"French Defense: C10-C19" by wtharvey.com


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Here are some chess puzzles from the French, Winawer (ECO C18).



1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3



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)
White mates in 5.
Manfred Mudelsee vs Michael Geveke, Germany, 1990
rnb3nr/1pq2kpp/p3pp2/1B1pP3/P1pP2Q1/B1P2N2/2P2PPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ fxg5 Qh5+ g6 Qf3+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Sebastian Tudorie vs Shamir Sivakumaran, Warsaw, 1991
r1b2r2/p1q1npkB/1pn1p1p1/2ppP1N1/3P4/P1P2Q2/2P2PPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf6+ w/Nxe6+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Eu Jin Teh vs F Bashir, Duisburg, 1992
r1bq1rk1/pp3p2/2n4Q/3pP3/3p1p2/P1PR4/2P2PPP/2K3NR w - - 0 1
[ Rg3+ fxg3 hxg3 ]

d)
David Gross vs Christian Strobel, Regensburg, 1996
r1b1k1nr/pp3ppp/4p3/3pP3/3N4/P2B4/2PQ1PPP/q1B1K2R w - - 0 1
[ c3 if Ne7 Nb3 ]

1a)
mate in 5
Manfred Mudelsee vs Michael Geveke

C18 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Enrique Rodriguez Guerrero vs Viktor Moskalenko, La Roda, 2004
rn5r/p1q1nkpp/bp2p3/3pPp2/3P1N2/P1P3Q1/5PPP/R1B1KB1R w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ if Kxg7 Nxe6+ Kf7 Nxc7 ]

b)
B Hopley vs Nigel Holloway, Oxford, 1967
r1b1k2r/pp1n1p1p/4p1p1/q1ppPn2/P2P1PQ1/2P2N2/2PB2PP/R3KB1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne3 ]

c)
Andreas Kerker vs Alexandre Dgebuadze, Oldenburg, 2000
r5k1/pp2n1pp/5n2/q1ppP3/6b1/P1PQ4/2P2PPP/R3KBNR b - - 0 1
[ ...c4 if Qd4 Nf5 or if Qd2 Ne4 ]

d)
Xavier Flandre vs Hubert Hareux, Le Touquet, 2005
rnb2rk1/pp4pp/5n2/2Pp4/q4Q2/P7/2PB1PPP/R3KBNR b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne4 if Qe5 Nxf2 or if Qh4 Qd4 ]

2a)
Enrique Rodriguez Guerrero vs Viktor Moskalenko

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