Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Kan (ECO B42).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3


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Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Ricardo Calvo Minguez vs Viktor Korchnoi, Habana, 1966
r1b1k2r/b2pnppp/p1n1q3/2p5/2N1P3/1N4P1/PP2B2P/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nd6+ if Kf8 Bc4 Qh3 Rxf7+ mates or if Kd8 Bc4 Qh3 Nxf7+ ]

b)
Eddy Hartmans vs Regis Hoffmann, Europe, 1978
rn3rk1/bbq2ppp/pp3n2/4p3/P3P3/1NNBB3/1PP1Q1PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Bh6 ]

c)
Kari Tikkanen vs Esko Salomaki, corr., 1982
2b1k2r/3p1ppp/4pn2/qB2Q3/1b3B2/2N5/1PP2PPP/5RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Qb8 if 0-0 Bc7 if Kd8 Be3 ]

d)
Ismet Burovic vs Helmut Payrits, Oberwart, 1991
rnb1k2r/bpqpnpp1/p3p3/4P2p/2N5/1N1B4/PPP1QPPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Nd6+ Kf8 Qf3 if Nf5 fxg7+ mates ]

e)
Petar Popovic vs Philipp Schlosser, Brno, 1992
r1b1k2r/bp1pnppp/p3p1q1/4n1B1/4P2Q/1NNB4/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Be2 w/Bh5 ]

Recent B42 Games


B42 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Inna Gaponenko vs Irina Zak, Hradec Kralove, 1992
r1b2rk1/1p1q1pbp/p5p1/3N4/8/1B2R3/PP3PPP/2RQ2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 ]

b)
Nikolaos Panagopoulos vs Bozidar Pintar, Wuerzburg, 1992
r2qkb1r/1b1n1pp1/pp2p2p/3Np3/Q1PN1P2/3B4/PP4PP/R3R1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Bg6# or if Qc8 Ndc7+ ]

c)
Snezana Micic vs Constanze Jahn, Athens, 1997
r3k2r/1p3ppp/p1pb1qn1/4p3/P1B1P3/4B1Pb/1PP2P1P/RN1QR1K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Qh5 if Bd7 Bg5 ]

d)
Daniel Carlsson vs Erling Mortensen, Copenhagen, 1998
rnbqkb1r/1p1n3p/p3p1p1/3pP2Q/8/3B4/PPPN1PPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bxg6+ hxg6 Qxg6+ Ke7 Nc4 w/Bg5+ ]

e)
Lajos Nadasi vs Lajos Kovacs, Hungary, 2000
r1b2rk1/2q1bppp/p3pn2/6B1/8/2NB4/PP2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if Bxf6 Qe4 or if gxf6 Bxh7+ Kg7 Qg4+ Kh8 Rd3 ]



B42 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Viktor Laznicka vs Pavel Rozumek, Czech Republic, 2001
rn3rk1/2qp2pp/p3P3/1p1b4/3b4/3B4/PPP1Q1PP/R1B2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ w/Rxf8+ ]

b)
Jean-Pierre Le Roux vs Simon Kuemin, Patras, 2001
r1b2rk1/1pq3pp/p1p2p2/4n3/8/2NB2Q1/PPP3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Bc4+ if Kh8 Qxe5 ]

c)
Olle Algars vs Sampsa Nyysti, Stockholm, 2001
rnb1k2r/1p1p1ppp/p3pn2/2b5/3NP3/2PBB3/Pq3PPP/RN1Q1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nb3 if Bxe3 fxe3 Nc6 Rf2 ]

d)
Edson Kenji Tsuboi vs Axel Bachmann, Sao Paulo, 2004
r2qk2r/2bbnppp/8/pB2p3/1p2P3/NP3Q2/2P2PPP/R1B2RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Rd1 if bxa3 Rxd7 Qb8 Bxa3 ]

e)
Peter Kuehn vs Eckhard Schwarz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 2007
r1b2rk1/4qppp/p3pn2/1p6/4N3/3B4/PPP1QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6 if Qxf6 Qe4 ]

B42 Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Ilja Brener vs Frederik Beck, Willingen, 2007
r2q1r1k/5ppp/p1npbn2/6B1/1p2Pp1Q/1N1BbR2/PPP1N1PP/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ e5 ]

b)
John Murray vs John Loughran, Dublin, 2007
r1b1k2r/bpq1nppp/p7/2pPp3/8/1N1BB3/PP3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ d6 ]

c)
Alexey Khruschiov vs Shamil Arslanov, Moscow, 2008
r1bq1r1k/b4pp1/p2p1n1p/1p3pB1/4P2Q/1NNP4/PP4PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 ]

d)
Alexei Shirov vs Sergey Fedorchuk, Khanty Mansyisk, 2009
r1bqk2r/1p2nppp/p1n1pb2/3p4/2N1P3/1NPBB3/PP3PPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qd7 Nc5 ]

e)
Leonel Figueredo Losada vs Abigail Romero Echeverria, Habana, 2010
r1bqr1k1/5ppp/p1n1p1n1/1pB1b2Q/8/1NNB4/PPP3PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 ]

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