Here are some chess puzzles from the Petrov Defense (ECO C42).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 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. Richardson vs Eugene Delmar, New York, 1887
rnb3kr/ppp2ppp/1b6/3q4/3pN3/Q4N2/PPP2KPP/R1B1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ gxf6 Qf8+ ]

b)
Tigran Petrosian vs Nerzesov, Tbilisi, 1944
rn1b1rk1/pp3ppp/2pp1nb1/6B1/3N2B1/2NP4/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bc8 ]

c)
David Moody vs David Levadi, Monroe, 1986
r4rk1/p1pqbppp/2p5/8/3P2b1/5N2/PP3PPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 ]

d)
Ivan Granados vs Victor Sanchez, Asturias, 1991
rnbqkb1r/ppp2ppp/8/4p3/2B5/2P5/PPP2PPP/R1BQK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ ]

Recent C42 Games


C42 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win.
a)
White Mates in 4. Brian Lilly vs T Jacobson, Chicago, 1993
r3kr2/ppq3bp/2np2p1/2pBp1B1/4P1Q1/2PP4/PP3PPP/R3K2R w KQq - 0 1
[ Bxc6+ ]

b)
David Roiz vs Mario Perez, El Berron, 1993
r2qr1k1/ppp2ppp/2n1bb2/3n4/3PB3/P1N2N1P/1P3PP1/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 if Bxd5 Rxe8+ ]

c)
Joao Leonardo vs Alexandre Quadrio, Portugal, 1993
r1bq1rk1/1pp4p/p4bp1/4p3/5B2/2PB4/PPPQ1PP1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ Kh8 Qxd8 if Bxd8 Bxe5+ mates ]

d)
Wolfgang Stanka vs Viktor Koban, Graz, 1995
rnb1kb1r/ppp2ppp/3p2q1/4p1B1/2B5/2P2N2/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 Qxg5 (if dxe5 Qd8#) Nxf7 Qh4 Qe2+ ]

C42 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win.
a)
Alfred Liesecke vs Christoph Alles, Castrop-Rauxel, 1989
rn1q1rk1/ppp3pp/8/3p1p2/2PP2b1/2NB1N2/PP2QnPK/R1B1R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd3 Qxd3 Bxf3 if gxf3 or Qxf3 Qh4+ ]

b)
Klaus Pokorny vs 'Fritz 2', Munich, 1994
r2qr1k1/ppp2ppp/2nb4/3p1b2/3Pn3/1P2BN1P/P1PNBPP1/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc3 Qe1 Nb4 ]

c)
Igor Shtern vs Alexey Dvoretskij, Moscow, 1998
r2q1rk1/p3b1pp/Q7/n1ppNp1b/3Pn3/2PB3P/PP1N1PP1/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf6 if Qb5 Be8 ]

d)
Georgio Berni vs Florian Bous, Lugano, 2000
r1bq1r1k/ppp3pp/2n5/5p2/1bBPn3/N4N2/PP2RPPP/R1BQ2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxa3 ]

e)
Karl-Heinz Schein vs Armin Kranz, Hartberg, 2004
r1q2rk1/pp2bppp/3p1nb1/2p5/2P4P/2P1BP2/PP1QN1P1/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf5 ]

C42 Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Candido Friera vs Lerma Carrillo, Spain, 1990
r4rk1/pp4q1/2p1bb2/2P1NppQ/3Pp3/P6P/1P2NPP1/2R2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe5 if dxe5 Bf7 ]

b)
Henning Nielsen vs Lars Hansen, Aarhus, 1992
r3r1k1/ppb1qp2/2ppbn1p/4p1p1/4P1B1/2PPN1B1/PP3PPP/R2Q1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxg4 if Nxg4 h5 ]

c)
Marco Pagnoncelli vs Sergio Garofalo, Cremona, 1992
r3k2r/ppp1qpb1/2npbn1p/8/6p1/P2P2B1/1PPNQPPP/2KRNB1R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Qe3 Nd5 ]

d)
Alexander Grischuk vs Sarkhan Guliev, Bratislava, 1993
2k1rb1r/1pp3pp/p7/3n1b2/2N2P2/2P1B2P/PP3KP1/R4B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 Nxe3 Bc5 if Re1 Rxe3 ]

e)
Black Mates in 5. Stjepan Kamenecki vs Ognjen Ilic, Zagreb, 1993
r3r1k1/ppp2ppp/8/3p4/5Qnq/1B1P1b2/PPP2PP1/RNB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1 ]

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