Here are some chess puzzles from the Caro-Kann Defense, Fantasy Variation (ECO B12).



1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3



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 5. Savielly Tartakower vs NN, Paris, 1932
rnbQ2nr/pp3kpp/2p5/8/1b2P3/5N2/P3K1PP/qNB4R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ Kg6 Qe8+ ]

b)
R Ligeti vs Zsolt Timar, Hungary (corr.), 1984
rn3rk1/ppq1pp1p/2p3pb/4PbN1/2BPN3/4Q3/P1P3PP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 if gxf5 Qh3 mates ]

c)
James Cavendish vs Roger Marsh, Eastbourne, 1990
r5r1/pp1n1qbk/2p2p2/3p3p/3P1NPp/N1P2P2/PP1Q3P/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Re7 if Qxe7 Qd3+ ]

d)
Roland Woller vs Frank Thiede, Germany, 1993
r1b3k1/pp3p2/2pN1n1p/6p1/8/2P5/P1P2BPP/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 ]

e)
Sandor Videki vs Fermin Asensio Soto, Andorra, 1995
r6r/pp1n1p2/1qp1k1pb/4P2p/P2P3N/2P4P/1P2Q1P1/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qc4+ Ke7 Qxf7+ Kd8 e6 ]

Recent B12 Games


Fantasy Variation Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Johann Sigurdsson vs Baldur Moeller, Gardabaer, 1995
2k1rbnr/pbqn3p/1p4p1/3p1p2/3P4/2NBBP2/PPPQ2PP/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Nb5 if Qd8 Qc3+ Kb8 Bf4+ or if Qb8 Bf4 Qa8 Nc7 ]

b)
Antonio Fernandes vs Jose Anglada Lobarte, Benasque, 1996
1nq1nrk1/r3p1bp/p1p1bpp1/1p2P3/3P1B2/P1NB1N1P/1PPQ2P1/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ exf6 if Rxf6 Be5 w/Bxf6 or Bxb8 & Rxe6 ]

c)
Stefano De Eccher vs Danilo Trentini, Bozen, 1998
r4rk1/p1qnbpp1/2p1b2p/1p2p3/3PP1n1/2PBNN2/PP2Q1PP/R3K1BR w KQ - 0 1
[ d5 ]

d)
Siegfried Heil vs Hermann Schmid, Germany, 1999
rn3bkr/pp1q2pp/2p5/8/3pP1Q1/8/PPP3PP/RNB2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf3 if Qe7 or Na6 Qb3+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Bosse Lindberg vs Jesper Celander, Stockholm, 2000
rnb2r1k/pp2q2p/2p2R2/8/2Bp3Q/8/PPP3PP/RN4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf8+ Qxf8 Qxd4+ ]

f)
Christian Goralski vs Uwe Ritter, Dortmund, 2001
r4rk1/ppqn1pb1/2p1p1p1/P2pPnBp/1P1P4/2PN1P2/3QN1PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

g)
Black to move and win. H Ruan vs Daniel Fernandez, Sydney, 2009
1rbq1rk1/ppN1pnbp/2n2pp1/3p4/3P4/5PB1/PPPQN1PP/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh6 if Bf4 Bxf4 Qxf4 e5 ]



Fantasy Variation Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black Mates in 2. Esa Auvinen vs Harri Hytonen, Helsinki, 1993
rnb1k2r/pp3ppp/1qp2B2/2bPp3/4P3/2N5/PPP3PP/R2QKBNR b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bf2+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Nickolai Peregudov vs Vladimir Savon, St. Petersburg, 1994
4Br1k/p5pp/1n6/8/3PQbq1/6P1/PP5P/RNB3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ ]

c)
Ignacio Ainsa Claver vs Felix Izeta Txabarri, Benasque, 1996
r1bqk2r/pp4pp/2p1p1n1/b7/4PN2/P1N3Q1/1PP3PP/R3KB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bc7 if Nce2 0-0 ]

d)
Javier Solano Lasierra vs Juan Jose Arino Lison, Zaragoza, 2001
r1br4/pp3p1p/1kN1pp2/1Nb5/4P3/8/PPP3PP/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 6. Heather Richards vs Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen, Budapest, 2002
2kr2r1/p6p/2p2p2/1pb5/P3P3/1QPq2Pb/1P1N3P/R1B1R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg3 if hxg3 Qxg3 ]

Fantasy Variation Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Maxim Krupnov vs Igor Sitnikov, Tula, 2002
r2qk2r/p2n1ppp/bppbp3/3n1P2/3PB3/P1N5/1PPBN1PP/R2QK2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 w/...Qh4+ ]

b)
Alexandre Savoya vs P Liarsou, Lyons, 2005
4rb1r/ppQbk1pp/2p2n2/8/3q4/1B6/PPP3PP/RNB1K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Nd5 if Qa5 or Qg3 Kf7+ mates ]

c)
Tatevik Airapetian vs Valerija Barinova, Belgorod, 2008
rnbqk2r/pp3pb1/2p3pp/4p3/3PPBn1/2P5/PP1NB1PP/R2QK1NR b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...exf4 if Bxg4 Qh4+ ]

d)
Neil Clifford vs P Smeele, Viborg, 1996
3r2k1/pp2ppbp/2p3p1/q1P5/2B1P3/4QP1P/PPP5/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxb2+ ]

e)
Black Mates in 5. Andre Van Dinteren vs Piet Peelen, Haarlem, 2007
2kr4/pp3ppp/1n2b3/2p1P3/2P1RPP1/P1KB3P/2P5/3r2NR b - - 0 1
[ ...Na4+ Kb3 Rb1+ Kxa4 b6 ]

f)
Black to move and win. Lajos Borda vs Henrik Christensen, Budapest, 2009
k2r4/p3q1pp/2p5/Np1n4/4n3/1Q2B3/PPP3PP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc7 if Qa3 Nxe3 ]

g)
Anatoliy Polivanov vs Denis Kovalev, Yuzhny, 2009
r2qr1k1/pp3ppp/3N4/2n1P3/5nb1/5N2/PP2B1PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe2+ ]

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