Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Alapin (ECO B22).



1.e4 c5 2.c3



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)
Marek Szpakowski vs Czeslaw Siedlecki, Poland, 1957
r2qkbnr/pp2pppp/3p4/2pPn3/4P1b1/2P2N2/PP3PPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Bxd1 Bb5+ ]

b)
Manfred Hermann vs Mathias Gerusel, Volklingen, 1970
1r1qkb1r/pp2pppp/3pb3/n2P4/8/1QP2N2/P4PPP/R1B1KB1R w KQk - 0 1
[ dxe6 if Nxb3 Bb5+ ]

c)
Christ Papapostolou vs Georgios Makropoulos, Athens, 1971
r4rk1/pp2bppp/n3b3/1Npn1q2/8/2P2N2/PP2BPPP/R1BQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd3 if Qh5 Re5 ]

d)
Gerd Lorenz vs Lothar Zinn, Plauen, 1980
3r1rk1/pp2bppp/2n5/1Bpn1b2/8/2N2N2/PP3PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 w/Bxc6 ]

e)
Gary Lane vs Janos Flesch, London, 1983
rnbr2k1/pp2bppp/4pn2/2p2q2/2PP4/2N2N2/PP2BPPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh4 ]

Recent B22 Games


B22 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Milan Bjelajac vs Goran Cabrilo, Novi Sad, 1983
rn1r2k1/pb1qbppp/1p2pn2/5N2/2P5/2N2B2/PP3PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7 if Qxe7 Bxb7 ]

b)
Hans-Joachim Vatter vs Hubert Schuh, Viernheim, 1984
r1b2rk1/p3bppp/1p2pn2/8/3N4/2P5/PP2BPPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf3 if Rb8 Bf4 ]

c)
Olita Rause vs Heiner Krueger, corr., 1987
r3k2r/pp1q1ppp/1n6/1Q1pb3/8/2N1B3/PP3PPP/2KR3R w kq - 0 1
[ Bxb6 if axb6 Qxd7+ or if Qxb5 Nxb5 w/Rhe1 ]

d)
Vladimir Okhotnik vs Ralf Menzel, Eger, 1987
r6r/pp1bkppp/3qpn2/1B6/3B4/2P5/PP3PPP/R2QK2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Bxf6+ gxf6 Qxd6+ w/Rd1+ ]

e)
Dean Thompson vs Eric Fischvogt, Lansing, 1987
1r1qkb1r/pp2pppp/3p4/3Pn3/6b1/2P2N2/P4PPP/1RBQKB1R w Kk - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if Bxd1 Bb5+ ]

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