Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Benjamin Finegold.
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)
White Mates in 9. Finegold vs K Sorenson, US Open, 1982
r2k1b1r/pp2p1pp/4Qn2/1B1p4/4q3/4B3/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6+ ]

b)
Finegold vs D Carroll, Detroit, 1983
3r1r2/pp2pBk1/1n3b2/4N3/2P1PQ2/1P2B1Pq/7P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Be6 if Qxe6 Qh6+ or if Qh5 Nf7 ]

c)
Finegold vs L Small, Ann Arbor, 1983
1rbrn1k1/5ppp/p2p4/q1pP1N2/4P3/P2R1P2/4BQPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ ]

d)
Finegold vs R Bemben, Plymouth, 1984
5r1k/p2b1rpq/2pnpp1p/2pp3Q/4PPN1/1P1P2RR/P1PN2PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6 w/Rg6 ]

e)
Finegold vs W Smith, Westland, 1985
2r1k2r/3p1ppp/bpn1pn2/p1q5/2P5/P1B1PN2/1PQ1BPPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 ]



Finegold Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Finegold vs J Waxman, Portland, 1987
1n3rk1/1brpq2p/1p1Nppp1/pP2P3/2P3n1/P4N2/2Q1BPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 w/Qe4 ]

b)
Black to Move and win. Fabio La Rota vs Finegold, Saint John, 1988
2r5/1p1k1pp1/1pn1p3/rB1pPb1p/P2P3P/2K1BP2/1P4P1/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb5 axb5 Nxd4+ Kd2 Nb3+ ]

c)
Finegold vs W Tonali, Anderlecht, 1988
R1n2bk1/5p1p/1pr3p1/2pNp3/4P3/1P2B3/2P2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 ]

d)
Finegold vs P Haba, Prague, 1990
3q2k1/p2rr2p/1p3p1Q/4pp1N/P3n3/2PR3P/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 w/Qg7+ ]

e)
Finegold vs M Palac, Prague, 1990
4rr2/1p3R1p/2p3nk/6p1/2B1P3/4Q1P1/P6q/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 ]

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Finegold Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.


a) White Mates in 3. Finegold vs E Knoppert, Antwerp, 1991
3R4/6rk/1p4p1/p2Q1p2/P1B1p2p/1n2P1P1/5PKP/2q5 w - - 0 1

b)
Finegold vs E Relange, Cappell la Grande, 1991
1k6/p1p4p/4rp2/1rP1n3/4R3/1N4P1/2P4P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 if Rb4 Nc6+ ]

c)
Black to Move and win. Josep Maria Basart vs Finegold, Groningen, 1991
3r4/6p1/1R2pk2/1bp1p2p/1p1bP2P/1R2NP2/1P1K2P1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe3+ Kxe3 Bc4 ]



d) White Mates in 3. Finegold vs Y Balashov, Cappelle, 1992
2q1rnk1/p4r2/1p3pp1/3P3Q/2bPp2B/2P4R/P1B3PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1

e)
Finegold vs S Golonka, Trenton, 1993
3bn1k1/N5pp/pr1p2n1/2pPprP1/2B4P/1P2B3/P1K2P2/6RR w - - 0 1
[ Nc6 if B moves h5 ]



Finegold Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
V Drkulec vs Finegold, Flint, 1993
1r4k1/6pp/p2p4/2pP2RP/2q1p3/2N1P1P1/P2Q4/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ Qd1 Qf6 ]

b)
Eugene Salomon vs Finegold, Chicago, 1994
3rr1k1/pp1n2p1/4pp1p/Np6/3P4/bP2P1P1/P4PNP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb8 w/...b6 or ...Bb4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. G Willard vs Finegold, USA, 1994
6k1/pp5p/3p4/3P4/5rPn/4N1p1/PPP5/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2 ]

d)
Michael Dougherty vs Finegold, Winnipeg, 1994
5rk1/5pbp/4p1p1/8/qPN2Q2/pR2P2P/P5P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb3 ]

e)
White to move and win. Finegold vs M McGrath, Trenton, 1994
r2qkb1r/ppp1p1pp/4bn2/5pB1/2BP4/1Qn1P3/PP3PPP/R3K1NR w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6 if Nce4 Be6+ mates ]

Finegold Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 8. Finegold vs P Bierkens, Connecticut, 2001
8/2q3pp/p6k/1p6/2r2r2/P3Q1NP/1P1NKP2/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ ]

b)
Finegold vs S Mikhailuk, Las Vegas, 2003
1r6/3qp1kp/4p1pn/2pP4/2P3P1/1p3N1P/3Q1P2/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 w/Nxe6+ ]

c)
Finegold vs Ronald Dennis, Virginia Beach, 2003
r3r2k/pp2qbbp/2p1p1p1/3n2N1/2BP1B2/1Q5P/PP3PP1/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 if cxd5 Rc7 ]

d)
Finegold vs Leonard Martinez, Las Vegas, 2005
8/p4p2/1nrN1k1p/3b2pP/8/8/1P3PP1/4RBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ Kf5 Bb5 ]


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