Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Mark Taimanov.
White to move and win.

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


a)
White Mates in 3. Taimanov vs Grigory Goldberg, Leningrad, 1947
1r1b1n2/1pk3p1/4P2p/3pP3/3N4/1p2B3/6PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5+ Kc6 Na7+ ]

b)
Taimanov vs Tigran Petrosian, Zurich, 1953
r1n1q1k1/5rpp/4b3/p2pPp2/2pP1P1Q/B1P2R2/2B3PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba4 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Taimanov vs Osvaldo Bazan, Buenos Aires, 1960
R4rk1/4r1p1/1q2p1Qp/1pb5/1n5R/5NB1/1P3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

d)
White Mates in 2. Taimanov vs Erich Eliskases, Buenos Aires, 1960
5b2/1p3rpk/p1b3Rp/4B1RQ/3P1p1P/7q/5P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ ]

e)
Taimanov vs Yuri Sakharov, Leningrad, 1960
r7/5qk1/r3p1pp/p1Rn3P/Pp1P1p1B/8/1PQ2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if exd5 Re7 ]



Taimanov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Taimanov vs Viktor Korchnoi, Tallinn, 1965
3r4/2Rb4/1Rn3rp/3kp3/4NPP1/2PP3P/7K/8 w - - 0 1
[ f5 ]

b)
Taimanov vs Vladas Mikenas, Tallinn, 1965
3k4/4nR2/pq1b4/5BQ1/3P3P/2r3P1/5PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7 if Bxe7 Qg8+ mates ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Taimanov vs Svend Hamann, Kislovodsk, 1966
r1b2r2/pp4k1/5Np1/6Pp/3B3Q/P2q1P2/4RK1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ Rf7 Nd7+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Taimanov vs Eldis Cobo Arteaga, Habana, 1967
3q1r2/2n5/p4pkp/3PrN1p/1pP2Q2/1P4BP/P4PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6+ if Kxf5 Qh7+ or if Kf7 Qxh5+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Taimanov vs Antonio Medina-Garcia, Venice, 1969
8/1R6/3r2pk/3pN2p/1Q2nP2/4q2P/6PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ w/Ng5+ & Rb8+ ]

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Taimanov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Taimanov vs Lubomir Neckar, Brno, 1975
3r1nk1/p1r3p1/2p1p3/N1PpPnNP/bP5q/P2B2R1/3Q2K1/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5 if exf5 Rh1 ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Taimanov vs Juan Bellon Lopez, Bucharest, 1979
4r1k1/1p5p/5RpP/1q1P4/r3n3/P6P/1B1Q2K1/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ hxg6 h7+ Kxh7 Rf7+ ]

c)
Taimanov vs Aivars Gipslis, URS, 1980
k3r3/qp1N3p/p1n1p3/b4p2/2Q1p3/1N2P3/1P3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxa5 if Nxa5 Qc7 ]

d)
Taimanov vs Joao Cordovil, Sezimbra, 1987
2r4r/ppnbkppp/3bp2q/8/4P3/1P3N2/PB2NPPP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6+ ]

e)
Taimanov vs Klaus Kolnsberg, Bad Woerishofen, 1992
r1b2rk1/1pq1ppbp/p2p2p1/8/2PQ2n1/1PN3P1/PB2PPBP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

Taimanov Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Taimanov vs German Kochetkov, Minsk, 1995
7k/1pq3rp/p1p1r3/2P1Np2/1P3P2/2Q4P/P6K/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

b)
Taimanov vs Viatcheslav Osnos, St. Petersburg, 1995
4bnk1/p2r2q1/1p2r1p1/3pPp2/P1pB1P1Q/2P1P2P/4B1RK/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ e4 if fxe4 f5 or if dxe4 Bxc4 ]

c)
White Mates in 7. Taimanov vs Jorgen Dalmau, Stockholm, 1995
2b2rk1/r5b1/pq2P1R1/3P1R2/2p1N3/PP2p3/1B2Q1K1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 Rxf5 Nf6+ Rxf6 Bxf6+ Rg7 Rxg7+ Kf8 e7+ Ke8 Qh5+ Kd7 e8/N# ! ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Taimanov vs Vladimir Onoprienko, Vienna, 1995
8/1p2N1k1/p5NR/P1Q5/2P1b1P1/5pP1/1q3P1K/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ if Kf7 Qe7+ or if Bxf5 Qf8# ]

e)
Taimanov vs Heikki Lehtinen, Stockholm, 2000
r5k1/1p2q2p/2p2pp1/4p1n1/1PP5/P3Q1P1/1r3P1P/R2R1BK1 w - - 0 1
[ h4 if Ne4 Qc3 ]


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