Here are some chess puzzles from the Two Knights (ECO C56).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Nxe4



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)
Savielly Tartakower vs Endre Steiner, Budapest, 1921
k3r2r/p2q2b1/2p5/4N2p/4Q1p1/1R4B1/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb8+ ]

b)
Nikola Karaklajic vs Leo Kerkhoff, Amsterdam, 1964
4r1k1/1pp2pq1/7p/nP6/3QN1b1/6R1/2P2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg4 Qxg4 Nf6 if Kf8 Nh7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Karl Winter vs Guenter Schuchardt, corr., 1967
k2r3r/p3Rppp/1p4q1/1P1b4/3Q1B2/6N1/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa7+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Andreas Lembeck vs Hartmut Klasmeier, Germany, 1987
3rk2r/Npp2ppp/4bq2/2b5/2p2R2/8/PPP1QPPP/R1B3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe5 ]

e)
Black to move and win. P Perdomo vs Leandro Ferragud, Tres Arroyos, 1994
2k4r/ppp3pp/1q6/2r1n3/P2Q1N2/8/1PP2PPP/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ if gxf3 Rg5+ ]

Recent C56 Games


C56 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Milan Rohan vs Milos Kratochvil, Czech Republic, 1995
2k2r1r/ppp3pp/4R3/2b2qB1/1n1pQ3/5N2/PPP2PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

b)
Hrvoje Jurkovic vs Christophe Callier, Schwarzach, 1999
r3k2r/ppp2ppp/1bn1b3/6Bq/4N3/2P2N2/P2Q1PPP/R3R1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Ng3 w/Re4 or Nh4 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Roman Zirianov vs Vladimir Balashov, Neftekamsk, 2000
2kr4/pppr2pp/2n1R3/q7/6Q1/2P4P/P2B1PP1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Jerzy Slaby vs Michal Luch, Polanczyk, 2000
3r1rk1/ppp2ppp/4b3/8/PP2N3/1n6/1P1B1PPP/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bf5 if Re3 Bxe4 Rxb3 Bc2 ]

e)
Wim Vriend vs Dennis Ruijgrok, Netherlands, 2002
2krr3/ppp3pp/1qn1R3/2b1N3/3p4/8/PPPB1PPP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8 if Rxe8 Qg4+ ]

f)
Black to move and win. David Varga vs Julian Geske, Mureck, 2005
2kr4/ppp1bppp/8/8/3BP3/8/PPPR2PP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg5 w/...Rxd4 ]

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