'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



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

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

a)
Arnold Denker vs Robbins, USA, 1934
rn1q1r2/pbp3kB/1p1ppp2/6B1/3P4/2P5/P1P3PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if fxg5 Bg6 mates ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Arnold Denker vs H Baker, USA, 1937
r4r1k/p5Rp/1p3pb1/2P4N/2B5/P7/6PP/B2n2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Rxg8 Bxf6+ ]

c)
A Simchow vs Arnold Denker, USA, 1936
r2r2k1/1b3ppp/ppq5/2bnQP2/P7/1PN1B1P1/1P4BP/R3R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 ]

d)
Arnold Denker vs M Smith, NY, 1939
r2qk1nr/1pp3pp/2n1p3/p1b5/2Pp4/P3PB2/1P3PPP/RNBQK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6+ w/Qh5+ ]

e)
G Shainswit vs Arnold Denker, USA, 1939
5rk1/p4p1p/1pnqp3/2p3p1/2P1Q3/1P1NP1P1/P2r1PKP/3R1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 w/...g4 ]

Arnold Denker, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Arnold Denker vs Herbert Avram, NY, 1939
r4bkr/ppp3pp/8/3qn1N1/2pp2P1/8/PPP2P1P/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 w/Qf3 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Arnold Denker vs A Adams, USA, 1940
3r1k1r/p1q2p2/1pp2N1p/n3RQ2/3P4/2p1PR2/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh7+ ]

c)
Arnold Denker vs Albert Pinkus, NY, 1940
r1br3k/ppp1q1pp/2n5/1B1Q1pN1/1b3B1P/4P3/PP3PP1/3R1K1R w - - 0 1
[ Qxd8+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
B Stromberg vs Arnold Denker, NY-CH, 1944
1k6/6r1/1N1p3p/p1p1p3/1pPnBb2/1P1P1P1R/P4K2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Arnold Denker vs H Klein, USA, 1944
3rb1k1/ppq3p1/2p1p1p1/6P1/2Pr3R/1P1Q4/P1B4P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

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Arnold Denker, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Arnold Denker vs Gonzalez, Detroit, 1945
rnbq1r1k/pppp1n1p/5Pp1/8/2B2Q2/8/PB3PPP/R4K1R w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

b)
White mates in 7.
Arnold Denker vs H Klein, USA, 1945
rkq4r/p1n2ppp/1p1B1n2/QNp5/2P5/6P1/PP3PBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc7 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Arnold Denker vs Imre Konig, London, 1946
R4rk1/5p1p/6p1/R2N2P1/p6P/4PP2/1n5K/3r4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ ]

d)
Arnold Denker vs Herman Steiner, USA, 1946
r1bqnrk1/3nbpp1/p3p2p/3p4/Pp1P1B2/3BPN2/1PQ1NPPP/2R1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qc6 ]

e)
Arnold Denker vs M Zelitch, US Open, 1972
2r3k1/p2r1Rpp/1pq3n1/8/2P5/B7/P1Q3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 if Rxf7 Qxf7+ mates ]

Arnold Denker, Part IV
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Roy Ervin vs Arnold Denker, Lone Pine, 1975
6k1/5p2/p5n1/8/1p1p2P1/1Pb2B1r/P3KPN1/2RQ3q b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ ]

b)
Boris Baczynsky vs Arnold Denker, Lone Pine, 1976
3r2k1/1p2qp2/p5p1/P3b3/1Pb1P3/4BR1P/6P1/3BQ1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb4 w/...Bc3 ]

c)
M Berman vs Arnold Denker, Los Angeles, 1991
r1b2rk1/1p2bppp/2p2n2/2Pp4/NP1Qq3/4P3/1B3PPP/R3KB1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa4 w/...Qb1+ ]

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