Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Najdorf 7...Be7 (ECO B98).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7



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)
Paul Keres vs Miguel Najdorf, Goteborg, 1955
2b4q/1p1kbR2/2npp1Q1/1p1N4/4P2P/6B1/rPP3P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe7 Nxe7 Qg5 Qe8 Qxb5+ ]

b)
Samuel Zhukhovitsky vs D Abakarov, Tbilisi, 1957
r1b1k2r/1p2qp2/p1nppb1p/4n2Q/3NP2P/2N5/PPP1BBP1/2KR3R w kq - 0 1
[ Nf5 exf5 Nd5 if Qd8 Bb6 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Pal Benko vs Miguel Colon Romero, Boston, 1964
r1b3rk/5ppp/p3p3/7N/q1p2P2/P5Q1/1PP3PP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8 ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Ahvenainen - Ostrom, Finland, 1977
rn3rk1/1b2bpB1/pq2p2p/4p1P1/3N1P2/2pB3Q/PPP4P/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5.
Barbon Emilio Suarez vs Francisco Cueto, Asturias, 1985
r4rk1/1bq1bp1p/p2ppp2/8/1p1NPP2/2NR3Q/PPP3PP/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if exf5 Qh6 ]

Recent B98 Games


B98 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
William Charpentier vs El H A Sidding, Dubai, 1986
r1b1k2r/2q1bppp/p1nppn2/1p4B1/3NPP2/2N2Q2/PPP1B1PP/2KR3R w kq - 0 1
[ Nxc6 Qxc6 e5 ]

b)
Robin Haldane vs Selim, Guernsey & Jersey, 1988
rn3k1r/1bq2ppp/p3p3/1B2b3/3N4/2N3Q1/PPP3PP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ fxe6 Rhf1+ if Kg8 Qxe5 or if Ke7 Qg5+ mates ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Thorsten Oest vs Peter Gellrich, Germany, 1991
6rk/1pqbbp1p/p3p2Q/6R1/4N1nP/3B4/PPP5/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ Kxh7 Nf6+ ]

d)
Sasko Krstevski vs Chilipi Mogasha, Halle, 1995
r4rk1/1p1bbppp/p2p1n2/q3p1B1/4PP2/2N3Q1/PPP1B1PP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ fxe5 if Qxe5 Qxe5 w/Bxf6 ]

e)
Neil McDonald vs Luke McShane, Hastings, 1995
r3k2r/1p1bbp2/p3p1n1/q3p1p1/4P3/1BN3B1/PPP2QPP/2KR3R w kq - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Kxd7 Qxf7 if Nf4 Rd1+ Kc8 Bxe6+ ]

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