King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Rafael Vaganian.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
White mates in 4.
Rafael Vaganian vs Sergey Makarichev, 1967
7R/2rr1kp1/p3p3/1p1q1p2/n4P1Q/P4P2/4B2P/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qh6+ Kf7 Qf8+ ]

b)
Rafael Vaganian vs Amanmurad Kakageldyev, URS, 1969
r3kb1r/pb1n1ppp/4pP2/1B1qN3/8/1P1p4/1P1BQPPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxd7+ if Qxd7 Qg4 h5 fxg7 ]

c)
Rafael Vaganian vs Rene Borngaesser, Athens, 1971
8/3Q1nkp/5bp1/p7/1p2NP1P/1q4P1/6BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 if Qa2 Ne6+ ]

d)
Rafael Vaganian vs Valentins Kirilov, Daugavpils, 1971
r3r1k1/1p1R1pbp/2p3p1/p1P5/Nq2Pn2/7P/PPQ2PB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ a3 if Qb5 Bf1 ]

e)
Rafael Vaganian vs David Bronstein, Tbilisi, 1973
2rq4/1br2pkp/p1n1p1p1/1p4Nn/3P4/P4NP1/BP1Q1P2/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 ]

1a)
mate in 4
Rafael Vaganian vs Sergey Makarichev

Rafael Vaganian Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Rafael Vaganian vs George S Botterill, Hastings, 1974
rn1qk2r/pbp2p2/1p3ppb/7p/2BP1N1P/2N1P3/PP3PP1/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ if Kxf7 Qb3+ Ke8 Nxg6 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Rafael Vaganian vs Mark Tseitlin, Kragujevac, 1974
6k1/4r1n1/p3N3/3P4/8/1p4R1/r5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Kh7 Ng5+ Kg6 Ne4+ Kh7 Nf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Rafael Vaganian vs Rene Borngaesser, Teeside, 1974
1q6/pbpBQ2p/3p2pk/8/7P/2P5/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 Qg8 g5+ Kh5 Qe2+ ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Rafael Vaganian vs Gudmundur Sigurjonsson, Teeside, 1974
4r2k/4P1bp/p5p1/8/1rB1Q3/5RP1/3q1P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Rxf8 exf8/Q+ Bxf8 Qe5+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Rafael Vaganian vs Viktor Korchnoi, Moscow, 1975
6rk/6pp/5p2/p7/P2Q1N2/4P1P1/2r2n1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ ]

2b)
mate in 5
Rafael Vaganian vs Mark Tseitlin

Rafael Vaganian Puzzles, Part III.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Rafael Vaganian vs Viktor Kupreichik, Ordzhonikidze, 1978
5k2/p2r1p2/1p2q3/7R/5Q1P/P2p2P1/5P1K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rh6 if Qd5 Qf6 mates ]

b)
Rafael Vaganian vs Franco Trabattoni, Reggio Emilia, 1981
6R1/p1k2r1p/1pnq2p1/3p1p2/1P1P1Q2/3N2P1/P4P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc8+ if Kd7 Qxd6+ Kxd6 Rxc6+ Kxc6 Ne5+ ]

c)
Rafael Vaganian vs Andras Adorjan, Salonika, 1984
1r1r2k1/p2p1pp1/1p2p2p/2n1Pn2/2P5/PqN2NP1/1P2QPKP/2RR4 w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Ne7 Nd4 ]

d)
Rafael Vaganian vs Borislav Ivkov, Moscow, 1985
2rrqk2/5pbp/3p2pN/p1nQ4/8/1P2BP2/P1R3PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc5 if Rxc5 Qxc5 dxc5 Bxc5+ ]

e)
Rafael Vaganian vs Jonathan Mestel, London, 1986
4rk2/2R1ppbp/pp1r2p1/4n3/3N4/1P2P1PP/P3KPB1/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if Nd7 Bc6 Rd8 Bxd7 R6xd7 Ne6+ ]

3e)
Rafael Vaganian vs Jonathan Mestel

Rafael Vaganian Puzzles, Part IV.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Rafael Vaganian vs F Clemens, Cologne, 1991
2r5/ppr1npk1/4p1pp/3p4/bq1P3P/2NBP1P1/PPRQ1P2/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ a3 if Qb3 Nxa4 Rxc2 Bxc2 ]

b)
Rafael Vaganian vs Silvio Danailov, Oviedo, 1992
8/2nn1pkp/3bp1p1/3p4/1p1P4/qP2PPP1/1N1BBK1P/1Q6 w - - 0 1
[ Na4 w/Bc1 ]

c)
Rafael Vaganian vs Sergey Rublevsky, Mainz, 2004
3k4/5p2/B3nP2/1p2pQ1p/1Pp1P2P/2Pq4/3r1P1K/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 if Qxf1 Qb8+ mates ]

4a)
Rafael Vaganian vs F Clemens

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