Here are some chess puzzles taken from the games of Lev Alburt.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
White Mates in 5. Alburt vs Vasily Byvshev, Moscow, 1965
1r4k1/2pR2pr/bp5p/2p1P1q1/P1p1QN2/1P5P/6P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ w/Rd8+ & Ng6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Alburt vs K Grigorian, Leningrad, 1974
5rrk/ppq3np/2p1p3/4N1R1/3P1P2/6QP/PP6/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ hxg6 Rxg6 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Alburt vs Eduard Gufeld, USSR, 1974
2b3k1/1q3rb1/p1N3Qp/3p4/3P4/2P5/1P2RpPP/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ if Rf8 Ne7+ ]

d)
Alburt vs Evgeny Sveshnikov, USSR, 1974
3r1qk1/5ppp/bn6/p1rB4/3QN3/6P1/PB2PP1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kh8 Qe4 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Alburt vs Jan Plachetka, Decin, 1977
7k/5pR1/2rpq2B/p2Np3/4r1P1/6K1/P2Qb3/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ if Kh7 Bg7+ Kxg8 Ne7+ Kxg7 Nf5+ ]



Alburt, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alburt vs Mikhail Zlotnikov, New York, 1980
r2qr1k1/pp1b1p1n/3p2NQ/2pP4/2P5/P1N5/1Pn1BPPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Nxe1 Ne7+ & Qxh7+ mates ]

b)
Alburt vs Jonathan Mestel, Hastings, 1980
2r1r1k1/p3ppbp/6p1/q2P4/n1B2B2/1Q1RR1P1/P4P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 ]

c)
Alburt vs Jens Kristiansen, Reykjavik, 1986
6k1/rp1q1pbp/2pB1np1/2Pp1b2/NQ1Pp3/1P2P2P/r4PP1/2RR1BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb8 w/Nb6 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Alburt vs Antti Pyhala, Reykjavik, 1986
r3bk2/ppR1Nppp/3Ppn2/6N1/1P6/q5P1/4QP1P/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ w/Qxe6 ]

e)
White Mates in 8. Alburt vs Paul Koploy, Los Angeles, 1987
2b3k1/1qNnQp2/4p1pp/1p1p4/3P4/3BP1P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 if Ne5 Qd8+ Kg7 Ne8+ Kf8 Nf6+ ]

Alburt, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 7. Alburt vs S Frymer, Chicago, 1989
2r5/p3kpq1/bpp2Npp/4P3/3P4/1PQ3PP/P6K/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qb4+ c5 dxc5 bxc5 Rd7+ Ke6 Qg4+ ]



b) White Mates in 4. Alburt vs Peter Yu, Chicago, 1989
6k1/5pb1/3p1n2/q1pP2Q1/2P4p/1r2R2P/5PPB/4R1K1 w - - 0 1

c)
White Mates in 6. Alburt vs Larry Christiansen, Jacksonville, 1990
6r1/b2R4/4Np1k/8/4P1B1/5K2/3R1P2/5r2 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5 if Rh8 Rg7 Be3 Rd8 ]

d)
Alburt vs David Vigorito, NY, 1993
2kr3r/pp2R2p/2bp2pB/2p5/2P5/3qP2P/PQ4P1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb7+ Black must sac both the R & Q ]

e)
White Mates in 9. Alburt vs Benjamin Finegold, NY, 1994
3r2k1/pp3pPp/2p3p1/4Q3/4N3/q6P/P1n2PP1/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Kxg7 Ne8+ if Kf8 Rxb7 ]

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