King-pawn Opening Series


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Here are some chess puzzles from the Marshall Gambit (ECO C89).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5


50 Marshall Gambit Miniatures

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 4.
Heikki Koskinen vs Fridrik Olafssson, Prague, 1954
5r1k/7p/p2b4/1pNp1p1q/3Pr3/2P2bP1/PP1B3Q/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ Kxh2 Rh4+ Kg1 Bxg3 ]

b)
Black mates in 5.
Pinsker vs Schwarz, corr., 1956
4r2k/1bp3pp/p5q1/1p3p2/3P1Pn1/NBP3K1/PP4P1/R1B3Q1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5+ Kh2 Qh5+ Kg3 Qg4+ Kf2 Nd3+ ]

c)
Glicerio Badilles vs V Maher, Moscow, 1956
3Rr1k1/2p2p1p/p1b1q1p1/1p6/7Q/2P1bP1P/PPB3P1/5N1K w - - 0 1
[ Bb3 if Qe5 Nxe3 Qxe3 Qf6 ]

d)
Alexander Kostiuchenko vs Mikhail Levin, Kiev, 1958
4rrk1/1bp2ppp/p7/1p1q4/3P4/1PP3P1/P6K/RNBQ2R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Leonid Stoliarov vs Eduard Gufeld, Kiev, 1958
4rrk1/1bB4p/p7/1pbP1pp1/4n2q/NBP2Q1P/PP4P1/3RRK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Tonu Oim vs Alexander Arulaid, URS, 1961
4r1k1/5ppp/p1pN4/5q2/R2P3r/2P1B1P1/1P2nPK1/3R1Q2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh3+ Kf3 Qg4+ Kg2 Rxe3 ]

1d)
mate in 5
Tonu Oim vs Alexander Arulaid

C89 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Tomas Pettersson vs V Vymetal, corr., 1963
5rk1/6pp/p3p3/1p5q/3P3P/2P3Pb/PPQ5/RNB3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf1+ Kh2 Qf3 ]

b)
Mirko Rujevic vs I Bratcko, Dravograd, 1963
5rk1/6pp/p1p3q1/1p1nP3/8/1PP3P1/PR1B1pQP/3B1K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd3+ Be2 Qxd2 if Rxd2 Ne3+ ]

c)
Arkady Novopashin vs Boris Spassky, Leningrad, 1963
5rk1/6pp/p1p5/3n1p2/R2P1bb1/1BPQ2Pq/1P1N3P/4B1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re8 if Bf2 Be2 Qb1 Bxd2 or if Qf1 Be3+ Bf2 Bxf2+ Qxf2 Re2 ]

d)
Alexander Kaspi vs Janis Vitomskis, Riga, 1965
r1b2rk1/4q1pp/p2b4/1p1p3R/3P1p2/2P5/PP3PPP/RNBQ2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Jorge Bibiloni vs F Stella, Mar del Plata, 1967
6k1/5ppp/p4r2/1p1Q4/3P1b2/2P1P1Pb/PP1Bq2P/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe3+ Bxe3 Qf1+ ]

f)
U Simoni vs Alfonso Leone, corr., 1969
4q1k1/2p2pp1/p2b1B1p/1p6/3P2b1/1BP2P2/PP1Nr1PP/R4QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3+ Kh1 Bh3 ]

g)
Black mates in 3.
Vitaly Levchenkov vs Igor Sakovich, URS, 1972
r5k1/2p2ppp/p1P2n2/8/1pP2bbQ/1B3PP1/PP1Pq2P/RNB3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ Kg2 Bxf3+ ]

2a)
mate in 5
Tomas Pettersson vs V Vymetal

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