Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Igor Zaitsev.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
White mates in 3.
Igor Zaitsev Igor vs Yuri Nikolaevsky, Dnepropetrovsk, 1962
r1b1n1rk/1p3p1p/p2p4/5PB1/7Q/1n1R4/P1P3RP/q2B2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Igor Zaitsev vs Boris Gruzmann, Moscow, 1965
3k2r1/1qrn1p2/p2Q4/1p2R3/1N6/6P1/PPP4P/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qe7+ ]

c)
Igor Zaitsev vs Boris Voronkov, Moscow, 1966
r1b1q1k1/2p2ppp/pnnp1b2/1p6/3Pr3/1B2BN1P/PPQ2PP1/R3RNK1 w - - 1 0
[ d5 Nb4 Qxe4 Qxe4 Bxb6 ]

d)
Igor Zaitsev vs Jan Adamski, Polanica Zdroj, 1970
r4rk1/1b1npNbp/p1qp4/1p2P3/6Q1/2pB4/PPP3PP/R1B2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ Kxh7 Ng5+ Kg8 Qe6+ ]

e)
Igor Zaitsev vs Vladimir Karasev, Riga, 1970
rk1q2r1/1p1P4/p1n1Q1p1/1B6/5P1p/7P/PPP3P1/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc6 bxc6 Qxg8 ]

Igor Zaitsev puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Igor Zaitsev vs Vladimir Baikov, Moscow, 1975
2k5/p1r1rNpp/2R5/7b/1b1q4/7P/PPQ2PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxc7+ Rxc7 Qf5+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Igor Zaitsev Igor vs Michal Konopka, Moscow, 1986
2r5/p1r5/k1n4n/1R2R2p/3q1P2/1P1Q2PP/P1P5/2K5 w - - 1 0
[ Rb6+ ]

c)
Igor Zaitsev vs Cedendemberel Lhagvasuren, Moscow, 1986
r3rnk1/6pp/p2R4/3R4/1p2p1BP/6Q1/PP4PK/1q6 w - - 1 0
[ Qb3 if Kh8 Rd1 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Igor Zaitsev vs Igor Khenkin, Protvino, 1988
1k1r1b1r/1p3p2/p3b1p1/3N2P1/q1p1PP1p/4Q2P/P1P1B3/1RKR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxb7+ ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Igor Zaitsev vs Corry Vreeken, Moscow, 1989
b3Rb1r/1q1p1kpp/p2p4/3P1p2/4Q3/2N1B3/Pr3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf5+ Kxe8 Bb6+ if Be7 Qg5 ]


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