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.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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 ]

e)
Mikkel Hjorth vs Thomas Weischede, Hamburg, 1999
r2q1rk1/1p2ppb1/p1n2npp/1P1b4/N2p4/3P1NP1/PQ2PPBP/1RB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...axb5 Qxb5 Ra5 Qxb7 Rxa4 ]

1b
Gunther Olms vs Jan Henrik Plackmeyer

English (ECO A16) puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
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 ]

2a)
Michael Brunsch vs Michael Rolli

English (ECO A16) puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Eric Rolle vs Norman Schuetze, Osterburg, 2012
r3k2r/pp1bppbp/n5p1/1NqNP3/5PnQ/8/PP4PP/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nd6+ ]

b)
Jackelin Salcedo vs Gabriel Ordonez Gonzalez, Bogota, 2012
r1q1k2r/1pp1ppb1/pn5p/3P1bp1/3Pn3/1QN2NB1/PP3PPP/2R1KB1R w Kkq - 1 0
[ Nxe4 Bxe4 Rxc7 if Qf5 Qxb6 ]

c)
Svetlana Sucikova vs Gianluca Melino, High Wycombe, 2013
1r1qkb1r/ppp1pppp/2n5/5b2/3P4/1QP2N2/P3PPPP/R1B1KB1R w KQk - 1 0
[ d5 Na5 Qb5+ c6 dxc6 if Qc7 or Nxc6 Qxf5 ]

d)
Dmitry Obolenskikh vs Gijir Munkhbayar, Ulan Ude, 2013
r1bqk2r/pppnppbp/6p1/8/2B1P3/2P2N2/PP3PPP/R1BQK2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Bxf7+ if Kxf7 Ng5+ Kg8 Qd5+ or if Kf8 Ng5 Bf6 Ne6+ ]

e)
V Saravanan vs Sahaj Grower, New Delhi, 2014
rn1q1rk1/pp1bpp1p/6p1/8/2p1PB2/2P2N2/P4PPP/2QRK2R w K - 1 0
[ Bxb8 Rxb8 Ne5 ]

3b)
Jackelin Salcedo vs Gabriel Ordonez Gonzalez

English (ECO A16) puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexandr Kharitonov vs Aspasia Douni, Gazi-Heraklion, 2014
rn1qkr2/ppp1ppbp/6p1/8/2BPb3/1Q2PN2/PP3PPP/R1B1K2R w KQq - 1 0
[ Ng5 if f5 Ne6 or if Bd5 Bxd5 e6 Bxb7 Qxg5 Bxa8 ]

b)
Pia Cramling vs Sondre Merkesvik, Stockholm, 2014
r1b1k2r/pp1n1pb1/2p1p2p/q3N2R/3P4/BQP5/P3PPP1/R3KB2 w Qkq - 1 0
[ Nxf7 if Qc7 Qxe6# or if Kxf7 Rxa5 ]

c)
Dietmar Kolbus vs Jiri Polak, Marianske Lazne, 2015
3rkb1r/p1pqpp1p/1p4p1/n7/Q7/2P3P1/P2PPPBP/1RB1K2R w Kk - 1 0
[ Rb5 if Nb7 Bxb7 c6 Rxb6 or if Bh6 Rxa5 bxa5 Bc6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Jan Werle vs Helena Schut, Helmondsee, 2000
r4rk1/1pqbpNbp/1np3p1/p7/Pn1PP3/1QN1B2P/1P2BPP1/2R2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nh6+ Kh8 Qg8+ ]

e)
Aly Kreiked vs Chadad Bani, Nouakchott, 2012
1r2k2r/pq1b2pp/2p1p3/5p2/1b1Pp3/1Q2B1P1/PP2PPBP/R1R3K1 w k - 1 0
[ Bf4 Rc8 a3 ]

f)
Philip Tozer vs Peter Sowray, Brighton, 2012
r2r4/pp2ppkp/1np3p1/5b2/3qN3/3P2P1/PP1QPPBP/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe4 Bxe4 Qxe4 ]

g)
Joan Blancafort Batet vs Diego Marin Garcia, Malaga, 2002
1r2r3/3b1pkp/p2p1np1/qpp1p3/2Pn4/1PNPP1P1/PQ1N1PBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc3 Qxc3 Ne2+ ]

4g)
Joan Blancafort Batet vs Diego Marin Garcia

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