King-pawn Opening Series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Morphy Defense (ECO C77).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 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)
Frederick Yates vs Akiba Rubinstein, Budapest, 1926
r1b1qrk1/2p2ppp/pb1pnn2/1p2pNB1/3PP3/1BP5/PP2QPPP/RN1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 gxf6 Bxe6 if fxe6 Qg4+ Qg6 Ne7 ]

b)
Ferenc Berebora vs Ralf Schuetz, Dortmund, 1989
4rb1r/3bnk1p/pq1pN1p1/1ppP1p2/2P5/1B6/PP1BQPPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc3 if Rg8 Ng5# ]

c)
White mates in 4.
R Colas Longares vs C Garcia Fernandez, Valencia, 1992
r2q4/1bppr1kn/p1nb2p1/1p2p1B1/4P3/1BPP1QN1/PP3PP1/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ if gxf5 Rxh7+ or if Kf8 Nxe7+ ]

d)
Andres Rodriguez vs Dante Diaz, Punta del Este, 1993
r1bqk2r/2ppbppp/p1n5/1p1BP1n1/3p4/5N2/PPP2PPP/RNBQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg5 if Bxg5 Qh5 ]

e)
Mario Basto Auzmendi vs I Jaumandreu, San Sebastian, 1994
r1bk1b1r/1pppq1p1/pn5p/4n1N1/8/1B6/PPP1QPPP/RNB2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 ]

1d)
Andres Rodriguez vs Dante Diaz

C77 Puzzles, Part II.
Black to move and win.
a)
Kurt Petzold vs Oldrich Duras, Barmen, 1905
r3k3/2p2p2/p2p4/1pbBp1q1/3nP3/2PP2Pb/PP3P2/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ if Qxe2 Qxg3+ or if Kh1 Qh5 ]

b)
Sergey Grigoriants vs Valery Zhidkov, Moscow, 1995
r4rk1/1bpqQppp/p4n2/1N6/8/1P6/1PP2PPP/RNB1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 if Qb4 Qg4 ]

c)
Eberhard Friederich vs Friedhelm Dahlhaus, corr., 1973
r2q2r1/2pn1p1k/p2pbn1P/1p2p1B1/4P3/2PP2Q1/PPB2KP1/RN5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg5 if Qxg5 Nxe4+ ]

d)
John Wallace vs Viktor Varavin, Budapest, 1995
r4rk1/2p1b1p1/p3p1q1/1p1pP1Np/1n6/1P4Q1/PP3PPP/R1BR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc2 if Rb1 Nd4 Ra1 Ne2+ ]

2d)
John Wallace vs Viktor Varavin

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