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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Vladas Mikenas.
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 2.
Vladas Mikenas vs Larry Schmitt, Brno, 1931
r1r4k/pp4p1/5n2/2q1N1Q1/4p3/1B2P3/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh4+ ]

b)
Vladas Mikenas vs Salomon Flohr, Folkestone, 1933
2kr3r/pp1q1ppp/5n2/1Nb5/2Pp1B2/7Q/P4PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxa7+ Bxa7 Qa3 if b6 Rxb6 or if Nh5 Qxa7 ]

c)
Vladas Mikenas vs Geza Maroczy, Folkestone, 1933
4r1k1/2q1Pppp/pn6/1p1R1P2/8/1B2Q3/P5PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if Rxd8 e8/Q+ or if Qxd8 Bxf7+ Kh8 exd8/Q ]

d)
Vladas Mikenas vs Fritzis Apsheniek, Kemeri, 1939
2b2rk1/pp2Ppp1/2p4p/4P3/2BrN3/8/PP4PP/2b2R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Oscar Garcia Vera vs Vladas Mikenas, Rosario, 1939
5r1k/1p2P2p/p1p2nr1/2P2q2/1PB1Rp2/8/PQ3p1P/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxe4+ ]

Vladas Mikenas puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Vladas Mikenas vs Lebedev, Tbilisi, 1941
r1b1qr2/1p3p2/p3pk2/4N1bp/7P/2PQ2B1/P5P1/1B5K w - - 1 0
[ Ng4+ hxg4 Be5+ Kxe5 Qd4# ]

b)
Dmitry Rovner vs Vladas Mikenas, Tartu, 1950
2Q5/p2r1q1k/5n1p/4pp2/7P/1P3P2/P3P3/R3B1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg6+ Kf1 Rg7 Bf2 Qg2+ Ke1 Qh1+ ]

c)
Petar Orev vs Vladas Mikenas, Sofia, 1962
1rb4k/p6p/2B2q2/2pQ1p2/2PbR3/P7/7P/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...fxe4 if Rxf6 Rb1+ mates ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Vladas Mikenas vs Boris Kliukin, URS, 1971
r3k3/p6Q/2p1q1p1/5b2/5B2/6P1/PP2r2P/2KRR3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe2 if Qxe2 Qg8+ ]


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