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Here are some chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974.
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 2.
Bent Larsen vs Andreas Dueckstein, Cala Galdana, 1974
5k2/pp2qp1p/1np3pN/4r3/1P2PQ2/6P1/P4PKP/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Helmut Pfleger vs Miguel Quinteros, Manila, 1974
6r1/7k/1p6/1Pp4p/3pPp2/3P1N1q/Q4RrP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Arthur Williams vs Vlastimil Hort, Nice, 1974
r3r1k1/7p/2p2b2/p1Bp1Q1q/5Kp1/P1P3P1/4NP1P/2R1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re4+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Vlastimil Jansa vs Albin Planinec, Amsterdam, 1974
3r3r/4k1pp/p1qNpp2/1p2n3/4N1Pn/Q7/PPP4P/3R1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ Kf7 Qe7+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Guenther Moehring vs Thomas Paehtz, Halle, 1974
1r4k1/q3p1r1/7Q/2pP3R/2P5/6p1/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ Kf7 Rf5+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Gennadi Kuzmin vs William Hartston, Hastings, 1974
3rn2k/1rqb3n/1p3p1Q/pPp1pP2/2B1P1P1/P2R4/7P/3R1NK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh3 if Be6 Qf8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Arturo Pomar Salamanca vs Lubomir Kavalek, Las Palmas, 1974
1r4k1/p2Q1p1p/1p4p1/2n5/3R4/2B1P1P1/5PKP/1q6 w - - 1 0
[ Qd8+ if Kg7 Rd7+ Kh6 Qh4# ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Josef Boey vs Peter Biyiasas, Nice, 1974
2k5/2p4p/p1b3q1/2p2r2/5n2/4Q1P1/PPPN4/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ if Qxe2 Qxg3+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Anatoly Karpov vs Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Nice, 1974
4rrk1/1p1b1p1p/p1N5/2np4/8/1P3R2/1BP1q1PP/R2Q3K w - - 1 0
[ Rg3+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Janis Klovans vs Yuri Razuvaev, Odessa, 1974
r4rk1/p1p2q2/2p1b2Q/4p1B1/5p2/3B1R2/P1P3PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Bf6 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Juan Bellon Lopez vs Miguel Quinteros, San Feliu de Guixols, 1974
5b1r/1b1Bpkpp/4N3/4p1B1/8/8/rPP3PP/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rf1+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Vlastimil Hort vs Ivan Radulov, Sunny Beach, 1974
1rb2r2/4qpp1/p1n1p1k1/1p1pn1N1/5P2/2N4Q/PPP3PP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf6 Nce4+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Oleg Romanishin vs Valeri Korensky, Tbilisi, 1974
q4b2/1b1r3k/1p2pB1p/p2p4/2P3Q1/1P4P1/P4PBP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be4+ if dxe4 Rxd7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Gennadij Timoscenko vs Adrian Mihalcisin, Tbilisi, 1974
r5k1/8/p4Q2/1p1r4/2b5/P1P5/1P1q1PP1/1B2R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Risto Nicevski vs Tamaz Giorgadze, Lublin, 1974
2r5/4kp1p/b3p1p1/p1r1P3/P2R3P/1P2R2N/5P2/1K6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ ]

