Tactics in the King's Knight Openings


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Here are some chess puzzles from the Scotch Game (ECO C45).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4



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)
Black mates in 3.
NN vs Bird, England, 1850
N1bk4/pp1p1Qpp/8/2b5/3n3q/8/PPP2RPP/RNB1rBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ Kh1 Ng3+ or Rxf1+ ]

b)
Louis Paulsen vs M Bier, Nuremberg, 1883
r1b1k2r/ppp1nppp/4nq2/2b1p3/3N1P2/2PBB3/PP1Q2PP/RN2K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if Bxe6 Bxe6 0-0-0 Qe2 or if Bxe3 Bb5+ ]

c)
Kantakusin vs Amateur, St Petersburg, 1898
r1b2rk1/pppp1p1p/2n2p2/2b5/3N3q/2PB4/PP3PPP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 Qg5 h4 Qf4 g3 if Qe5 Qg4+ mates ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Distl vs Filip Rozsypal, Prague, 1900
r1b1kb1r/pp2nppp/2pQ4/8/2q1P3/8/P1PB1PPP/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ Kxd8 Ba5+ ]

b)
Edward Lasker vs Sparrow, Chicago, 1922
5k1r/r1p2ppp/5n2/3p4/2q5/P1P2Q2/2P2PPP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 if gxf6 Bh6+ mates ]

1d)
mate in 3
Distl vs Filip Rozsypal

C45 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Dunbar vs Chawkin, USA, 1925
2bk2nr/p1p2ppp/2p5/2p5/2P1P3/2N5/Pr3PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 0 1
[ 0-0-0+ ]

b)
L Neatby vs Joseph Rauch, Canada, 1945
r1bq1rk1/p1p1bppp/1p1p1n2/8/2BQPP2/1PN5/P1P3PP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d5 w/...Bc5 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Angel Martin Gonzalez vs Julius Kozma, Oslo, 1954
r3k2r/bpp2p2/p1npb3/P5q1/4P3/1N2nB2/1PPQ1PpB/R2NR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2 if fxe3 Rh1+ Kf2 Qh4+ Ke2 Bc4+ ]

d)
Abram Khasin vs Andor Lilienthal, Moscow, 1955
r1b1k2r/ppp1npp1/1q6/1Nbpn2p/4P3/2P1B3/PP2BPPP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 Qxc5 Qd4 Qxd4 cxd4 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
George Botterill vs Nicholas Thomas, England, 1974
r1b1qrk1/1ppp1p1p/p3nBnQ/8/P3P2b/1N5R/1PP3PP/2K2B1R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh4 Nxh4 Qxh4 ]

2c)
mate in 5
Angel Martin Gonzalez vs Julius Kozma

C45 Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jose Hedman Senarega vs Yuri Razuvaev, Cienfuegos, 1976
r3r1k1/bpp2ppp/p3b3/8/P3P3/5PPq/1P5P/R1BQRN1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf2 if Re2 Bb3 ]

b)
Jacobus Sampouw vs Bjarne Andersen, Buenos Aires, 1978
r5k1/p1pqn1pp/1bpp2r1/8/Q1NB1P2/2P5/PP3RPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb6 cxb6 Nxb6 ]

c)
Harding vs Rene Franssen, corr., 1978
r3k2r/1pp1nppp/p1q5/P2pPb2/8/1NPBQ3/1P3PPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 Qd7 Bxf5 Nxf5 e6 ]

d)
G Suravlev vs H Kristiansson, corr., 1984
r4rk1/p1p2p1p/1npP1qp1/5b2/2P1N3/1P6/P3QPPP/1K1R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Na4 if bxa4 Qc3 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Panayotis Pandavos vs AB Arnold, Salonika, 1984
6rk/p1pb1p1p/2pp1P2/2b1n2Q/4PR2/3B4/PPP1K2P/RNB3q1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh4+ ]

3c)
Harding vs Rene Franssen

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