Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3 (ECO B26).



1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3



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 2. J Golemo vs S Sulek, corr., 1962
r2qr2k/pp1b3p/2nQ4/2pB1p1P/3n1PpR/2NP2P1/PPP5/2K1R1N1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ ]

b)
H Kubel vs Juhandi, corr., 1965
2kr2nr/pp3pb1/2np2p1/2pNp3/1P2P2p/2PPBPPq/P3N2P/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Bh6 Bxh6 Nxh6 Ndf4 ]

c)
Martin Gebigke vs Andreas Breier, Berlin, 1995
r7/p3n1kp/3pnrp1/qpp5/7N/2NP2P1/PPPQ2bP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Kxf6 Ne4+ ]

d)
Andrzej Szyszko-Bohusz vs Michal Szczecina, Hungary, 1995
1rb3nr/p1k2pbp/1pn3p1/2p1p3/4P3/2N1B1P1/PPP1NPBP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nb5+ Kb7 Nd6+ ]

e)
Ludwig Weiler vs Karl-Heinz Kreis, Hofbieber, 1996
r1br2k1/2q1np1p/pp1pp1p1/5P2/3nP3/2N3P1/PPPQ2BP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ f6 if e5 Qh6 Ne6 fxe7 Qxe7 Nd5 ]

Recent B26 Games


B26 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Martin Staszko vs Vojtech Kovar, Plzen, 1996
r1bq1r2/pp2np2/2n1pkpQ/2p5/3pP3/2NP2P1/PPP2PB1/R3K1NR w KQ - 0 1
[ e5+ Nxe5 Ne4+ ]

b)
Valay Parikh vs John Munoz, Cannes, 1997
1r1qk2r/p3npbp/2npb1p1/2p1p3/1p2PP2/2PPB1P1/PP1Q2BP/R1NN1RK1 w k - 0 1
[ f5 if Bd7 f6 ]

c)
Nuutti Sorsa vs Miitrei Sorsa, Finland, 1997
r2qnr1k/3bppbp/3p4/p1pN1P1N/1p1nP3/3PB2P/PPPQ2B1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxg7 if Nxg7 f6 exf6 Bxd4 & Qh6 ]

d)
White Mates in 5. Koen Van Aken vs Aernout Markus, Hengelo, 1998
1rbq1r2/p2n1p1p/3p1knQ/1pp2p2/4P3/2NP2P1/PPP1N1B1/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Nd5+ if Ke5 d4+ cxd4 Qf4+ Nxf4 gxf4+ or if Ke6 exf5+ Kxf5 Bh3+ Ke3+ ]

e)
Stephen Glinert vs Kaleim Nathani, Saskatoon, 1998
1r3r2/p2qnpkp/2npb1p1/1pp1p3/4PP1N/2NP2P1/PPPQ2BP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ f5 if gxf5 exf5 Nxf5 Bxc6 Qxc6 Qg5+ mates ]

B26 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Erno Maraczi vs Balazs Palinkas, Nyiregyhaza, 2002
r1b1qr2/pp2n1k1/3pp1pR/2p2pQ1/4PN2/2NP2P1/PP1K1PB1/n7 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5+ if Kg8 Rh8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Mika Koskinen vs Stefan Kyburz, Finland, 2004
r1bnr2b/4n2k/p2pp1pB/q1p5/1p2PQ2/2NP2P1/PPP2PBR/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bf8+ if Kg8 Rxh8+ ]

c)
Frederic Saez vs Frederic Comte, France, 2004
1rb3nr/1p1k1pbp/1q2p1p1/pN2p3/3p4/Q2P2P1/PPPN1PBP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ Nc4 if Qxb5 Qd6+ or if Qa6 Qc5 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Arnold Fuchs vs Reinhold Naepflin, Zurich, 2004
1rbq1rk1/p3npbp/2npp1PB/2p5/1p2P3/2NP2P1/PPPQ1PB1/R3K1NR w KQ - 0 1
[ gxh7+ ]

e)
Jon Tufta vs Rune Vik-Hansen, Moss, 2006
3q2k1/ppr2p1p/3p1bp1/2pP3n/3n4/3PB1P1/PPPQ1NBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 Ng7 c3 if Nb5 a4 ]

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