trnava, 1987
2r1brk1/1p5p/p1nQ3P/2N2pq1/3P4/2P2p2/P4PP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ w/Ne6+ ]

b)
Smagin vs Jan Plachetka, Trnava, 1987
r4rk1/pb6/1p1bpqp1/1B3pQp/3P4/2P2P1R/P2B2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 Qxg5 (if Qxe6 Bc4 & Qxg6+ mates) Bxg5 & Rxg6+ ]

c)
Smagin vs Jens Kristiansen, Copenhagen, 1988
3Q4/p1r3bk/1p2p1pp/n1q1Pp2/2PR1P2/1P6/P5PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Smagin vs Henryk Dobosz, Naestved, 1988
r3q2k/p2n1r2/2bP1ppB/b3p2Q/N1Pp4/P5R1/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ ]

e)
Smagin vs Oleg Romanishin, Yerevan, 1988
6k1/3nR3/p1b2bpp/1p6/1P3P2/4N3/P5PP/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Re6 w/Rd6 & Rc6 ]

f)
White Mates in 3. Smagin vs Jeremy Silman, Philadelphia, 1989
b4rk1/p4p2/1p4Pq/4p3/8/P1N2PQ1/BP3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ gxf7+ ]

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