'Tactics in the Openings' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Igor Glek.
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)
Igor Glek vs Bukhuti Gurgenidze, Borzhomi, 1984
5r1r/1R1p2k1/p4p2/3Qn2p/6p1/8/1Pq2PPP/4RBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if fxe5 Qxd7+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Igor Glek vs Leonid Yurtaev, Tashkent, 1987
rq4r1/p6p/1p4p1/1Pp1Q1Pk/2PpR2n/8/P2N1P1P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh4+ Kxh4 Nf3+ if Kh5 Qe4 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Igor Glek vs A Korolev, corr., 1988
5q2/p7/3R4/3Q2p1/5pk1/4p1P1/P6P/2r2NK1 w - - 0 1
[ h3+ Kxh3 Qe6+ if g4 Qh6+ ]

d)
Igor Glek vs Torsten Fiedler, Erfurt, 1989
5qk1/1p3ppp/p5r1/P4N2/1nr1P3/6Q1/1P4PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ if Qxe7 Qb8+ mates ]

e)
Igor Glek vs Thomas Welz, Krumbach, 1991
8/5p2/3k1pp1/2Rn3p/1P5P/N5P1/r4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5+ Ke6 Rxd5 if Kxd5 Nc3+ ]

1c)
mate in 4
Igor Glek vs A Korolev

Igor Glek Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Igor Glek vs Carsten Lingnau, Dortmund, 1992
1rrbb1k1/1p3p2/pB1p2p1/3Np3/P3P3/3B2P1/1PPq3P/4RQ1K w - - 0 1
[ Be3 Qa5 Ra1 Bc6 b4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Igor Glek vs Alfred Kertesz, Bonn, 1995
r1n1qnr1/2p3k1/1pP1p1pp/bP1pPp2/3P1P1Q/BR3NR1/4BP1P/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ Kh7 Ng5+ ]

c)
Igor Glek vs John Hall, Vienna, 1996
1kr4r/p5p1/1bq1pp2/4nn1p/Q2p1B1P/3P1NP1/5PBN/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Qxa4 Nd7# ]

d)
Igor Glek vs Josip Gazic, Bad Zwesten, 1997
1r3rk1/1p1n1pp1/p2bp3/3B3p/5P2/2B3Pq/PPP1Q2P/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bg2 Qf5 Rd1 if Qc5 Qd2 ]

2e)
Igor Glek vs Josip Gazic

Igor Glek Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Igor Glek vs Corina Peptan, Berlin, 1997
4r1k1/1R4bp/pB2p1p1/P4p2/2r1pP1Q/2P4P/1q4P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Rd7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Igor Glek vs Frans Cuijpers, Germany, 1997
1qr1k3/pb2p3/1p2N3/1NpPp3/8/7Q/PPP5/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rf1 if Bxd5 Ng7+ or if Bc5 Rf8+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Igor Glek vs Emil Anka, Vienna, 1998
1r6/qP3p1k/2Q4p/3p4/7P/1P4R1/5P2/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Qc2+ Kh8 Qc8+ Kh7 Qf5+ ]

d)
Igor Glek vs Sebastian Kaiser, Bad Wiessee, 1999
r2q1rk1/3n1p1p/p3p1p1/1p1n4/3PN2b/2PB3Q/1P3PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 if Re8 Nd6 ]

e)
Igor Glek vs Ildiko Madl, Recklinghausen, 1999
8/5p1k/1p1pr1pp/3R4/p1P5/qP4PP/P2Q1PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ b4 w/Rd3 ]

3c)
mate in 5
Igor Glek vs Emil Anka

Igor Glek Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Igor Glek vs Marinus Kuijf, Germany, 2001
7k/r3q1pp/p2pP3/2p1bPPR/2p1N3/5Q1K/PP6/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ Kg8 g6 if Qb7 e7 mates ]

b)
Igor Glek vs Sergey Arkhipov, Tomsk, 2001
r3kb1r/2qp1ppp/p3p3/2pbP3/2N5/8/PPP2PPP/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nd6+ if Bxd6 Qxd5 or if Ke7 Bg5+ f6 Qh5 ]

c)
Igor Glek vs Alexander Ivanov, Tomsk, 2001
r3r1k1/pp1q1p1p/2pB2p1/3PPn2/2P5/Q7/PP3R1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 if gxf5 Qg3+ Kh8 e6 ]

d)
Igor Glek vs Thomas Kuhn, Zurich, 2001
2kr2r1/p2nb2p/2p1Bp2/1pq5/5B2/3Q3P/P1P2PP1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qxd7+ if Rxd7 Rxd7 ]

e)
Igor Glek vs Cyril Marcelin, Germany, 2002
5k2/Rn2rpp1/7p/1r2P3/2pp4/6P1/2P3BP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ Re8 Rxe8+ Kxe8 Bc6+ ]

4e)
Igor Glek vs Cyril Marcelin

Igor Glek Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Igor Glek vs Roland Schmaltz, Griesheim, 2002
1r2rbk1/3b1p2/2p2q1p/1p2n1p1/3NR3/2P3BP/BP3PP1/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 Rxe5 Nf3 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Igor Glek vs Bram Van Den Berg, Vlissingen, 2002
8/2B3R1/2p1pkp1/1r2N3/1p6/7P/2r3PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Kg5 Bd8+ Kh6 Ng4+ ]

c)
Igor Glek vs Gojko Laketic, Porto San Giorgio, 2003
r3r1k1/pp3p2/3P2p1/P2NnRP1/2p5/6P1/1P6/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kf8 Rxe5 Rxe5 Nd7+ or if Kh8 Rf4 ]

d)
Igor Glek vs William Pimentel, Internet, 2003
q3rk2/1n2bppp/8/2pQ1N2/3p4/7P/1P3PPB/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7 if Rxe7 Bd6 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Sam Collins vs Igor Glek, Dublin, 2019
8/1p2n1pk/p6p/5p2/1PP3r1/4NqPK/P2B1PQ1/8 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rh4+ 2.Kxh4 Ng6+ ]

5b)
mate in 4
Igor Glek vs Bram Van Den Berg


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