The English Opening



Here are some chess puzzles from the English (ECO A16).



1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 w/o 2...e6



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)
Vladimir Savon vs Caesar Poch, Mar del Plata, 1971
r3rnk1/pbq2pbp/1pp3p1/4p1N1/3PP3/BQP3PB/P4P1P/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd6 if Qxd6 Nxf7 or if Qf8 Nxf7 Qf6 Nh6+ mates ]

b)
Gunther Olms vs Jan Henrik Plackmeyer, Schleswig Holstein, 1990
1r2r1k1/1pp2pb1/pnnq2pp/2N1p1B1/1P6/P2P2PP/4PPB1/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 if Rxb7 Bxc6 ]

c)
Zbigniew Szczep vs Olaf Michalski, Polanica Zdroj, 1994
3r3r/2kn1p1p/Bpp3p1/p1b1p3/3RPB2/2P2P2/PPK2P1P/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7+ if Rxd7 Bxe5+ ]

d)
Marko Tratar vs Toni Kos, Ljubljana, 1995
r3r1k1/p1p1p1bp/1p2Ppp1/n2P4/q7/2P2N2/P3QPPP/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd4 ]


Gunther Olms vs Jan Henrik Plackmeyer

A16 Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Michael Brunsch vs Michael Rolli, Germany, 1996
1k1r3r/p1pqbppp/1p1p1n2/3P2B1/2P2Q2/8/PP3PPP/RB2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5 if Qe8 Bxf6 gxf6 Re3 w/Rae1 ]

b)
Ferdinand Kaye vs Gerhard Schmidt, Seefeld, 1997
2r2rk1/pp1q1pb1/1np3pp/3npb2/1P2N3/P2P1NP1/2QBPPBP/1RR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc5 Qe7 e4 ]

c)
Jordan Kuzev vs Tihomir Dovramadjiev, Shumen, 1997
r1b2r1k/pp2R1bp/1np2pp1/7q/2BP4/Q4N2/PP3PPP/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Qe7+ mates ]

d)
Gunter Bosel vs Philippe Helmbacher, Paris, 1998
3rr1k1/ppp2pbp/3q2p1/5b2/1nP1n3/1P1pPQ1P/PB1P1NP1/1BR1NRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 if Rxe4 Bxg7 Kxg7 g4 or if Bxe4 Qxf7+ mates ]

e)
Heinz Boehlig vs Rainer Krueger, Germany, 1999
r4r2/pp1bqpkp/2p3p1/3nP3/3N1P2/2Q3P1/P3P1BP/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 cxd5 e6 if fxe6 Nf5+ mates ]


Michael Brunsch vs Michael Rolli

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