Here are some chess puzzles from the Catalan, Closed (ECO E09).



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Qc2 c6 8.Nbd2



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)
Yuri Nikolaevsky vs Alexey Kosikov, Kiev, 1967
3rr1k1/pp1bbppp/2p1pn2/1qP1N3/3P1B2/3R2P1/P1Q2PBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra3 if Qb4 Ra4 w/Rb1 ]

b)
Aleksander Buslaev vs Vladimir Makogonov, Grozny, 1969
r2r2k1/pb1n1ppp/1pqNp3/2b5/3RPB2/6P1/PP3PBP/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb7 Qxb7 e5 if Qc8 Rc1 ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. Panariello vs Mauro, corr., 1984
4r1k1/p1P4p/6p1/1QNp1p2/8/5nP1/P4PKP/3q4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh4+ ]

d)
Lauri Viitanen vs Erkki Koskinen, Finland, 1986
2rqr1k1/pb1nbppp/1pp1pn2/4N3/2PPN3/1P4P1/P1Q2PBP/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxf7 if Kxf7 Ng5+ w/Nxe6 or if Qc7 Bf4 e5 dxe5 ]

e)
Johannes Schmidt vs Achim Warbruck, St Ingbert, 1988
2rq1rk1/pb3ppp/1p2pn2/2b5/2P5/1P3NP1/PBQ2PBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

Recent E09 Games


E09 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Bruno San Marco vs Emmanuel Neiman, Meudon, 1990
r1b1r1k1/p1q2ppp/2p2b2/1pP1n3/4QB2/1N4P1/PP3PBP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Sandor Kustar vs Oleg Kozlov, Harkany, 1993
r7/pb4q1/1p2P1nk/2p2Q2/3b4/1P4P1/P5BP/2RR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ Kxg2 Nh4+ ]

c)
Magdalena Kludacz vs Joanna Kwiecien, Lubniewice, 1998
r4rk1/ppqn1pp1/1npbp2p/6N1/3PPB2/6P1/PPQ2PBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd6 if Qxd6 e5 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Anmarton Martins vs Augusto Da Silva, Brazil, 1999
3r2k1/6pp/2q1p3/p1Q1Pp2/1p6/4P1P1/P4P1P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ ]

e)
Viktor Volodin vs LUbomir Pokora, Marianske Lazne, 2004
r1b1r1k1/pp2qppp/2p2b2/4n3/2P1QB2/5NP1/PP3PBP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe5 ]

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