Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4 (ECO A39).



1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.d4



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)
Willem Andriessen vs G De Geus, Alkmaar, 1984
r1b2rk1/pp2ppbp/2np2p1/3N4/2P5/1Q2B1P1/Pq2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxb2 Bxb2 Rab1 Bf6 Nc7 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Kaj Funck vs Erkki Aaltio, corr., 1989
1rr3k1/3qppbp/p2pbnp1/1P6/4PB2/1PNQ2PP/P4PBK/4RR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 ]

c)
Klaus Busch vs Andjelko Dragojlovic, Tapolca, 1989
r3r1k1/1p2ppbp/p2p1np1/8/2P1P3/1P1Q2PB/q2B1P1P/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra1 Qb2 Bc3 Qxb3 Rfb1 ]

d)
Clarke vs Taylor, corr., 1990
3r1rk1/1p2qp1p/p2p1bp1/5bB1/8/5QPP/PP2PPB1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 Qxf6 e4 ]

e)
Diego Guerra Bastida vs Pedro Ferrer Sanchez, Cordoba, 1991
r4rk1/1p3pbp/p2Q1np1/q3p3/2b5/2N1B1P1/PP2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Ne8 Qxf8+ ]

Recent A39 Games


A39 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Santiago Beltran Rueda vs Jose Ramirez Rio, Catalunia, 1995
r1b2rk1/pp2pp2/3p1bpQ/q7/2P5/2N3P1/PP2PPBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 if b4 Qe5 ]

b)
Grzegorz Kopacz vs Artur Lapczynski, Augustow, 1996
2r2k2/3bppbp/3p1np1/1p1Nn3/8/1P2N1P1/PB1RPPBP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 if dxe5 Nxf6 ]

c)
Oliver Nill vs Eldar Grigorjan, Ronneburg, 1996
1rb2rk1/ppq3bp/3p2p1/4pp2/2P5/1P1Q2P1/P2BPPBP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb4 if Rd8 Bxd6 Qb6 Bd5+ ]

d)
Antonio Frois vs Paulo Conceicao, Lisbon, 1998
r1br2k1/1pqpnpbp/p4np1/2P1p1B1/8/1NN3P1/PP2PPBP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6 Qxd6 cxd6 Nc6 Nd5 ]

e)
Black to move and win. M Weeks vs Veronica Klimenko, Lucerne, 1999
1r3r2/p3ppk1/2N2bp1/4n2p/Q7/5PPq/P3PB1P/1R1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb1 Rxb1 Qd7 ]

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