Tactics in the King's Knight Openings


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Here are some chess puzzles from the Three Knights (ECO C46).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3



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)
William Pollock vs Hall, England, 1890
r2qk2r/ppp1nppp/3p1n2/2bNN3/2B1P3/2PP4/PP3PPP/R1Bb1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ if Kf8 Nfd7+ or if gxf6 Bxf7+ mates ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Donisthorpe vs Peter Mundell, London, 1892
r2q1b1r/pppbk2p/3p1pB1/3Pp2Q/2P5/4B2P/PP3PP1/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5+ ]

c)
White mates in 7.
Leonhard Hanke vs Rainer Hoffmann, Germany, 1994
r1b2k1r/pp1p1ppp/2pN1n2/8/7Q/4B3/qPP2PPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 if gxf6 Bh6+ ]

d)
Stefka Savova vs Natasa Videkanic, Yugoslavia, 1994
r2q1rk1/ppp2ppp/4b1n1/7Q/3PNn2/3B3P/PPPB2PK/R6R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf4 if Nxf4 Nf6+ mates ]

e)
White mates in 10.
Nenad Doric vs Danijel Buric, Zadar, 1995
r1bqkb1r/ppp4p/2n2nN1/7Q/2BPp3/8/PPP2PPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bf7+ if Kxf7 Ne5+ or if Kd7 Qh3+ Kd6 Bf4+ ]

1d)
Stefka Savova vs Natasa Videkanic

C46 Puzzles, Part II.
Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black mates in 4.
Benjamin Bassett vs Nicky Krstic, Canberra, 1995
r1b1k2N/pppp2pp/2n5/2b1p3/2B1n2q/2N3P1/PPPP1P1P/R1BQK2R b KQq - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ Kf1 Qh3+ Ke2 Nd4+ ]

b)
Tomas Orsag vs Peter Hlavac, Slovakia, 1999
3r1rk1/ppp2qpp/3b4/4p3/2Pn1pQ1/3P3P/PP1B1PPN/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5 if Qg5 Ne6 ]

c)
Black mates in 5.
Viacheslav Slovieneanu vs Carlos Santos, Panormo, 2001
N1r3k1/pp3pBp/6p1/3n4/8/2P2P2/qP1Q2PP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa1+ Kc2 Nb4+ Kb3 Qa2+ Kxb4 Rc4+ ]

d)
Olga Girya vs David Markosian, Moscow, 2006
1r2r1k1/pbp2pb1/2pp1np1/4q1Bp/P3P3/1PN2B1P/2PQ1PP1/3RR1K1 b
[ ...Nh7 Be3 Qxc3 ]

e)
Didier Leroy vs Borko Lajthajm, Novi Sad, 2015
r1bqr1k1/pp3ppp/2p2n2/3P4/3b1P2/2NB3P/PPP3PK/R1BQR3 b
[ ...Ng4+ if hxg4 Qh4# or if Kh1 Nf2+ ]

2c)
mate in 5
Viacheslav Slovieneanu vs Carlos Santos

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