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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Isaac Boleslavsky.
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 6.
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Vladimir Makogonov, Moscow, 1940
4r3/pp1q2kp/1bpn1p2/4p2p/6P1/1BP2Q2/PP3PK1/2B1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ if Kg6 gxh5+ Kxh6 Qxf6+ Kxh5 Rh1+ ]

b)
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Andor Lilienthal, Moscow, 1941
3r2k1/5ppp/2nq1n2/1p3P2/2pp4/2P2BQ1/5PPP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 Rxd6 Bf4 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Ludek Pachman, Saltsjobaden, 1948
1rb2r1k/2q2pp1/4pN1p/1p1p2N1/2n2P2/7R/2P1Q1PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ gxh6 Qd3 if Kg7 Nh5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Gosta Stoltz, Saltsjobaden, 1948
4b3/k1r1q2p/p3p3/3pQ3/2pN4/1R6/P4PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ if Bxc6 Qd4+ if Rxc6 Qb8# ]

e)
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Yuri Averbakh, Moscow, 1950
7k/p1Rbqrpp/1p6/8/3B3P/P5Q1/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 if Qxd7 Qb8+ mates ]

1d)
mate in 4
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Gosta Stoltz

Isaac Boleslavsky puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Fernand Morel vs Isaac Boleslavsky, Helsinki, 1952
3r1r1k/5pp1/4B2p/4Q3/R3P3/1Pq3PP/P5P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Kh2 Qc1 g4 Rh1+ ]

b)
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Ratmir Kholmov, Leningrad, 1956
r3rbk1/3b1ppp/p1np4/1p1N4/1P1Nn2q/P6P/1BB2PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 if Rxe4 Nf3 ]

b)
Y Kliavinsh vs Isaac Boleslavsky, Minsk, 1957
6k1/p4pp1/8/5P1p/3p1BP1/6PK/PPq1r3/4R2Q b - - 0 1
[ ..Rh2+ Qxh2 hxg4+ ]

d)
Victor Korchnoi vs Isaac Boleslavsky, Riga, 1958
8/1N2kp2/2p3p1/p3P2p/2P1KP2/n1r3P1/7P/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc2 ]

e)
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Anatoly Bannik, Moscow, 1961
r7/p3rpk1/P1b1nnp1/q3p2p/1pB1P2P/4QNN1/1P3PP1/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 if Rxe6 Ng5 ]

2e)
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Anatoly Bannik

Isaac Boleslavsky puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Semen Furman, Moscow, 1961
3r1r1k/pq3p1p/5P2/2bp1Q2/1pp1nP2/4B3/PPP3BP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe4 if dxe4 Qg5 mates ]

b)
Isaac Boleslavsky vs A Peperle, corr., 1963
rn2k1nr/p4ppp/1q2p3/1p2N3/1BpPb3/4P3/1P3PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qg4 Bg6 Qf3 ]

c)
Dmitry Nadezhdin vs Isaac Boleslavsky, Tashkent, 1965
r1r3k1/4bpp1/p1bp1n1p/q2NpP2/1p2P2P/P2Q4/1PPRBBP1/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd5 exd5 Rc3 if bxc3 Qxa3+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Ilya Mosionzhik, Moscow, 1967
2br2r1/2n3bk/n3Pq1p/ppp2p1p/5P1N/2P4Q/PPB3P1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5+ Qxf5 Bxf5+ w/Ng6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Roman Dzindzichashvili, URS, 1967
7r/1qr1nNp1/p1k4p/1pB5/4P1Q1/8/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe6+ Kxc5 Qd6+ Kc4 Ne5# ]

3d)
mate in 5
Isaac Boleslavsky vs Ilya Mosionzhik

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