Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Symmetrical Variation (ECO A32).



1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6



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)
Fridrik Olafsson vs Mikhail Tal, Moscow, 1971
2r3k1/ppQb1pp1/2n2q1p/8/3rR2P/P1NB4/1P3PP1/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc8+ ]

b)
Eugene Meyer vs Jo Dunning, USA, 1972
k1r5/pp1r1ppp/4bn2/3p4/1Qq5/R1P3P1/P3PPBP/2BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb6 if a6 Be3 ]

c)
Andras Adorjan vs Laszlo Zsinka, Budapest, 1982
rnbqk2r/p3bppp/1p1p1n2/1N2p1B1/2P5/2N5/PP2PPPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxf6 Bxf6 Qd5 ]

d)
W Belly vs A Nadjar, Paris, 1990
r1b2rk1/pp3ppp/2n1pn2/2Pp4/1P1N4/2N1P3/1PQ2PPP/q1B1KB1R w K - 0 1
[ Nb3 if Nxb4 Qd1 ]

e)
Pablo Glavina vs Jesper Hall, La Coruna, 1993
2r2bk1/pp3bpp/q4p2/3p1N2/3B4/P3PQP1/1P3P1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if gxh6 Qg4+ ]

Recent A32 Games


A32 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Eduardo Bombardiere Rosas vs Sergio Vera Soto, Santiago, 1994
4k2r/bp3pp1/p3pn1p/2P1p3/NPN5/P5P1/4rP1P/2R2RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Nc3 if Re4 Nd6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Georgios Efthimiou vs V Siametis, Mitilini, 1996
r1b1k2r/pp3ppp/2n1p3/6B1/2p1q3/Q7/PP2PPPP/3RKB1R w Kkq - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

c)
Peter Heine Nielsen vs Hannes Stefansson, Aarhus, 1997
r4rk1/p4ppp/bbp1p3/1q1n4/N3B3/P5P1/1PQ1PP1P/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Qa5 Bxh7+ w/Bd2 ]

d)
Frank Schlamp vs Joachim Vaerst, Troisdorf, 1998
r2qk2r/pp2bppp/2n1bn2/1N1pp1B1/2P5/6P1/PP1NPPBP/R2Q1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if Bxf6 cxd5 ]

e)
Herbert Dietzsch vs Josef Szeleczki, Pfalz, 1999
r4rk1/p4ppp/2p1p3/1qN5/1n6/2Q3P1/PP2bPBP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ a4 ]

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