Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack (ECO B55).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Bb5+



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)
Eero Boek vs Zigfrids Solmanis, Kemeri, 1939
2k2b1r/1p1n4/p3q1pp/4pp2/2P1N3/3QBP2/PP4PP/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Dragoslav Andric vs Luigi Santolini, Caorle, 1981
5b2/R4p1p/1r2kp2/1p2pN2/2r1P3/P1P3P1/1PK4P/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Re7+ ]

c)
Giulio Borgo vs Rogier Van Egmond, Montecatini Terme, 1997
r3k1r1/1p3p1p/p3b3/2PNq3/4p3/3p4/PP3QPP/4RRK1 w q - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kf8 Nd7+ ]

d)
Petra Flaisigova vs Vaclav Lexa, Klatovy, 2000
3r1rk1/ppb2p1p/4qp2/n3pN2/1Q1pP3/P3NP2/1PP3PP/3RK2R w K - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Nc6 Qd2 ]

e)
David Budai vs Janos Gombar, Balatonlelle, 2001
r2qr1k1/1b3p1p/p4p1B/1p1np3/8/1B1Q1P2/PPP3PP/R3K2R w KQ - 0 1
[ OľOľO if Ne7 Bxf7+ ]

Recent B55 Games


B55 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Heikki Westerinen vs Florian Dinger, Pforzheim, 2005
3rk2r/3q2pp/p4p2/1pbbp3/4Q3/1B3P2/PPPB2PP/2KR3R w k - 0 1
[ Bxd5 Qxd5 Ba5 ]

b)
Dimitra Vatkali vs Ageliki Papathanasiou, Halkidiki, 2007
r3k2r/pp3p1p/1n3np1/3qpN2/8/4QP2/PPP3PP/RN3RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Nc3 if Qd8 Qxe5+ Kf8 Rad1 Nbd7 Rxd7 Qxd7 Qxf6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. K Gallien vs Dieter Wolf, DDR, 1983
2k1r3/pp5p/5pp1/1q1n4/6N1/5P2/PPPB1bPP/R2Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ ]

d)
Black to move and win.
Dmitry Kononenko vs Vladislav Borovikov, Simferopol, 2003
3q1rk1/b5pp/p7/3Pp2n/5p2/5P2/PP1BQ1PP/R2R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ if hxg3 Qg5 ]

e)
Black Mates in 5.
Maria Manelidou vs Maria Ikonomopoulou, Greece, 2005
r3k2r/1p1b2pp/p7/2bPp1qn/5pN1/2N2P2/PPPQ2PP/R1B2R1K b kq - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

B55 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Jose Ridameya Tatche vs Julien Dubreuil, Barbera, 2005
r4rk1/4bppp/p1q5/1p1bp3/8/2N2P2/PPPBQ1PP/3RK2R b K - 0 1
[ ...Bh4+ if Kf1 Bc4 ]

b)
Illya Nyzhnyk vs K Nikologorskiy, Herceg Novi, 2005
4rrk1/3b2pp/p7/1pbP1pq1/2P5/1P1Q1PP1/P3N3/2RN1K1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe2 if Kxe2 Re8+ or if f4 Re3 Nxe3 Qxg3 Qc3 Qf3+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 4.
Aleksandr Andreev vs Ruslan Dusenov, Astrakhan, 2007
4r1k1/3N1ppp/3r4/8/1n3p1P/5P2/PP3K1P/RN5R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ if Kf1 Re1+ ]

d)
Alban Delorme vs Sebastien Pucher, Nancy, 2007
r1bq2k1/6pp/p7/1pbPp2n/2P3P1/1P6/1P5P/RNBQ1N1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh4 if gxh5 Qe4+ mates or if Ne3 Bxe3 Bxe3 Bxg4 ]

e)
Hugo Chavarro vs Alejandro Mateus, Cali, 2008
r1b2rk1/bp4pp/p2N4/3Pp2n/5p2/5P2/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ hxg3 Rf6 ]

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