Here are some chess puzzles from the Catalan, Open, Classical line (ECO E05).



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Nf3 Be7



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 5. Itchak Radashkovich vs Jose Santos, Nice, 1974
r4rk1/ppq2pp1/1nn2B1p/4pN2/8/P5P1/P2QPPBP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh6+ Kh7 Be4+ g6 Nf5 ]

b)
Helmut Reefschlaeger vs Ludwig Zier, Bad Neuenahr, 1978
2br2k1/rp2bppp/p3pn2/2n5/2N2B2/2N3P1/PP2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb8 Ra8 Bc7 w/Nb6 ]

c)
Hans Bouwmeester vs Greszkowiak, corr., 1980
2r2rk1/3n1ppp/4pn2/8/3N1P2/3Q4/1q2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Pierre Dussol vs Marc Santo-Roman, Bordeaux, 1982
5rk1/2Qqbppp/4pn2/1N1b4/2pP1P2/5N2/1P2RPBP/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxb5 if Qxe7 c3 ]

Recent E05 Games


E05 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Dag Orseth vs Svein Johansen, Lillehammer, 1982
1r1q1rk1/pppbbppp/4pn2/8/1nQP1B2/1PN2NP1/P3PPBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...b5 if Qxc7 Qxc7 Bxc7 Rbc8 Ba5 Nc6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Mitko Garkov vs Kiril Georgiev, Varna, 1982
2r2rk1/1b1n1ppp/p3pn2/qpb5/8/1PN2NP1/PQ1BPPBP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba3 ]

c)
Ryszard Filutowski vs Paul Haldemann, corr., 1985
r4rk1/1p2bppp/p1b1pn2/6Bq/Pn2N3/1Q3NP1/1P2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if gxf6 Qxb4 ]

d)
Anatoli Sirota vs Leopold Kuntschke, corr., 1988
1r1q1rk1/2pn1ppp/pnB5/Bp4b1/3p4/P4NP1/1PQ1PP1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd7 ]

e)
Pal Kiss vs Guido Dermann, Dortmund, 1988
rn3rk1/1b2bppp/p2qp3/1pp5/3P1P2/4PN2/PPQN1PBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if Bxg5 Bxb7 Ra7 Ne4 ]

E05 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Juergen Moeldner vs Tibor Toinai, Wiesbaden, 1988
1n3rk1/rb2bppp/pq2p3/1p6/3NPQ2/2N3P1/PP3PBP/2RR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 w/...Bf6 ]

b)
Tahmidur Rahman vs Sheriff El Assiouti, Doha, 1992
3q1rk1/1rpnbppp/p3pn2/1p6/P2P4/5NP1/1PQ1PPBP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Rb6 Nc6 w/a5 or if Nd5 Qc6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. A Abdulla vs Alaa-Eddine Moussa, Doha, 1993
r1br2k1/ppR2ppp/5n2/4n3/8/4B1P1/PP2PPBP/RN4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Bf1 Nc6 if Kg2 Nd5 Nc3 Nxe3+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Jussi Vanhanen vs Jukka Leino, Helsinki, 1993
r1b1r1k1/1p2qppp/p1n2n2/3Np3/P7/5NP1/1PQ1PPBP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd5 Rxd5 Nb4 ]

E05 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alina Cretu vs Simona Tufa-Kleine, Singeorz, 1993
r1b2rk1/2n1qpp1/p1p1pb1p/Pp6/3PP3/1QN2NP1/1P3PBP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 Bg5 h4 ]

b)
Marian Kantorik vs Richard Dobias, Slavakia, 1994
r4rk1/3b1ppp/1n2p3/pPq5/1n2P3/6P1/1Q1B1PBP/RR2N1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxa5 Rxa5 Bxb4 if Nc4 Qc3 ]

c)
Zoltan Ribli vs Richard Dobias, Austria, 1995
r2q1rk1/2pnbppp/p1b5/1pnNP3/P1p5/5NP1/1PQ2PBP/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7+ Qxe7 Ng5 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Holger Dettmann vs Hans-Eckart Luethke, Germany, 1996
1rqr2k1/1bp1bppp/4p3/4P3/2Q5/2Nn2P1/PP3PBP/1RB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2 Kxg2 Rb4 if Qc6 Nxe5 ]

e)
Dennis Hankel vs Christopher Overbeck, Dietzenbach, 1998
rnq2rk1/pp1b1ppp/4pn2/2b5/2N2B2/N5P1/PP2PPBP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd6 if Bxa3 Bxa3 w/Nd6 or Bxf8 ]

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