Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Hedgehog (ECO A17).



1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6

50 English Opening A17 Miniatures

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)
Kavalek vs Hans Ree, Eersel, 1969
1r1r2k1/5ppp/1b2b3/1p2pN2/1P1nP3/2B3P1/5PBP/1R1R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd4 if exd4 Ne7+ ]

b)
Louis De Veauce vs Bernard Cafferty, Birmingham, 1974
rn1qkb1r/pbp2ppp/1p2p3/4p1N1/2P5/2PB4/PP3PPP/R1BQK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Kxf7 Bg6+ ]

c)
Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Bernd Schwartz, Stralsund, 1975
2r2rk1/pp1bqpp1/2nppn1p/2p3N1/1bP5/1PN3P1/PBQPPPBP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if exd5 Bxf6 ]

d)
Konstantin Lerner vs Stefan Djuric, New York, 1990
r3k2r/p1p4p/1pn1B1p1/2b5/8/3q1P2/P2B1P1P/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc3 Qxd1 Raxd1 Ke7 Bd7 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Don Odom vs J Salomonsson, corr., 1991
3rqb1r/pb2kppp/1p2p3/2n5/3Q4/B1P2NP1/P3PPBP/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5+ ]

Recent A17 Games


A17 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ronny Gaerths vs Andy Boehme, Germany, 1993
r1bbr1k1/2pq1ppp/ppN3n1/3nP3/3B4/2N5/PP2B1PP/2RQ1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 if Qxd5 Bc4 Qd7 Bxf7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Michal Krasenkow vs Oleg Nikolenko, Lubniewice, 1994
r3r3/ppp4p/2bq2Nk/8/1PP5/P1B3Q1/6PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4+ w/Qg4+ ]

c)
White Mates in 8. Vladimir Belikov vs Igor Smirnov, Alushta, 2001
r3q1k1/2pp3p/npb1p1n1/p5Q1/2P5/P1PB1N2/1P3PP1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 Kxh7 Qf6 ]

d)
Sergei Krivoshey vs Steffen Thieme, Graz, 2001
1nrq1rk1/pbp1b1pp/1p3n2/3p4/1P1P4/P1N1BNP1/2Q2PBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Qd7 or Qd6 Bh3 ]

e)
Sergey Makarichev vs Genadij Govashelishvili, 1967
2r3k1/p3npp1/1p1qp2p/1b2N3/1P6/P1Q1P1P1/5PBP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc8+ Nxc8 Rxc8+ Kh7 Rh8+ ]

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