'English Opening' by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Three Knights System (ECO A27).



1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3



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)
Peter Schoeber vs Erik Bouwmans, Eindhoven, 1981
r1bqk2r/ppppnp1p/2n3p1/3N2B1/2Pb4/8/PP2PPPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qxd4 if Nxd4 Nf6+ Kf8 Bh6# or if f6 Nxf6+ Kf7 Qf4 h6 Ne4+ ]

b)
Hofker vs Ralph Blasek, Recklinghausen, 1989
r2nrbk1/pp1q1ppp/2pp2b1/3N2Q1/2P5/1P4P1/PB2PPBP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Emelia Venegas Ocampo vs Deborah Quinn, Novi Sad, 1990
3r1r1k/p1pp1qp1/b1p4p/5B2/1bP1P3/1P5R/PB3PPP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ Kg8 Bh7+ Kh8 Bg6+ Kg8 Rh8+ Kh8 Qh5+ ]

d)
Dieter Knoedler vs Sven Ellerbrake, Germany, 1993
r3kbnr/p1pq1ppp/2np4/1Q2p3/3P4/5NP1/PP2PP1P/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bh3 ]

e)
F Luque vs R Arenas, Cordoba, 1995
r1b2rk1/ppp1q1pp/2np1n2/5p2/1bPPp3/1QN1P3/PP1NBPPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

1c)
mate in 6
Emelia Venegas Ocampo vs Deborah Quinn

A27 Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Flovin Naes vs Dieter Dichtl, Denmark, 1997
4rrk1/2pqn1b1/1pnp2p1/p4p2/2PN4/P1P2B2/5PPP/1RBQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if Nxc6 Qd5+ ]

b)
Axel Vehreschild vs Georg Windhausen, Leverkusen, 1997
r1b1k1nr/pppp2pp/5q2/3PnpN1/Q1P1p3/8/PP2PPPP/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Ne6 if b5 Nxc7+ Kd8 Qa5 ]

c)
Dan Jensen vs Einar Auchenberg, Copenhagen, 1998
r1bqk2r/pp2n3/2p2bpp/4pp2/1B5N/1Q1P2P1/PP2PPBP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxe7 Bxe7 Nxg6 if Rh7 Qg8+ ]

d)
Sergio Morant Gomar vs David Radal Orts, Alzira, 2004
r1rn3k/pbp3pp/1p1pN1q1/3Bpp1n/Q1P5/P1BP2P1/1P2PP1P/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Nf8 if Qg5 Qe8 mates ]

e)
Morteza Darban vs A M Soozankar, Teheran, 2005
1r3rk1/2Qpnp1p/2p2qp1/8/6b1/2P3P1/P4PBP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf4 if Bf5 Ba3 or if Qxf4 Bxf4 Rbe8 Bh6 ]

2c)
Dan Jensen vs Einar Auchenberg

A27 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ranko Szuhanek vs Sebastian Racasan, Romania, 1994
r4rk1/ppp1q1pp/8/2p1p3/2PnB1b1/3P2P1/PP1Q1P1P/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf3 Re1 Bxe4 if dxe4 Nf3+ ]

b)
Thi Nguyen vs Thi Pham, Vietnam, 2008
r1bq1rk1/pp3pp1/2pp2np/4n2Q/2P5/2NPN1P1/PP2P1BP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb6 if Ncd1 Bg4 ]

c)
Slawomir Daciuk vs Stanislaw Kostyra, Bialystok, 2010
r3kb1r/ppqb2pp/2p5/2B2n2/2P1Np2/1Q6/PP2PPBP/R3K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bxc5 Nxc5 Qa5+ ]

d)
Ahmed Al Khatib vs Yangyi Yu, Tabriz, 2014
r2qr1k1/p1p2pbp/b1p3p1/8/8/1PB2BP1/P2QPP1P/R3K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Qxd2+ Kxd2 Rad8+ Kc2 Bxe2 Bxc6 Bd3+ Kb2 Re2+ ]

3d)
Ahmed Al Khatib vs Yangyi Yu

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