Here are some chess puzzles from the French, Tarrasch (ECO C05).



1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 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)
Jacek Bednarski vs Karl Burger, Stockholm, 1978
r1b1k2r/pp2bppp/q1n1p3/3pP3/1P6/2Pn1N2/P1BN1PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ b5 if Qxb5 Qe2 ]

b)
Rene Borngaesser vs Bernhard Schmidt, Germany, 1985
r2qkb1r/1pp1np1p/1pb1p3/4PpN1/2BP4/8/PP4PP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Kxf7 Qh5+ mates ]

c)
Black to move and win. Arndt Schmidt vs Maarten De Zeeuw, Dieren, 1985
r1b2rk1/pp5p/1q6/3pP1p1/1b1P2n1/1Q2B1P1/PP2N1KP/R4B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg6 if Kg1 Qe4 Bxg5 Nxe5 dxe5 Bc5+ mates ]

d)
Sinisa Joksic vs Gilles Terreaux, Sion, 1990
r1bq1rk1/pp4pp/2n2b2/3pn3/8/1P1B1N2/PB1N1PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Nxe5 Bxe5 Bxe5 Qh5 ]

e)
Joshua Waitzkin vs M Berman, USA, 1990
r1b2rk1/pp1nn1pp/1q2p3/3pP3/1b1P4/5NPB/PP4KP/R1BQ2NR w - - 0 1
[ a3 if Qa6 Bg5 ]

f)
Pelle Larsen vs Nils Petersen, Copenhagen, 1995
r1bq3r/pp1nk3/2n1p1Qb/3pP1p1/3PN3/8/PP3PPP/R1B1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5+ if Bxg5 Qg7+ mates ]

g)
Black to move and win. G Righetti vs A Pierangeli, Italy, 1997
3r1rk1/ppq3pp/2n2n2/2bpp1B1/8/2P2BNP/PP3PP1/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 if Be2 Qxg3 ]

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