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Here are some chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987.
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.
Gerald Hertneck vs Joerg Hickl, Altensteig, 1987
r4k2/4RB1p/n1q2np1/8/pQ3P2/8/P5PK/5R2 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Anatoly Karpov vs Gennadi Sosonko, Brussels, 1987
5k2/p4p1p/1r2b1pP/4Q3/2q3P1/5P2/PP6/1KNR4 w - - 1 0
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Viktor Korchnoi vs John Van Der Wiel, Brussels, 1987
8/8/1Q6/1n2p1kp/4Pp2/3q1PpP/6P1/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ h4+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Uwe Boensch vs Valery Chekhov, Halle, 1987
7r/p2r2pp/3k4/3n4/1p2Q3/4B2P/q4PP1/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf4+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Viktor Korchnoi vs Lev Gutman, Wijk aan Zee, 1987
8/1p3Qb1/p5pk/P1p1p1p1/1P2P1P1/2P1N2n/5P1P/4qB1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Curt Hansen vs Simen Agdestein, Baguio, 1987
3r2k1/bq4p1/p3ppNp/4P3/1p1PnPP1/2r3N1/P3K2P/3RQ1R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Jon Arnason vs Michael Rohde, Beer-Sheva, 1987
7R/pkp5/1p3pN1/3p1P2/2qn2P1/P3K3/R1P5/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2+ ]

c)
Black mates in 2.
John Van Der Wiel vs Viktor Korchnoi, Brussels, 1987
6k1/5p2/3Q2p1/2pp3p/2b1r3/5N1R/2P2KPP/q7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ Kg3 Rg4# ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Boris Gulko vs Olivier Renet, Cannes, 1987
1Q6/5p1k/6p1/7p/4P2P/Pb2K3/3p4/2qBbR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Michail Brodsky vs Igor Khenkin, Riga, 1987
2q5/p4pk1/P5pp/3Q1n2/3P4/R1N3P1/5PKP/4r3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh4+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Boris Gulko vs Daniel Campora, Biel, 1987
2b1k3/5r2/2p1pBQ1/p1P1R3/Pp1P4/5qP1/1P3P2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe6+ Bxe6 Qg8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Raj Tischbierek vs Robert Kuczynski, Eger, 1987
3rrk2/1p6/p3pNp1/Pb2B3/7Q/3q4/1P4PP/R6K w - - 1 0
[ Nd7+ if Qxd7 Qh8+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Davies vs Jonny Hector, Espergaerde, 1987
8/5k2/6pQ/1p5p/2pqN3/1p3P1P/1r4P1/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ Kf6 Nh7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Evgeny Bareev vs Viktor Gavrikov, Minsk, 1987
7r/1Q6/pp1pkPn1/6B1/2qP2P1/3p4/P7/1K4R1 w - - 1 0
[ Re1+ Ne5 d5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Nukhim Rashkovsky vs Mikhail Gurevich, Minsk, 1987
5Q2/p5rk/4N1p1/3B1n1p/1P6/r4P2/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5+ Kh6 Nf7+ ]

