Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Najdorf 7...Qb6 (ECO B97).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6



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)
Romuald Grabczewski vs Wiktor Matkowski, Warsaw, 1957
r1b1kb1r/1p1n1ppp/p1n1p3/4P1B1/3NN3/1R6/2PQ1KPP/q4B1R w kq - 0 1
[ Nxc6 if bxc6 Nd6+ Bxd6 Qxd6 f6 exf6 gxf6 Be2 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Aivars Gipslis vs Viktor Korchnoi, Leningrad, 1963
2b2r1k/r6p/p1p1p2Q/4pp2/qbP1N3/6R1/P3B1PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 if Rd8 Qg5 ]

c)
Guy Mazzoni vs Borko Simonovic, Paris, 1963
r1b2rk1/4b2p/p1p1p3/4pp2/4N3/q7/P1PQB1PP/1R3RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb3 if Qxa2 Rg3+ Kh8 Qh6 Rf7 Bh5 Bf8 Bxf7 mates ]

d)
White Mates in 8. Bruno Parma vs Enrique Ramirez Guerrero, Torremolinos, 1963
2r2r1k/3b1pb1/p3pp1p/q2p1P1B/8/2N2RR1/P1PQ2PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7 if Kxg7 Rg3+ Kh7 Bg6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Eleazar Jimenez Rene Letelier, Habana, 1966
r1b2r1k/4bp1p/p2p1p1Q/q2p4/4PR2/1R6/P1P1B1PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

Recent B97 Games


B97 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Georgi Tringov vs Gumundur Palmason, Habana, 1966
1nbr1qk1/3r1p1p/pp2pPp1/8/2BNN2R/4Q3/P1P3PP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7 if Kxh7 Qh3+ ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Valentin Arbakov vs Alexander Ioffe, Leningrad, 1967
r1b2r1k/1p3p2/p1n5/3np1N1/1q6/1N1B2R1/P1PQ2PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7+ ]

c)
Domenico Postpischl vs Sergio De Sortis, Italy, 1971
rnb4r/1p1nkppp/p3p1q1/8/3N4/1RN5/P1PQB2P/3KR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5+ ]

d)
Anton Multala vs Rudolf Schwibbe, corr., 1973
r5k1/3bq1b1/p1pNp2r/4Qp1p/8/8/P1P1B1PP/1R1R3K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf5 ]

e)
Raimo Lindroos vs Wolfgang Schellhorn, corr., 1975
2b1k2r/r5pp/4p3/3p2B1/1pP1p3/q7/P1B2QPP/4KR2 w k - 0 1
[ Qc5 ]

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