Here are some chess puzzles from the Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (ECO D44).



1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4



Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.
White to move and win except where noted.

a)
White Mates in 4. Isaac Kashdan vs Charles Jaffe, Boston, 1938
rq3kB1/pp1b1p2/4pB1p/4P3/3P3Q/P1n5/5PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6+ Ke8 Bxf7+ ]

b)
Viacheslav Ragozin vs Eero Boek, Helsinki, 1946
2k3r1/5R2/pr1b3p/1p1B4/2pq3p/8/PPQ2PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5+ Kb8 Qh7 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Jan Gadalinski vs Kazimierz Plater, Krakow, 1953
r3kr2/pb1q1pQ1/2pPp3/1p3P2/2p5/6P1/PP4B1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 f6 ]

d)
White Mates in 2. Bennsdorf vs G Krepp, corr., 1954
r3kb1r/pb6/2p2p1p/1p2pq2/2pQ3p/2N2B2/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5+ ]

e)
Juhani Pitkanen vs Jaakko Pihlajamaki, corr., 1973
r3k2r/pb2qp2/2p1p3/1N6/2B5/5Q2/Pb3PPP/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ Kf8 Qb3 ]

Recent D44 Games


D44 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Jacobo Bolbochan vs Gideon Stahlberg, Mar del Plata, 1948
3r3r/p1kn1N2/b3pP2/q5B1/1p6/1Pp3P1/P1Q2PBP/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa3+ if Kb1 Bd3 or if Kd1 Ne5+ Nxd8 Rxd8+ Ke1 Qb2 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Andor Lilienthal vs Alexander Kotov, Moscow, 1948
2kr4/Q4p2/2q1pP2/1p4B1/2p4P/3n2P1/P4P2/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd7 if Qe3 Nf4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 8. Kaarle Ojanen vs Theo Van Scheltinga, Dubrovnik, 1950
1nkr4/p4p2/q1p1pP2/8/1b1r1B2/2N2QP1/P4P1P/R3KR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re4+ Qxe4 Bxc3+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 4. Alfredo Olivera vs Flavio Carvalho, Montevideo, 1954
3r2k1/5ppp/4p3/Rp2P3/1Qp4P/7K/1P3qP1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd3+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 4. Hans-Jochen Schiffer vs MA Jorde, corr., 1964
r2Bk2r/pb1n1pQ1/3np3/1p2P3/2p3K1/3p4/PP1b1PPP/R4B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...f5+ if Kg3 Ne4+ Kf3 Nef6+ or if exf6 Ne5+ ]

f)
Black to move and win. Using Mueller vs Werner Schreiber, corr., 1966
2k5/pbqn1p2/4pP2/2p3P1/Np1P1b2/2p3P1/PPQ1BK2/3R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ Kf1 Qxg3 Rh8+ Kc7 Bc4 Qg1+ Ke2 Qf2 Kd3 Qf5+ mates ]

g)
Black to move and win. Marta Kovacs-Pinter vs Reinhard Fuchs, Debrecen, 1967
2k3rr/pbq2p2/4pn2/2b3B1/PpN2P2/1Q5P/1P2B1P1/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if Rf3 f6 ]

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