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Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Jan Timman vs Vladimir Liberzon, Venice, 1974
1k1b2r1/pp6/2n4p/1P1qP2N/2p2BPn/P1P5/4Q3/R3RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh1+ Kf2 Bb6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Tamaz Giorgadze vs Gennadi Zaichik, Georgia, 1974
2Qrk2r/p3p2p/3p1p1b/2pN3q/4P3/6R1/PP3P1P/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc7+ Kf8 Rg8+ Rxg8 Qxd8+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Albin Planinec vs Guillermo Garcia Gonzales, Hastings, 1974
r3q3/pQ1R3p/5kp1/2p1b3/P4nPP/2P1BP2/1P6/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qc6+ if Bd6 Qxd6+ Qe6 g5+ or if Ne6 Bg5# ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Lev Polugaevsky vs Karoly Honfi, Solingen, 1974
6k1/p6n/1pp3pr/4p3/2P1P3/1P3QPB/P4RK1/4q3 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ Kh8 Qe8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Lev Polugaevsky vs Johannes Eising, Solingen, 1974
1r5k/3Q4/p2p2rp/2pPp3/2P1Pp2/P4R2/1q4PP/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ Rxg2 Rb1+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Lev Alburt vs Karen Grigorian, Leningrad, 1974
5rrk/ppq3np/2p1p3/4N1R1/3P1P2/6QP/PP6/2K3R1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng6+ hxg6 Rxg6 if Nf5 Rxg8+ or if Qxf4+ Qxf4 ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Lothar Zinn vs Thomas Paehtz, Potsdam, 1974
4rr1k/p2p3p/1p1N2p1/8/1PPR1p1q/1Q5P/P4PbP/R1B3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Kxg2 Qg5+ Kf3 Qh5+ Kg2 f3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Andrei Lukin vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Tbilisi, 1974
r7/p3R3/6k1/3Q1b2/4p3/2q3Pn/P4PK1/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ if gxf4 Qh3+ Kg1 Qg4+ or if Kg1 Ne2+ ]

d)
Hans Ree vs Julio Kaplan, Amsterdam, 1974
2r1r3/5pk1/p2p3N/qp1P2p1/n3P3/2b2PB1/6PP/1R1Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ Kg6 Nxd6 ]

e)
Dragoljub Velimirovic vs Istvan Csom, Amsterdam, 1974
4r1k1/4Qrpp/p2P1n2/1p6/3p4/P7/1PP3Pq/1K1RR3 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe8+ Nxe8 Rxe8+ Rf8 d7 if Qd6 Rf1 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
George Rajna vs Istvan Csom, Budapest, 1974
2kr3r/1p1n1p2/p3pp2/q6p/1b1NN3/8/P1P1QPPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc4+ if Nc5 Nb3 or if Kb8 Rb1 Bc5 Nc6+ ]

b)
Kenneth Rogoff vs Kim Commons, Chicago, 1974
3r2k1/pq4pp/4p3/2br1p2/2N5/1PBnPQP1/3R1P1P/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd3 if Qxb3 Na5 Qc2 Rxd5 Rxd5 Be1 ]

c)
Arthur Williams vs Jonathan Penrose, England, 1974
3r1rk1/5pp1/1p1N2q1/p2R2p1/P5P1/8/1PnQ2PP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 if Rxd5 Ne7+ Kh7 Nxg6 or if Rde8 Qxc2 ]

d)
Mikhail Tal vs William Hartston, Hastings, 1974
2q2rk1/3rbpn1/pB2p1pQ/1p2P2p/4B3/8/PPP3PP/4RR1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7 Rxf7 Bxg6 if Nf5 Bxf7+ Kxf7 Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]

e)
Eugenio Torre vs Vlastimil Hort, Nice, 1974
4qrk1/RR2b1pp/4pp2/2pnB3/5P2/8/1Q4PP/7K w - -1 0
[ Bd6 ]

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Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Rainer Knaak vs Heinz Liebert, Potsdam, 1974
6k1/pp1q2p1/5p1p/8/1Prb1B2/P4Q1P/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be3 ]

b)
Jan Plachetka vs Josef Pribyl, Rimavska Sobota, 1974
1r4k1/Rn5p/6pB/4p3/pb1pP3/3P2PB/7P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be6+ Kh8 Bd5 if a3 Bxb7 Bc5 Ra6 ]

c)
Jan Timman vs Roberto Cosulich, Venice, 1974
rn1qk2r/p1p2ppp/bp2pn2/3p4/1bPP4/2N1P1N1/PP3PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Qa4+ ]

d)
Istvan Csom vs Karoly Honfi, Budapest, 1974
3Q2bk/7p/p5n1/2p1bN2/1p6/1P2P1P1/P2B3q/3K1B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5+ ]

