King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from the USA Chess CH of the 1960s
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)
Black mates in 2.
Karl Burger vs Larry Evans, New York, 1965
5Q2/1b5k/p5pp/5p2/2p5/2Bq4/4r1PP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Duncan Suttles vs Pal Benko, New York, 1965
2n4r/1k4b1/R2p2p1/4p3/1P2q3/2P2rP1/3QNB2/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ if Kxh1 Rxf2+ or if Kg2 Rd3# ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Larry Evans vs Bernard Zuckerman, New York, 1967
r1r4k/pp3p1B/4bp1Q/6Pp/5q2/5P2/PPP5/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ Bf5+ Kg8 Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ Ke7 gxf6# ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
D Birn vs Arthur Bisguier, USA, 1967
7k/1p2bp1p/1qp5/p2bP3/5P2/P2Q3P/1P4pK/6R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg1+ if Kxg1 Bc5+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Robert Byrne vs Hans Berliner, New York, 1960
6Q1/3RNp1p/3P2pk/8/3b1P2/6P1/Pn1q1B1P/5BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ Kh5 Qxh7+ Kg4 Qh3+ ]

Puzzles from the USA Chess CH of the 1960s, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
James Sherwin vs Hans Berliner, New York, 1960
2r4k/p6p/1b4p1/3Q1p2/4N1q1/1P4P1/P4P1P/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe5+ Kg8 Nf6+ Kg7 Nxg4+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Hans Berliner vs Edmar Mednis, New York, 1962
r1r5/p4pkp/qpnp1pp1/1R6/2P1P3/1PR5/P4QPP/2B3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bh6+ Kxh6 Qxf6 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Robert Fischer vs Raymond Weinstein, New York, 1963
1r2b1k1/4Rp1p/1q1P1Qp1/4p3/1p2P3/7P/5PP1/5BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bc4 ]

d)
Black mates in 6.
Arthur Bisguier vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1965
2r5/p4pk1/8/4bR2/3pP1Pp/P5P1/1P2R1PK/2r4N b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh1+ Kxh1 Rc1+ ]

e)
Black mates in 7.
Eliot Hearst vs Herbert Seidman, New York, 1961
b5rk/7p/p2P1br1/2p1nq2/Pp6/1P1P3P/R4BBK/4NQR1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ hxg4 Be5+ Bg3 Bxg3+ Kxg3 Rxg4+ Kh2 Qe5+ ]

See 3 or 4 moves ahead



Puzzles from the USA Chess CH of the 1960s, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Robert Fischer vs Hans Berliner, New York, 1960
3r2k1/pp1P3p/5pp1/2p5/2P1bBP1/1P3q1P/P3Q3/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf3 Bxf3 Bc7 ]

b)
Robert Byrne vs Sidney Bernstein, New York, 1961
3rr1k1/1b2b1pp/pp2p2q/5p2/1PPNn3/P5P1/1B2QPBP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ f3 Ng5 Nxf5 if exf5 Rxd8 or if Qg6 Nxe7+ ]

c)
William Addison vs Robert Steinmeyer, New York, 1962
1r4k1/1r1q1pp1/7p/pb1p4/8/4P1P1/QR3P1P/1R3BK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxb5 Rxb5 Qa4 ]

d)
Samuel Reshevsky vs Anthony Saidy, New York, 1963
1r3b1k/2n4p/p1Bp2q1/P1pP1Q2/1p5B/4R3/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf6+ if Kg8 Rg3 or if Bg7 Qxg6 hxg6 Bxg7+ Kxg7 Re7+ ]

e)
Nicholas Rossolimo vs Arthur Bisguier, New York, 1965
r4rk1/pb2q1pp/1p1np3/3p2Pp/3P1P2/2NBPQ2/PP6/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ if Kh8 Bg6 or if Kxh7 Qxh5+ Kg8 g6 ]

Puzzles from the USA Chess CH of the 1960s, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Arthur Bisguier vs Anthony Saidy, New York, 1966
8/4p2k/1p2p1pB/p1p1b3/P1P3PP/1P1Q4/1q3PK1/8 w - - 1 0
[ h5 ]

b)
Hugh Myers vs Rafael Alvarez Ibarra, Santo-Domingo, 1966
1n4r1/1R4pp/2p1Npk1/1n2p3/1B6/4P3/3PKPPP/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nf8+ ]

c)
William Lombardy vs Tibor Weinberger, New York, 1968
r6k/pp3r2/2np2qp/2pN1b2/2P5/1P1B4/P5PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxf5 Rxf5 Ne3 Nd4 Nxf5 Nxf5 Qf1 Rf8 Qf2 ]

d)
Nicholas Rossolimo vs Anthony Saidy, New York, 1968
r5k1/pppn1ppp/2q3n1/3p1N1Q/3P4/2PBP2P/PP4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ if Nxe7 Bxh7+ mates ]

e)
Robert Byrne vs Israel Horowitz, New York, 1968
1r1qrbk1/1b3ppp/3p2n1/p1nN1N2/Pp2PP2/1P6/1BBQ2PP/2R1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ gxh6 Nf6+ if kh8 Nxe8+ Kg8 Nf6+ Kh8 Nd7+ ]

'Sac&Mate' - sacs that end in mate



Puzzles from the USA Chess CH of the 1960s, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Larry Evans vs Nicholas Rossolimo, New York, 1968
2r5/p1r3pp/1pb1k3/1B1n1p2/P2R4/B5P1/1P3P1P/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxc6 Rxc6 Re1+ ]

b)
Robert Byrne vs Tibor Weinberger, New York, 1968
2bq1rk1/1p1n1p1p/4pnp1/p5N1/BbP5/2B2N2/PP2QPPP/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 ]

c)
Abe Turner vs Eliot Hearst, New York, 1961
2r4k/2r2pp1/1R3n2/p2p4/3P4/n3PP2/N2BR2P/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 Nc1 Nc4 ]

d)
Robert Byrne vs Robert Fischer, New York, 1963
r3r1k1/pb1q1pbp/1p4p1/8/3N4/BPN3P1/P4Q1P/R2R1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ Kg1 Re1+ Rxe1 Bxd4 ]

e)
B Z Zukerman vs Nicholas Rossolimo, USA, 1968
5rr1/pp1kbn2/2p1R3/3p4/6n1/2NB4/PPPB1PP1/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh2+ if Kg1 Nf3+ Kh1 Rh8+ ]


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