## 'English Opening' by wtharvey.com

### Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Symmetrical (ECO A34).1.c4 c5 2.Nc3

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)
Vassily Smyslov vs Alexander Tolush, Moscow 1961
r2q2k1/pQ2bppp/4p3/8/3r1B2/6P1/P3PP1P/1R3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bb8 ]

b)
Jesus Gonzalez Mata vs Juan Soler, Lugano, 1968
r1bq1rk1/p2p1pp1/1p3b1p/8/2PQ4/2NB4/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe4 if g6 Qxa8 ]

c)
Raimundo Garcia vs Pedro Lopepe, Buenos Aires, 1981
r2qkb1r/pp2pppp/8/2pPn3/4P1b1/2P2N2/P4PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nxe5 if Bxd1 Bb5+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Mihai Suba vs Gyula Sax, Hastings, 1984
rqbnkb1r/p3p1pp/2p2p2/4N3/Q1B1PP2/8/PP4PP/R1B2K1R w kq - 1 0
[ Bf7+ Nxf7 Qxc6+ ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Reinhard Hanel vs Cenek Kottnauer, Vienna, 1990
r1bq3r/pp1np1bp/3k2p1/2p5/2Q1P3/2NP4/PP3PPP/R1B2K1R w - - 1 0
[ Nb5+ if Kc6 Qe6+ Kxb5 a4+ Kb4 Bd2+ or if Ke5 Qd5+ ]

1e)
White mates in 5.
Reinhard Hanel vs Cenek Kottnauer

A34 puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
A Izhnin vs Ruslan Bairachny, Simferopol, 1991
3qkb1r/1b1n2pp/pp1ppn2/3N2B1/B1r1P3/8/PP3PPP/R2QR1K1 w k - 1 0
[ Bxf6 if gxf6 Qh5# or if Qb8 Nxb6 ]

b)
P Dolinski vs R Horbanowicz, corr., 1992
r1bq1rk1/pp2ppbp/2np2p1/8/2PNP1n1/2N1B3/PP2BPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxg4 if Bxg4 Nxc6 Qc7 Nxe7+ or if Nxd4 Bxc8 Qxc8 Bxd4 ]

c)
Marcelo Perondi vs Guilherme De Borba, Curitiba, 2014
r1bq1r2/pp3pbk/2n3pp/2pnp3/8/P1NP1NP1/1P1BPPBP/R1Q2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxd5 if Nd4 Nxd4 or if Qxd5 Ng5+ ]

d)
Mikael Helin vs Lars-Erik Johansson, Joenkoeping, 1988
r2qkb1r/pp3ppp/8/2p2b2/1nP5/6PP/PP1P1PB1/R1BQ1KNR b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bd3+ Ne2 Bc2 Qe1 Nd3 ]

e)
F Evora vs Luis Santos, Portugal, 1995
rnbqkb1r/pp2pppp/8/8/1n1NP3/2N5/PP3PPP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 if Qxd4 Nc2+ ]

2d)
Mikael Helin vs Lars-Erik Johansson

A34 puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Richard Beitia vs Mathieu Schwartz, Creon, 1999
r4rk1/p2qppbp/1pn3p1/3bN3/Q2P4/4B3/PP2BPPP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe5 if Bb5 Qg4 ]

b)
Dionisio Bombin Pinera vs Javier Aguera Naredo, Spain, 1999
r3kb1r/pp3ppp/5q2/5b2/3n4/2Q1P1P1/PP1B1PBP/R4KNR b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qa6+ if Ke1 Nc2+ ]

c)
Jean-Paul Tholey vs Antoine Cotonnec, Creon, 1999
r2r2k1/pp3ppp/2b1p3/8/1b1BP3/5P2/PP2BKPP/R2R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd4 if Rxd4 Bc5 Rd1 e5 ]

d)
Diana Salcedo vs Gustavo Nunez, Cali, 2012
r4rk1/pb1n1ppp/1p3n2/1Bb5/3NP3/2N1B3/PP4PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 Bxd7 Nxe3 ]

e)
Pierre Fox vs Patrick Courteyn, Geraardsbergen, 2003
r1b1kb1r/4p1pp/2N1n3/p1q5/4Q3/4P1P1/PP1P1P1P/R1B2RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Ng5 if Qf4 Nh3+ or if Qa4 Nf3+ Kg2 Bd7 ]

f)
Anup Deshmukh vs Ponnuswamy Konguvel, Bhubaneswar, 2011
r2q1rk1/1p2bppp/p1b5/2p1P3/3P4/1Q3NP1/PP3P1P/R1BR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...c4 Qe3 Qd5 Kg2 g5 g4 f5 ]

3c)
Jean-Paul Tholey vs Antoine Cotonnec

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