Here are some combinations from Irving Chernev's "Combinations: The Heart of Chess."


Black resigned after White's next move:




Black resigned after White's 30th move in this deep combination:

Click HERE for a fantastic combination Mark Taimanov played against Kusminich in 1950.



Here is a complex comination employing diversion and interference to reach it's goal:

Had Black played 1......h1=Q, then 2. Rxf7+ wins.

Another brilliant, and quite sacrificial, combination by Victor Soultanbeieff:

Amazingly, White will mate with his Rook on e7 in just 4 moves:

A simple, yet pleasing, combination, involing both a clearance sacrifice and a Queen sac, from photographer, Philip Richardson, one of those under-appreciated amateurs of the 19th century against the inconsistant Eugene Delmar:

One last clever combination, this time from Blacks side:


  • 4 years ago


    Yes; longday576,I love Chernevs books,I still have some of them,his enthusiasm shines through,and I think he cared for begginers and normal club standard players!

  • 4 years ago


    Batgirl,your blogs are amazing!!

  • 4 years ago


    Chernev is one the best! Been with me my whole chess life. Without him I probably wouldnt be as interested in chess as I am now.

  • 4 years ago


    Beautiful fork in the first puzzle.

  • 4 years ago


    great,I enyoed!

  • 4 years ago


    Well whadya know? I found this book tucked in between several of my (unread of course) middlegame books by Kotov, Euwe, Soltis etc and started to go thru it since I can follow some of the puzzles without a bd, although it is annoying to lunkheads like myself when the diagrams aren't always on the same page as most or all of the answers, BUT this is a fun book to read and maybe even learn a few things from.

    Anyways, thanks a lot batgirl for reminding me about all my unread chess books BUT at least I bought them so long ago they were dirt cheap NEW - for instance my copy of BCE was $2.95!

    PS: You can get this book for about $5 used at amazon, along with some of his other books such as Practical Chess Endings and The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played

  • 4 years ago


    Very nice

  • 4 years ago


    I think the last puzzle has a problem the bishop should be moved before black can play.Great stuff.

  • 4 years ago

    FM VPA

    Such DelightfulKiss combinations  make chess "The Queen of indoor games"Laughing

  • 4 years ago


    Superb stuff.

  • 4 years ago


    greats combinations 

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