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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.


a)
Black Mates in 3. Viktor Korchnoi Viktor vs Spassky, Leningrad, 1952
3r3k/6pp/r3bB2/2R5/1q2p3/4Q3/1N5P/2K1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ w/Rd2+ or Bb3+ ]

b)
Spassky vs Vassily Smyslov, Bucharest, 1953
3rr1k1/p4pp1/3Pq3/1pp1PN2/5R2/2P1R2p/P2Q2bP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7 if Kxg7 Rg3+ & if Kf8 Rxf7+ mates ]

c)
Spassky vs Vladlen Zurakhov, Leningrad, 1955
1r5k/6p1/p1pQ1p1p/1q6/1n2N3/1P6/1KP2PPP/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 Nd5 (if gxf6 Qxf6+ mates) Nxd5 ]

d)
Black Mates in 7. Staf Somers vs Spassky, Antwerpen, 1955
6k1/1pp2p2/p2p2q1/2PPb3/4r3/Pr4PK/2R5/2Q2NR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh4+ if Kxh4 Qh7+ Kg5 f6+ Kg4 f5+ Kg5 Kg7 or if Kg2 Qe4+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. V Sherbakov vs Spassky, Moscow, 1955
5bk1/5ppp/4r3/N2n4/8/1p1B1P2/1Pr3PP/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 if Nxb3 or Rc1 Rxg2+ mates ]



Spassky Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Georgy Borisenko vs Spassky, Leningrad, 1956
2r1r2k/5qpp/p7/1p3p2/2b2BnP/2P3R1/P2Q1PP1/3BR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rcd8 if Rxe8+ Qxe8 ]

b)
Spassky vs Lev Aronson, Moscow, 1957
2r1r2k/3n1p1p/3Pq1pQ/1pp1P3/1P4N1/5b1P/6PK/3RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 Nxf6 exf6 Qxf6 d7 ]

c)
Spassky vs Edmar Mednis, Reykjavik, 1957
5rk1/2Rb1p2/p3pQp1/3pP1Np/7P/3P4/1p3PPK/q7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 b1/Q Nxe6 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Semyen Furman vs Spassky, Moscow, 1957
5rk1/pp3r1p/2np2p1/3Np3/1PP5/3B1n1q/PB3R1P/2RQ3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne1 ]

e)
Spassky vs Nikolay Kopylov, Rostov on Don, 1958
r2qk2r/pp2bppp/1n2p3/1N2P3/2b2R2/2N1B3/PP4PP/2RQ2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd8+ w/Bxc6 ]



Spassky Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Spassky vs Aron Reshko, Leningrad, 1959
7r/1pknN2p/3q4/1p4B1/2pp2Q1/3P3P/r5P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 w/Qg7 ]

b)
White Mates in 9. Spassky vs Stefan Witkowski, Riga, 1959
2q1k2r/3b3p/6p1/ppB2p2/3Rp3/7P/PQ3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4+ Be6 Qxh8+ Kd7 Qd4+ Ke8 Qf6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Aivars Gipslis vs Spassky, Riga, 1959
r4rk1/p1p3pp/1bpP1pq1/2nb4/3Q3B/2P2N2/PP1NRPPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if Qd3 Ng3 or if Qa4 Nxd2 ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Gyozo Forintos vs Spassky, Leningrad, 1960
2k4r/pp3pQ1/2q5/2n5/8/N3pPP1/P3r3/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ ]

e)
Spassky vs Robert Fischer, Mar del Plata, 1960
5r1k/pp2b1rp/8/6q1/3QR3/2pN4/P1P2RP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re5 Rd8 Qe4 Qh4 Rf4 ]

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Spassky Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Spassky vs Marschalek, Leningrad, 1960
r4rk1/1bq1bppp/p2p2n1/5NQ1/Pp1Bn3/1N1B4/1PP3PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Spassky vs Purev Tumurbator, Leningrad, 1960
r5k1/2q2pp1/bn1R3p/2N5/1P3PP1/1BQ4P/p1P5/K7 w - - 0 1
[ Rg6 ]

c)
Spassky vs Aivars Gipslis, Baku, 1961
b2r1r1k/R5bp/3p4/5p1Q/3p1P2/2q1B1PP/6BK/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ w/Rc1 ]

d)
Spassky vs Boris Vladimirov, Baku, 1961
r1bRnk1r/1p2q1b1/7p/6pQ/4Pp1B/1BP5/PP4PP/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Bf2 ]

e)
White Mates in 7. Spassky vs Ruiz Ortega, Habana, 1962
8/2r4k/p4P1p/q1N1Q1pb/4P3/1P1R4/PKP5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5+ Bg6 Rd7+ Kh8 Qxg6 ]

