Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Pal Benko.
White to move and win except where noted.

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


a)
Benko vs Edith Keller-Hermann, Graz, 1947
6k1/1p2q2p/p2pPrp1/2p5/P1P5/1PQ3P1/6KP/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Benko vs Erno Gereben, Budapest, 1954
1r2q3/1R6/3p1kp1/1ppBp1b1/p3Pp2/2PP4/PP3P2/5K1Q w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

c)
Benko vs Robert Fischer, Buenos Aires, 1960
r4rk1/pp3qbp/2ppb2B/3N4/2n5/6QP/PP2PPB1/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 Qxg7 Qxg7+ Kxg7 Nc7 ]

d)
Benko vs Alberto Foguelman, Buenos Aires, 1960
2R1n3/1p2r1k1/r3pp1p/3p2p1/3P2P1/3NP2P/q4PK1/1QR5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8 Rxe8 Qxb7+ Kf8 Rc7 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Benko vs Romero Miguel Colon, Boston, 1964
r1b3rk/5ppp/p3p3/7N/q1p2P2/P5Q1/1PP3PP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 ]

Benko Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Benko vs Robert Byrne, San Juan, 1965
4b1k1/1n4rp/3pP3/2p2pq1/p1P5/P1Q1P2P/6BN/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Bxb7 Rxb7 Rg1 Bc6+ e4 Bxe4 Nf3 ]

b)
Benko vs Arthur Bisguier, New York, 1967
2rr2k1/pb2qpp1/nppb3p/4N3/3PNP2/1Q4P1/PP4BP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh3 Rc7 Nxf7 if Qxf7 Be6 ]

c)
Benko vs Israel Horowitz, New York, 1968
r1q2rk1/1p2bNpp/8/p2n1Q2/8/P5P1/1B2PPBP/n4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if gxh6 Bxd5+ mates or if Kh8 Qxd5 ]

d)
Benko vs Donald Byrne, Palma de Majorca, 1968
8/1p2k3/1n4pp/4B3/1bp5/p1N1P1PP/P1K2P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 if Nc8 Nd5+ ]

e)
Benko vs Fernando Visier Segovia, Palma de Majorca, 1968
1r1q1r2/5pkp/6p1/1np3N1/p7/2PP2PP/P2Q2b1/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if Kg8 Ne6 ]

Benko Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Benko vs Milan Vukcevich, USA, 1969
r5k1/pp3R1p/2pp2p1/6q1/1PPN1Rn1/3Pr3/P2Q2PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf3 if Rxf3 Rf8+ ]

b)
Benko vs Walter Browne, Nethanya, 1971
3rr1k1/1p3ppp/p1bq1b2/2Np4/PP1Bn3/4P1P1/5PBP/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ b5 axb5 axb5 Bxd4 Qxd4 Bxb5 Nxb7 ]

c)
Benko vs Radolfo Cardoso, Reggio Emilia, 1971
1rr3k1/1p1n1ppp/p2p4/P1pP4/4PPq1/R1B5/1PQ3PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 Qxg7 Rg3 ]

d)
White Mates in 9. Benko vs Burkhard Malich, Skopje, 1972
r3qn2/1p2rnk1/2ppBp2/pNbPp1pR/2P1Q3/PP2P1P1/1B3PK1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ Nxh7 Rxh7+ Kf8 Qg6 ]

e)
Benko vs William Martz, Vrnjacka Banja, 1973
2r3k1/R4pbp/1p2b1p1/1q1p4/3P1N2/2Q1P1P1/5PBP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Rxc3 Ra8+ mates ]

Benko Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Benko vs Momir Trifunov, Sombor, 1976
8/1b6/1r2pnk1/p1Np3r/5R2/1PPP2B1/5PB1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6+ ]

b)
Benko vs Armin Kapetanovic, New York, 1987
2kr2r1/p1nq1p1p/1p2b1p1/8/N2Q4/1P2P1P1/P4PB1/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb6+ ]

c)
Benko vs David Ross, New York, 1988
q6k/6p1/4Q2p/p6b/1pBp1P2/1P1P2P1/P4K2/8 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

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