King-pawn Opening Series



Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Alexey Dreev vs Edvins Kengis, Pavlodar, 1987
2r1N2k/1p3Q1n/4p2R/3pP1r1/6p1/3q4/5PP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Rg8 Qf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Nigel Short vs Jonathan Mestel, Swansea, 1987
4b1k1/2r2p2/1q1pnPpQ/7p/p3P2P/pN5B/P1P5/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ fxg6 Bxe6+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Khalifman vs Alexander Huzman, Tashkent, 1987
3r1r1k/p4p1p/1pp2p2/2b2P1Q/3q1PR1/1PN2R1P/1P4P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh4+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
John Van Der Wiel vs Mikhail Tal, Brussels, 1987
N1k5/5RB1/p1pr2p1/2p1p2p/P1n1P2P/5Pb1/4K3/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd2+ Kf1 Ne3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Dmitry Gurevich vs Yasser Seirawan, Estes Park, 1987
1r5k/1r5p/p1pp1pp1/7Q/P1q1P3/2N4R/4B3/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1+ Kd2 Qd4+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Sergey Kudrin vs Michael Wilder, Estes Park, 1987
3r3k/1bq5/4P2p/5Q1N/np1R4/r7/2P3PP/1K3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ Kxa1 Qc3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Anatoly Vaisser vs Sergey Makarichev, Tashkent, 1987
4Q2R/p4pp1/4q1kp/2P5/5n2/P4bP1/1P3P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kf1 Qc4+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Anatoly Vaisser vs Evfeni Vasiukov, Bhilwara, 1987
8/1p5p/p2p1Qbk/2pP4/4N3/1P5P/P4P1K/3q4 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Kh5 Ng3+ Kg5 f4+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Boris Gulko vs Eric Lobron, Biel, 1987
1rb5/7k/p3P2r/3q4/2p3pQ/6P1/7P/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf7+ Kg6 Rf6+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Garry Kasparov vs Bent Larsen, Brussels, 1987
1qr2bk1/pb3pp1/1pn3np/3N2NQ/8/P7/BP3PPP/2B1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Qxg6+ Bg7 Bxf7+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Jon Arnason vs Simen Agdestein, Gausdal, 1987
1b6/1k1n3p/R2P4/1N6/2pQb3/1PK1B3/1P4q1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Ra7+ if Kc8 Qh8+ or if Kc6 Qxe4+ or if Bxa7 Qxa7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Gert Ligterink vs Marinus Kuijf, Amsterdam, 1987
r6k/6bp/pqr3p1/4N3/1p1pP3/1Q6/1P3PPP/R3B1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ Kh8 Qg8+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Vladimir Tukmakov vs Lev Psakhis, Sochi, 1987
4R3/1r3pb1/p2Q1Npk/n1p4p/8/6BP/q4PP1/1rR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf4+ g5 Ng4+ Kh7 Qd3+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Gennadi Sosonko vs Viktor Korchnoi, Brussels, 1987
8/1R5p/6p1/1PN4P/2bp4/5k1K/r7/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...g5 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
John Van Der Wiel vs Garry Kasparov, Brussels, 1987
6k1/p2R1p1p/5bp1/8/Pn2R1K1/1r6/7P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5+ Kf4 g5+ Kf5 Rf3+ ]

'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Zili Wang vs Wenzhe Liu, China, 1987
1r4k1/5p1p/p5p1/1q1pPbPP/2pR4/PrP5/KP5R/2BQ4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa3+ if bxa3 Qb8# or if Kxa3 Qa5+ Qa4 Rb3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Anatoly Vaisser vs Gennadi Kuzmin, Frunze, 1987
6k1/p5pp/1pQp2r1/8/2P2P2/PP5K/5R1P/4q3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe6+ f5 Qe3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Gerald Hertneck vs Alon Greenfeld, Groningen, 1987
6r1/R7/1p2p2p/1P3p1k/3NnP2/7P/Pr6/6RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf2+ Kh2 Ng4+ Kg3 Ne5+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Julian Hodgson vs Smbat Lputian, Moscow, 1987
1k6/ppr2r1p/2qbp1p1/1bP3Q1/6P1/P3P3/1B1P1P1P/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh2+ Kxh2 Rxf2+ Kg3 Qg2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Gerald Hertneck vs Yehuda Gruenfeld, Munich, 1987
4R3/2p4k/1p5p/1P2Qp2/2P1nr2/7P/3q2B1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ Kh2 Qg3+ if Kg1 or Kh1 Rf1+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
John Nunn vs Thomas Luther, Namestovo, 1987
r3r1k1/pQ3pp1/4p2p/b1N1P3/1P1p1n2/3P4/P3qP1P/2RRN1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kg2 Qg4+ Kf1 Qg1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Julian Hodgson vs Viktor Gavrikov, Tallinn, 1987
1r4k1/7p/2Q5/2pP2pp/3q4/2P3P1/1P2p3/1K2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd1+ if Ka2 Qb3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Paul Van Der Sterren vs Vladimir Malaniuk, Tallinn, 1987
1r3kr1/p3p2R/n2p4/1pp2P1Q/2Pbq3/6P1/PP5K/R1B5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg1+ Kxg1 Qe1+ Kh2 Qxg3+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Sergey Makarichev vs Evgeny Vladimirov, Tashkent, 1987
1n2K1k1/1nr3p1/3pp3/N3p3/1p2P3/4P1NP/1PP5/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...d5 if Nc4 Nc6 ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Istvan Csom vs Branko Damljanovic, Graz, 1987
6r1/2Q2p1k/4p1b1/6Bp/4P1pP/1Pb3P1/P2p1P2/2q2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf1+ Kxf1 d1/Q+ Kg2 Bxe4+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. ix.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nathan Birnboim vs Michael Rohde, Beer-Sheva, 1987
1r3r2/1pn3kp/pN1PqNp1/P1p1nb2/8/1Q4PP/1P4B1/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe6 if Nxe6 Nfd7 Nf7 Nxb8 or if Bxe6 dxc7 ]

