Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation (ECO A31).



1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4



Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.
White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Rag De Graaff vs M Scheeren, Netherlands, 1980
r1bqkb1r/pp2pp1p/2np2p1/3nP1B1/2Np4/5N2/PPP2PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxd6+ if Kd7 Nxf7 ]

b)
Lev Gutman vs Francis Meinsohn, Clermont-Ferrand, 1984
1rr3k1/1pq2pp1/p4n1p/4pb2/1Q6/2P1B1P1/P3PPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qc4 Rd8+ ]

c)
Hans-Peter Fecht vs Johan Escher, Liechtenstein, 1988
r1bqn2r/pp1pbpkp/2nN2p1/4p1B1/2P5/2N1P3/PP2BPPP/R2QK2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Bh6+ Kg8 Nxf7 if Kxf7 Qd5+ mates ]

d)
Vitalijus Majorovas vs Smaranda Lupu, Chalon sur Saone, 1991
r1b1k2r/pp2ppbp/2np2p1/2P5/1q6/1N2B1P1/P3PPBP/2RQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ cxd6 if exd6 Rxc6 or if 0-0 d7 ]

e)
P Munster vs A Demeirleir, Huy, 1992
r3kb1r/pp3pp1/2nnp3/q1N2b1p/2p4N/6PP/PPP2PB1/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxb7 ]

Recent A31 Games


A31 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
F Grey vs Sabine Schermuly, Weilburg, 1995
r1bqnrk1/1p1p2pp/p1nN4/4pp2/2P1N3/4P3/PP1Q1PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

b)
Jan Wagner vs R Smolensky, USA, 1996
rnbqkb1r/pp3ppp/8/1N1np3/8/8/PP2PPPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qxd5 ]

c)
Caroline Cochet vs Laura Ross, Cannes, 1997
r6r/1pk1ppbp/p1n1b1p1/8/2N5/1N4P1/PP2PP1P/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Le Thanh Tu vs Nguyen Thi Thanh An, Dong Thap, 1997
r2q1rk1/pp3pp1/2n5/3p1b2/2P4R/2B1Q1P1/PP2P3/R3K3 w Q - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

e)
Arturo Vidarte Morales vs Josep Cortes Mamblona, Sants, 1999
3r1rk1/p2q2pp/1pnp1n2/3Npb2/2P5/1P2B1P1/P4PBP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ w/Qd5+ ]

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