Here are some chess puzzles from the Scotch Game (ECO C45).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4



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 Mates in 3. NN vs Bird, England, 1850
N1bk4/pp1p1Qpp/8/2b5/3n3q/8/PPP2RPP/RNB1rBK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ w/Ng3+ or Rxf1+ ]

b)
Louis Paulsen vs M Bier, Nuremberg, 1883
r1b1k2r/ppp1nppp/4nq2/2b1p3/3N1P2/2PBB3/PP1Q2PP/RN2K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 Bxe6 Bb5+ Nc6 Nxc7+ ]

c)
Kantakusin vs Amateur, St Petersburg, 1898
r1b2rk1/pppp1p1p/2n2p2/2b5/3N3q/2PB4/PP3PPP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 Qg5 h4 Qf4 g3 if Qe5 Qg4+ mates ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Distl vs Filip Rozsypal, Prague, 1900
r1b1kb1r/pp2nppp/2pQ4/8/2q1P3/8/P1PB1PPP/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]

b)
Edward Lasker vs Sparrow, Chicago, 1922
5k1r/r1p2ppp/5n2/3p4/2q5/P1P2Q2/2P2PPP/2B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 ]

Recent C45 Games


C45 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Dunbar vs Chawkin, USA, 1925
2bk2nr/p1p2ppp/2p5/2p5/2P1P3/2N5/Pr3PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 0 1
[ 0-0-0+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. L Neatby vs Joseph Rauch, Canada, 1945
r1bq1rk1/p1p1bppp/1p1p1n2/8/2BQPP2/1PN5/P1P3PP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d5 w/...Bc5 ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. Angel Martin Gonzalez vs Julius Kozma, Oslo, 1954
r3k2r/bpp2p2/p1npb3/P5q1/4P3/1N2nB2/1PPQ1PpB/R2NR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2 if fxe3 Rh1+ Kf2 Qh4+ Ke2 Bc4+ ]

d)
Abram Khasin vs Andor Lilienthal, Moscow, 1955
r1b1k2r/ppp1npp1/1q6/1Nbpn2p/4P3/2P1B3/PP2BPPP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 Qxc5 Qd4 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. George Botterill vs Nicholas Thomas, England, 1974
r1b1qrk1/1ppp1p1p/p3nBnQ/8/P3P2b/1N5R/1PP3PP/2K2B1R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh4 Nxh4 Qxh4 ]

C45 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black moves and wins. Jose Hedman Senarega vs Yuri Razuvaev, Cienfuegos, 1976
r3r1k1/bpp2ppp/p3b3/8/P3P3/5PPq/1P5P/R1BQRN1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf2 if Re2 Bb3 ]

b)
Jacobus Sampouw vs Bjarne Andersen, Buenos Aires, 1978
r5k1/p1pqn1pp/1bpp2r1/8/Q1NB1P2/2P5/PP3RPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxb6 ]

c)
Harding vs Rene Franssen, corr., 1978
r3k2r/1pp1nppp/p1q5/P2pPb2/8/1NPBQ3/1P3PPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Nd4 Qd7 Bxf5 Nxf5 e6 ]

d)
Black to move and win. G Suravlev vs H Kristiansson, corr., 1984
r4rk1/p1p2p1p/1npP1qp1/5b2/2P1N3/1P6/P3QPPP/1K1R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Na4 if bxa4 Qc3 ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Panayotis Pandavos vs AB Arnold, Salonika, 1984
6rk/p1pb1p1p/2pp1P2/2b1n2Q/4PR2/3B4/PPP1K2P/RNB3q1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh4+ ]

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