Here are some chess puzzles from the Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation (ECO B17).



1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7



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)
G Brindle vs P Karmaz, Sunderland, 1966
2kr3r/pb1nqppp/1p2pn2/2p5/3P1Q2/3B1NN1/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if Qf8 Nd6+ Kb8 Nb5+ Ka8 Nc7+ mates ]

b)
Nowak vs Calek, corr., 1969
r2qkb1r/pp3ppb/2p1pn1p/4N3/2BP2P1/8/PPP1QP1P/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxf7 ]

c)
F Kunad vs A Rampold, corr., 1979
r3k2r/pp2bppb/2p1p2p/4B1qP/3P2P1/2P2Q2/PP2BP2/R3K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Ba6 if 0-0-0 Qxc6# ]

d)
Romero vs Juan Martello, corr., 1985
r1bqkb1r/p2n1pp1/4pn1p/2p5/1P1N4/3B4/P1P1QPPP/R1B1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nc6 if Qc7 Qxe6+ mates ]

Recent B17 Games


B17 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Kamran Shirazi vs Serban Neamtu, Biel, 1987
r1b2rk1/2qnbpp1/p3p3/1pP3N1/7P/4B3/PPP1QPP1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 if Qxd7 Qh5 Bxg5 hxg5 ]

b)
Vitezslav Priehoda vs Heinz Ernst, Bad Ragaz, 1991
r1b2rk1/5ppp/pp1bpn2/2q1N3/P4B2/3B4/1PP2PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7 if Bxd7 Bxd6 ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Pablo German vs Jorge Veron, Buenos Aires, 1993
r1bq1rk1/pp2bpp1/4pn1p/2pnN1N1/3P4/2PB4/PPQ2PP1/R1B1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ ]

d)
Miroslaw Maciejewski vs B Gasiorowski, Darmstadt, 1994
r1b4r/ppqn1kpp/2pbpn2/8/3P4/3B1N2/PPP1QPPP/R1B1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5+ if Ke8 or Kg8 Qxe6+ mates ]

B17 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Peritti Rompotti vs PE Ekblom, corr., 1963
2kr3r/pp3ppp/2p1b3/4Bq2/1bPPn1P1/4Q2N/PP2KP1P/R4B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc4+ Kd1 Qxe5 ]

b)
Black Mates in 4. Nils Lindemann vs Werner Viehmann, Mainz, 1995
r1b1k2r/pp2bpp1/1np1p2p/8/4BB2/3R1N2/qPP1QPPP/2K4R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qa1+ Kd2 Nc4+ ]

c)
Luigi Delfino vs Danilo Trentini, Cerro, 1997
r1bqk2r/3n1pp1/1p2pn1p/pQb5/5B2/PB3N2/1PP1NPPP/R3K2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Ba6 if Qc6 Rc8 or if Qa4 b5 ]

d)
Trond Dagsvold vs Gunnar Malin, Norway, 1998
2r1k2r/p3bppp/1p2pn2/q1p5/3P4/1Q2B2P/PPP1NPP1/1KRR4 b k - 0 1
[ ...c4 ]

B17 Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Szabolcs Baranyai vs Tamas Sleisz, Aggtelek, 1999
r4rk1/pp3ppp/3bpn2/2q1Nb2/2B2B2/2P5/PP2QPPP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxe5 if Bxe5 Bg4 ]

b)
G Osoblivy vs Elina Danielian, Novgorod, 1999
r1bqk2r/pp1n1ppp/2pbpn2/6N1/2BP1B2/8/PPP1NPPP/R2QK2R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Bxf4 if Nxf4 Qa5+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 2. Radomir Hacik vs Jozef Dlhy, Slovakia, 2004
r2r2k1/pp2bppp/2p1p3/4qb1P/8/1BP1BQ2/PP3PP1/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc3+ ]

d)
Dietrich Homberger vs Andreas Jacubowski, NRW, 1995
3r2k1/pp2bppp/1q2p3/8/3B2n1/1PPN4/P1Q2PPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc7 ]

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