Here are some chess puzzles from Alekhine's Defense (ECO B02).



1.e4 Nf6



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)
White Mates in 4. M Noordijk vs Salo Landau, Rotterdam, 1927
rnbq1b1r/ppp1pQ1p/1n1p2p1/4P2k/3P4/8/PPP2PPP/RNB1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qf4 if h6 h3 g5 Qf7+ ]

b)
Pavlov vs Dorin Dragos, Satu-Mare, 1987
r2qkb1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/3Pn3/2B3b1/2N2N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxe5 Bxd1 Bb5+ c6 dxc6 a6 c7+ ]

c)
Christoph Kiehn vs Joachim Mayer, Rheinhessen, 1990
r3kb1r/pppqp1pp/2npQ3/6N1/5P2/2P5/PPP3PP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qf7+ Kd8 Ne6+ ]

d)
Ruud Steenbergen vs D Zwaneveld, Zwolle, 1995
rnbqkb1r/pppp3p/4pp2/6B1/2B3Q1/2P5/PP3PPP/R3K1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qh5+ Ke7 Bxf6+ ]

Recent B02 Games


B02 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 3. Madame de Remusat vs Napoleon I, Paris, 1802
r1b1kb1r/pppp1ppp/5q2/4n3/3KP3/2N3PN/PPP4P/R1BQ1B1R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bc5+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 2. Ilya Rabinovich vs Grigori Levenfish, Moscow, 1927
rn2kb1r/ppp1pppp/8/8/4q3/3P1N1b/PPP1BPnP/RNBQ1K1R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Nh4+ ]

c)
Stephanie Lopez vs Georgios Alexopoulos, USA, 1995
r1bqk2r/ppp2ppp/2n2n2/2b1p1B1/4N3/P2P3P/1PP2PP1/R2QKBNR b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Bxd8 Bxf2+ mates ]

d)
Ralf Lenninger vs Dietmar Heilinger, Austria, 1996
r1bqkb1r/ppp2ppp/4p3/n7/1n2N3/1B3Q2/PPPPNPPP/R1B1K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nxb3 if Qxb3 Qd5 ]

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