Here are some chess puzzles from the Nimzo-Indian 4.e3 c5 (ECO E41).



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5



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)
Peter Lukacs vs Claude Landenbergue, Budapest, 1990
r3brk1/pp2n1pp/3p4/q1pP1p2/2P1pP2/PPb1P1N1/R1Q1B1PP/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 if cxb4 axb4 Qxb4 Ba3 ]

b)
Rusakov vs Siwienkow, corr., 1991
4rr1k/pp3pp1/1q1p1n2/6N1/2P2Pb1/2Q5/PB4PP/1B3R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Svetlana Matveeva vs Almira Skripchenko, Kishinev, 1995
r1b1r3/ppq2pk1/2n1p2p/b7/3PB3/2P2Q2/P2B1PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh6+ ]

d)
Leonid Guerb vs Cristian Torres, Santiago, 1997
r2r2k1/ppqb1p1p/2n1pnp1/6N1/3P4/P1PQ4/2B2PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 Kg7 Bf4 if Qc8 Be5 ]

e)
Mika Puittinen vs Kimmo Katajainen, Jyvaskyle, 2002
rnbq1rk1/p3bppp/1p2pn2/6B1/3P4/2NB1N2/PP3PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if Bxf6 Be4 ]

Recent E41 Games


E41 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Toni Ponnio vs Leif Nyman, Helsinki, 2003
rn3rk1/pb3pp1/1p1q1n1p/3p4/3P4/P1NB4/1P2NPPP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 w/Nc7 ]

b)
Yuriy Kuzobov vs Richard Palliser, Port Erin, 2006
r1b2r1k/ppq2ppp/3p1n2/2pPn3/P1P4Q/2PB3P/6P1/R1B1NRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Nxd3 Nxd3 gxf6 Qxf6+ mates ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Frantisek Vykydal vs Tadeus Nemec, Bratislava, 1979
r3r2k/pb1n3p/1p1q1pp1/4p1B1/2BP3Q/2P1R3/P4PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Dragan Vasiljevic vs Nenad Jovanovic, Belgrade, 1984
2r2bk1/pb3ppp/1p6/n7/q2P4/P1P1R2Q/B2B1PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ if Kh8 Qxh7+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 7. Kjell Yndesdal vs Grigory Serper, Gausdal, 1991
r1b1r1k1/pp3ppp/3p4/4n2q/2PBP3/P2B3P/2Q2PP1/4RRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ if gxf3 Bxh3 ]

E41 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Pavel Gunin vs Denis Yevseev, Vadso, 2000
r1bq1rk1/pp2nppp/3p1n2/2pPp3/2P5/2PBPN2/P1Q2PPP/1RB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 if Bxe4 Nxe4 Qxe4 Bf5 ]

b)
Ralph Schroll vs Gerald Loew, Nuernberg, 1990
4rqk1/pQ3pp1/1b5p/3p4/8/P7/BP3PPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc5 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. Vladislav Verdihanov vs Vladimir Savon, Moscow, 1991
4r1k1/pR3pp1/7p/3n1b1N/2pP4/2P2PQ1/3B1KPP/q7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re2+ if Kxe2 Bd3+ ]

d)
Wilfried Spiegel vs Edmar Mednis, Wattens, 1994
r5k1/pp3p1p/3p1pn1/2pP1B1n/2P2P2/2P3qP/P4QP1/R1B1rRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf2+ Kxf2 Rxf1+ w/...Ng3+ ]

e)
Robert Hafner vs J Beisteiner, Vienna, 1991
r6r/pp3pk1/3p2p1/2pPp1q1/2P1P1pP/2P1RbP1/P1Q2PB1/5R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh4+ if gxh4 Qxh4+ mates ]

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