Characteristic Puzzles in the Openings



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Leonid Yudasin.
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)
Leonid Yudasin vs Josif Dorfman, Saratov, 1981
r4k2/4q1p1/p3p2r/2N1n2p/6nP/2Q5/PPP1N3/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nd7+ if Nxd7 Qf3+ ]

b)
Leonid Yudasin vs Igors Zdanov, Leningrad, 1982
2r1knbr/2q1b3/7p/ppNpP1pN/1PnP2P1/2P1B3/7P/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng7+ Kd8 Rxf8+ Bxf8 Nge6+ ]

c)
Amador Rodriguez vs Leonid Yudasin, Minsk, 1982
r2r2k1/pb1qbppp/1p2n3/1P1p4/2pP1B2/P1R2NPB/4PP1P/1Q1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf4 Bxd7 Nxe2+ Kg2 Nxc3 ]

d)
Gennadi Zaichik vs Leonid Yudasin, Telavi, 1982
rn3rk1/pbp2ppp/1p2pq2/8/1bp5/2NP1NP1/PP2QPBP/R1B1K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3+ bxc3 Qxc3+ ]

e)
Leonid Yudasin vs Viktor Gavrikov, Lvov, 1984
8/4qpk1/3p2p1/1nr5/5Q1N/pPP2R2/PbKB4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6 ]


Leonid Yudasin vs Igors Zdanov

Leonid Yudasin puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Czeslaw Socha vs Leonid Yudasin, Gdynia, 1987
r3q3/pbn3Nk/1p1p3p/2pPn2Q/P7/R7/1P3PPP/2B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Qxe1+ Kg2 Qxc1 ]

b)
Leonid Yudasin vs Michal Krasenkow, Tallinn, 1988
8/4r2p/1N4p1/1k2np2/3B4/P5Pn/8/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

c)
Leonid Yudasin vs Stellan Brynell, Leningrad, 1989
r1bq4/pp5k/2n2Q1p/bN1ppn2/3P4/6R1/2P2PPP/3K2NR w - - 0 1
[ Qg6+ Kh8 Nd6 ]

d)
Leonid Yudasin vs Judit Polgar, Munich, 1991
7k/p2q3p/1p1pr1p1/3Q2P1/2P5/5R2/PP5P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa8+ Re8 Rf8+ ]

e)
Leonid Yudasin vs Alexander Chernin, Beer-Sheeva, 1993
3rrn2/1b1NbQpk/p1q1p2p/1p1n1p2/3P4/P2B2BP/1P3PPN/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if Qxd7 Bxf5+ Kh8 Rg6 or if Nxe6 Qxf5+ mates ]


Czeslaw Socha vs Leonid Yudasin

Leonid Yudasin puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Leonid Yudasin vs Susan Lalic, Sevilla, 1993
2rr3k/p4p1p/1p3NnB/5R1Q/3b4/P5P1/1q5P/4RK2 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Leonid Yudasin vs Alexei Shirov, Ljubljana, 1995
n5R1/p2r1p2/3pqB1k/2p1pR1p/2P1P3/4P1PP/P2P1K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ Kxh5 g4+ Kh6 g5+ ]

c)
Leonid Yudasin vs Geoffrey Herman, Parsippany, 2006
1r2r1k1/p1qb1p1p/2p3p1/P1Q1pn2/2P5/2NP2P1/5PBP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qd8 Rxb8 w/Nf6+ ]

d)
Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Leonid Yudasin, Philadelphia, 2006
4k3/1p2b1p1/p2pb1P1/q7/4B3/2P1Q3/PKP5/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 if Bc6+ Ke7 Rd5 Qxd5 ]


mate in 6
Leonid Yudasin vs Alexei Shirov

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