"English Opening' by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation (ECO A31).



1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4



Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.
White to move and win.

a)
Rag De Graaff vs M Scheeren, Netherlands, 1980
r1bqkb1r/pp2pp1p/2np2p1/3nP1B1/2Np4/5N2/PPP2PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxd6+ if Kd7 Nxf7 ]

b)
Lev Gutman vs Francis Meinsohn, Clermont-Ferrand, 1984
1rr3k1/1pq2pp1/p4n1p/4pb2/1Q6/2P1B1P1/P3PPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qc4 Rd8+ ]

c)
Hans-Peter Fecht vs Johan Escher, Liechtenstein, 1988
r1bqn2r/pp1pbpkp/2nN2p1/4p1B1/2P5/2N1P3/PP2BPPP/R2QK2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Bh6+ Kg8 Nxf7 if Kxf7 Qd5+ mates ]

d)
Vitalijus Majorovas vs Smaranda Lupu, Chalon sur Saone, 1991
r1b1k2r/pp2ppbp/2np2p1/2P5/1q6/1N2B1P1/P3PPBP/2RQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ cxd6 if exd6 Rxc6 bxc6 Bxc6+ or if 0-0 d7 ]

e)
P Munster vs A Demeirleir, Huy, 1992
r3kb1r/pp3pp1/2nnp3/q1N2b1p/2p4N/6PP/PPP2PB1/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxb7 if Qc7 Qf3 or if Nxb7 Bxc6+ ]

1b)
Lev Gutman vs Francis Meinsohn

A31 Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
F Grey vs Sabine Schermuly, Weilburg, 1995
r1bqnrk1/1p1p2pp/p1nN4/4pp2/2P1N3/4P3/PP1Q1PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Kh8 Nf7+ ]

b)
Jan Wagner vs R Smolensky, USA, 1996
rnbqkb1r/pp3ppp/8/1N1np3/8/8/PP2PPPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qxd5 Qd5 Nc7+ ]

c)
Caroline Cochet vs Laura Ross, Cannes, 1997
r6r/1pk1ppbp/p1n1b1p1/8/2N5/1N4P1/PP2PP1P/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4+ if Kc8 Nb6# ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Le Thanh Tu vs Thi Thanh An Nguyen, Dong Thap, 1997
r2q1rk1/pp3pp1/2n5/3p1b2/2P4R/2B1Q1P1/PP2P3/R3K3 w Q - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh6+ ]

e)
Arturo Vidarte Morales vs Josep Cortes Mamblona, Sants, 1999
3r1rk1/p2q2pp/1pnp1n2/3Npb2/2P5/1P2B1P1/P4PBP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ if gxf6 Qd5+ ]

2e)
Arturo Vidarte Morales vs Josep Cortes Mamblona

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