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Here are some chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976.
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.
Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Igor Ivanov, URS, 1976
r5k1/p4p1p/1p1Qb1N1/7q/3B4/7P/P4PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Rxf8 Ne7# ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Gyula Sax vs Krunoslav Hulak, Vinkovci, 1976
5k2/5p2/p3b1p1/4Q3/q7/3R4/1P4PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
Erling Mortensen vs Raymond Keene, Aarhus, 1976
q4N1k/5ppp/1Q2pb2/6r1/2P2P2/3B4/2P3bP/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh1+ if fxg5 Qg2# or if Kf2 Qf3# ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Yuri Balashov, Moscow, 1976
3q2k1/pp4p1/4p2p/1b2P3/3p1K2/5P2/PP1R2P1/3RN3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Mato Damjanovic vs Stefano Tatai, Beer-Sheva, 1976
r3k2r/2Q1nppp/p3p3/1p3q2/8/P4b2/1B1R1PPP/R5K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Qd7+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Laszlo Barczay vs Zoltan Ribli, Budapest, 1976
2bk1b2/3n4/p3Q3/1p6/5q2/8/PPPR2PP/2K1R3 w - - 1 0
[ Qb6+ Qc7 Qf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Ludek Pachman vs Juan Bellon Lopez, Haifa, 1976
5k2/3R1p1p/3P2p1/3q4/3b1Q2/1P5P/5PPK/5r2 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Arturo Pomar Salamanca vs Norman Weinstein, Lanzarote, 1976
1B1R4/5k1p/5pp1/8/3P2K1/6P1/5r1r/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Rc7+ Ke6 d5+ Ke5 Rc4# ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Miguel Quinteros vs Ron Henley, Lone Pine, 1976
5r2/6k1/qr2Pb1p/ppp1Q3/4B3/4P3/PP3P1P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Lubomir Kavalek vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Manila, 1976
2qr2k1/1b2Bp2/1p2p1p1/p3b3/3P1NQ1/2r2P1R/P5P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Sergio Mariotti vs Lubomir Kavalek, Manila, 1976
2r3k1/6pp/3Q1p2/3p1N2/P7/7P/Pq3pPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Milan Vukic vs Edmar Mednis, New York, 1976
3R4/5kpp/n1N1pp2/P6r/1pN1P2P/1P3PP1/1K6/6b1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Kg6 Ne7+ Kh6 Nf7# ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Vladimir Antoshin vs Milan Vukcevich, Reykjavik, 1976
1q4k1/p4b1p/5Bp1/2NB1p2/1P6/n6P/5P1b/4QK2 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Yuri Razuvaev vs Vladimir Doroshkievich, Rostov on Don, 1976
2bq1r2/2p5/p3p3/5kpQ/3nN3/4nP2/1P6/1K4RR w - - 1 0
[ Rxg5+ Kf4 Qh2+ Kxf3 Nd2# ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Zvulon Gofshtein, Rostov on Don, 1976
7R/pp2q1k1/2n2Nb1/2bpP1P1/2p3P1/P1P5/1r3P1Q/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ if Kf8 Qh6+ or if Bxh7 Qxh7+ ]

