Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Isaac Boleslavsky.
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 7. Boleslavsky vs Vladimir Makogonov, Moscow, 1940
4r3/pp1q2kp/1bpn1p2/4p2p/6P1/1BP2Q2/PP3PK1/2B1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ if Kg6 gxh5+ Kxh6 Qxf6+ ]

b)
Boleslavsky vs Andor Lilienthal, Moscow, 1941
3r2k1/5ppp/2nq1n2/1p3P2/2pp4/2P2BQ1/5PPP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 Rxd6 Bf4 ]

c)
Boleslavsky vs Lev Abramov, Kuibyshev, 1942
rnb2rk1/4bppp/pq2p3/1p1n4/5B2/1NN2B2/PPP3PP/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 exd5 Nxd5 w/Nxe7 & Bd6 ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Boleslavsky vs Ludek Pachman, Saltsjobaden, 1948
1rb2r1k/2q2pp1/4pN1p/1p1p2N1/2n2P2/7R/2P1Q1PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ gxh6 Qd3 ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Boleslavsky vs Gosta Stoltz, Saltsjobaden, 1948
4b3/k1r1q2p/p3p3/3pQ3/2pN4/1R6/P4PPP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ ]

Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956



Boleslavsky Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Boleslavsky vs Yuri Averbakh, Moscow, 1950
7k/p1Rbqrpp/1p6/8/3B3P/P5Q1/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Fernand Morel vs Boleslavsky, Helsinki, 1952
3r1r1k/5pp1/4B2p/4Q3/R3P3/1Pq3PP/P5P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Kh2 Qc1 ]

c)
Boleslavsky vs Ratmir Kholmov, Leningrad, 1956
r3rbk1/3b1ppp/p1np4/1p1N4/1P1Nn2q/P6P/1BB2PP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe4 if Rxe4 Nf3 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Y Kliavinsh vs Boleslavsky, Minsk, 1957
6k1/p4pp1/8/5P1p/3p1BP1/6PK/PPq1r3/4R2Q b - - 0 1
[ ..Rh2+ Qxh2 hxg4+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Victor Korchnoi vs Boleslavsky, Riga, 1958
8/1N2kp2/2p3p1/p3P2p/2P1KP2/n1r3P1/7P/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc2 ]

Boleslavsky Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Boleslavsky vs Anatoly Bannik, Moscow, 1961
r7/p3rpk1/P1b1nnp1/q3p2p/1pB1P2P/4QNN1/1P3PP1/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 if Rxe6 Ng5 ]

b)
Boleslavsky vs Semen Furman, Moscow, 1961
3r1r1k/pq3p1p/5P2/2bp1Q2/1pp1nP2/4B3/PPP3BP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe4 if dxe4 Qg5 mates ]

c)
Boleslavsky vs A Peperle, corr., 1963
rn2k1nr/p4ppp/1q2p3/1p2N3/1BpPb3/4P3/1P3PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qg4 Bg6 Qf3 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Dmitry Nadezhdin vs Boleslavsky, Tashkent, 1965
r1r3k1/4bpp1/p1bp1n1p/q2NpP2/1p2P2P/P2Q4/1PPRBBP1/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd5 exd5 Rc3 if bxc3 Qxa3+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Boleslavsky vs Ilya Mosionzhik, Moscow, 1967
2br2r1/2n3bk/n3Pq1p/ppp2p1p/5P1N/2P4Q/PPB3P1/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf5+ Qxf5 Bxf5+ w/Ng6+ ]



f) White Mates in 3. Boleslavsky vs Roman Dzindzichashvili, URS, 1967
7r/1qr1nNp1/p1k4p/1pB5/4P1Q1/8/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1

g)
Boleslavsky vs W Janes, Riga, 1968
3qkr2/pp3pQp/3p1Pp1/4pb2/2r5/5NP1/PPP4P/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5+ Kd7 Rxf5 if gxf5 Ne5+ ]

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