Tactics in the English



Here are some chess puzzles from the English (ECO A22).



1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6


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)
Anssi Bragge vs Tuomo Halmeenmaki, corr., 1988
r2q2k1/p1p2ppp/1pn1r3/3n4/3PB3/P3P1P1/1PQ1KP1P/R1B4R b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 Bxf5 Nxd4+ if Kd1 Nxe3+ or if Kd2 Nxf5 Qxf5 Nxe3+ ]

b)
Blanka Puljic vs Iva Ascic, Valpovo, 2001
r1bq1rk1/ppp1nppp/4n3/2bN3N/4P3/3P2P1/PP4BP/R1BQ1R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nhf6+ Kh8 Qh5 h6 Bxh6 gxf6 Be3+ mates ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Marina Yuganova vs Ekaterina Pylaeva, Dagomys, 2008
r3r2k/ppp3pp/1qn2n2/4p1N1/P5b1/2PP2P1/Q3PPBP/R1B2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nf7+ Kg8 Nh6+ Kh8 Qg8+ ]

d)
Kirill Lobanov vs Valeriy Rinchino, Ulan Ude, 2011
r4rk1/1b1qbppp/2n5/p1p1pN2/1p2P3/P7/1P1P1PPP/RBBQ1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg4 if Bf6 Nh6+ ]

e)
Mustafa Yilmaz vs Daniel Cawdery, Istanbul, 2012
r1n1kb2/pppbqpp1/8/3PP3/2n1P3/2N2BQ1/PP2N3/R1B1K3 w Qq - 1 0
[ e6 fxe6 Bh5+ Kd8 Bg5 ]

f)
Peter Kornilov vs Mikhail Pilchuk, Voronezh, 2012
r2b1rk1/pppqnppp/3p4/3P1NB1/4P3/8/PP2QPPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe7 Bxe7 Qg4 if g6 Nh6+ ]

g)
Kaio Lima vs Alvaro Almeida, Curitiba, 2014
r1b1r1k1/pppq1ppp/5n2/4p3/1PBn4/P1Q1PPP1/3P1K1P/R1B3NR b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 if Bxf7+ Qxf7 or if Kxf3 Qc6+ or if Nxf3 Ne4+ ]

1b)
Blanka Puljic vs Iva Ascic

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