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Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Igor Ivanov, URS, 1976
r5k1/p4p1p/1pNQb1p1/7q/3B4/7P/P4PPK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Kf8 Nc8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Murray Chandler vs Garry Kasparov, Wattignies, 1976
1kr3R1/1p5p/p3p3/P3P2q/2BQ1p2/2R2p2/5P1P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rxc8+ Kxc8 Bxe6+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Juan Bellon Lopez vs Norman Weinstein, Lanzarote, 1976
2r4k/p3Pppp/8/P3p3/1pq5/3R1Q2/NP1n2PP/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Zoltan Ribli, Manila, 1976
6k1/8/p3qp2/P7/1Q6/6PP/1PP2PK1/3r4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc6+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Gennadij Timoscenko, Moscow, 1976
8/3k1p2/8/p2p1q2/3P3Q/7P/1P2r1R1/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ Rg1 Qf3+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Vassily Smyslov vs Aleksandar Matanovic, Biel, 1976
2r2n2/1br1b2n/p4k2/R1pPp2B/N1P1p3/1P2B3/5NR1/5K2 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe4+ Kf5 Rf2+ Kxe4 Ke2 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Amador Rodriguez vs Lutz Espig, Halle, 1976
1Q4r1/4kp1p/p3b3/3P4/1pqB4/7p/P1P3B1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ d6+ Kd7 Qb7+ Kxd6 Be5+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Nikolay Popov vs Nikolai Krogius, Kishinev, 1976
8/1p1r1rkp/p2BRb2/5Q2/2P5/1q3P2/6PP/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ Qg4+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Lubomir Kavalek vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Manila, 1976
R7/4Npkp/3p2rb/2rP2p1/2n1Q3/6PP/5P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf5 if f6 Rg8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Igor Ivanov vs Arshak Petrosian, Minsk, 1976
2r3k1/7p/2P1b2B/p2nR3/5Qpq/1P5P/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rg5+ Qxg5 Qxg5+ Kf7 Qg7+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Jesper Hall vs Kim Commons, USA, 1976
2k1rR2/1p6/1Q4p1/2p5/8/4q2P/PP1p2B1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Bxb7+ Kd7 Rf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Ventzislav Inkiov vs Nakola Spiridonov, Varna, 1976
kr6/q7/1rn1p2p/3nPp2/Q4Pp1/4B3/6PP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxc6+ R8b7 Qc8+ Rb8 Rxa7+ Kxa7 Ra1# ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Mark Dvoretzky vs Kick Langeweg, Wijk aan Zee, 1976
r1r3k1/3b4/6P1/p2P4/3B2P1/2pB2K1/P4P2/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Rh1 if Kf8 Bf6 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Alexander Goldin vs Valentin Arbakov, Moscow, 1976
5rk1/8/P2N1r2/3Pp3/7p/4q1Pb/3R3P/R2Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd2 if Qg1 Qxd5+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Raymond Keene vs Anthony Miles, Hastings, 1976
2rqr3/pb2b2k/1p2p1pB/4P3/4N3/P5R1/1P3PPP/RQ4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ Bxf6 Qxg6+ Kh8 Bg7+ if Kg8 Bf6+ ]

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Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Arthur Bisguier vs John Fedorowicz, Lone Pine, 1976
4R3/rp3k1p/p2PN3/3B1p2/7P/b5K1/8/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ Kg6 h5+ if Kxh5 Rf6 ]

b)
Vassily Smyslov vs Ulf Andersson, Biel, 1976
3r1n2/5kpp/p1rb1p2/4p3/8/BP1R2P1/2N1PP1P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne3 if Ke6 Nc4 ]

c)
Jaime Sunye Neto vs Guillermo Garcia Gonzales, Caracas, 1976
1qrr1bk1/6p1/pp2p2p/4pp1Q/P1P1N2P/1P4P1/3RPPK1/3R4 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 Qg6+ Kh8 Rd7 ]

d)
Miron Sher vs Alexander Ivanov, Leningrad, 1976
2br3k/3r2p1/2p5/Q1p1pPp1/P1q3P1/5R1P/2B5/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Qxd8+ Rxd8 Rxd8+ Kh7 f6+ Qxc2 f7 ]

e)
Larry Christiansen vs Peter Cleghorn, Lone Pine, 1976
r1b2rk1/pp2nppp/2n1p3/8/4P3/PN4P1/1q1B1PBP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc3 if Qxa3 Ra1 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Maia Chiburdanidze vs Aloyzas Kveinys, Lvov, 1976
6k1/8/2q2r1p/1pQ2p2/3P4/R6P/6P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rg3+ if Kf7 Qa7+ or if Kh8 Qe7 ]

b)
Sergio Mariotti vs Miguel Quinteros, Manila, 1976
4b1k1/6bp/p4np1/1pB2p2/1P3q2/P1NB4/6PP/4Q1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 if Qb8 Qe6+ Bf7 Nxf6+ or if Qg4 Nxf6+ mates ]

c)
Artur Jussupow vs Leonid Yurtaev, Moscow, 1976
5rk1/4q1bp/3pb3/1pr1pp2/1N6/2P2B2/1P3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nc6 if Qc7 Ra7 Qb6 Qxd6 Rxc6 Rxg7+ ]

d)
Bernard Zuckerman vs Pal Benko, New York, 1976
r2r4/1b4k1/1q4p1/p1Rnpp2/7p/4B2Q/PP4PP/1BR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 ]

