"Alekhine's Defence" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the Alekhine's Defense, Modern (ECO B05).



1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4



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)
Alexander Beliavsky vs Lev Alburt, Yerevan, 1975
1r1r1bk1/pp1n1ppp/n2p2b1/P1pP1q2/2P5/Q1N1BN1P/1P2BPP1/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Qf6 Bg5 ]

b)
PE Ekblom vs G Little, corr., 1977
r4rk1/1pq1bppp/pn1pp3/3Pn3/2P1N3/BP3B1P/P4PP1/2RQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ c5 if dxc5 d6 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Nigmadzianov vs Leonid Kaplun, URS, 1977
r1n1kbr1/ppq1pN2/2p1Pn1p/2Pp3Q/3P3P/8/PP3P2/R1B1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ Kd8 Qe8+ ]

d)
Egon Varnusz vs Attila Ponyi, Salgotarjan, 1978
rn1qkb1r/ppp1p2p/5pp1/3np1N1/3P4/5Q2/PPP2PPP/RNB1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Ne6 Qd7 Qxd5 ]

e)
Jan Przewoznik vs Peter Hammer, Malta, 1980
r2r1bk1/pp2qppp/1np1pn2/4N3/2PP4/1PN2QR1/PB3PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ba3 Qxa3 Qxf6 Qe7 Rxg7+ if Bxg7 Qxe7 or if Kh8 Nxf7+ ]

1c)
mate in 3
Nigmadzianov vs Leonid Kaplun

B05 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Heiko Syska vs Georg Legde, Aachen, 1982
2kr1b1r/pp3pp1/2p1p2p/2P1n3/1P1qN3/2N3Q1/P1n2PPP/1RB2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Be3 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Cesar Soares vs Ivan Boere de Souza, Sao Paulo, 1983
3r1rk1/ppqn3p/1npb1P2/5B2/2P5/2N3B1/PP2Q1PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg4+ Kf7 Be6+ Kxf6 Bh4+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
H Strickert vs Hausius, DDR, 1985
3r3r/p1pqppbp/1kN3p1/2pnP3/Q5b1/1NP5/PP3PPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxa7+ if Kb5 c4+ or if Kxc6 Na5+ ]

d)
Markus Kunze vs Andreas Stickler, Bayern, 1988
1r1q1rnk/p1p4p/Bpn1p1p1/2PpPp2/1P1P1P1b/2N1B2Q/P4P1P/1R4RK w - - 0 1
[ Bb5 if bcc5 Bxc6 or if Nce7 Qxh4 ]

e)
Sergei Rublevsky vs Jorgen Jorgensen, Denmark, 1993
r1q2rk1/1pp1nppp/1p6/2bNP2b/8/2Q2N1P/PP2BPP1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc5 bxc5 Nxe7+ ]

2b)
mate in 4
Cesar Soares vs Ivan Boere de Souza

B05 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jurij Ljubarskij vs Olaf Krueger, Hamburg, 1993
r3kb1r/pppq1ppp/2npp3/1B1nP3/3P4/P4Q1P/1PP2PP1/RNB1K2R w - - 0 1
[ c4 Nde7 d5 ]

b)
Pavisa Viskic vs Branko Rogulj, Zagreb, 1993
r3k2r/pp1n1ppp/2p1p3/2q1P2Q/2P2P2/1P6/P5PP/RN3R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd4 Na3 Qb2 ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Rodolfo Farah vs Jorge Szmetan, Mar del Plata, 1996
2kr1b1r/ppq5/1np1pp2/P3Pn2/1P3P2/2P2Qp1/6P1/RNB1RBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ ]

3b)
Pavisa Viskic vs Branko Rogulj

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