Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Jeremy Silman.
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 2. Silman vs Ozdal Barkan, Palo Alto, 1981
r3q1r1/1p2bNkp/p3n3/2PN1B1Q/PP1P1p2/7P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ ]

b)
Silman vs Renard Anderson, San Francisco, 1987
r3b1k1/pp2q1bp/3p4/2pPnr1n/5p2/2N2N2/PP1BBPPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Bxe5 Bg4 ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Silman vs Stefan Kramer, USA, 1987
3rq2r/p2Nn1pp/1p3pk1/2p5/2Q2B2/2P5/P4PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5+ fxe5 Qe6+ Kh5 g4+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Silman vs Robert McFarland, Reno, 1991
1nr2r1k/pq3ppp/1p1Rp3/2p1P1B1/2P3Q1/6P1/PP3P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6 gxf6 exf6 Rg8 Rd8 ]

e)
White to move and win. Silman vs Thomas Dorsch, Las Vegas, 1992
r2q1rk1/1pn1ppbp/pBnpb1p1/8/2P1P3/1NN5/PP1QBPPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Bxd5 cxd5 Ne5 Rac1 ]



Silman Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alberto Campos vs Silman, Mexico City, 1975
2r2rk1/p3pp1p/1p1qb1p1/3n4/Q7/1P4P1/P3PPBP/RN1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 ]

b)
Russell Wada vs Silman, Palo Alto, 1981
2r1r1k1/1p2bp2/pBp5/3p1bp1/1P1P3p/2PN4/1P3PPP/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd3 Rxd3 Bc5 ]

c)
M Szlovak vs Silman, USA, 1990
r6k/pp2q1p1/2p2p2/3p4/3Rr3/4B1Pb/PP2PP1P/R1Q3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 if Bxd4 Qe4 ]

d)
Robert Miller vs Silman, Philadelphia, 1991
1r3rk1/2q1n1bp/2bpp1p1/2p5/1p1nPPP1/1P2B2P/2PQN1B1/1R1N1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe2 Qxe2 Bb5 ]

US GMs
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