e)
Gennadij Timoscenko vs Zbigniew Doda, Polanica Zdroj, 1976
4rnk1/ppr1qppp/2p1p3/2P1P3/4N3/5Q1R/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ gxf6+ exf6 if Qxc5 Qg3+ Ng6 Qxc7 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Valery Loginov vs Albert Kapengut, Rostov on Don, 1976
1Q6/5k1p/5np1/1p3q2/1B6/2P4P/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Ke6 Qd6+ Kf7 Qe7+ ]

b)
Sergey Makarichev vs Yuri Anikaev, Rostov on Don, 1976
r1b2rk1/4b1pp/p2ppn2/4n3/PN1NqB2/2P5/1P2B1PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ndc6 if Nxc6 Bd3 or if Bb7 Nxe7+ Kh8 Bf3 ]

c)
Ratmir Kholmov vs Alexander Beliavsky, Tbilisi, 1976
3rr1k1/p3npbp/2pp2p1/1B6/5B1q/2P2P2/PP1Q2PP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ Bg5 if Qh5 h4 cxb5 g4 ]

d)
Vladimir Doroshkievich vs Yuri Anikaev, URS, 1976
4R3/6kp/5r2/3Pn2p/1r2P3/7P/6P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 Kxf6 Re6+ ]

e)
Semon Palatnik vs Evgeny Sveshnikov, URS, 1976
1rr3k1/5pp1/p6p/4Q3/4R3/P1q4P/3R1PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8+ if Rxd8 Qxc3 or if Kh7 Qf5+ g6 Qxf7+ Qg7 Re7 mates ]

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Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
James Tarjan vs Kevin Spraggett, Vancouver, 1976
r3k2r/4qpbp/p2p4/1p2pb2/8/2P5/PPN2PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Qf3 ]

b)
Gert Ligterink vs Dragoljub Velimirovic, Amsterdam, 1976
8/2p5/1k6/p4ppp/2Pb4/1K1N1P1P/P4P2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h4 if Kc2 g4 ]

c)
Raul Sanguinetti vs Vladimir Liberzon, Biel, 1976
3r1r2/pp1n2bk/2npp2p/5p2/2P2P2/1PN1BB2/P2K1P1P/2R4R b - - 0 1
[ ...d5 cxd5 exd5 Ke2 d4 ]

d)
Laszlo Vadasz vs Istvan Csom, Budapest, 1976
8/ppqR1pk1/4p1p1/4P2p/3Q3P/6P1/PPr2P1K/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc6 if Rd6 Qf3 ]

e)
Nikola Spiridonov vs Heikki Westerinen, Eksjo, 1976
2r3k1/5p2/1R2r1p1/2q1p1n1/1BN1PbPp/1Q1P3P/5PK1/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb6 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1976, pt. xi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Stefano Tatai vs Peter Biyiasas, Haifa, 1976
3nrr2/pbp1qnk1/1p3Rp1/4p2p/2P1P1P1/1N1BP2P/P4Q1N/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng5 Rxf8 Nxh3+ Kg2 Nxf2 Rxe8 Qxe8 ]

b)
Norman Weinstein vs Bent Larsen, Lanzarote, 1976
8/6pk/p2R1r2/1p5p/5r2/8/PPPR3P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg4+ if Kh1 Rf1# ]

c)
Tigran Petrosian vs Rafael Vaganian, Moscow, 1976
5rk1/p5pp/2b1q3/1pp5/4P3/1P1P2P1/PB5P/R2Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2 if Rb1 Qh3 ]

d)
James Tarjan vs Anatoly Karpov, Skopje, 1976
6k1/3R1pp1/p7/3Q1P2/1P2r1qp/8/5PPK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf4+ if Kh3 Re3+ ]

e)
Alexander Beliavsky vs Boris Gulko, Tbilisi, 1976
6k1/pp2qrpp/3p4/2p4Q/2P1b3/6P1/P2RP2P/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg6 if Qg4 Qe3+ ]

f)
Ratmir Kholmov vs Yuri Anikaev, Tbilisi, 1976
2r1r1k1/1p3p1p/5p1q/pP1p4/3P2Pn/R4PN1/1P5P/1Q3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd2 Rg1 Rc2 Nf1 Qf2 Qd1 Ree2 ]

g)
Karen Grigorian vs Nikola Ostojic, Yerevan, 1976
r1r1b1k1/1p3ppp/1q2p3/1Pn5/PQB2P2/4PN2/6PP/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 Bxd3 Qxe3+ Kf1 Rxc1+ ]


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