Here are some chess puzzles from the Two Knights Defense (ECO C55).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 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)
Sergei Salov vs Nikolaev, Moscow, 1953
r1b1r1k1/ppp2ppp/3b4/8/3Qq3/4B3/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 ]

b)
Vladimir Muratov vs Baranoy, corr., 1964
r1bq2kr/pppp2pp/8/4n1N1/1b1p2n1/2P2Q2/PP3PPP/RNB1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qd5+ Kf8 Ne6+ ]

c)
Glukharev vs V Murakhveri, Moscow, 1969
r3k3/ppp2prp/2n1b3/2b2qB1/2ppN3/5N2/PPP2PPP/R2QR1K1 w q - 0 1
[ Nh4 ]

d)
Wolfram Bialas vs Ernst Walther, corr., 1972
r4rk1/p1pbqppp/2pn4/2bpP3/3N1P2/4B3/PPPN2PP/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if Bxc6 Bxc5 ]

Recent C55 Games


C55 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Matti Harneranta vs Antero Harju, corr., 1978
r1bq3r/ppp1b2p/3k1p1p/3BR3/1P6/2P2Q2/P1P2PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 if bxc6 Rd1+ Kxe5 Re1+ ]

b)
Markus Trepp vs Douglas Hamilton, Ch World (jrs), 1981
r2qk2r/p1pbb1pp/2p5/2nppP2/3N4/8/PPP3PP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Qh5+ if Kf8 Ne6+ ]

c)
Harald Stelzer vs Stefan Loeffler, Lauda, 1986
r1bqkb1r/ppp2pp1/8/2n1p1p1/3Q4/1BN1B3/PPP3PP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ ]

d)
White Mates in 6. Walter Ravagnati vs Rolando Ballabio, Corsico, 1990
1rbq2kr/p1ppb1pp/1pn5/3NP1N1/6Q1/8/PPP2PPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if gxf6 or Bxf6 or Kf8, Qc4(+) ]

e)
Richard Forster vs Gerhard Bardolf, Stockerau, 1991
r1b1nrk1/pnpqbppp/1pN5/3Pp3/1P6/2NB4/P4PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5 ]

C55 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 4. Andrew Lewis vs Dayton, USA, 1942
r1b1k2r/ppp2ppp/8/2bBN3/3nn3/8/PPP2qPP/RNBQR2K b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qg1+ Kxg1 Ne2+ ]

b)
RJ Nash vs KO Ballard, Bognor Regis, 1965
r2qkb1r/pppb1ppp/2n5/1B1pN3/3Pn3/3Q4/PPP2PPP/RNB1K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nxe5 dxe5 c6 if Ba4 Qa5+ ]

c)
GF Kenyon vs Charles Warburton, corr., 1969
r1bqr1k1/p1p2p1p/2pb2p1/8/4B3/4BQ2/PPP2PPP/R3K2R b - - 0 1
[ ..Qh4 if Bxc6 Bg4 Qd5 Rxe3+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 5. Jerzy Knap vs Misun, corr., 1982
Q7/pppk1p1p/1b1p4/7q/2BnPn2/8/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ if Kf1 Nxh2+ ]

C55 Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 4. W Van Zanten vs Jan Voormans, Netherlands, 1983
r1b2k1r/pppp4/1bP2qp1/5pp1/4pP2/1BP5/PBP3PP/R2Q1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ ]

b)
Andreas Schendel vs Jens Nitsch, corr., 1988
3r1k1r/ppp2ppp/3q4/1B2Nb2/1n1P2n1/8/PP3PPP/RN1QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe5 if Rxe5 Qxe5 w/...Rxe1+ ]

c)
Werner Beckemeier vs Oleg Romanishin, Berlin, 1990
r1bq1rk1/ppp2ppp/2n5/2b1N2n/4P3/1BP5/PP1NQPPP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 Qf3 Nxe5 Qxf4 Nd3 Qf3 Nxc1 ]

d)
S Neklapilova vs Lucie Rerabkova, Chrudim, 1993
r3kb1r/ppp2ppp/2nq4/3Np3/8/5Q2/PPPP1PPP/R1B2RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Qe4 f5 ]

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