Here are some chess puzzles from the English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation (ECO A19).



1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 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)
Gyula Kluger vs Gunsberger, Polanica Zdroj, 1963
r1b1k2r/pp1p2pp/2n1pq2/8/1bP1QB2/2N5/PP3PPP/2KR1B1R w kq - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qh4 Nc7+ ]

b)
Gerhard Kraehenbuehl vs Yair Kraidman, Gausdal, 1981
r1b2rk1/pp1pbppp/4p3/q3n3/2P2B2/2N5/PP1QBPPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Hans-Helmut Moschell vs U Auerswald, DDR, 1984
r1b1nb1r/3pk1pp/p2N1pn1/Q1Bp4/8/8/PP2BP1P/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5+ Ne5 Nf5+ ]

d)
Petr Duczynski vs Evzen Pospisil, Czech Republic, 1997
r3kbr1/ppqb1p2/4p3/2p1P1p1/2Pn4/2NBQ1B1/PP4PP/R4RK1 w q - 0 1
[ Nd5 if exd5 e6 ]

e)
Meyer vs Christoph Duchhardt, Muenster, 1994
r2q1r2/pp1bbp1k/4p1p1/2n1P3/2P5/1PN3Q1/P1B3PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ ]

f)
Sega Carlos vs Eduardo Goncalves, Americana, 1998
r1b1k1nr/1pq2p1p/p1n1p1p1/4p3/2P5/P1BB1NQ1/1P3PPP/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if f6 Nxg6 ]

g)
Daniel Baron vs Romain Besombes, Elancourt, 2010
r2r2k1/p1n1qppp/1pbppb2/8/2P1PP2/1PN1BB2/P4QPP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 ]

Recent A19 Games


A19 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Isaak Mazel vs Mikhail Botvinnik, Leningrad, 1938
r2qkb1r/pp1b1ppp/8/3pP3/1np2Pn1/P1N2N2/1P1P2PP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Qb6 ]

b)
Black Mates in 3. Robert Hartoch vs Jan-Heim Donner, Amsterdam, 1972
2r5/1Nr1kpRp/p3b3/N3p3/1P3n2/P7/5PPP/K6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc1+ ]

c)
Ole Knudsen vs Lars Hyldkrog, Espergaerde, 1978
r1bqr1k1/6pp/p4b2/1PpP1p2/5P2/4B3/PP3QBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 ]

d)
Martin Lenhard vs Manfred Bauer, Rheinland-Pfalz, 1991
r1bqkbnr/pp3ppp/2n5/2B1p3/2P1N3/3P1N2/PP3PPP/R2QKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bxc5 if Nxc5 Qa5+ ]

e)
Martin Tschurl vs M Drentchev, Rimavska Sobota, 1992
2br1rk1/1p2npp1/pQn2q1p/4p3/2P5/2P5/P1NBBPPP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 ]

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