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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
White Mates in 6. Smyslov vs Hermann Steiner, Groningen, 1946
1n2r1k1/2Q1P1pp/p7/1p1P1p2/5RNP/P5P1/1P3P1K/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8 Qg1+ Kxg1 h6 Qxe8+ Kh7 Nf6+ ]

b)
Smyslov vs Ludek Pachman, Moscow, 1947
3r1k2/p1q2pp1/1p2pn1p/3bN3/1P5Q/1BP3RP/P2r1PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf4 if Bxb3 Ng6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Smyslov vs Salomon Flohr, Moscow, 1949
2R5/5k1p/2P1p3/3bKpP1/4p3/2r5/8/1R6 w - - 0 1
[ g6+ Kg7 (if Kxg6 Rg8+ w/Rbg1) gxh7 Kxh7 Kf6 ]

d)
Smyslov vs V M Byvshev, Leningrad, 1951
6k1/2RB1rpp/r7/n3P3/5P2/1p1p2P1/1PbR1K1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ e6 Rf8 (if Re7 Rc8+ mates) e7 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Smyslov vs Viacheslav Ragozin, Gagra, 1953
5r1k/2R3bp/pp2Q1p1/n7/P3p3/5p1P/1P3PPK/2B2r2 w - - 0 1
[ Qe7 if Rg8 Bh6 ]



Smyslov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smyslov vs Gideon Stahlberg, Zurich, 1953
3r2r1/pp2qpkp/1np1pp2/8/2PP2N1/4Q3/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6 if R moves Ng5+ ]

b)
Smyslov vs Karl Robatsch, Amsterdam, 1954
r4rk1/pppbq3/3p1b1p/3P2p1/2P4n/2BQ1R1P/PP3PP1/1B3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 w/Bxf6 Qh7+ & Qxd7 ]

c)
Smyslov vs Lothar Schmid, Amsterdam, 1954
2br3k/4Q1bp/2B3p1/5p2/3q1B2/8/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ Rxe8 Rxe8+ Bf8 Be5+ ]

d)
Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik, Moscow, 1955
r5k1/1pn1r2p/3R2p1/4p1N1/q3P3/4P1P1/7P/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ if Re8 or Kg7 Qf3 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Smyslov vs Mario Bertok, Zagreb, 1955
r7/1p3Q2/2kpr2p/p1p2Rp1/P3Pp2/1P3P2/1B2q1PP/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rxc5+ Kb6 Qc7+ Ka7 Rxa5+ Qa6 Bd4# ]



Smyslov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smyslov vs Vasja Pirc, Belgrade, 1956
3r4/R2n1pkp/prR3p1/3qp3/8/P7/2Q2PPP/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Smyslov vs Miroslav Filip, Vienna, 1957
6rr/1pqn2Q1/p2p4/2pP2P1/P3p2k/1P6/7B/5RRK w - - 0 1
[ Rf4+ Kh5 Qf7+ Rg6 Qf5 ]

c)
Smyslov vs Alexander Cherepkov, Moscow, 1961
4r3/5k2/P1b4p/4Bp2/4qp2/2Q4P/3R2PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bh8 ]

d)
Smyslov vs Alexander Tolush, Moscow, 1961
r2q2k1/pQ2bppp/4p3/8/3r1B2/6P1/P3PP1P/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb8 ]

e)
Smyslov vs Janis Klovans, Moscow, 1963
1r1r1nk1/6pp/p7/3p1N2/8/8/PP4PP/2R2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ w/Nc6 ]

Smyslov Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smyslov vs Vladimir Doroshkievich, Tbilisi, 1966
5r1q/p1R4b/2Pp3k/3B2Np/5rp1/1Pb5/P3Q2P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ if Qxh7 Nxh7 Kxh7 Qc2+ or if Kxg5 h4+ w/Qxh5+ or Qc2+ ]

b)
Smyslov vs Emil Ungureanu, Lugano, 1968
R3b3/1p2kr1p/6p1/2pP4/2P2p2/6P1/5PBP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6+ if Kd7 Bh3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Smyslov vs Werner Golz, Polanica Zdroj, 1968
r2q4/1p2N2k/1P3Qp1/pBnpp3/4b1P1/8/P6P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf3 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Smyslov vs Vladimir Liberzon, Riga, 1968
4r2k/2p4p/1pNp2n1/1b1B1R2/7P/6P1/3B1R1K/1q6 w - - 0 1
[ Bc3+ if Re5 Nxe5 dxe5 Rxe5 Kg7 Re7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Smyslov vs Juan Dominguez Sanz, Las Palmas, 1972
2bqr2k/1r1n2bp/pp1pBp2/2pP1PQ1/P3PN2/1P4P1/1B5P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ ]

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Smyslov Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Smyslov vs Ivan Radulov, Leningrad, 1977
2r2b1k/1q2r1p1/pp1p1pQp/8/P2n4/2P4P/1P2BRP1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Kg8 Rxf6 ]

b)
Smyslov vs Zoltan Ribli, London, 1983
r2r3Q/pp2kpp1/4pN1n/3P4/8/P4P2/1q3P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ fxe6 Qxg7+ Nf7 d6+ if Rxd6 Nd5+ w/Qxb2 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Smyslov vs Lesly Blackstock, London, 1988
8/5K1k/4B1pp/1r2B3/6PP/8/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ h5 ]

d)
Smyslov vs Herbert Weigel, Bad Woerishofen, 1991
3q1rk1/pb5p/1pr1Pbp1/3p1p2/2nB1N2/3BP2Q/P4PPP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if Qxf6 Nxd5 Qxe6 Bxc4 or if Rxf6 e7 ]

e)
Smyslov vs Sergey Solovjov, Oviedo, 1992
r3nrk1/2pqnpbp/p2pp1pB/4P3/1p1P3Q/5NP1/PPP2PBP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 if Nf5 Qh3 Kxg7 Ng5 ]

f)
White Mates in 3. Smyslov vs Lembit Oll, Rostov on Don, 1993
4r3/pp1nr3/2p4p/4p1b1/4kPP1/1PBN4/P1P1K3/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf2+ Kxf4 Rg1 ]

g)
Smyslov vs Robert Fontaine, Cannes, 1996
r6r/p3kn2/1p1b4/2p1n1N1/7p/P3B2P/1P2B3/2K2RR1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Nxf7 Rg7 Rf8 Bc4 ]

