Tactics in the King's Knight Openings


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Here are some chess puzzles from the Petrov, Modern Attack (ECO C43).



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.e5 Ne4 5.Qxd4



Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
Erika Sziva vs Eric Cheymol, Budapest, 1991
1k1r3r/1ppqbppp/p1nn4/5b2/5Q2/2NBBN1P/PPP2PP1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf5 if Qxf5 Rxd6 ]

b)
M Poy vs Lopez Nadal, Tortosa, 1992
r1bq1rk1/ppp1bppp/2np4/2n1P3/3N4/2N1B3/PPP1QPPP/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Nxc6 bxc6 Bxc5 ]

c)
Samuel Wischmeyer vs Carsten Warnecke, Uetzen, 1999
rn3rk1/pp4pp/1bp2p2/3qN3/1P1P1P2/P7/2BQ2PP/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Qd3 if fxe5 Bb3 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
John Nunn vs TC Fox, Bristol, 1980
r1b2rk1/p3Rp1p/3q2pQ/2pp2B1/3b4/3B4/PPP2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Bh6+ ]

e)
D Arnrich vs Wolf, corr., 1989
r4rk1/ppp2p2/3n1bpp/1B3n2/5B2/2N5/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 ]

1d)
mate in 4
John Nunn vs TC Fox

C43 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Marianne Spiel vs Max Steffelmaier, Pfarrkirchen, 1988
r1b1q1k1/pp3ppp/2pb1n2/3p4/2PP4/3B1N2/PPQN1KPP/R1B5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ if Kf1 Ne3+ or if Kg1 Qe3+ mates ]

b)
Christo Cave vs Ennio Arlandi, Novi Sad, 1990
r2q3k/pQp1b1pp/2n2r2/3pNp2/3Pn1b1/2PB4/PP1N1PPP/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe5 if dxe5 Rb6 ]

c)
Pascal Souevamarien vs Arnaud Delanoy, Torcy, 1991
r2qk2r/ppp1bppp/2n1b3/3pP3/3Nn3/2N5/PPP1BPPP/R1BQR1K1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4 if Qxd4 Bc5 ]

d)
Black mates in 6.
K Kukla vs W Niewiadomy, corr., 1993
r1b1r1k1/ppp2ppp/3q4/3P4/Q2nn3/3B4/PP3PPP/RNB2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Qg6+ Kh1 Bh3 ]

e)
P Belmar vs Helen Miligan, Lucerne, 1982
r1bq1rk1/ppp2ppp/5n2/4N3/1b1PpB2/2N1R3/PPP2PPP/R2Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 Rxc3 Nd5 ]

f)
Black mates in 8.
A Stoker vs Owen, corr., 1988
6k1/ppp3pp/2n2r2/5q2/2P2P2/2Qp4/PP1Br1PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kxg2 Qe4+ Kh3 Rh6+ ]

2c)
Pascal Souevamarien vs Arnaud Delanoy

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