Here are some chess puzzles from the Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation (ECO A87).



1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.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)
Black to move and win. Andreas Stickler vs Milon Gupta, Bad Orb, 1989
r1b2rk1/1p1np1b1/p2p3p/2pP1ppq/NPP3n1/P2QPNP1/1B3PBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb2 if Nxb2 Nde5 ]

b)
White Mates in 8. Igor Jelen vs Srecko Truta, Ptuj, 1990
r1b2r2/ppp3k1/3p3p/6p1/2PN2Pq/1PN4P/PBQ2Pp1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Bxe6 Nd5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Oliver Reeh vs Laszlo Barczay, Kecskemet, 1990
rnb2rk1/ppp2qb1/6pQ/2pN1p2/8/1P3BP1/PB2PP1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ w/Bd5+ ]

d)
B Chwallek vs F Haller, Nuernberg, 1990
1rbqr1k1/ppp4p/3p1bp1/4n1N1/2P5/6P1/PP3PBP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ if K any Rxe5 ]

e)
Wolfgang Raddatz vs Andreas Neumann, Schleswig Holstein, 1991
r1bq1r1k/ppp3bp/3p2p1/6N1/2npQ3/6P1/PP3PBP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh4 if h5 Nf7+ ]

Recent A87 Games


A87 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Kimmo Muukkonen vs Unto Raisa, Kuopio, 1991
r2q1rk1/1p1bp1bp/3p1np1/p1pP1p2/2P1n3/1PN1BNP1/P1Q1PPBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 if Qxc3 Nxd5 ]

b)
Semko Semkov vs Tihomir Dovramadjiev, Burgas, 1993
r5k1/1Rp1rb1p/n2p1bp1/p2P1p2/P7/q2NBBP1/2Q1PP1P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb3 ]

c)
J Rettke vs A Leissner, NRW, 1994
r3q1k1/pppr2bp/2n1bnp1/3NppN1/2P5/4P1P1/PPQ2PBP/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 Qxe6 Nxf6+ if Bxf6 Bd5 ]

d)
Black to move and win. F Kreh vs Tobias Jugelt, Germany, 1995
r1b1qrk1/ppp1p1bp/3p2p1/3P1p2/1PPNn3/5PP1/P3P1BP/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3 if Qd2 Bxd4+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. M Musielak vs Lukasz Porebski, Augustow, 1996
rnb2rk1/ppp2qbp/5n2/3Np3/2P1Pp2/1N6/PP3PBP/R1BQ1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd5 if cxd5 f3 ]

A87 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Joseph Bradford vs Larry Moss, Dallas, 1996
4qrk1/p1nbp1b1/r4npp/2P1Np2/N2Q4/6P1/1B2PPBP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ c6 Bc8 Nc5 Rb6 Ncd7 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Robert Zuk vs Lukasz Porebski, Augustow, 1996
1r2rqk1/p2Bp1bp/3p2p1/1npP4/8/P5P1/1P2RP1P/R1B1Q1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Aimo Koivunen vs Janne Viirret, Finland, 1998
r4rk1/ppn1p1bp/3p2p1/3P4/4N1b1/PP2P1P1/5qBP/1RBQR2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd1 Nxf2 Bc2 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Michael Genkin vs Mihail Kopylov, Gelsenkirchen, 2000
r4rk1/pppbp1b1/3p1n1p/2nP2pq/1PPN4/P5P1/1BQNPPB1/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4 N4f3 Ba4 if Qb1 Nb3 ]

e)
Milan Kolesar vs Pavol Malar, Slovakia, 2001
r1b1r1k1/pp1np1b1/n6p/2pNP1p1/2P2pq1/BP1Q1N2/P4PBP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg6 if Rf8 h3 ]

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