Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Taimanov, Bastrikov (ECO B47).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7



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)
Nukhim Rashkovsky vs Roman Dzindzichashvili, Moscow, 1963
r4rk1/1bqpnppp/p3p3/1pb1P3/4NP2/5B2/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxc5 if Bxf3 Qd6 ]

b)
Kerstin Schmidt vs Hans Fischer, corr., 1966
2r1kb1r/1bqp1ppp/p1n1p3/1p6/4PP2/2N1BB2/PPPQ2PP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Gino Celli vs Renato Incelli, corr., 1970
1qbk2nr/1pNp2Bp/2n1pp2/8/2P1P3/8/Pr3PPP/R2QKB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ if Ke8 Qh5+ w/Bf8+ or if Ke7 Bf8+ ]

d)
John Moles vs Hugh McGrillen, Cork, 1971
3rk1nr/4b1pp/p3q3/1p1pp3/8/2N1B3/PPP2QPP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 ]

e)
Jon Arnason vs Klaus Bischoff, Chicago, 1983
2kr3r/q2b1ppp/pp1Bpn2/2p1QP2/2B5/2P5/P1P3PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bb8 if Qxb8 Bxa6+ ]

Recent B47 Games


B47 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 8. Peter Bauer vs Mathias Gerusel, Germany, 1986
r1b1k2r/1p1pbpQ1/p4pp1/3p3q/5B2/6P1/PPP2P1P/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe7+ if Kd8 Re8+ Rxe8 Qxf6+ or if Kxe7 Re1+ Qe5 Rxe5+ ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Jacek Flis vs Sjoberg, Katowice, 1986
2r1k1nr/1nqbb1pp/p3p3/1p2p3/1P1N4/2NQ4/P1PBB1PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bh5+ g6 Bxg6+ hxg6 Qxg6+ Kd8 Rf8+ ]

c)
Jaan Ehlvest vs Ulf Andersson, Belfort, 1988
2r2rk1/1q1pbppp/p3pP2/8/3Q1P2/2p1BP2/PPP3RP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kh8 Rg8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Dan Takle vs Johanna Paasikangas, Gausdal, 1990
rq3rk1/1p3ppp/p2p1B2/2bNp2b/4P3/6P1/PPPQ1PBP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

B47 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Thomas Gietl vs Wolfgang Bachmann, Nuremberg, 1990
r1bqk2r/1p1p2pp/p1n1p3/4Pp2/7Q/B1P2B2/P1P2PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh5+ ]

b)
Marco Pangrazzi vs Luigi Orlando, Rome, 1990
r1br2k1/1pq2ppp/p3p3/4p2n/8/2N1Q1P1/PPP2PBP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 ]

c)
Martin Mrva vs Rainer Kaeding, Germany, 1992
r3k1nr/1b1p1ppp/pq2p3/1p6/1P1nPP2/P1NQ1N2/1BP1KbPP/R4B1R w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 if Qxd4 Nd1 or if Bxd4 Na4 ]

d)
Mats Sjoberg vs Magnus Faldt, Uppsala, 1992
r3k1nr/1bq2pp1/p3p3/1pbpP2p/8/P1NQBP2/1PP1B1PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Nxb5 if Qc6 Bxc5 Qxc5 Nd6+ ]

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