Here are some chess puzzles from the Benoni, Taimanov Variation (ECO A67).



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+



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)
Oliver Prestel vs Fridolin Hopfauf, Bad Woerishofen, 2000
3rnrk1/p2b1p1p/3p2p1/2pPPq2/p3N3/5N2/1P1Q2PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng3 if Qg4 Re4 ]

b)
Lucas Ricord vs Olivier Ruest, La Fere, 2005
1rb1r1k1/p1qn1pbp/1p4p1/1PpPp3/2B2P2/R4N2/1P4PP/2BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 Qd8 Bxf7+ if Kxf7 Qd5+ w/Ng5 ]

c)
Boris Gulko vs Vladimir Savon, Lvov, 1978
1r3r1k/1p2N1bp/pn1q2p1/4NbB1/P6Q/3p4/1P4PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 if Bxe5 Rxe5 or if Rxf5 N5xg6+ ]

d)
Amanmurad Kakageldyev vs Handszar Odeev, Ashkhabad, 1982
r1bqr1k1/pp3p1p/3P2p1/2p1n3/PnB2B2/2N5/1P4PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 Rxe5 Rxf7 if Be6 Re7 or if Kh8 d7 ]

Recent A67 Games


A67 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win.
a)
Silvino Garcia Martinez vs Evgeny Pigusov, Moscow, 1987
1r3rk1/2Qnqpbp/B2p2p1/P1pP4/4PPn1/2N2NPb/1P5P/R1B1R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nde5 if Qxe7 Nxf3+ mates ]

b)
Iwona Bos-Swiecik vs M Wunnink, Hengelo, 1997
1rb1r1k1/2q2pbp/3p2p1/2nP4/1p2PP2/2p2N2/1P2RNPP/R1BQ3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba6 ]

c)
Baeucker Schulte vs Friedel Josting, Beverungen, 2003
r1bqr1k1/1p3pb1/p2p2p1/2pPn1B1/PnB1P3/2N2N2/1P4PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ Nxf3+ Qxf3 Qxg5 Qxf7+ Kh7 if Qxe8 Bh3 ]

d)
Anna Hahn vs Mikheil Kekelidze, New York, 2000
3qr1k1/5pbp/bn1p2p1/p1pP2P1/1p3P2/8/PPB2N1P/1RBQN2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Be2 Qd2 Nc4 ]

e)
Sergey Averjanov vs Oleg Taranenko, St Petersburg, 2003
1r3rk1/1q3pbp/bn1p2p1/2pPP3/Nn3P2/1Q2BN2/1P4PP/RB1R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc4 if Qc3 N4xd5 Qe1 Nxa4 or if Qa3 Nxa4 Qxa4 Ra8 ]

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