Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Szen (ECO B44).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6



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)
Robaszewski vs Slaszko, corr., 1967
r1b2q1k/pp1nRppp/5n1B/2r5/3N1P2/2P2BQ1/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6 ]

b)
Rivera vs Luis Ucha, Villa Ballester, 1981
1rb2rk1/2q2ppp/p1pbp3/8/3BNP2/3n1Q2/PPP3PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kh8 Qxd3 ]

c)
S Schmitt vs Manuel Pietzsch, Germany, 1996
r1b2rk1/2qp1ppp/p1nb1n2/1p3N2/3BPp2/2PB4/PP1N2PP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 ]

d)
White Mates in 3. Cristian Faig vs Vinicius Marques, Isla Margarita, 1998
r1b2rk1/1p3ppp/p2p4/3NnQ2/2B1R3/8/PqP3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Kh8 Qxh7+ ]

Recent B44 Games


B44 Puzzles, Part II. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
T Michalzak vs Klaus Beckmann, Muenster, 1990
r3r1k1/2qn1ppp/pp1b1n2/3P4/8/N3BPP1/PP3Q1P/R2R1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe3 if Qxe3 Bc5 Rd4 Qe5 ]

b)
Istvan Palffy vs Laszlo Csuri, corr., 1992
3rk2r/1p3ppp/p1n5/q1bnp3/P1B5/1QP2P2/1P3BPP/RN2K2R b KQk - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ if Kxf2 Qc5+ w/...Na5 ]

c)
Bo Berg vs Stanislav Petrik, Bratislava, 1993
r1b2rk1/pp3ppp/2nq1n2/1B1p2B1/1b1NP3/2N2P2/PP4PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd4 ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Perez Ramos vs A Clemente, Spain, 1993
2r4B/1p1pkp1p/p1n1p3/8/2P1n3/3K4/PP3qPP/R2Q1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nb4+ ]

e)
Joachim Gerks vs Hans Scepanik, Schleswig Holstein, 1995
r5k1/1p1bq1pp/pb1pp3/4nr2/4B3/1NP3P1/PP2QP1P/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bb5 if Qc2 Nf3+ ]

B44 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Solino Nebot vs A Terrades, Aragon, 1997
2bq1rk1/4bppp/2p1p3/r1N1P3/p2B1P2/2Q5/PPP3PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 ]

b)
Reinhard Jaenig vs Ante Jurkovic, Bozen, 1998
r1b1k2r/pp1p1ppp/1q2p3/4n3/1bP1P1n1/1N1B4/PPQB1PPP/RN3RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd6 if Bxb4 Nf3+ mates or if f3 Bxd2 N1xd2 Ne3 ]

c)
Tapani Sjoman vs Ari Issakainen, Espoo, 1998
r1b2rk1/p1q1b1pp/2p5/3npp2/2N2P2/2P1B3/PPQ1B1PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 Nxe3 Bc5 if Qd3 Qb6 ]

d)
L Capraro vs Martin Vaculik, Baden, 2000
r1bqr1k1/p4ppp/2p2n2/3P4/1b6/2N2P2/PP1BB1PP/R2QK2R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 w/...Ba6 ]

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