Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Three Knights System (ECO A27).



1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3



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)
Peter Schoeber vs Erik Bouwmans, Eindhoven, 1981
r1bqk2r/ppppnp1p/2n3p1/3N2B1/2Pb4/8/PP2PPPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qxd4 if Nxd4 Nf6+ mates or if f6 Nxf6+ Kf7 Qf4 h6 Ne4+ ]

b)
Hofker vs Ralph Blasek, Recklinghausen, 1989
r2nrbk1/pp1q1ppp/2pp2b1/3N2Q1/2P5/1P4P1/PB2PPBP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Emelia Venegas Ocampo vs Deborah Quinn, Novi Sad, 1990
3r1r1k/p1pp1qp1/b1p4p/5B2/1bP1P3/1P5R/PB3PPP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ ]

d)
Dieter Knoedler vs Sven Ellerbrake, Germany, 1993
r3kbnr/p1pq1ppp/2np4/1Q2p3/3P4/5NP1/PP2PP1P/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bh3 ]

e)
F Luque vs R Arenas, Cordoba, 1995
r1b2rk1/ppp1q1pp/2np1n2/5p2/1bPPp3/1QN1P3/PP1NBPPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

Recent A27 Games


A27 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Flovin Naes Dieter Dichtl, Denmark, 1997
4rrk1/2pqn1b1/1pnp2p1/p4p2/2PN4/P1P2B2/5PPP/1RBQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if Nxc6 Qd5+ ]

b)
Axel Vehreschild vs Georg Windhausen, Leverkusen, 1997
r1b1k1nr/pppp2pp/5q2/3PnpN1/Q1P1p3/8/PP2PPPP/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Ne6 ]

c)
Dan Jensen vs Einar Auchenberg, Copenhagen, 1998
r1bqk2r/pp2n3/2p2bpp/4pp2/1B5N/1Q1P2P1/PP2PPBP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxe7 Bxe7 Nxg6 ]

d)
Sergio Morant Gomar vs David Radal Orts, Alzira, 2004
r1rn3k/pbp3pp/1p1pN1q1/3Bpp1n/Q1P5/P1BP2P1/1P2PP1P/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Nf8 if Qg5 Qe8 mates ]

e)
Morteza Darban vs A M Soozankar, Teheran, 2005
1r3rk1/2Qpnp1p/2p2qp1/8/6b1/2P3P1/P4PBP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf4 if Bf5 Ba3 ]

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