b)
Svetozar Gligoric vs Predrag Nikolic, Belgrade, 1987
2b5/4r1kp/pr1p2n1/2pPqp2/4P3/R2B4/1P4PP/2QN1R1K w - - 1 0
[ exf5 ]

c)
Nigel Short vs Bozidar Ivanovic, Belgrade, 1987
6k1/4rp1p/p5p1/1p2r2P/3Rb3/1N2R3/PP3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ f4 if R5e6 Nc5 ]

d)
Daniel Campora vs Daniel King, Bern, 1987
8/6kp/p1rn2p1/8/P7/7P/4B1P1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf3 if Rb6 a5 ]

e)
Gert Ligterink vs Olivier Renet, Budel, 1987
1q2r1k1/4B1pp/1pp2n2/8/2P2P2/6P1/2BR3P/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if Qa7 Bxf6 ]

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Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. x.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Huebner vs Viktor Korchnoi, Brussels, 1987
2rr2k1/p1pq2pp/1pQ2p2/3np3/1P4b1/P2P1BP1/1B2PP1P/2RR2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd7 ]

b)
Nigel Short vs Jonathan Speelman, Great Britain, 1987
r1bq1rk1/5pbp/p2np1p1/n1pN4/P4B2/5N1P/BPP2PP1/R2QK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Bxd6 if Qxd6 Nf6+ ]

c)
John Van Der Wiel vs Gerald Hertneck, Groningen, 1987
8/3P1k2/ppn2B2/3N1p2/2b1r3/P7/2P5/2K1R3 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe4 if fxe4 Nb4 or if Bxd5 Re5 ]

d)
Predrag Nikolic vs Jesus Nogueiras, Habana, 1987
2r3k1/p6p/6p1/2pP1p2/5P2/4nBP1/4P2P/1R4K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc1 if c4 Kf2 Re8 d6 ]

e)
Mihail-Viorel Ghinda vs Gernot Gauglitz, Halle, 1987
r1b1kb1r/p3pp1p/1pp5/4PnBR/4N3/5N2/PPP2PP1/2KR4 w kq - 1 0
[ Nf6+ exf6 Bxf6 if Rg8 Rd8# ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. xi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Raj Tischbierek vs Gernot Gauglitz, Halle, 1987
r7/p3Rpkp/1pprbN2/7P/3P1R2/1P6/P5P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne8+ if Kf8 Rexf7+ Kxe8 Rf8+ ]

b)
Sergey Kudrin vs Andras Adorjan, Hastings, 1987
5r1k/6p1/1Q5p/8/4q2P/2B3P1/1P5K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh6+ Qh7 Bxg7+ ]

c)
Sergey Kudrin vs William Watson, London, 1987
r4rk1/1bp2pbp/p1Nqp1pn/1p1P4/1n3PP1/2N1B2P/PPP3B1/R2QK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Ne4 if Qd7 Nc5 Qc8 Ne7+ ]

d)
Konstantin Lerner vs Smbat Lputian, Moscow, 1987
2r2rk1/6p1/2b1p2p/1pPnBq2/3R4/6P1/2Q2P1P/1BR3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf5 if exf5 Ba2 Rfd8 Bd6 ]

e)
Vladimir Tukmakov vs Simen Agdestein, Oslo, 1987
2r3k1/p5p1/2B5/2R2pq1/4b1r1/1P2R1P1/P4Q2/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe4 if Rxg3+ Kh2 or if Rxe4 Bd5+ ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. xii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Einar Gausel vs Marek Hawelko, Slupsk, 1987
r2r2k1/2q2pp1/pp2pn1p/8/P2P4/2PB1R2/3Q1PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Qxh6 f5 Re3 ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Artur Jussupow, Tilburg, 1987
r2r2k1/2p3p1/4R2p/p7/2Pq4/2Qp4/1P3PPP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ if Kf7 Qxd4 ]

c)
Bozidar Ivanovic vs Petar Popovic, Vrsac, 1987
4r3/5k2/3RnPpp/p7/P4p1P/5r2/8/4RBK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bb5 ]

d)
Jesus Nogueiras vs Predrag Nikolic, Zagreb, 1987
3n2k1/p2rn1pp/1ppN1b2/2B5/4B1P1/7P/PP3P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf5 Rc7 Ne8 if Rb7 Nxf6 ]

e)
Gert Ligterink vs Paul Van Der Sterren, Amsterdam, 1987
6k1/pp2K3/1n6/3P1RP1/2r2N2/P6P/bP4P1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf4 if Rxf4 Nxd5+ ]