Spassky Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Spassky vs Larry Evans, Varna, 1962
r1b2kr1/2qnpp1R/p1p3p1/4Nn2/3PN3/1B6/PP4Q1/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Ke8 Qxg6 Nh6 Rg7+ ]

b)
Spassky vs Valery Bykov, Leningrad, 1963
5k2/pb5p/1n1p2P1/6q1/3B4/P1P1p3/6PP/1Q4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf1+ Ke8 Qf7+ w/Bf6+ ]

c)
Spassky vs Mario Bertok, Sochi, 1966
1r5r/k7/p2pBp2/2q5/1R2P2p/P1Q1b3/1P4P1/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rc4 if Qb6 Rc6 ]

d)
Spassky vs Tigran Petrosian, Moscow, 1967
6R1/kp2qp2/p4p2/P7/1P1Nr1P1/2PQb3/1K6/8 w - - 0 1
[ b5 if axb5 Nxb5+ mates or if Bxd4 Qxd4+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Spassky vs Christian Langeweg, Sochi, 1967
r1r2bk1/p4pBp/1p6/3q1N2/n1P5/4R3/P3QPPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ ]



Spassky Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Spassky vs Victor Korchnoi, Kiev, 1968
8/5r1k/p3Npp1/4p3/3nP3/4QP2/PP2q1P1/1KR5 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ ]

b)
Spassky vs Tigran Petrosian, Moscow, 1969
r2qrb1k/1p1b2p1/p3p1Qp/7n/3pN3/1B6/PPP4P/1K3RR1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if hxg5 Qxh5+ Kg8 Qf7+ Kh8 Rf3 ]

c)
Spassky vs Bent Larsen, Palma de Majorca, 1969
6k1/1p3p2/p2prPq1/8/7p/2Q5/PP3RP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc8+ Kh7 Qxe6 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Bent Larsen vs Spassky, Belgrade, 1970
2kr3r/ppp1qpp1/2p5/2b2b2/2P1pPP1/1P2P1p1/PBQPB3/RN2K1R1 b Q - 0 1
[ ...Rh1 Rxh1 g2 if Rg1 Qh4+ Kd1 Qh1 ]

e)
Spassky vs Robert Zuk, Canada, 1971
2b5/5Nqk/pp4r1/2p1p3/P1Q5/6R1/1P4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4+ Kg8 Nh6+ if Kf8 Qd8# ]

Spassky Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Spassky vs Duncan Suttles, Canada, 1971
8/1p5k/6p1/3P1n1p/1p2Q3/8/PB3q1p/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rc7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Spassky vs Igor Efimov, Moscow, 1972
r1br2k1/1p3pp1/p3p3/4P1N1/6Q1/3Bq3/PPP3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Spassky vs I Ulmanis, Moscow, 1972
r4rkb/pppqpp1n/3n2p1/3P4/3PbNP1/1BN1B3/PPPQ4/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qh2 if g5 Nxe4 or if Bxh1 Rxh1 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Mathias Gerusel vs Spassky, Solingen, 1974
4rrk1/ppnb2bp/3p2n1/2pP2P1/P1P1NpPq/2N4P/1P1BB1K1/R3Q2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 if Nxc3 f3+ ]

e)
White Mates in 8. Spassky vs Robert Huebner, Solingen, 1977
8/2p1k3/2P3p1/3R2K1/5Rp1/4P3/5rrP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7+ Ke8 Re4+ Kf8 Kxg6 ]

