Quick Kills in the Tarrasch



Here are some chess puzzles from the French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main Line (ECO C04).



1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6



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)
Jorgen Kristensen vs Jacob Pedersen, Denmark, 1989
r1bqkb1r/2pn1pp1/1p2p2p/p3P1N1/1nNP4/8/PP2BPPP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Bh5+ Ke7 Qf3+ w/Qxa8 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Jan Sorensen vs Panayotis Vlassis, Korinthos, 1998
r1b2rk1/pp2b1pp/q3pn2/3nN1N1/3p4/P2Q4/1P3PPP/RBB1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Nxh7 Bxh7+ ]

c)
Erald Dervishi vs Walter Cazzaniga, Saint Vincent, 2002
r1b2rk1/pp1n2pp/1bn2q2/6N1/3p4/1N6/PP2BPPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ Kh8 Nxh7 if Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
E Machatschek vs H Springob, corr., 1963
r1bq3Q/pppnk1p1/2n1p1P1/3pPr2/1b1P4/1NP5/PP3PP1/R1B1K3 w Q - 0 1
[ Bg5+ if Rxg5 Qxg7+ ]

1c)
Erald Dervishi vs Walter Cazzaniga

C04 Puzzles, Part II.
Black to move and win.
a)
Hector Ramirez vs Victor Ancheyta, Merida, 1998
r1b2rk1/p1p3pp/3b1q2/2pp4/8/1NP5/PP2QPPP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba6 if Qxa6 Bxh2+ ]

b)
Ferenc Szekely vs Tamas Fodor Jr, Paks, 2002
r1b2rk1/pp4pp/2pR4/3p4/3P2nq/2PB4/PP3PPP/R1BQ1NK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ Kh1 Qh4 Be3 Rxf1+ mates ]

c)
Christophe Bernard vs Eric Prie, Clichy, 1991
r4rk1/p1p3pp/6q1/3p1b2/5n2/1P3B2/P4PPP/R2QRNK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kh1 Nxf2+ ]

d)
Giorgio Coppini vs Bela Vigh, Budapest, 1995
r1b2rk1/pp4pp/1n1p2q1/1Q1pP3/2n5/2P1BN2/PP2BPPP/R3K2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd7 Qb3 Ba4 Qb4 a5 ]

2d)
Giorgio Coppini vs Bela Vigh

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