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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Joel Benjamin.
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)
White mates in 6.
Joel Benjamin vs Carter, London, 1982
rnbq1r1k/pp1nb1p1/5pp1/3B2B1/3P3P/3Q4/PPP2PP1/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ h5 Qa5+ Kf1 Qxd5 hxg6+ Kg8 Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh3+ Kg8 Qh7# ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Joel Benjamin vs Oleg Romanishin, Moscow, 1987
4q3/5rkp/2b2Rp1/r1PQn3/1p3B2/1P5P/2B3P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if Kh6 Qd2+ or if Bxe5 Rxf7+ ]

c)
Joel Benjamin vs Eugenio Torre, Salonika, 1988
2k4r/1pp1Bp2/2p1bN2/r1b1P3/2P3Pp/1P6/3R1P2/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if Rxc5 Ra1 Kb8 Rda2 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Joel Benjamin vs Manuel Apicella, Paris, 1989
1q5r/6R1/2n1pP1P/3pP3/kp1P4/1p2B3/1PbNQ2K/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qa6+ Na5 Rg1 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Joel Benjamin vs John Brooke, San Mateo, 1989
r1bk2nr/pp1p1p1p/3Np1p1/8/2B2P2/B1P1P3/P5qP/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ Ke8 Qd6 ]


mate in 6
Joel Benjamin vs Carter

Joel Benjamin Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Joel Benjamin vs Mihai Suba, Reykjavik, 1990
3q1r2/6k1/p2pQb2/4pR1p/4B3/2P3P1/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg5+ if Kh6 Qf5 ]

b)
Joel Benjamin vs Emir Dizdarevic, Manila, 1992
5b2/2r2k1p/p2p3P/1p1P1r2/2P1Np2/1P3K2/P7/3R2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7+ Bxg7 Nxd6+ Kg6 Nxf5 Kxf5 d6 ]

c)
Joel Benjamin vs "Renaissance SPARC", Boston, 1993
r1b2rk1/pp1nbp1p/4p1p1/2p5/2PP4/3QBN2/PqB2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb1 Qxa2 Ra1 Qb2 Rfb1 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Joel Benjamin vs Gregory Kaidanov, New York, 1993
5r1r/1pk5/p2N4/3Qp3/1q1n4/8/PP3RPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ Rxf7 Rxf7+ if Kb8 Rxb7+ or if Kd8 Nb5+ ]

e)
Joel Benjamin vs Harold Stenzel, New York, 1993
4r1k1/ppq1bpp1/2p2n2/2N1R1B1/2Br2b1/P5P1/1PQ2P1P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if gxf6 Qg6+ mates ]


mate in 4
Joel Benjamin vs Mihai Suba

Joel Benjamin Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first..
a)
Joel Benjamin vs Nelson Gamboa, Philadelphia, 1995
2k2b1r/pp1r1ppp/2n1p1q1/2p5/2PPQB2/2P2N2/P4PPP/1R2K2R w K - 0 1
[ Qxc6+ if bxc6 Rb8# ]

b)
Joel Benjamin vs Eduard Gufeld, Kona, 1998
4rrk1/4n1pp/7b/1q1pN3/pP2p3/P5PQ/BB3P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe6+ Kh8 Qxh6 if gxh6 Nf7+ mates ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Joel Benjamin vs Emory Tate, Philadelphia, 2000
r1b2r1k/pp2q3/2n2n2/6Np/2B2p1R/N1P1b3/PPQ2PP1/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ Nxh5 Rxh5+ Kg7 Rh7+ ]

d)
Joel Benjamin vs Ricardo D'Arruda, New York, 2002
r4rk1/p1nq1ppp/1p6/3pPb2/5B2/2N3Q1/PP3PPP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ e6 if Nxe6 Rxd5 Qe7 Rxf5 ]

e)
Joel Benjamin vs Charles Riordan, Parsippany, 2002
1rr3k1/1p2p1bp/p2p2p1/3q2N1/Pn1P2Q1/3BP2P/1P4P1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Be4 if Qb3 Ra3 Qxb2 Qe6+ mates or if Qa5 Qe6+ ]


Joel Benjamin vs Eduard Gufeld

Joel Benjamin Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Joel Benjamin vs Dashzegve Sharavdorj, Phoenix, 2005
5q2/3Q1b1k/pp1b2pp/3p4/3r2N1/P5N1/1P3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kg7 Ne8+ or if Kh8 Re8 ]

b)
Joel Benjamin vs Marlo Micayabas, Colonie, 2006
4rr1k/1p2qp2/p1b2b1p/P1p1pQ2/2B3p1/2BP4/1PP1R1P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 ]

c)
Joel Benjamin vs Larry Christiansen, Internet, 2008
rnb1k2r/pp2pp1p/5npb/8/2Bpq3/N1P1BN2/PP3PPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Qe6 Nxd4 Bxh6 Qxg2 Qf3 ]

d)
Joel Benjamin vs Alex Lenderman, Saint Louis, 2010
r7/pp5k/2pn1bpp/8/3P2P1/qBNQ3P/P4P2/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne4 if Nxe4 Bg8+ or if Kg7 Nxf6 Kxf6 Re1 Re8 Qf3+ ]


Joel Benjamin vs Larry Christiansen

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