Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Taimanov Variation (ECO B48).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 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)
Peter Dely vs Laszlo Szollosi, Budapest, 1963
r1b1kb1r/1pqpnppp/p1n1p3/8/3NP3/P1N1B3/1PP2PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
[ Ndb5 axb5 Nxb5 if Qe5 (or Qb8) Nd6 or if Qa5+ b4 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Georgi Tringov vs Emil Bogdanov, Sofia, 1963
r1b2rk1/1p3ppp/pq1p4/3P4/5Q2/3B4/PPP3PP/4RR1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ ]

c)
Tatiana Roschina vs Svetlana Kufeld, Elista, 1996
1rb2rk1/3p1ppp/p1p4B/4pP1n/1bq1P1Q1/2N5/PPP3PP/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 if Nxg7 f6 mates or if f6 Bxf6+ Kf7 Bxe5 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. PN Trutnev vs Vladimir Semenyuk, RCCA, 1997
r4rk1/1pqnbp1p/p2p2p1/8/3B4/P2B3Q/1PP3PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg6 if Nf6 Rxf6 or if fxg6 Qe6+ ]

e)
Matthew Sonter vs Michael Davidovici, Queensland, 1999
2kr3r/1pqbbpp1/p2ppn1p/8/2n1P1PP/1NN1BP2/PPP2Q2/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Bxc4 Qxc4 Bb6 if Rdf8 Na5 Qb4 a3 ]

Recent B48 Games


B48 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Hans De Vilder vs Natalia Kiseleva, Amsterdam, 2000
r1br2k1/2q2ppp/p3pn2/1p2p3/5PN1/2NQ3R/PPP3PP/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

b)
Hua Ni vs Tamas Herman, Budapest, 2000
r1b1k2r/B3bpp1/p4n2/q2ppP1p/N3P3/3B3P/PP4P1/2RQ1RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Bb6 Qb4 a3 Qd6 Bc7 Qd7 Nb6 ]

c)
Mehdi Roger vs David Lemeaux, France, 2002
r1b1k2r/1p1p1ppp/p2qp3/5n2/2P5/3BB3/PP3QPP/R4RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Bxf5 if exf5 Bc5 w/Rae1+ ]

d)
Jonathan Humphrey vs Igor Bjelobrk, Auckland, 2005
r3k2r/1pqn1ppp/4p3/1B6/1Q6/1P2Bp2/1PP3PP/1K5R w kq - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qc8 Rd1 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Anastasia Paganoglou vs Aristi Tegou, Ermioni, 2006
r4rk1/1b2b1pn/ppqppp2/6PQ/4P3/P1NBBR2/1PP4P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ g6 if Ng5 Rh3 ]

B48 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alexander Petrushin vs Ilia Shkurikhin, Moscow, 2007
r4rk1/1b1p1p1p/p1q1p1p1/1pb1P2n/8/P1NBB2Q/1PP2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Be4 ]

b)
Sergei Bargan vs Vladimir Zhadko, Kishinev, 2007
r4rk1/1b3ppp/p3pn2/1pq1p3/8/2NB2R1/PPPQ1PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Qg5+ Kh8 Qxf6+ Kg8 Re1 ]

c)
Benjamin Katz vs Victor Shen, Internet, 2008
r4rk1/1b1n1ppp/p1qpp3/8/R3P3/2NBQP2/1PP3PP/R6K w - - 0 1
[ Rc4 if Nc5 b4 ]

d)
White Mates in 8. Bryan Smith vs Felix Barrios, Toronto, 2010
r1b2rk1/5pnp/pq1pp3/1pb2P2/3NP2Q/2NBBP1P/PPP5/7K w - - 0 1
[ f6 if Kh8 fxg7+ Kg8 e5 f5 exf6 Qb7 Bxh7+ ]

e)
German Bazeev vs Artem Guzenko, St. Petersburg, 2011
r1b2rk1/5ppp/p1qppn2/1p6/1b1BP2P/2N2P2/PPPQ2P1/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if gxf6 Rh3 Kh8 Qh6 ]

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