"Tactics in the Queen's Gambit" by wtharvey.com



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

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.
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a)
Susan Polgar vs Circakov, Targoviste, 1981
3rnk2/pp2q3/2pp2p1/8/1Pb1pB2/4Q1P1/P3PPBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Nf6 Qd4 ]

b)
Branimir Vujic vs Susan Polgar, Panonija, 1981
3r2k1/2p2pp1/2n3q1/p1B1p2n/Q3P3/1PP2PP1/5K2/2RrRN2 b - - 0 1
[ ...R8d2+ if Nxd2 Qxg3+ mates; if Ke3 Qh6+ mates; if Kg1 Nxg3 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Smirnov vs Susan Polgar, Televen, 1981
1r6/2q1nbk1/2p2b2/N1PN4/1Q1P2pr/3B1p1P/5P2/1R2R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh2+ Kxh2 Rxh3+ Kg1 Rbh8 ]

d)
White mates in 7.
Susan Polgar vs Krastjo Dimitrov, Targoviste, 1984
4rqk1/p2r3p/4p1pQ/3nB1N1/2p2P2/Pb2P2R/6PP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6+ Rg7 Rxh7 Nf6 Bxf6 Qxf6 Qxe8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Susan Polgar vs Peter Jamieson, Adelaide, 1986
7r/Nkp3np/3pn1p1/1B3pq1/8/P4P2/6PP/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bc6+ ]


mate in 5
Smirnov vs Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Susan Polgar vs Nikola Spiridonov, Albena, 1986
2qrbknQ/1p4p1/3p1p2/p1pP2B1/P1P1N3/2P4P/2B5/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

b)
Susan Polgar vs Jay Whitehead, New York, 1987
6k1/3n1p1p/r1n3p1/pNQ5/P4P2/3qr1PP/1R4BK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qc1 if Rxg3 or Nf6 Rd1 ]

c)
Susan Polgar vs Nick De Firmian, New York, 1989
6k1/3bbr1p/p2p4/Pp1P2P1/3BPP1p/1p6/q2Q1N1K/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Bb2 w/Ra1 ]

d)
Susan Polgar vs Vasilios Kotronias, Corfu, 1990
8/5r1k/1p1p3P/p1pP1p2/P1P3Np/KP5P/1B3pq1/1B2R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5+ Rxf5 Re7+ Rf7 Rxf7+ Kg6 Rg7+ w/Ne3+ ]

e)
Susan Polgar vs Miodrag Todorcevic, Pamplona, 1991
2b2r1k/q5bp/3BR3/p2P1r2/1pp1Q1R1/7P/1P4PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5 Bxe6 (if Rxf5 Re8+ Rf8 Bxf8 Bxg4 Bc5+ Bf8 Bxa7) Qxe6 Qf2 Bxf8 Qxf8 Rxc4 ]


mate in 6
Lajos Portisch vs Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 6.
Lajos Portisch vs Susan Polgar, Hungary, 1991
Rb4k1/5p2/1p4p1/1Pp2q1p/4p3/1Q2P1Pn/1B1rB2P/4nN1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ Bxf1 Nf2+ Kg1 Nf3+ Kg2 Nh3+ Be2 Rxe2+ Kxh3 Rxh2+ ]

b)
White mates in 7.
Susan Polgar vs Leonid Yudasin, Munich, 1991
3r2k1/p1q2p1p/1p3Q2/5B1b/4N3/PP5P/2p3P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 if Bg6 Nf6+ Kh8 Ne8 ]

c)
Susan Polgar vs Efim Geller, Aruba, 1992
r1r3k1/1b1n1ppp/p1q1pb2/P3B2n/Np2P3/3B1N2/1P2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 ]

d)
Susan Polgar vs Wolfgang Uhlmann, Aruba, 1992
r7/p2b1N2/n2Pk2p/2p3p1/2p3P1/P5KP/2B5/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5+ Kxf7 Bxd7+ Kg7 Bb5 ]

e)
Susan Polgar vs Cristina Adela Foisor, Tilburg, 1994
4r2k/1p4b1/p5pp/3q4/P1p1N3/3n3P/1P1Q2P1/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 if Bxf6 Qxh6+ wins the rook ]


Yadira Hernandez-Guerrero vs Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 8.
Alisa Maric vs Susan Polgar, Tilburg, 1994
5N1k/1b4pp/1p3q2/p3n3/P1B1p1r1/1P6/1Q2RPPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ Kh1 Rh4 h3 Qd6 ]

b)
Yadira Hernandez-Guerrero vs Susan Polgar, Moscow olw CUB-HUN 1994
3r4/p4b1k/1p6/1B1p1p1r/3PpP1n/4N1Rq/PP1Q1R1P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg3 hxg3 Nf3+ Rh2 Nxd2 ]

c)
Susan Polgar vs Anatoly Karpov, Monte Carlo, 1994
2r2nk1/pb2qpb1/1p2p1p1/3r3p/2NP1B2/2PB3P/P3QPP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be4 if Rd8 Bxb7 Qxb7 Nd6 ]


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