## Tactics in the English

### Here are some chess puzzles from the English (ECO A28).1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 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)
Carl Carls vs Karel Prucha, Prague, 1943
5rk1/pbpp1ppp/5n2/4q1B1/2nN4/2P3P1/P3PP1P/1B1Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 if Qxf6 Qd3 or if Qd5 e4 ]

b)
Rusko Filchev vs Nikola Gasharov, Sofia, 1955
1r2r1k1/pppbqppp/5n2/2P5/2Bn4/B3P3/P4PPP/1RQ1R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ c6 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Amado Palma vs Santiago Suarez, Merida, 1997
r1bqrbk1/1ppp1pp1/2n2n1p/p3p1N1/2P5/PPNBP3/2QP1PPP/R1B1K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Bh7+ ]

d)
Manfred Schuette vs Dietmar Fauth, Germany, 2000
r3rb1k/pppq1pp1/2np1N1p/4pbN1/2P4P/P3P3/1PQP1PP1/R1B1K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Qxf5 if Qxf5 Nxf7# ]

e)
Mehdi Moulay vs M Lefkih, Tiaret, 2000
r3k2r/pppq1pp1/3p1n1p/3Np3/1PPbP1b1/3P1BP1/P4P1P/1RBQ1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ ]

1d)
Manfred Schuette vs Dietmar Fauth

English (A28) puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 2.
Juan Andres Viola vs Aejandro Lovinger, Montevideo, 2001
r1b2rk1/p1ppqppp/1pnb1n2/6N1/2PPN3/P2Q4/1P2PPPP/R1B1KB1R w KQ - 1 0
[ Nxf6+ ]

b)
Ehsan Ghaem Maghami vs Michael Tscharotschkin, Calvia, 2006
r2qnrk1/p1p2ppp/1p1p4/8/2P1b3/1PQ5/PB2BPPP/4RRK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd1 if Bb7 Rxe8 ]

c)
Thomas Dohnow vs Karl Reimer, Mecklenburg, 2008
r4rk1/pb1pbpp1/1p1q1n1p/2p2Q2/2P5/1PNBP3/PB3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd5 Bxd5 Bxf6 if g6 Bxe7 ]

d)
Petar Ljangov vs Roland Streit, Sunny Beach, 2012
r2qk2r/ppp3pp/2nbbp2/1B1np3/3P4/P1N1PN2/1PQ2PPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nxd5 Bxd5 e4 Bf7 d5 ]

e)
Carlos Nava Pereda vs Ibrahim Shehab, San Sebastian, 2015
r1b1qrk1/1pp2pp1/pn5p/4P3/1b3B2/2NB4/PP2QPPP/1K1R3R w - - 1 0
[ Qe4 ]

2c)
Thomas Dohnow vs Karl Reimer

English (A28) puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Esteban Alb Valderrama Quiceno vs Dorsa Derakhshani, Panama, 2017
r1b2rk1/p1pp1p1p/1pnb2p1/4pq2/2P1N3/4P3/PPQPBPPP/R1B1K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Bg4 if Qxg4 Nf6+ ]

b)
Helmut Erhart vs Josef Lokvenc, Vienna, 1950
r1bq1k1r/pppn2p1/3pQ2p/8/2P5/2P1P1B1/P4PPP/R3KB1R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Nf6 ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Pedro Aparicio Navarro vs Jesus De La Villa Garcia, Zaragoza, 1993
2kr3r/ppp2ppp/2n5/4p3/4P3/Pq1B4/QP1K1PPP/R1BbN2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd3+ Nxd3 Qc2+ ]

d)
Eelco Kuipers vs Mark Kraakman, Hengelo, 1995
1rbqk2r/p1pp1ppp/2p2n2/2b3B1/2P1N3/8/PP2PPPP/R2QKB1R b KQk - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Bxd8 Bxf2# ]

e)
Ralf Buthmann vs Heinz Raabe, NRW, 1996
r4rk1/ppp1qppp/3b4/1b6/PP6/3NP2P/2Q2PP1/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd3 Qxd3 Qe5 ]

3e)
Ralf Buthmann vs Heinz Raabe

English (A28) puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alexandr Khudiakov vs Igor Smirnov, Alushta, 2002
r1bq1r1k/1pp3pp/p1n2b2/5p2/1P1Pp3/P1Q1P3/3NBPPP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4 if exd4 Bxd4 Qb3 Bxa1 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Joao Vitor Figueired Vila vs Breno Teixeira Martinelli, Goiania, 2011
r1bqk2r/pppp1ppp/2n5/2b1N3/2P1n3/2N4P/PP1P1PP1/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ Kxe2 Nd4+ Kd4 Nc5# ]

c)
Vladimir Plokhotniuk vs Viktor Nevolin, Krasnodar, 2012
1r2k2r/pppq1pp1/2np4/3Np1b1/2P4p/1Q1PP1P1/PP2BP1P/2KR3R b k - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 Qa3 Nxe2+ ]

4b)
mate in 3
Joao Vitor Figueired Vila vs Breno Teixeira Martinelli

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