Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Konstantin Landa.
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 6. Landa vs K Raag, Pinsk, 1989
3r1bk1/1qrb1ppp/p2p1P2/2pP4/6R1/1P2BB2/P4QPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ if Bxg7 Qg3 ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. O Grizak vs Landa, Leningrad, 1990
2r3k1/3QRp2/6pq/1p6/1P4p1/5nP1/5P1P/5N1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Landa vs Michal Horak, Mlada Boleslav, 1994
5kr1/1b1r1p2/p1p1p3/1nP1P3/3P3B/6R1/1P2BPK1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg8+ Kxg8 Bf6 ]

d)
Landa vs Csaba Horvath, Oberwart, 1996
r4r1k/pp2Qp1p/1q4p1/5b2/8/P1N3P1/P3PPBP/b1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be3 w/Qf6+ or Rxa1 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Valeri Yandemirov vs Landa, Omsk, 1996
8/r2bk1p1/2B5/p2p3p/P2Nn3/4R3/1P4PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc7 ]



Landa Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Landa vs Francisco Fernandez Barrera, Ubeda, 1999
r4b2/pp1k4/3n4/2pPQp1r/2P1pP1P/qP2B3/P4P2/1K1R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Bxg7 Qxg7+ if Kd8 Qf6+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Snorri Bergsson vs Landa, Halkidiki, 2002
8/1p3p2/p2r1b1k/7p/5p2/1P1b1P2/P4BPP/2KR1N2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc6+ Kd2 Bb5 w/...Rd6+ ]

c)
Landa vs Juergen Lisek, Germany, 2003
R1rb1k2/1p1q3r/3ppp2/5n2/2PP4/5NP1/5PB1/1Q2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 Qxc8 g4 ]

d)
White Mates in 8. Landa vs Evgeny Shaposhnikov, Sochi, 2005
3rr3/p2nb1k1/qpp1pn1p/7P/PPPP4/3Q1N2/3B1PP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh6+ Kh8 Bg7+ Kxg7 Qg6+ Kh8 Ng5 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Cas Zwaneveld vs Landa, Vlissingen, 2005
r5k1/1bq1br2/p3Q1p1/3pn2n/Pp2P2p/1N1BB2P/1PP1N1P1/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng7 Qb6 Qxb6 Bxb6 dxe4 ]

Landa Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Ramon Koster vs Landa, Netherlands, 2006
5rk1/q4pbp/3p2p1/4p3/p1B2P2/PrBPn1P1/1P1QP2P/1R3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb7+ Rf3 Nxc4 dxc4 Rxc3 if Qxc3 e4 ]

b)
Landa vs Zhu Chen, Bad Wiessee, 2006
r4rk1/pp2bppp/1np1p3/3q4/3Pb3/1QP3P1/P3PPBP/R1BRN1K1 w - - 0 1
[ c4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Denis Rombaldoni vs Landa, Regiio Emilia, 2007
2Q5/6pk/5b1p/5P2/3p4/1Rr2qNK/7P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ ]


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