Tactics in the B40s Sicilian



Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3 (ECO B43).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3



Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
Alexandre Abrosimov vs Mikhail Tal, Riga, 1959
r2r1bk1/2q3pp/p1p2p2/1pn1pP2/5P2/P2B3P/1PP1Q1P1/2BR1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 if Bxe4 Re8 Rd4 Rad8 ]

b)
Yakov Estrin vs Mark Taimanov, Moscow, 1964
2rq1rk1/1b3ppp/p2p2n1/2n2QN1/1p2P3/3B2N1/PPP3PP/R4R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxd3 if cxd3 Rc5 ]

c)
Tudev Ujtumen vs Choon Foo, Skopje, 1972
2r2rk1/1bq1bppp/p1n2n2/1p1p4/5P2/PNNBB2Q/1PP3PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd5 ]

d)
Pia Cramling vs Gyozo Forintos, Zurich, 1986
rn2k2r/1b1p1ppp/p3p3/q3P3/3Q1Pn1/2N5/PPP3P1/R1B1RB1K b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qd8 if Qe3 Qh4+ mates ]

e)
Erich Maahs vs Klaus Bischoff, Bad Woerishofen, 1990
r1b1k2r/1pqpBppp/p1n1p3/8/4P1n1/2NB1N2/PPP1QPPP/R4RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 ]

1b)
Yakov Estrin vs Mark Taimanov

B43 Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Milan Jovcic vs Igor Miladinovic, Arandjelovac, 1991
r1bq1rk1/5ppp/p1nppb2/1p5Q/4PP2/P1NBB3/1PP3PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if g6 Qf3 Be7 Qxc6 ]

b)
Michael Spieker vs Dirk Dahlmann, NRW, 1996
r3k2r/1bqn1pb1/p2ppnp1/1p5p/3NPP2/P1N3PP/1PP3B1/R1BQR2K w kq - 0 1
[ Ndxb5 axb5 Nxb5 Qc6 Nxd6+ Ke7 Nxb7 Qxb7 e5 ]

c)
Robert Fontaine vs Didier Collas, France, 1998
r4k1r/1b1R1ppp/nq2pn2/1N6/5Q2/2N3P1/PPP2P1P/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 if Bc8 or Bc6 Rxf7+ mates ]

d)
Maurice Ashley vs Johan Hellsten, Bermuda, 1997
r1b2r1k/2qn1ppp/pp1ppn2/2b5/P2NP3/2N1BPQ1/1PP1B1PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 if Nf5 g6 ]

2b)
Michael Spieker vs Dirk Dahlmann

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