## Tactics in the King's Knight Openings

### Here are some chess puzzles from the Four Knights (ECO C48).1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 w/o 4...Bb4

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 2.
r1b2k1r/ppp1bppp/8/1B1Q4/5q2/2P5/PPP2PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Alexander Alekhine vs Forrester, Glasgow, 1929
r1b1k2r/p1pp1ppp/1p2Pq2/bB6/3Q4/B1P5/P1P2PPP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxd7+ if Kd8 Ba4+ Qxd4 e7# ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Posch vs Derr, Vienna, 1958
r1b2rk1/ppppbpp1/7p/4R3/6Qq/2BB4/PPP2PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

d)
Bohuslav Skacel vs Ivan Achimsky, Brno, 1968
r3qr1k/pp3ppp/2p2n2/2b1pNB1/8/5Q2/PPP2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7 if Kxg7 Qxf6+ mates ]

e)
Nikolay Gusev vs A Arakelov, Leningrad, 1970
r1b2rk1/pp2Qppp/2pp1q2/8/8/BP6/P1P2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Rxd6 if Be6 Rd8# ]

1b)
mate in 3
Alexander Alekhine vs Forrester

C48 Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Liafbern Riemersma vs Patrik Lyrberg, Gausdal, 1993
r4r1k/ppp1Npnp/6p1/4Q3/5P1q/8/PPP2P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ Kxg7 Nf5+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Lenka Hajkova vs Jarmila Koziorkova, Plzen, 1995
r3kb1r/pp1n1p1p/4b1p1/4N3/Qq3B2/2N5/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Qxd7+ Bxd7 Nxd7+ if Kd8 Nxf8+ or if Be7 Nf6+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Lauriane Ducasse vs Celine Carenco, France, 1996
r4r1k/pppq1p1p/3p4/5p1Q/2B1Pp2/3P3P/PPn2P1K/R5R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7 Kxg7 Qg5+ Kh8 Qf6+ ]

d)
Riccardo Ianniello vs Roberto Ludovici, Vitinia, 1996
r3k2r/pppq1ppp/3p4/2bPn3/8/1NP5/PP3PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxc5 dxc5 Re1 f6 f4 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Ronald Bancod vs Richard Forster, Weilburg, 1996
r1b1k2r/1p2bppp/p3q3/1p2p1B1/8/3Q1N2/PPP2PPP/3R1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Qd8+ ]

2c)
mate in 4
Lauriane Ducasse vs Celine Carenco

C48 Puzzles, Part III.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Adriano Caldeira vs Rodrigo Valente, Jundiai, 1998
r1b2rk1/pp1p1ppp/2pb4/4q3/8/2PBB1P1/PPP2P1P/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf4 Qd5 Bxd6 if Qxd6 Bxh7+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Bart Michiels vs Juhana Siljander, Mureck, 1998
r1b1kb1r/1pp3pp/p1p5/q7/4N3/8/PPP2PPP/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nd6+ Kd7 Nf7+ if Bd6 Qg4+ ]

c)
M Ortegel vs M Baur, Pfeddersheim, 1998
r3nrk1/1ppb1pp1/p1np2qp/3Np3/B3P3/P2P1N1P/1PP2PP1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 if Bxc6 Ne7+ ]

d)
John Curdo vs James Allan Anderson, Manchester, 1999
r1b2rk1/ppp2ppp/3p4/2bP1n2/4N2q/3B4/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rf4 if Qe7 Nxc5 dxc5 Bxf5 ]

e)
White mates in 5.
Patrick Le Febvre vs mathieu Tournier, Cannes, 2000
r1b2rk1/ppp1bppp/3pq3/7R/8/2BB4/PPP2PPP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ Kh8 Bg6+ Kg8 Rh8+ ]

3b)
mate in 4
Bart Michiels vs Juhana Siljander

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