Spassky Puzzles, Part VIII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Spassky vs Jean Hebert, Buenos Aires, 1978
2k4r/b4pp1/p1p1p1r1/B3Pn2/P1P3N1/1R4PP/3P2K1/1R6 w - - 0 1
[ Rb7 ]

b)
Spassky vs Anthony Miles, Bugojno, 1978
7k/p3p3/1bR3pp/6N1/2Pr4/6P1/P3K2P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ Kg7 Ne6+ ]

c)
Spassky vs Francisco Sanz Alonso, Montilla, 1978
3q2kr/n1pbR1b1/p6p/P2P4/2P2p2/2NB1N2/2K2P2/Q7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Ne4+ Kg8 Nf6+ w/Nxd7 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Svetozar Gligoric vs Spassky, Bugojno, 1978
8/2r3k1/q5p1/1b1p1pRp/3P1P1P/2p1P3/2Q3PK/rBR5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd3 ]

e)
Spassky vs Bent Larsen, Tilburg, 1980
8/2R3p1/5pk1/p3prp1/3r4/PP1n2PP/3R1P2/3N1K2 w - - 0 1
[ Ne3 if Rf3 Nc2 w/Kg2 ]

Spassky Puzzles, Part IX. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Spassky vs Vlastimil Hort, Germany, 1981
2r3k1/R5bp/3p1pp1/1b2r1P1/4P3/3P4/5BBP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ gxf6 if Bxf6 or Bf8 Bd4 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Bent Larsen vs Spassky, Linares, 1981
8/p4bk1/3p3p/3P2p1/PP2B3/3PqQ1K/7P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...g4+ if Kxg4 Bh5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Spassky vs Arnulf Westermeier, Germany, 1982
5R2/4r1r1/1p4k1/p1pB2Bp/P1P4K/2P1p3/1P6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rf6+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Jan Timman vs Spassky, Hilversum, 1983
3r1bk1/1b2qp2/4n1p1/4P2p/N2p4/3Q1NP1/1R3PBP/2rR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa3 if Qf1 Rxd1 Qxd1 Bc6 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Bent Larsen vs Spassky, Bugojno, 1984
b3r1k1/p4pp1/3q4/2p4p/N1Rb4/1P4PP/PB3P1K/3Q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd5 if f3 Bg1+ mates ]

Spassky Puzzles, Part X. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Spassky vs Johann Hjartarson, Belfort, 1988
1rb5/p2pk2p/4p1p1/5Pq1/2p5/3P4/PPP1Q1BP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe5 if Ra8 f6+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Gilles Andruet vs Spassky, Bundesliga, 1988
4r1k1/3b1p2/5qp1/1BPpn2p/7n/r3P1N1/2Q1RPPP/1R3NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf3 if gxf3 Nexf3+ Kh1 Bh3 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Lorinczi Retek vs Spassky, Nordwalde, 1988
r7/1pb2kp1/2p2pr1/2Pnp1p1/pP1p4/P2P1PPq/1BR2P1P/1R1Q1NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 gxf4 gxf4+ Ng3 Rh8 ]

d)
Spassky vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Linares, 1990
r1b1rk2/bp3pp1/2pp1q1p/p1n4Q/2P2P2/P2BP1R1/1P1BN1PP/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Bc3 if Qe7 or Qe6 Bxg7+ or if Qd8 Rxg7 ]

e)
Spassky vs Eric Prie, Montpellier, 1991
1rr2b1k/1q1b1pp1/4p2p/3pP3/p2N1B2/1PP3R1/4QPPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh6 if gxh6 Qg4 mates or if g6 Bxf8 Rxf8 Qf3 ]

Spassky Puzzles, Part XI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Claude Adrian vs Spassky, France, 1991
4r1k1/p1q4p/bp4p1/2rR1p2/4n3/PQP1PNP1/5PBP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf7 if Red1 Bc4 ]

b)
Estremera Panos vs Spassky, Oviedo, 1991
6r1/1p1b2r1/p1p5/2P5/PP1kpN1p/2R4P/3K2P1/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Spassky vs G Gilquin, Bastia, 1997
r3kb1r/q5pp/p1p1Bnn1/1p2Q3/8/2N2PBP/PPP5/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bf7+ ]

d)
BlaZhu Chen vs Spassky, Marbella, 1999
3r1rk1/p4pp1/1p2q2p/4P2Q/2p1RB2/Pn5P/1P3PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg6 ]

e)
Marc Santo-Roman vs Spassky, Paris, 2002
4r1k1/2p3pp/1n1b4/1pp1N3/5P2/1PB3P1/r1P1R1KP/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd5 ]


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