'Characteristic Puzzles in the Opening' series



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)
Igor Ivanov vs Zurab Sturua, Cheliabinsk, 1975
1r1r1b1k/5p2/p2p1p1p/2p1qN2/3R4/4P1R1/PPQ2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6 if Bxh6 Rh4 ]

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

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

d)
Igor Ivanov vs Jury Rusakov, Vladivostok, 1978
r1b2rk1/pp3pbp/2p3p1/6B1/4N1n1/2P2BP1/PP3P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be7 if Re8 Nd6 or if Ne5 Bg2 Nd3 Bxf8 ]

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

1c)
Igor Ivanov vs Anatoly Donchenko

Igor Ivanov Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Igor Ivanov vs Pawel Baczynski, New York, 1981
2r3k1/1b3p1p/p5p1/1pqn2B1/7P/P4P2/BP1Q2P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re5 if Qc7 Qd4 Nb6 Bh6 mates ]

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

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

e)
Igor Ivanov vs Simon Knott, London, 1987
5bk1/3R1p2/6p1/1r6/5P2/n3PK2/B4P2/1q5R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ Kg7 Ba2+ if Be7 Rxe7+ Kf8 Rf7+ Kg8 Rxb1 or if Kf6 Rf7# ]

2a)
Igor Ivanov vs Pawel Baczynski

Igor Ivanov Puzzles, Part III.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Igor Ivanov vs Francois Leveille, Quebec, 1987
r1r3k1/pp1b1ppp/1n2p3/1Nb1n3/4PB2/5NP1/PP3PBP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc7 Rxc7 Nxe5 if g5 b3 ]

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

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

e)
Igor Ivanov vs Mark Finegold, Chicago, 1991
4k2r/1p1n1ppp/p7/q2p4/1brP1Bb1/1QN2N2/PP3PPP/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if Rxc1+ Rxc1+ Be7 Rc8+ Bd8 Bc7 ]

3e)
Igor Ivanov vs Mark Finegold

Igor Ivanov Puzzles, Part IV.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Igor 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)
Igor 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.
Igor Ivanov vs Fred Lindsay, Canada, 1994
2rr1k2/pb4p1/1p1qpp2/4R2Q/3n4/P1N5/1P3PPP/1B2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ if Ke7 Qxg7+ or if Kf7 Bg6+ ]

d)
Igor 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.
Igor Ivanov vs Steve Jacobi, Reno, 1994
2rr3k/1p1b1pq1/4pNp1/Pp2Q2p/3P4/7R/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ if Qh6 Rxh6+ Kg7 Rh7+ ]

f)
Igor Ivanov vs Balazs Szuk, Los Angeles, 2001
r3r2k/pp5p/6b1/1R3Q2/P1qpp3/8/1P1p2PP/3B1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ Kg8 Rxb7 ]

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

4e)
mate in 4
Igor Ivanov vs Steve Jacobi

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