Here are some chess puzzles from the Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3 (ECO E06).



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3



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)
Henry Saroinsong vs Mehrshad Sharif, Singapore, 1990
rnb1nrk1/ppq2ppp/2pbp3/8/2NP1B2/2N3P1/PP2PPBP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 Nxd6 Ne4 ]

b)
Jens-Uwe Maiwald vs Jacques Elbilia, Karlsruhe, 1991
r5k1/p3bppp/n1q1pn2/3p4/Np1PPB2/1Q4P1/PP3P1P/R4BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 Qb7 Qd3 ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Andreas Priesner vs Franz Lachmaier, Germany, 2000
r1b1rnk1/ppqn1Np1/2p1pb1p/4N3/2PPB3/1P4P1/PBQ2P1P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh7+ Nxh7 Nxh6+ gxh6 Qg6+ ]

d)
Zbigniew Ksieski vs Daniel Siedentopf, Leutersdorf, 2002
rnbr2k1/1p2qppp/p3p3/2bn4/N1N2B2/6P1/PP2PPBP/R1Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd5 exd5 Ncb6 ]

Recent E06 Games


E06 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Migchiel De Jong vs L Cako, Dieren, 2004
r4rk1/p5pp/bpnnpp2/3q4/3PN3/1P3NP1/P1R2P1P/3QRBK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxa6 Nxe4 Bc4 if Qf5 Nh4 ]

b)
White Mates in 4. Panagiotis Adamantidis Jean-Baptiste Vauthier, Zurich, 2004
r2q1r1k/pb4pB/1p2pp2/2bpN3/2PR4/1P4P1/PBQ1PP1P/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng6+ Kxh7 Ne7+ ]

c)
Borislava Borisova vs Lynda Pope, Buenos Aires, 1978
6k1/ppQ2ppp/5n2/3q4/8/1P4P1/PB2rP1P/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if gxf6 Qc8+ w/Qg4+ ]

d)
Sergey Kalinitschew vs Momagadze, Leningrad, 1989
r3r1k1/pbn2pp1/1pq2b1p/3p4/Q2P4/P1N2NP1/1P3PBP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc6 Bxc6 Na2 ]

E06 Puzzles, Part III. Black to move and win.
a)
Antoaneta Stefanova vs Sofia Sabirova, Manila, 1992
r2q1rk1/pp1bbppp/4pn2/3P4/1npP4/2Q2NP1/PP2PPBP/RNBR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nfxd5 Qd2 Ba4 w/...Bxd1 or ...Nc2 ]

b)
Jessica Joerg vs Jana Hackbusch, Halle, 1993
r3k2r/ppp1bppp/5q2/5b2/3n4/3P2P1/PP1QPPBP/1RB1K1NR b Kkq - 0 1
[ ...Bb4 ]

c)
AS Folch vs Inma Montoliu, Spain, 1997
r5k1/1R1bbp1p/4p1p1/2p1P3/3P1P2/2P1B1P1/2r3BP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ if Kxg2 Bc6+ ]

d)
Queimadelos Garcia vs Del Rio Angelis, Madrid, 2000
2r1r1k1/p4ppp/1p2nb2/8/8/1P3BP1/PN1R1P1P/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc3 ]

e)
Ashwin Sewambar vs Bart Karstens, Vlissingen, 2002
r1bq1rk1/pp2bppp/2n1p3/3n4/3N4/6P1/PPQ1PPBP/RNBR2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ndb4 if Qd2 Qxd4 or if Qc4 e5 ]

f)
Viktor Korchnoi vs Nigel Short, Lucerne, 1989
r5k1/5pp1/4pn1p/pb6/1p1RPBP1/3n1PP1/PPr5/R2N1BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne1 ]

g)
Lurdes Salvado vs Claudio Boino, Portugal, 1993
r4rk1/pp3pp1/2n5/2p1p2P/2P1q1b1/2BRN1P1/PPQ2P1R/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 ]

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