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10 New Puzzle Sets
Representing the work of Hall of Famer Fred Reinfeld.

For this article we added 10 new puzzle sets to our page on the Middle Game. The puzzles were all taken from collections published by Fred Reinfeld in the 1950s.

Reinfeld (1910-1964; New York) needs no introduction to most chess players. Inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1996, he authored or co-authored well over a hundred chess books plus many titles on topics as diverse as popular science and coin collecting.

The first new puzzle sets are from the first chapter of Reinfeld's 1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate.

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and are all based on the theme of Queen Sacrifices. Other chapters assign the puzzles to various themes like Checkmate without the Queen.

We also created puzzle sets from the first chapter of Reinfeld's 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations...

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...which covers Pinning. Other chapters are based on themes like Double Attack, The Overworked Piece, and Queening Combinations.

Reinfeld also worked as an editor for Al Horowitz's magazine Chess Review. The last puzzle sets are from a Chess Review series called You Too Can Be Brilliant, written in 1957 and 1958.

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A few years after Reinfeld's death, Chess Review merged with Chess Life to become Chess Life and Review. A decade later the periodical's name reverted to Chess Life, where Andy Soltis has long challenged readers with puzzles in his Chess to Enjoy column.

Most good players agree that one of the best ways to improve at chess is to solve tactical problems like those found in Reinfeld's collections. The positions in our own puzzle sets are only a small, illustrative fraction of Reinfeld's work.

If you think the puzzles seem repetitive and that you will never see any of these positions in your own games, think again. Similar positions occur in real games every day. Make sure you don't overlook them!

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• Improve Your Middle Game
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• Fred Reinfeld
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