'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. xiii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jonathan Mestel vs Murray Chandler, Bath, 1987
2r1r1k1/5ppp/p2p4/2q2P2/2PQ4/1P6/6PP/R2R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

b)
Ivan Farago vs Olivier Renet, Budapest, 1987
2r1q1k1/1p3ppp/4pn2/2r1N3/b1B1n3/P2QP2P/1B3PP1/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 if Qb1 Nd2 or if Qe2 Rd2 ]

c)
Lars Schandorff vs Henrik Danielsen, Denmark, 1987
1rr3k1/5p2/p3p2q/4Q1b1/P3Bn2/8/1P3PPP/1NR1R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3 if Bxd3 Bf4 ]

d)
Goran Dizdar vs Raj Tischbierek, Halle, 1987
4rrk1/5pbp/p3n1p1/3b2q1/1p1PN3/3QP1BP/1P2B1PK/R1R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe4 Qxe4 Nxd4 if Qd3 Rxe3 ]

e)
Alexei Shirov vs Sergei Tiviakov, Kapsukas, 1987
6r1/pp2k3/2p2p2/2P1pb1p/1P5P/2K2B2/P2RPP2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 Bxh5 Rh8 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. xiv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jun Xu vs Ivan Sokolov, Ljubljana/Portoroz, 1987
b1q1r1k1/p2n1p2/P3r1p1/1P1n4/1Pp5/2N2PB1/3QBRKP/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 Qxc3 Rxe2 ]

b)
Mikhail Gurevich vs Sergey Dolmatov, Minsk, 1987
4r1k1/8/2pp4/p7/2P1bP1q/1P3B2/PQ6/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 Rxf3 Re1+ Rf1 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Qh1+ ]

c)
Valery Salov vs Viktor Gavrikov, Minsk, 1987
6k1/5p2/2RnrPp1/p2p4/P4P2/1rN1P3/3R1K1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 Rxc3 Ne4+ ]

d)
Silvino Garcia Martinez vs Sergey Arkhipov, Moscow, 1987
2r5/p2nk2p/2bnp1P1/R1p5/2P1pN2/4B2P/2PK1P2/1r3BR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf1 Rxf1 Nxc4+ ]

e)
Ralf Lau vs Yehuda Gruenfeld, Munich, 1987
5r1k/1p5r/p2pBn1q/P3p1p1/1N2Pb2/2P5/1P2Q1RP/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh5 Bf5 Ng3+ Rxg3 Bxg3 Bxh7 Rf2 ]

Chess puzzles from top rated games of 1987, pt. xv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Margeir Petursson vs Lev Polugaevsky, Reykjavik, 1987
2r5/5ppk/1p5p/b4q2/P3p3/PQ2P1P1/3N1P1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd2 Rxd2 Rc1+ if Rd1 Qe6 or if Kg2 Qf3+ Kh3 Rg1 ]

b)
Dmitry Gurevich vs Kevin Spraggett, San Francisco, 1987
3q2k1/bpr2p1n/p2p1np1/P2P3p/1P3P2/1B1Q2NP/3B2PK/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ if hxg4 Qh4# or if Kh1 Nf2+ ]

c)
Igor Stohl vs Igor Glek, Tallinn, 1987
6k1/2b3pp/8/5p2/5P2/r1BR2P1/6KP/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba5 ]

d)
Krunoslav Hulak vs Yasser Seirawan, Zagreb, 1987
r1r5/3nkppp/pp6/3bp3/1P6/P3PP2/3BK1PP/2RRN3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb3 ]

e)
Oscar Panno vs Gilberto Milos, Santiago, 1987
2r2k2/2r2p1p/4p1p1/1R1PPn2/1N6/1P6/5PPP/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1 Rf1 Nd4 if Rb6 Rxf1+ mates ]


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