Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Irina Levitina.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
White mates in 4.
Irina Levitina vs Marta Litynska, Kislovodsk, 1974
r6r/pp4pp/1q1bQpk1/8/5B2/2P2N2/PP3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh4+ Kh5 Qe2+ Kxh4 g3+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Irina Levitina vs Natalia Zubova, Moscow, 1974
5rk1/1np1Qpp1/pqb5/4r1Np/PP1p4/1B1R4/6PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ ]

c)
Tamara Golovey vs Irina Levitina, Riga, 1975
2r1r1k1/5ppp/QB3n2/P1b2q2/4p3/2P5/6PP/2R1RN1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 Bxc5 Qxc5 Qb6 Nf2+ Kg1 Nd3+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
B Hofmann vs Irina Levitina, Novgorod, 1976
4B3/5Q2/p2pp2k/1p1b1p2/5r2/P1P1q3/1P4PP/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Kxg2 Rg4+ ]

e)
Irina Levitina vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Lvov, 1983
3r1q1k/5bbp/pp3p2/2pP3r/2P2B2/1P5B/P4Q1P/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg4 ]

Irina Levitina puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Nana Alexandria vs Irina Levitina, Dubna, 1983
6k1/1p3ppp/2q5/5b2/p2P4/P2N1nP1/1P3P1P/R2Q1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Maria Porubszky-Angyalosine vs Irina Levitina, Budapest, 1984
2r1r1k1/p4p2/3p2p1/N1pP2n1/2P4p/P3q3/1Q2B3/2RR1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3 Ke1 Qf2+ Kd2 Qxe2+ Kc3 Re3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Irina Levitina vs Lidia Semenova, Sochi, 1984
2r4k/4p1bb/p1q1P2p/2P1B3/8/4Q3/2B2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6 ]

d)
Irina Levitina vs Mingqian Wu, Malme, 1986
5r1k/1Q1nNp2/p2r2p1/2pR3p/P4q2/8/1P3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc7 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Svetlana Prudnikova vs Irina Levitina, Frunze, 1986
4r2k/6pp/2R2q2/p2Q3K/8/5NP1/PP3n1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...g6+ ]

f)
Irina Levitina vs Mirjana Maric, Belgrade, 1992
2r1nb1k/p2R2pp/1pq1Qp2/2p5/2N2B2/PP4P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7 if Nc7 Rxc7 or if Nd6 Nxd6 ]


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