Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian Sozin 7.Be3 (ECO B89).1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.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)
Norbert Karker vs Claus Rupp, corr., 1971
r1r3k1/1bqnbp1p/p2pp1p1/6P1/1p1NP2Q/1PN1BR2/1PP2P1P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 if Nf8 Nxe6 ]

b)
Martin Schwanfelder vs J Koralewski, corr., 1978
r3k2r/3bbppp/2qppn2/pp6/3BP3/1BN5/PPP1QPPP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 w/Bd5 ]

c)
Mogens Moe vs Pia Cramling, Copenhagen, 1980
1rbr3k/2qnb2p/p1npB1pQ/1p4P1/4P3/2N1B3/PPP2P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qa5 Nxe7 ]

d)
Jozsef Palkovi vs Raj Tischbierek, Budapest, 1986
3qk2r/pp1bb1pp/3pp3/n3pP2/4n3/1BP1B3/P1P1Q1PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ g6 fxg6 ]

e)
White Mates in 3. Hans Waldmann vs Udo Wallrabenstein, Leipzig, 1986
r1b2rk1/1p2nppp/p2R1b2/4qP1Q/4P3/1B2B3/PPP2P1P/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf7+ ]

Recent B89 Games

B89 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 7. Aljala vs W Fronda, corr., 1989
r4bk1/1bqn1ppp/p2p4/3p1NPQ/1p1BrP2/1P4R1/1PP4P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ Kh8 Qxf7 Nf6 gxf6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. H Goring vs D Arnrich, corr., 1989
r1bq1rk1/4bppp/p3p3/3n4/NpPB4/1B3P2/PP2Q1PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 w/...Qxd4+ ]

c)
Imad Hakki vs E Dakar, Dubai, 1989
r1bq1rk1/4bppp/p2p4/1p1Np1PQ/3BP3/1P6/1PP2P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qe8 or Qd7 Nf6+ mates ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Svein Berg vs T Hargitay, corr., 1991
1rrbnk2/p2b1ppQ/3pp3/q5P1/3BP3/1Bp4R/PPP2P1P/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ if Ke7 Bf6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Rani Nolsoe vs Torben Andersen, Lyngby, 1991
r1q2rk1/3bbp1p/p1npp2Q/6Pp/1p1NP3/1BN1B3/PPP2P1P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if exf5 g6 ]

B89 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Alexey Ivanov vs Luis Hoyos-Millan, Saint Martin, 1991
r1b1r1k1/1pq2ppp/p4n2/2bp1P2/3B4/1BN5/PPP1Q1PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Mihael Ankerst vs Alexander Panchenko, Bled, 1992
r3r1k1/pp3ppp/8/q1bP1Q2/4nB2/1BN4P/PPP1b1P1/R1K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc3 if bxc3 Ba3+ mates or if Qxe4 Ba3 ]

c)
White Mates in 7. P Bhattacharyya vs SR Radha, Calcutta, 1994
r4rk1/3qbppp/pB1pb3/1p1Np1PQ/4P3/1P1R4/1PP2P1P/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ Bxf6 gxf6 Rfc8 Rxg7+ Kf8 Rg8+ ]

d)
Jacques Belanger vs William Gnam, North Bay, 1994
r2q1rk1/1p2bpnp/p2pb3/3N1pP1/8/1P2BN2/1PP1Q2P/2KR2R1 w - - 0 1
[ Bb6 if Qe8 or Qd7 Nf6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Julia Galianina-Ryjanova vs Maria Manakova, Elista, 1997
r3r2k/1b1Rb1pp/pq2B1R1/1p2p2Q/4P3/2N5/PPP2P1P/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Qg5+ ]

f)
White Mates in 6. Dmitrij Ikonnikov vs Viktor Kalin, Perm, 1997
r1b1r1k1/4bpp1/p2ppB1p/q5PQ/1p2P3/1PN4R/1PP2P1P/2K3R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh6 if gxh6 Rxh6 ]

g)
White Mates in 5. Petr Virostko vs Jakub Krejci, Plzen, 1997
r4r1k/1bq1bpp1/p1np2Pp/2nB1p1Q/1p2P3/2N1B1R1/PPP2P1P/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh6 if Kg8 gxf7+ ]

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