King-pawn Opening Series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack (ECO C86).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Qe2



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)
Al Stornelli vs V Ricci, Italy, 1958
1rb1r1k1/2pqbppp/2np1n2/1p2p3/3PP3/1B3N1P/1PP1QPP1/RNBR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ dxe5 ]

b)
Vladimir Bagirov vs John Purdy, Australia, 1960
r2qr1k1/2p1bppp/p4nb1/1p2N3/3P2P1/1B3Q1P/PP3P2/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg6 hxg6 g5 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Jeff Horner vs Chris Morrison, Ayr, 1978
r1bqkb2/6p1/p1p4p/1p1N4/8/1B3Q2/PP3PPP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc7+ if Qxc7 Qh5+ ]

d)
Mauno Laisaari vs Kari Koistinen, corr., 1982
6k1/2p1brpp/3p4/1Q2p3/4q1n1/2P2N2/1P1P1PP1/1NR3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ if Bf8 Qxf7+ Kxf7 Ng5+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Jeremiah Donovan vs Sidney Bernstein, Ventnor City, 1942
5rk1/2pb1ppp/p2r4/1p1Pp3/4Pn1q/1B1PNP2/PP1Q1P1P/R5RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ Kxh2 Rh6+ ]

f)
R Madan vs Anton Gragger, Tel Aviv, 1964
6k1/2p2ppp/p1P2n2/P7/1p4b1/1N3pP1/1PP2K1P/R1B1rB2 b - - 0 1
[ ..Ne4+ if Kxe1 f2# or if Kg1 Rxf1+ Kxf1 Bh3+ Ke1 f2+ ]

g)
Igor De La Torre vs Jean-Pierre Boudre, St Chely d'Aubrac, 2002
4r1k1/2p3pn/p4p2/np1q4/3P1B2/2P5/PQ1N2PP/R4K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf5 if g3 Qh3+ Kf2 Qxh2+ mates ]

1d)
Mauno Laisaari vs Kari Koistinen

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