Here are some chess puzzles from the Bird's Opening (ECO A03).



1.f4 d5



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)
Alfred Mueske vs Ralph Neininger, Eppingen, 1988
rn1q1r2/pbp1ppkp/1p4p1/3n2N1/2B5/1P2P3/P2P2PP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ if Rxf7 Ne6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Sudrich vs Kuhn, Czechoslovakia, 1992
r4rk1/pb1q1pbR/4p1B1/1ppp4/5PQ1/1P2P3/P1PP2PP/RN4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Be4+ ]

c)
Kaiser vs R Zumbuelt, NRW, 1993
r3kbnr/pppq1ppp/2n1p3/1B1p1b2/5P2/1P2PN2/P1PP2PP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Qd6 Ba3 ]

d)
Christian Hengl vs Karl Heinz Staudacher, Wattens, 1993
rn1qk2r/p1p1bppp/bp2pn2/3p4/5P2/2P1PN2/PP1PB1PP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Bxa6 ]

e)
Dimitri Reinderman vs Maarten Etmans, Leeuwarden, 1994
r4rk1/ppp2ppp/2n1p3/1B1q1b2/4nP2/PP2P2P/1BPNQ1P1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 Qxe4 Bd3 Qd5 e4 ]

Recent A03 Games


A03 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Jose Garcia Caballero vs German Robles Asuncion, Massanassa, 1995
r4bnr/3k1ppp/p3p3/qppp4/5PP1/2NPPQ1P/PPPB4/R3KR2 w Q - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if Qd8 Nb6+ ]

b)
Michael Bezold vs Peter Froehlich, Wuerzburg, 1996
r4rk1/2p1qppp/bpnbpn2/p2p4/2P2P2/1PNBPN2/PB1PQ1PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ c5 ]

c)
Boris-Igor Gnegel vs Horst Grummich, Bad Wiessee, 1997
r1b2rk1/1pq2ppp/p7/2pPb3/5B2/6P1/PPP3BP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Stephanie Bermond vs Eliot Ailloud, France, 2000
r1b2rk1/p1qnbp1p/2p3p1/2pp3Q/4pP2/1P1BP1R1/PBPP2PP/RN4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

e)
Pedro Hernandez Noriega vs Liones Ruiz Casanova, Matanzas, 2007
r1bqr1k1/pppn1ppp/3bp3/2npN3/5P2/PP1BP3/1BPP2PP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ if Kf8 or Kxh7 Qh5(+) ]

f)
Anastasia Osadchuk vs Alexandra Barantseva, Kherson, 2008
3r1rk1/pbq1bppp/1pn1pn2/2p1N3/3p1P2/1PN1PBQ1/PBPP2PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Qc8 Nxc6 ]

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