'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the US CH of the 1950s.
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 3.
Karl Burger vs Hermann Pilnik, New York, 1954
3rk1r1/pp1q1p1p/3p1Qn1/2pP1N2/2P2R2/1P2P2P/P6K/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd6+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Eliot Hearst vs S Wachs, New York, 1954
5r1k/1pr3b1/3p1nQ1/5B2/q1PB1P2/P4P2/1P5P/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Herbert Seidman vs Karl Burger, New York, 1954
r4rk1/p2q1p2/1p3P1p/2pb3Q/3b3B/2pP4/PPP3BP/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Bxd5+ if Bxg1 Qg6+ or if Kh7 Rg7+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
S Wachs vs Larry Evans, New York, 1954
7r/6kr/p5p1/1pNb1pq1/PPpPp3/4P1b1/R3R1Q1/2B2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ Qxh1 Bh2+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Robert Fischer vs Robin Ault, New York, 1959
1r3rkq/p4p2/2p2Pn1/1p2p3/n5R1/3B2Q1/PPP3P1/1KNR4 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ ]


mate in 3
Karl Burger vs Hermann Pilnik

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1950s, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Sidney Bernstein vs Herbert Seidman, New York, 1959
5r1k/1bp2ppp/1pNnp3/1P2N3/R7/4P1P1/2QPqP1n/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh4+ ]

b)
Larry Evans vs Israel Horowitz, New York, 1951
7k/7p/2P5/3pq3/8/5QrP/8/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ c7 if Rxf3 c8/Q+ Kg7 Qg4+ or if Qxc7 Qf6+ ]

c)
Herbert Seidman vs Ariel Mengarini, New York, 1951
r1b3k1/ppp1brp1/2P2n1p/8/2B2P2/8/P2N2PP/q1BQ1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qb3 Qd4 Bxf7+ Kf8 cxb7 Bxb7 Qxb7 ]

d)
Sidney Bernstein vs P Brandts, New York, 1954
2k4r/3p1p1p/p7/B7/2pbr3/6P1/P1P2P1P/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd4 if Rxd4 Bc3 ]

e)
Karl Burger vs P Brandts, New York, 1954
RQ3r2/6kp/2p2q1r/3b4/3Pp1Pp/4Pp1B/2R2P2/7K w - - 1 0
[ g5 ]


mate in 3
S Wachs vs Larry Evans

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1950s, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Fischer vs Arthur Bisguier, New York, 1957
2k5/2n4p/1Rp1p3/4P1p1/2q5/r3BQP1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf8+ ]

b)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Arthur Feuerstein, New York, 1957
1r2r3/1pp2qkp/2bp2p1/p2B4/P1P2P2/1P2R1P1/3Q3P/4R2K w - - 1 0
[ Qd4+ if Kh6 g4 ]

c)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Charles Kalme, New York, 1958
3rb3/p1r1k3/1pnNp1pp/2p5/2P2P2/7P/PP1RP1B1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc6 Bxc6 Nf5+ ]

d)
Robert Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky, New York, 1958
r1bqnrk1/pp1pppbp/6p1/n3P3/3N4/1BN1B3/PPP2PPP/R2QK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ Kxf7 Ne6 dxe6 Qxd8 ]

e)
Pal Benko vs William Lombardy, New York, 1958
8/5pk1/6n1/1q6/3PQ1p1/3NP1Kp/5P1P/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 ]


mate in 4
Sidney Bernstein vs Herbert Seidman

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1950s, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Larry Evans, New York, 1958
r3rnk1/2Q5/b5p1/1p1p2p1/1P6/3q4/3B3P/R2N1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ Kh8 Rf3 ]

b)
Larry Evans vs Arthur Bisguier, New York, 1958
4bk1r/4qppp/8/1p6/4B3/Q7/P4PPP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 ]

c)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Arthur Bisguier, New York, 1959
4r1k1/1p1q3p/p3nQpP/8/1P1p4/P7/1B4P1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxd4 ]

d)
Robert Fischer vs Herbert Seidman, New York, 1959
r3kb1r/p3pppp/b1p2n2/q7/Bn6/2N2N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQK2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ a3 if Nbd5 Bxc6+ or if Rd8 Bd2 ]

e)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Raymond Weinstein, New York, 1959
6k1/p4r2/3pQn1p/2p2N2/2p1q3/P6P/1P1b1BP1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ Kxf7 Nxd6+ ]


Samuel Reshevsky vs Larry Evans

Puzzles from the US Chess CH of the 1950s, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robin Ault vs James Sherwin, New York, 1959
3r2k1/1bN2p2/6p1/r1np2bp/3N4/2P2P1P/1R4PK/1R3B2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf4+ ]

b)
Pal Benko vs Robert Byrne, New York, 1959
6k1/1r4bp/8/p3q2p/2RN1p2/P7/1P1Q2PP/K7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd7 ]

c)
Robin Ault vs Arthur Bisguier, New York, 1959
2r3k1/q4pp1/4pb1p/1Q6/p2PP3/Pb4P1/1B1R2BP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 if Re2 or Rd3 Bc4 ]

d)
Arnold Denker vs Robert Byrne, New York, 1959
4q1k1/pQ1br3/2pp4/5p2/2PP1Pnb/5B2/PPN5/3N1KR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ Kg2 Re2+ if Bxe2 Qxe2+ mates ]


Samuel Reshevsky vs Raymond Weinstein


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