King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Benjamin Finegold.
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 9.
Benjamin Finegold vs K Sorenson, US Open, 1982
r2k1b1r/pp2p1pp/4Qn2/1B1p4/4q3/4B3/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6+ axb6 Qxb6+ Kc8 Rac1+ Kb8 Bc6 ]

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

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

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

e)
Benjamin Finegold vs J Waxman, Portland, 1987
1n3rk1/1brpq2p/1p1Nppp1/pP2P3/2P3n1/P4N2/2Q1BPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 w/Qe4 ]

Benjamin Finegold Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Fabio La Rota vs Benjamin Finegold, Saint John, 1988
2r5/1p1k1pp1/1pn1p3/rB1pPb1p/P2P3P/2K1BP2/1P4P1/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb5 axb5 Nxd4+ Kd2 Nb3+ ]

b)
Benjamin Finegold vs W Tonali, Anderlecht, 1988
R1n2bk1/5p1p/1pr3p1/2pNp3/4P3/1P2B3/2P2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 if b5 Nf6+ or if Bxh6 Ne7+ ]

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

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

e)
White mates in 3.
Benjamin Finegold vs E Knoppert, Antwerp, 1991
3R4/6rk/1p4p1/p2Q1p2/P1B1p2p/1n2P1P1/5PKP/2q5 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qd8+ Kh7 Qxh4# ]

Benjamin Finegold Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Benjamin Finegold vs E Relange, Cappell la Grande, 1991
1k6/p1p4p/4rp2/1rP1n3/4R3/1N4P1/2P4P/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 if Rb4 Rxe5 ]

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

c)
White mates in 3.
Benjamin Finegold vs Y Balashov, Cappelle, 1992
2q1rnk1/p4r2/1p3pp1/3P3Q/2bPp2B/2P4R/P1B3PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Kxh8 Bxf6+ Kg8 Rh8# ]

d)
Benjamin Finegold vs S Golonka, Trenton, 1993
3bn1k1/N5pp/pr1p2n1/2pPprP1/2B4P/1P2B3/P1K2P2/6RR w - - 0 1
[ Nc6 if Bc7 h5 ]

e)
V Drkulec vs Benjamin Finegold, Flint, 1993
1r4k1/6pp/p2p4/2pP2RP/2q1p3/2N1P1P1/P2Q4/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf1+ Qd1 Qf6 ]

'Tactics in the Openings' series



Benjamin Finegold Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Eugene Salomon vs Benjamin Finegold, Chicago, 1994
3rr1k1/pp1n2p1/4pp1p/Np6/3P4/bP2P1P1/P4PNP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb8 w/...b6 or ...Bb4 ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
G Willard vs Benjamin Finegold, USA, 1994
6k1/pp5p/3p4/3P4/5rPn/4N1p1/PPP5/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf2 if Ng2 Rxg2+ Kf1 Rh2 ]

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

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

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

f)
Benjamin 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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