Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Nick De Firmian.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
De Firmian vs Nicholas Patterson, London, 1978
r4r2/1p1bbpk1/p1n4p/3pP3/1q5B/1N1B4/P1PQ2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6+ Bxf6 exf6+ if Kg8 Qxh6 mates ]

b)
De Firmian vs Leif Ogaard, Gausdal, 1982
3bnrk1/1n1b1qpp/3p4/4pPP1/1p2P3/1P2B1NB/7K/2NQ1R2 w - - 0 1
[ g6 if hxg6 fxg6 Qxg6 Bxd7 or if Qe7 Qd5+ ]

c)
De Firmian vs David Friedgood, London, 1982
1r1qr1k1/5b1p/1n3Pp1/2bpn1P1/1p3NQ1/1P4N1/1BP3BK/R4R2 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. De Firmian vs Alexander Chernin, Tunisia, 1985
k1b4r/1p6/pR3p2/P1Qp2p1/2pp4/6PP/2P2qBK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa6+ bxa6 Qxd5+ ]

e)
White Mates in 8. De Firmian vs Predrag Nikolic, Tunisia, 1985
q3r3/1b2bkp1/5N1p/1pp5/1n4N1/3Q3P/1P3PP1/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6+ gxh6 Qh7+ Kxf6 Qxh6+ Kf7 Qh7+ Kf6 Bg5+ ]



De Firmian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
De Firmian vs Zsuzsa Polgar, New York, 1986
2n1r1k1/5pbp/6p1/p2N3n/1pP1p3/1P4P1/PB2RP1P/4N1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

b)
White Mates in 2. De Firmian vs Edward Formanek, Philadelphia, 1987
r2r3k/b1qn2pp/1p2Bp2/2p2P2/PP1pQ3/7R/1B3PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ ]

c)
De Firmian vs Mark Ginsburg, 1989
1r2rbk1/R5pp/8/1p1pB3/1n5q/1P4Nb/3QN1BK/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ if Kxf8 Bd6+ w/Bxh3 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. De Firmian vs Anthony Miles, Cambridge Springs, 1988
r4n1k/ppBnN1p1/2p1p3/6Np/q2bP1b1/3B4/PPP3PP/R4Q1K w - - 0 1
[ Qf7 Nf6 e5 ]

e)
De Firmian vs Thomas Ernst, Lugano, 1989
4r3/p1r2pbk/3QN1pq/3NP2n/1p5P/5P2/PPb5/K2R3R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ if Kg8 Qxc7 ]

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De Firmian Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
De Firmian vs Alexander Chernin, Moscow, 1990
2rn2rk/pp2Qp1p/1q6/5p2/5P2/P1P3R1/1P4PP/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Qe5+ f6 Rxg8+ Kxg8 Qe8+ w/Qd7+ ]

b)
De Firmian vs Aleksa Strikovic, Novi Sad, 1990
4rr2/3R1p1k/1pp1n1pp/p1q1pN2/P3P1Q1/2P4P/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 ]

c)
De Firmian vs Dore Sheppard, Las Vegas, 1993
3r1bk1/r5pp/pp3q2/3p1P2/3P1B2/1P2R1QP/5RPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Bd6 Bxf6 Bxg3+ Rxg3 ]



d) White Mates in 3. De Firmian vs A Caresana, Ticino, 1993
4r1k1/pp3p2/3p1P1p/3PbR2/1P1p2PQ/P2P3P/2q5/5RK1 w - - 0 1



e) White Mates in 3. De Firmian vs Robert Huebner, Polanica Zdroj, 1995
r1bq2rk/pp1n1p1p/5P1Q/1B3p2/3B3b/P5R1/2P3PP/3K3R w - - 0 1



De Firmian Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win.
a)
De Firmian vs Casper Rasmussen, Copenhagen, 1999
2b1k2r/1R3ppp/p2Qp3/3n4/8/2q2BP1/P1P2P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 Bxb7 Bxb7 Qe1+ (if Qa5 Bc6#) Kg2 f5 Qb8+ ]

b)
De Firmian vs Markus Hochgraefe, Hamburg, 1999
8/8/2k5/pp1rRP2/b1pP2q1/P1P5/1KPQ4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ if Rd6 Rc5+ mates ]

c)
De Firmian vs Pavel Cech, Copenhagen, 2002
4r2r/p1N1n2q/1pbB4/k2p1P2/2p5/P1P4P/2P2QB1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ a4 w/Bb4+ ]

d)
De Firmian vs Ivo Timmermans, Copenhagen, 2002
r4r1k/2p2ppp/pb3N2/1q2P1B1/3n4/8/1P3PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if h6 Bxh6 mates or if Qd3 Re4 ]

e)
De Firmian vs Pontus Carlsson, Stockholm, 2002
2b5/2q2pk1/p1P2np1/7p/B2Qp3/4N2P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ ]

De Firmian Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
De Firmian vs Lucien Van Beek, Germany, 2003
r5k1/5p2/3R1Pp1/p3p3/qpQ1P2p/P6P/1P4PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rc6 if Rd8 b3 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. De Firmian vs Hjortur Johannsson, Reykjavik, 2003
1r1r2k1/2qn2bp/3N1p2/PpP1pPp1/1P6/4BQ1P/3R2P1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 8. De Firmian vs Throstur Thorhallsson, Selfoss, 2003
3rqbk1/5ppp/p2p4/1p1Nr1P1/2P1P2R/1P6/1P4QP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 gxf6+ Kh8 Rg1 Bh6 Rxh6 ]

d)
De Firmian vs Alexander Beliavsky, Copenhagen, 2004
3r2k1/1R4p1/p1p2p2/P1qPp3/2b1P1P1/4P3/2Q3K1/3B4 w - - 0 1
[ d6 if Rxd6 Be2 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. De Firmian vs Christian Bleis, Copenhagen, 2005
5rk1/p3pp2/q2p2pQ/7n/2rNP1P1/2P2P2/PP6/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5 if gxh5 Nf5 ]


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