Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Yuri Averbakh.
White to move and win.

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


a)
Averbakh vs Ratmir Kholmov, Moscow, 1947
4r1k1/4bp1p/1pR3p1/1q1r4/4Q3/8/PB3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7 ]

b)
Averbakh vs V Zak, Moscow, 1948
r3r2k/3qbp2/p3b1BB/1p1pP3/2np4/2P3Q1/P5PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ Kxg7 Bxf7+ Kh8 (if Bg4 e6 Qd8 Qxg4+) Qg6 ]

c)
Averbakh vs Vladilen Trupan, Moscow, 1949
2r5/2p2p2/1p2b1k1/p1p1P1p1/P1P3Pr/1P1R1PKp/3B3P/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5 ]

d)
Averbakh vs Alexei Suetin, Moscow, 1950
r2kr3/1q1b1p2/p4n1p/3P2p1/1p6/5BQ1/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6 if Ng8 Rxe8+ Kxe8 Re1+ Kd8 Qf8+ Kc7 d6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Averbakh vs Frantisek Zita, Schiavno Zdroj, 1950
5R2/pp1rq1kp/1r6/5Q1P/5R2/4p1P1/PPPp4/3K4 w - - 0 1
[ Rg4+ Rg6 h6+ ]

f)
Averbakh vs Peter Dubinin, Sverdlovsk, 1951
4q1k1/r2b1pp1/p1n3rp/1pRNp1b1/1P2P3/PB4QP/1BR2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ h4 if Bc1 Qxg6 fxg6 Nf6+ w/Nxe8 & Rxc6 ]

g)
White Mates in 5. Averbakh vs Alexander Tolush, Gagra, 1953
r1b2k2/1pq2n2/pn1p2Q1/2pP4/P4P2/2P4P/3N1BP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Kxe8 Qg8+ Ke7 Bh4+ ]



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