Here are some chess puzzles from the Pirc (ECO B07).



1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6



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 3. Johannes Addicks vs Mladen Gudjev, Prague, 1931
r1b1r1kq/pppnpp1p/1n4pB/8/4N2P/1BP5/PP2QPP1/R3K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf7+ ]

b)
Ross Richardson vs Max Euwe, Hastings, 1939
r1bqk2r/ppp2pb1/3pp1p1/7p/3PnP1N/2N1Q2P/PPP3P1/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 if Qxh4 Ng5 w/g3 ]

c)
Jozsef Pogats vs Daniel Szabo, Budapest, 1952
r2qkb1r/pb1npppp/np1p4/2pPP3/5P2/2NB4/PPP3PP/R1BQK1NR w - - 0 1
[ e6 if Nf6 Bb5+ or if fxe6 Qh5+ mates ]

d)
White Mates in 9. Nettheim vs Hamilton, corr., 1958
r1bqnrk1/ppp1p1b1/1n1p2P1/4P1p1/3P1P2/2NB4/PPP3P1/R2QK2R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ if Bxh8 Qh5 ]

e)
Max Blau vs Gustav Hardt, Lugano, 1968
r1bqk2r/p2np1b1/1ppp1npp/8/3PP3/2N1BB2/PPP2PP1/R2QK1NR w - - 0 1
[ e5 dxe5 Bxc6 Rb8 dxe5 ]

Recent B07 Games


B07 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nicole Tagnon vs Nona Gapindashvili, Buenos Aires, 1978
2kr3r/ppqnppb1/2p3p1/7p/3PP1nP/1BN1BQ1R/PPP3P1/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 ]

b)
Ouahid Hamida vs Boris Chatalbashev, Cappelle la Grande, 1996
rn3rk1/p3ppbp/1qpp1np1/1p4B1/3PPP2/2NB3P/PPP2QP1/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 w/...Bxd4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 3. K Fredborg vs E Bulevicius, Marijampole, 1996
r1bq1rk1/ppp2p1p/2np2pb/4p3/2N1P1P1/P2P1P1P/2P1N3/1R1QKB1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4+ ]

d)
Robin Swinkels vs Valentin Jotov, Mureck, 1998
r4rk1/pp2bpp1/2ppbn1p/q3pP2/3PP3/2N3P1/PPPQN2P/1K1R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe4 if Nxe4 Qxa2+ mates ]

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