King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the US CH of the 1940s.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
White mates in 2.
Isaac Kashdan vs A Rothman, New York, 1946
2b2k1r/5p2/p2Np3/2QpPpNp/1P5P/8/1K3PP1/3q4 w - - 1 0
[ Nxf5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 2.
Paul Poschel vs Sol Rubinow, South Fallsburg, 1948
3b2rk/pp5p/2p1p1rq/2Pp4/1P1PpP2/5bPP/PB5K/2R1QNR1 b - - 1 0
[ ...Qxh3+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Reuben Fine vs Herbert Seidman, New York, 1940
2q5/1b2Q2p/1p4pk/pPnP1p2/P4P2/B5P1/6BP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bb2 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Sol Rubinow vs Anthonyt Santasiere, South Fallsburg, 1948
2k2b1r/ppp3p1/7p/4p3/4bp2/2B2B2/PP3P1P/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ Bg4+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Albert Sandrin vs A Suraci, South Fallsburg, 1948
bQ2nk1r/2R2pbp/P2rp1q1/6B1/P3P3/6PP/1P2NPB1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Be7+ ]


Isaac Kashdan vs Herbert Seidman

Puzzles from the US CH of the 1940s, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Joseph Platz vs George Kramer, South Fallsburg, 1948
8/p3kp2/1p2p1p1/1Q1bPnP1/3P4/6P1/P4K2/4R2r b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Joseph Platz vs Walter Shipman, South Fallsburg, 1948
1n3k2/p5pp/2p4r/2P1p2q/1P2P3/P2QpPrP/1B2R1P1/2R4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Abraham Kupchik vs Reuben Fine, New York, 1940
5rk1/3b1p1p/1q1r2pQ/4R2P/p1B5/8/P1P2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ if Rxf7 Re8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Arnold Denker vs Weaver Adams, New York, 1940
3r1k1r/p1q2p2/1pp2N1p/n3RQ2/3P4/2p1PR2/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh7+ if Rxh7 Qxh7 f6 Rxf6+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Milton Hanauer vs David Polland, New York, 1940
4r3/6Q1/p7/1p5k/8/1P2qpK1/1PP4B/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f2+ Kg2 Qf3+ Kxf3 f1/Q+ ]


Arnold Denker vs Irving Chernev

Puzzles from the US CH of the 1940s, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Walter Suesman vs Jacob Levin, New York, 1946
r5k1/pp3ppp/2p3r1/4P2q/3PpQ2/2P4b/P1P4P/R1B3RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ Rxg2 Qd1+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Weaver Adams vs Sol Rubinow, New York, 1946
2r5/pk2Np2/1p3B2/4PQ2/b2P1P2/2P1K3/6qP/2R3r1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3+ if Rxc3 Re1+ Kd3 Qe2# or if Qd3 Bb5 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Lewis Isaacs vs Adolf Fink, New York, 1946
6rk/1Qpq4/p2p4/4p3/PP5r/2PP2Pn/3N1PK1/R4R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4+ if Kf3 Qg4+ Ke4 Qg6+ or if Kg1 Qh3 Rfe1 Qh2+ ]

d)
Arnold Denker vs G Littman, New York, 1940
3r3k/pp1rnpR1/2p4p/4B3/2BbP3/8/PP3P1P/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rxd4 Rxd4 Rxf7+ Kg8 Be6 if Rb4 Rxe7+ ]

e)
Isaac Kashdan vs Herbert Seidman, New York, 1940
2r5/1p3kbp/p1q1pnp1/3p4/8/1P2Q1PB/PB2PP1P/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rc1 if Qd7 Bxe6+ ]


George Kramer vs G Drexel

Puzzles from the US CH of the 1940s, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Herbert Seidman vs Albert Simonson, New York, 1940
4r1k1/6p1/p6p/3P4/2P1qp2/3pP3/P2Q1KPP/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...fxe3+ if Qxe3 Qh4+ Qg3 Qd4+ Kf1 Rf8+ or if Rxe3 Qf4+ ]

b)
Arnold Denker vs Irving Chernev, New York, 1942
r3kb1r/pbq2p1p/1p2pQp1/3p2N1/6n1/3B4/PPP2PPP/R1B2RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Bb5+ Bc6 Bxc6+ Qxc6 Qxf7+ Kd8 Nxe6+ Kc8 Nxf8 ]

c)
Herbert Seidman vs Arnold Denker, New York, 1942
4r1k1/ppp3pp/1b1p3r/3P3q/1P2PP2/P5Pb/1BQ1NRB1/R4K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ if Rxg2 Qf3+ or if Ke1 Bxf2+ ]

d)
Louis Levy vs Arnold Denker, New York, 1942
r3kb1r/pp1q1ppp/5n2/3PpN2/2Q5/5P2/PP4PP/RNB1K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Rc8 ]

e)
Antilio Di Camillo vs Olaf Ulvestad, New York, 1946
1R1R4/6pk/p3pp2/6pn/2r1PP2/2B2P1P/1Pr5/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ f5 ]


Albert Sandrin vs Samuel Reshevsky

Puzzles from the US CH of the 1940s, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
George Kramer vs G Drexel, New York, 1946
r4r1Q/pp2qkB1/n4np1/3P4/1p6/8/P1B3PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bxg6+ Kxg6 Qh6+ Kf7 Rxf6+ Ke8 Rxf8+ Kd7 Qe6+ Qxe6 dxe6+ ]

b)
George Kramer vs Arnold Denker, New York, 1946
r3r1k1/2q1B1n1/7Q/1p1b4/p7/2P1R3/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5 Bc4 Rg3 ]

c)
Albert Sandrin vs Samuel Reshevsky, New York, 1946
2k3rr/1pp2p2/p1pb4/4pPq1/4PnN1/P2P1PK1/1PPB4/R3Q2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh1 Qxh1 Nh5+ ]

d)
Hermann Steiner vs George Kramer, South Fallsburg, 1948
1k3rr1/1pp2p2/p6p/b3q2P/3pN2R/PB1P1Q2/1PP1RP1n/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6 Qxf6 Nxf6 w/Nd7+ ]


George Kramer vs Arnold Denker


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