Smyslov Puzzles, Part VI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Igor Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, Moscow, 1945
2b1r1k1/r1p1qppp/2pb4/8/N1B5/2P2P2/PPQ3PP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg5+ if Kb1 Bf5 Bd3 Bxd3 Rxd3 Qb5 Rd4 Rea8 ]

b)
Arnold Denker vs Smyslov, Moscow, 1946
3r2k1/4qr1p/1Q4pP/p1pPpp2/P1P1n3/2P1B1P1/1R5K/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f4 ]

c)
Gedeon Barcza vs Smyslov, Budapest, 1949
r3r1k1/pp1n1pp1/2p4p/q2p1P2/3b2n1/1PNP2PP/PB1Q1PB1/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 ]

d)
Black Mates in 4. Nikolay Aratovsky vs Smyslov, Leningrad, 1951
r5k1/1p4pp/2p1p2r/p2nRp2/P2P1P1P/1P3qP1/1BQ2P2/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4 ]

e)
Mark Taimanov vs Smyslov, Gagra, 1953
1brr2k1/p4pp1/Q5p1/P3q3/1N1n2P1/7P/5PB1/R2R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb3 if Rab1 Rxd1 Rxd1 Nd2+ mates or if Nd5 Nd2+ ]

Smyslov Puzzles, Part VII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Sliwa Sliwa vs Smyslov, Lodz, 1955
3rr1k1/5p2/1p4pQ/p2P4/1pPp3P/6q1/P7/1R1R1B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re4 if Rb3 Rxh4+ Bh3 Qxb3 Qxh4 Qxd1+ ]

b)
Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Smyslov, Moscow, 1956
2r2rk1/p3qppp/bp3n2/2bp4/3n4/1PN3P1/PB1NPPBP/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc2 Qxc2 Bxf2+ if Kxf2 Ng4+ mates
or if Kh1 Bxe1 Rxe1 d4
]

c)
Pal Benko vs Smyslov, Bled, 1959
1r4k1/5pp1/3n2bp/8/R1N5/4PBP1/7P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc2 ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Svetozar Gligoric vs Smyslov, Kiev, 1959
b2r2k1/4b2p/6p1/p3Pp2/2RP1P2/1pP3KP/1B3Q2/R4N1q b - - 0 1
[ ...h5 ]
Thx to Gideon!

e)
Bernard Angles D'Avriac vs Smyslov, Leipzig, 1960
6k1/pp3pp1/6r1/3q3p/4p1nP/P1PrB1P1/1P2QPK1/3R1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3+ if fxe3 Qd6 ]

Smyslov Puzzles, Part VIII. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alberto Foguelman vs Smyslov, Leipzig, 1960
r2r2k1/6pp/p3bp2/2p5/1p1nPP1B/1P5P/Pn1N2P1/R2B1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd1 if Rxd1 Ne2+ w/...Nc3 ]

b)
Black Mates in 3. Leho Laurine vs Smyslov, Stockholm, 1963
6k1/5pp1/1pq4p/p3P3/P4P2/2P1Q1PK/7P/R1Br3r b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ ]

c)
Carlos Bielicki vs Smyslov, Habana, 1964
3r2k1/1p3pp1/p1p5/8/1P2r3/P3PqBp/2Q2P1P/R3RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc4 if Qxc4 Rd2 or if Qb2 Rg4 mates ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. Rene Letelier vs Smyslov, Habana, 1967
8/5k2/4pp2/P1B5/3P2p1/5bPp/1r3P2/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...h2+ if Kxh2 Rb8 ]

e)
Mikhail Tal vs Smyslov, Herceg Novi, 1970
5rk1/R5pp/4p1q1/1p2Q3/2p2nN1/2Pr3P/1P3PP1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxh3+ gxh3 Rxh3 Qd4 Rd3 ]

Smyslov Puzzles, Part IX. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Mihai Suba vs Smyslov, Las Palmas, 1982
8/6pk/7p/Q2b1p2/2pPqP2/2n5/P4BPP/5BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ if Kh1 c3 ]

b)
Bent Larsen vs Smyslov, Bugojno, 1984
3q4/5Qbk/P5pp/6r1/8/4BP2/1P2B2P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re5 if Qa7 Qe8 Bd4 Re7 or if Qb3 Qe7 ]

c)
Sergey Gorelov vs Smyslov, Moscow, 1985
2r5/1nq3kp/p4bp1/1p1RN3/1P2Pp2/P6P/1Q2B1P1/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 ]

d)
Marcelino Sion Castro vs Smyslov, Oviedo, 1992
7k/6p1/p2p1q2/4pP2/1P2BnRp/2r4P/5PP1/3Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1 ]

e)
Boris Gulko vs Smyslov, Tilburg, 1992
6k1/1b6/1P5p/4pp2/PQ2n1p1/4P1P1/5PBP/3qN1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Bf1 Qxe1 Qb5 Nf3+ mates ]


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