e)
Ivan Farago vs George Rajna, Budapest, 1974
6k1/1p3pb1/3Bb2p/1r6/1P6/4PP2/p4KPP/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd5 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Andrew Karklins vs John Grefe, Houston, 1974
8/p3qp1k/2p1n1pp/P3p3/2B1P2P/2P1QPP1/1r1R3K/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc5 if Qe2 Rxd2 or if Qxc5 Rxd2+ ]

b)
Lubomir Kavalek vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Las Palmas, 1974
r4rk1/1pq1bpp1/pn2pn1p/1b2N3/5P1B/2N2QP1/PPP3BP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...g5 fxg5 hxg5 if Bxg5 Qxe5 ]

c)
Viktor Kupreichik vs Lev Polugaevsky, Leningrad, 1974
r1bq1rk1/1p3ppp/p7/2bNp3/P1P1nPP1/1Q2B3/1P2B2P/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 ]

d)
Bent Larsen vs Lubomir Kavalek, Manila, 1974
2Q5/p4p1k/3p2rp/3P2p1/4N3/4BK2/Pq4PP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...g4+ if Kg3 Qe5+ Bf4 Qxe4 ]

e)
Karen Grigorian vs Mikhail Podgaets, Moscow, 1974
r3r1k1/pb3p2/1p3q1p/6p1/2Pn4/1PBQ2P1/P3PPNP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe2+ if Qxe2 Qc6 or if Kh1 Nxc3 ]

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Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Heikki Westerinen, Nice, 1974
6k1/6p1/1Q1p3p/8/1P5q/5p2/P3rPP1/3RN1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe1+ Rxe1 Qg4 if g3 Qh3 ]

b)
Jan Adamski vs Vladimir Karasev, Polanica Zdroj, 1974
1r3bk1/p4n2/6p1/2N1p2p/2P1Pp2/P4P2/4RBPP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1+ Re1 Rxe1+ Bxe1 Bxc5+ ]

c)
Karoly Honfi vs Lubomir Kavalek, Solingen, 1974
2r3k1/1p3pbp/3p1np1/1bqP4/8/1PB3PP/3QNPB1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe2 ]

d)
Vladimir Liberzon vs Bojan Kurajica, Solingen, 1974
6k1/3Rbrpp/p3p3/8/3B2n1/6P1/PP2N1P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 if Bb6 Bc5+ ]

e)
Eduard Gufeld vs Mikhail Shereshevski, Tbilisi, 1974
6k1/1p3pp1/6rp/p1BP4/5b2/P4P1q/BPQ3R1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh2+ Kf1 Qxf3+ Qf2 Qd1+ Qe1 Qxe1 Kxe1 Rxg2 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1974, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Vladas Mikenas vs Vladislav Fedorov, Tbilisi, 1974
1r1qr1k1/1p3pb1/3p2np/p1nP2p1/P1R1P1b1/2N2NPP/3B1P2/3QRBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 Qxf3 Ne5 ]

b)
Andras Adorjan vs Rafael Vaganian, Teeside, 1974
2k4r/pp1bb3/2q1p3/4N3/8/1P4K1/P2QB1PP/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh4+ if Kf4 Rf8+ Ke3 Bg5+ or if Kg4 Qxg2+ mates ]

c)
Vitaly Tseshkovsky vs Mikhail Tal, URS, 1974
3B4/5p1k/3p1p1p/1P2pP2/3bP3/R4KPP/1r6/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5 g4 h4 g5 Rf2+ Kg4 Rg2+ Kxh4 Bf2 or if Bxf6 Rf2# ]

d)
Adrian Mihalcisin vs Rafael Vaganian, Valencia, 1974
r1br2k1/pp2ppbp/2q3p1/1Nnp4/2P2B2/Q2BPN2/P4PPP/2R1K2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Bb2 if Qxb2 Nxd3+ ]

e)
Viktor Ciocaltea vs Bojan Kurajica, Wijk aan Zee, 1974
3rk3/1b4p1/p7/1pP2n2/1P1N1P2/6r1/P1B2K2/R1B2R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2+ Ke1 Nxd4 if Bd1 Kf7 ]


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