Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Isaac Kashdan.
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)
Black to move and win. Henri Weenink vs Kashdan, The Hague, 1928
8/4kp2/3rb2R/p5p1/6P1/P2p4/1P3P2/2KB4 b - - 0 1
[ ...d2+ w/...Bb3+ or ...Ba2+ ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Kashdan vs Salomon Flohr, Hamburg, 1930
4Q3/8/8/8/6K1/8/6k1/7q w - - 0 1
[ Qe2+ Kg1 Kg3 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Edgard Colle vs Kashdan, Bled, 1931
5k2/pp2rp2/7q/3p4/3N2BQ/2Pn3K/PP4PP/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ Kg3 Qxh4+ Kxh4 Nxg2+ ]

d)
Kashdan vs George Koltanowski, London, 1932
r2qrbk1/2p3pp/p2ppn2/1p2n2P/4PBP1/2N2P2/PPPQB3/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 dxe5 g5 ]

e)
Kashdan vs Samuel Reshevsky, Pasadena, 1932
3rn1k1/r1p1qppp/1pn5/3p4/3P4/1PBN2P1/2RQPP1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb4 ]

Kashdan Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Harold Morton vs Kashdan, New York, 1936
2r3k1/q4p1p/4pbp1/3p4/1NrP1P2/P1P5/3Q2PP/R1R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 if Rxc3 Bxd4+ Kh1 Bxc3 Qc2 Rc4 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Christian Poulsen vs Kashdan, Stockholm, 1937
2r1r3/6bk/1p2q1pp/p3p3/2n1N3/BQPR1PP1/P5KP/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...a4 if Qb4 Bf8 ]

c)
Black to move and win. David Polland vs Kashdan, Boston, 1938
1r6/1b2kp2/4p3/1p1q1R2/3p1P2/1PrB4/P3Q1PP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg2+ Qxg2 Bxg2 if Re1 Bh3 ]

d)
Kashdan vs Herbert Seidman, New York, 1940
2r5/1p3kbp/p1q1pnp1/3p4/8/1P2Q1PB/PB2PP1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 w/Bxe6+ ]

e)
Kashdan vs Alexander Kotov, Moscow, 1946
Q1b3k1/pq3pp1/1pN1p2p/3n4/1P1PB2P/P7/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ ]

Kashdan Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kashdan vs G Drexel, New York, 1946
6k1/3bbpp1/1pNqpn1p/8/1PP1B2B/8/4QPPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg3 e5 Bxe5 Qe6 Bd5 Nxd5 cxd5 ]

b)
Kashdan vs Lewis Isaacs, New York, 1946
8/1p3q1k/p1p1r2p/P1P1n1p1/4P3/2B4P/5QP1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Qf5+ Qg6 Rf1 if Qxf5 exf5 w/Re1 ]

c)
Kashdan vs Walter Suesman, New York, 1946
3rb1k1/1pq1bpp1/p6p/2p1P2n/P7/1BNnBN1P/1P2QPP1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

d)
Kashdan vs Aleksandrs Liepnieks, Fort Worth, 1951
r3r1k1/5pp1/p3p3/1pn1P3/2p1b3/2P1B3/PPB2P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe4 Nxe4 f3 ]

More US GMs
Back to the Index