Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Igor Ivanov.
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)
Ivanov vs Zurab Sturua, Cheliabinsk, 1975
1r1r1b1k/5p2/p2p1p1p/2p1qN2/3R4/4P1R1/PPQ2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6 if Bxh6 Rh4 ]

b)
Ivanov vs Orest Averkin, URS, 1977
1nr3k1/3r1p2/pp2pRpB/4N3/6Q1/6P1/1q3PKP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if Qc2 Qxe6 mates ]

c)
Ivanov vs Anatoly Donchenko, Yerevan, 1977
1rb1k2r/2q2pp1/pp2p3/4n1P1/P2NB3/2b3Q1/2P2R1P/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6+ if Bd7 Qxc3 Bxc6 Bf4 ]

d)
Ivanov vs Jury Rusakov, Vladivostok, 1978
r1b2rk1/pp3pbp/2p3p1/6B1/4N1n1/2P2BP1/PP3P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be7 if Re8 Nd6 ]

e)
Ivanov vs Valery Chekhov, Beltsy, 1979
3r2k1/4p2p/p1p3p1/3q1p2/2Q5/1P2P2P/PR4P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd2 ]



Ivanov Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ivanov vs Pawel Baczynski, New York, 1981
2r3k1/1b3p1p/p5p1/1pqn2B1/7P/P4P2/BP1Q2P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re5 if Qc7 Qd4 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Ivanov vs Brian Hartman, Canada, 1986
6k1/ppR3pp/8/3Np3/1Q4bP/6P1/PP2qbK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qe7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Ivanov vs Kamran Shirazi, Los Angeles, 1986
r3r3/1q2Pk1p/pn1Q2p1/1p3pB1/8/5N2/P5PP/2R1b2K w - - 0 1
[ Ne5+ Kg7 Qf6+ ]

d)
Ivanov vs Kevin Gentes, Baie Comeau, 1987
6k1/5pp1/r1N3bp/b2N4/8/5PP1/6KP/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Ra1 if Rxc6 Ne7+ ]

e)
Ivanov vs Simon Knott, London, 1987
5bk1/3R1p2/6p1/1r6/5P2/n3PK2/B4P2/1q5R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ Kg7 Ba2+ Be7 Rxe7+ Kf8 Rf7+ Kg8 Rxb1 ]

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Ivanov Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ivanov vs Francois Leveille, Quebec, 1987
r1r3k1/pp1b1ppp/1n2p3/1Nb1n3/4PB2/5NP1/PP3PBP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc7 Rxc7 Nxe5 if Ba4 b3 w/Nd3 ]

b)
Ivanov vs A Santa Luis, New York, 1988
4q1k1/1p3p1b/2p2Qpp/1nP5/1P1p1N2/3P2PB/4PK1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Ivanov vs Sergey Kudrin, Chicago, 1989
5n1k/rq4rp/p1bp1b2/2p1pP1Q/P1B1P2R/2N3R1/1P4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Nxh7 Rxh7+ Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

d)
Ivanov vs Ricardo D'Arruda, USA, 1989
3r1b1k/p1q2p1p/1p2p1r1/2n1P1PN/2Pp1PB1/1P5Q/P6R/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 h6 Bh5 ]

e)
Ivanov vs Mark Finegold, Chicago, 1991
4k2r/1p1n1ppp/p7/q2p4/1brP1Bb1/1QN2N2/PP3PPP/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if Rxc1+ Rxc1+ Be7 Rc8+ ]

Ivanov Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ivanov vs Michael Cavallo, New York, 1991
1r2nr2/1p1bNpkp/p2p2p1/q1pPp3/n1P1P1PP/1QPB1P2/3BK3/RR6 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6 if bxc6 Qxb8 or if Bxc6 dxc6 b5 Rxa4 ]

b)
Ivanov vs Gabriele Mileto, Forli, 1992
R3nr1k/2pbn2p/1p1p4/3P1p2/1PPNpP2/4N3/4B1PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 if Ba4 b5 w/Ra8 or if Bc8 Bh5 ]



c) White Mates in 3. Ivanov vs Fred Lindsay, Canada, 1994
2rr1k2/pb4p1/1p1qpp2/4R2Q/3n4/P1N5/1P3PPP/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1

d)
Ivanov vs Eduardo Teodoro, Canada, 1994
r3r1k1/1Q3p1p/p1N3p1/8/3Bn3/q1b1P2P/5PP1/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 if f6 Rxc3 Nxc3 Qf7+ mates ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Ivanov vs Steve Jacobi, Reno, 1994
2rr3k/1p1b1pq1/4pNp1/Pp2Q2p/3P4/7R/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ ]

f)
Ivanov vs Balazs Szuk, Los Angeles, 2001
r3r2k/pp5p/6b1/1R3Q2/P1qpp3/8/1P1p2PP/3B1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ Kg8 Bb3 ]

g)
Ivanov vs Srdzan Hristovski, Struga, 2002
r1b1r1k1/4qppp/2p5/1p6/1P1Pn3/3B1NP1/3Q1PP1/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe4 if Qxe4 Rfe1 ]

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