Here are some chess puzzles from the games of James T. Sherwin.
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)
White Mates in 5. Sherwin vs Borislav Ivkov, Copenhagen, 1953
r4rk1/1p3p1p/p3pnpQ/2b1N1P1/3q4/P1N4R/1P3PKP/RB6 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Nh5 Rxh5 ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Sherwin vs Arnold Denker, New York, 1968
r1bq4/pp2p1kp/2p3p1/4NrQ1/2BP2n1/2P5/PP3PP1/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Qxg6+ Kh8 0-0-0 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Sherwin vs Ronald Reichardt, Germany, 1998
7k/1ppq4/1n1p2Q1/1P4Np/1P3p1B/3B4/7P/rn5K w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ Qxf7 Bf6+ ]

d)
Sherwin vs Philip Rossiter, England, 2002
4r2k/p1pR3p/2P5/4b1N1/6q1/4P1P1/P4P2/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf7+ ]

e)
Sherwin vs Mark Broom, England, 2002
4r1k1/p3rppp/8/5b2/P1p1N2Q/q1P1R2P/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 ]



Sherwin Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Sherwin vs Christopher Dorrington, Torquay, 2002
r6k/pb4bp/5Q2/2p1Np2/1qB5/8/P4PPP/4RK2 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 9. Sherwin vs Robert Eames, London, 2005
2r5/3q1k2/pp1PNp2/2p1b3/6r1/2PQ3p/PP1R3P/1K3R2 w - - 0 1
[ Qh7+ Kxe6 Qf5+ Kf7 Qxd7+ Kf8 Qxc8+ Kf7 Qxg4 ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Sherwin vs Joshua Hall, Bristol, 2006
6rk/1r2pR1p/3pP1pB/2p1p3/P6Q/P1q3P1/7P/5BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Arthur Bisguier vs Sherwin, New York, 1955
2bbk2r/1p3p1p/2nPp3/r3Pp2/8/2Q5/P5PP/R4RK1 b k - 0 1
[ ...Bb6+ Kh1 Bd4 ]

e)
Black Mates in 2. Werni Rodel vs Sherwin, Switzerland, 1994
8/2p5/Q4pk1/p1Pp4/5n2/PP3PK1/2q4N/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg2+ ]

Sherwin Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 3. Silvio Danailov vs Sherwin, Germany, 1998
r1b3k1/p1p1n1pp/2pp1r2/2b5/4Pp1q/2NB1P2/PPP1Q1PP/R3BR1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 3. Fraser Mcleod vs Sherwin, Hampshire, 2000
6k1/5p2/R5p1/P6n/8/5PPp/2r3rP/R4N1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Nxh2 Nxg3+ ]

c)
J Mausson vs Sherwin, Coventry, 2004
2k4r/p4p2/3rpP2/2pq4/2p5/PpBn2P1/1P2QP1P/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ Nf4 ]


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