Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Igor Bondarevsky.
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)
Black Mates in 5. Alexander Kotov vs Bondarevsky, Leningrad, 1936
r1b3k1/pp1n3p/2pbp3/3pNpP1/2PBn2q/1P1NKP2/P1Q1P1B1/R5R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...f4+ Nxf4 Qf2+ Kd3 Qxd4+ Kxd4 Bc5+ ]

b)
Bondarevsky vs Vitaly Chekhover, Tbilisi, 1937
3rn1k1/4bppp/2qpp3/1NP1n3/3BP3/6P1/5P1P/1R1Q1BK1 w - - 0 1
[ cxd6 if Bxd6 or Nxd6 Bxe5 or if Bf6 f4 ]

c)
Bondarevsky vs Vsevolod Rauzer, Tbilisi, 1937
2r3k1/p4p2/6pp/4p3/2n1Q2P/2B3R1/P4PPK/3q4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Qxg6+ Kh8 Qxh6+ & Qe6+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Genrikh Kasparian vs Bondarevsky, Leningrad, 1938
2r3k1/1p4p1/4p1qP/pP1pPp2/P1rNnP2/R1P4R/7P/4Q2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 if cxd4 Nf2+ & Rc1+ ]

Bondarevsky Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Bondarevsky vs Jozsef Pogats, Schiavno Zdroj, 1950
r4nk1/p3q1pp/1p1r1n2/2pbN3/2B2P2/P3P2Q/1B4PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 Nxd5 e4 b5 Bxd5+ ]

b)
Bondarevsky vs Ken Lloyd, Hastings, 1961
2R5/1p2q2p/p5p1/Pk1p1r2/3Q4/2P3P1/1P4P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb6+ w/Re8 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Nikolai Novotelnov vs Bondarevsky, Moscow, 1951
4r1k1/1p3p2/7p/1p4p1/2np4/P4PPq/1PQ1P1NP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Mikhail Yudovich Sr vs Bondarevsky, Gorky, 1955
6k1/7p/p5p1/2nPp3/1qP2p2/7P/QP2N1PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f3 if gxf3 or Ng3 Qd2 ]

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