Here are some chess puzzles from the Allagier & Kiesertisky Gambits (ECO C39).



1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4



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)
Morphy vs Emmanuel Rousseau, New Orleans, 1849
rnbk1bBr/pp6/2p4p/2qp4/5pQP/2N5/PPPP2P1/R1BKR3 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ w/Qxc8+ & Nxd5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Steinitz vs Peter Wilson, London, 1862
rnb3kr/ppp4p/3b3B/3Pp2n/2BP4/4KRp1/PPP3q1/RN1Q4 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ Bxf8 d6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Steinitz vs V Beljaev, London, 1866
rnbk2r1/ppp2Q1p/8/1B1Pp1q1/8/2N3B1/PPP3P1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg8+ Ke7 Qxg5+ Kd6 Ne4+ ]

d)
Heemskerk vs Arnoldus Van Rhijn, corr., 1896
r2qk1r1/pppnbp1p/4b3/3pN3/3P1BpP/8/PPP1Q1P1/2K1RB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 Bxf7 Bxc7 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. A Guglieimetti vs G Barbaro, 1897
r1b3nr/ppNp2kp/2nB1p2/8/2B3pP/2Q5/PPP3q1/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Ne8+ Kg6 Qd3+ f5 Bf7+ Kxf7 Qxf5+ ]

Recent C39 Games


C39 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 2. Schwartz vs Samsonov, Heidelberg, 1908
r2q1k1r/ppp1bB1p/2np4/6N1/3PP1bP/8/PPP5/RNB2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ ]

b)
Andrzej Filipowicz vs Tsajen, Varna, 1962
r2qk2r/ppp1bp2/2np1n2/3N2Bp/2BPP1pP/8/PPP3P1/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7 Qxe7 0-0 ]

c)
Manfred Keller vs A Lazis, corr., 1974
rnbqk2r/pp5p/2p1pb2/3p4/3P1NQ1/2N1B3/PPP3PR/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 Rxh7 Qg8+ Kd7 Qxe6+ Kc7 Nfxd5 ]

d)
Black Mates in 4. Nicolas Dubreuil vs Alex-Sacha Ladisic, Le Touquet, 1988
r3k1r1/pp2bp1p/2ppb3/7P/3qP1n1/2N5/PPPQB1P1/R1B1KR2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh4+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 4. Mark Ozanne vs Rene Stern, Singapore, 1990
1k1r2r1/p1p2p1p/2pp4/7n/3PPp1b/5b2/PPPN2P1/R1B3KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kf1 Rf2+ Ke1 Re2+ ]

C39 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 5. Eugene Levin vs Walter Shipman, Concord, 1995
r1b3nr/ppp1kB1p/3p4/4n3/3PP1Pb/1Q3p2/PPP2q2/RNB3RK b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg4 if Rxg4 Bxg4 or if Bf4 Qh2+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Guido Goessling vs Michael Schmidt, Germany, 1995
r1b1k1r1/2p2p2/2pp1q1b/p7/3PPp1P/3Q4/PPPBKNPR/4R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg3 e5 Qg7 if Qc4 Ba6 or if Qe4 d5 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Estepa Omar vs Busto Jorge, Asturias, 1998
rnb1kb2/ppp1qp1p/8/3p4/4nQ1P/2N3r1/PPPP1NP1/R1BK1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh6 if Qxh6 Nxf2# ]

d)
Andreas Balzar vs Raul Jordan, Germany, 1998
2kr3r/ppp1np1p/3pq3/1B1Nn3/3bPB1P/5Q2/PPP3P1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7 if Qxe7 Qh3+ or if Kb8 Qb3 ]

e)
Black to move and win. A Gallardo Garcia vs L Herraiz Hidalgo, Madrid, 2000
2kr1b1r/pppq1p1p/8/5b1Q/2BnNR1P/3Pp3/PPP3P1/R1B3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg6 if Qg4 f5 or if Qd1 e2 Qd2 Bh6 ]

C39 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Steffen Schaper vs Felix Wiemann, Bergneustadt, 2001
rnbqkbnr/pppp4/7p/6p1/2B1Pp2/5N2/PPPP2P1/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Qe7 or Qf6 or d5 then Qh5+ ]

b)
Radek Londyn vs Ivan Chalupa, Czech Republic, 2001
rnbq3r/pp3p1p/2ppk3/3N4/2B2Q1P/8/PPPP2P1/R1B1K2n w - - 0 1
[ Qg4+ f5 Nf4+ Kd7 Qg7+ Qe7 Be6+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Hendrik Hoeksema vs Sipke Ernst, Groningen, 2002
r1b3k1/1pp2p1p/p4n2/3P3n/2BP3q/2N1Q3/PPP3PN/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxh2+ ]

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