Here are some chess puzzles from the Four Knights (ECO C48).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 w/o 4...Bb4



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 2. Johannes Zukertort vs Adolf Anderssen, Breslau, 1865
r1b2k1r/ppp1bppp/8/1B1Q4/5q2/2P5/PPP2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Alexander Alekhine vs Forrester, Glasgow (simul), 1929
r1b1k2r/p1pp1ppp/1p2Pq2/bB6/3Q4/B1P5/P1P2PPP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxd7+ if Kd8 Ba4+ w/e7# ]

c)
White Mates in 2. Posch vs Derr, Vienna, 1958
r1b2rk1/ppppbpp1/7p/4R3/6Qq/2BB4/PPP2PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

d)
Bohuslav Skacel vs Ivan Achimsky, Brno, 1968
r3qr1k/pp3ppp/2p2n2/2b1pNB1/8/5Q2/PPP2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7 ]

e)
Nikolay Gusev vs A Arakelov, Leningrad, 1970
r1b2rk1/pp2Qppp/2pp1q2/8/8/BP6/P1P2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Rxd6 ]

Recent C48 Games


C48 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Liafbern Riemersma vs Patrik Lyrberg, Gausdal, 1993
r4r1k/ppp1Npnp/6p1/4Q3/5P1q/8/PPP2P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 6. Lenka Hajkova vs Jarmila Koziorkova, Plzen, 1995
r3kb1r/pp1n1p1p/4b1p1/4N3/Qq3B2/2N5/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Qxd7+ Bxd7 Nxd7+ Kd8 Nxf8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Lauriane Ducasse vs Celine Carenco, France, 1996
r4r1k/pppq1p1p/3p4/5p1Q/2B1Pp2/3P3P/PPn2P1K/R5R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7 Kxg7 Qg5+ Kh8 Qf6+ ]

d)
Riccardo Ianniello vs Roberto Ludovici, Vitinia, 1996
r3k2r/pppq1ppp/3p4/2bPn3/8/1NP5/PP3PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxc5 dxc5 Re1 ]

e)
White Mates in 2. Ronald Bancod vs Richard Forster, Weilburg, 1996
r1b1k2r/1p2bppp/p3q3/1p2p1B1/8/3Q1N2/PPP2PPP/3R1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]

C48 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Adriano Caldeira vs Rodrigo Valente, Jundiai, 1998
r1b2rk1/pp1p1ppp/2pb4/4q3/8/2PBB1P1/PPP2P1P/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 w/Bxd6 & Bxh7+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Bart Michiels vs Juhana Siljander, Mureck, 1998
r1b1kb1r/1pp3pp/p1p5/q7/4N3/8/PPP2PPP/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nd6+ Kd7 Nf7+ if Bd6 Qg4+ ]

c)
M Ortegel vs M Baur, Pfeddersheim, 1998
r3nrk1/1ppb1pp1/p1np2qp/3Np3/B3P3/P2P1N1P/1PP2PP1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 ]

d)
John Curdo vs James Allan Anderson, Manchester, 1999
r1b2rk1/ppp2ppp/3p4/2bP1n2/4N2q/3B4/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf4 if Qe7 Nxc5 w/Bxf5 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Patrick Le Febvre vs mathieu Tournier, Cannes, 2000
r1b2rk1/ppp1bppp/3pq3/7R/8/2BB4/PPP2PPP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ Kh8 Bg6+ Kg8 Rh8+ ]

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