'Tactics in the Najdorf'



Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (ECO B91).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3



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)
White mates in 4.
Andras Jocha vs Bojan Kurajica, Yugoslavia, 1967
r4k1r/3nRppp/3p1n2/p2P1N2/2P5/6P1/1q1B1PBP/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qe7+ Kg6 Qxg7+ Kxf5 Qg5# ]

b)
Vitaly Tseshkovsky vs Alexander Vaulin, Belorechensk, 1989
r1r3k1/2q2pp1/pn1p3p/3Pp1b1/2n3P1/1NR4P/1PP1QPB1/R1B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxg5 hxg5 Na5 ]

c)
Vadim Faibisovich vs Alois Lanc, Prague, 1990
1r3rk1/2n2p1p/p1bp1pP1/q4p2/1p2P3/1B2B3/PPP1N2P/1K1R2R1 w - - 1 0
[ gxf7+ Kh8 Bh6 ]

d)
White mates in 9.
Petra Blazkova vs Andrea Ciganikova, Horni Becva, 1993
r1k2b1r/2q2p1p/p1np1p2/8/P7/RpP3P1/1P2QPBP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ if Nd8 Bh3+ Kb7 Rxb3+ Ra7 Qe3+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
D Tishin vs Andrey Adamov, Odessa, 2000
1r3rk1/1b3p1p/p2p2pQ/1q1np3/4B1P1/6NP/PP3P1K/2R2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 ]

1a)
mate in 4
Andras Jocha vs Bojan Kurajica

Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb Var. (B91) puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Lorenz Drabke vs Andre Lisanti, Bad Homburg, 2006
3r1r2/1p1qbpk1/p2p2p1/4p1P1/4P3/2P1BP2/PP1Q4/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ if Kxh7 Qh2+ Kg8 Rh1 or if Kg8 Rdh1 ]

b)
Julien Favarel vs Fabien Renault, France, 2007
2r3k1/1qr1bppp/3p1n2/2nPp3/1p4P1/1P2B1NP/R1PQ1PB1/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if Rxc5 Ra7 or if dxc5 d6 ]

c)
David Eggleston vs Francisco Gomez Manzano, Benidorm, 2007
1r3k1r/5p1p/p2pb1p1/4b1B1/8/5QP1/PqP2PBP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 if dxe5 Qf6 e4 Rd8+ or if Qxe5 Bf6 ]

d)
Lina Orozco vs Dirsa Marcela Salazar, Buga, 2009
1r1q1rk1/5ppp/p7/3pbN2/P3n3/Q5P1/1P3P1P/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Kh8 Nc6 Qe8 Nxe5 Qxe5 Bf4 ]

e)
White mates in 7.
Jan Gantar vs Jernej Skuhala, Ptuj, 2011
2r2r2/1b3pkp/3p1pp1/p2Pn1Q1/1pqN4/6P1/PPP3BP/4RR1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf5+ if Kg8 Ne7+ Kg7 Qxf6+ Kh6 Nf5+ ]

2d)
Lina Orozco vs Dirsa Marcela Salazar

Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb Var. (B91) puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Miguel Saenz Narciso vs Camille Goulesque, Naujac sur Mer, 2013
r3k2r/1p1bbpp1/p2ppn2/n6p/Pq2PP2/1NN1B1PP/1PP3B1/R2Q1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Na2 if Qc4 Nxa5 or if Qxa4 Nc3 Nc4 Nxa4 ]

b)
Lazaros Zervos vs Zisis Tsaknakis, Rio Patra, 2013
2rr2k1/1p1nbppp/p2p1n2/q7/P1b1PNP1/2N1B2P/1PP2RB1/R2Q2K1 w - - 1 0
[ g5 Ne8 Nfd5 Bf8 b4 Bxd5 Nxd5 ]

c)
Vladimir Nevostrujev vs Pavel Smirnov, Kemerovo, 2013
1r3rk1/1q2bpp1/3p3p/4p3/1Bp1n3/2P3P1/1P1Q1PBP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qe3 if f5 Ra7 ]

d)
Georgios Beliotis vs Hristoforos Nemtsas, Athens, 2016
2rq1rk1/1b2bppp/pp1p4/2n1p1B1/P3n3/2N3P1/1PP2PBP/R2QRNK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxe7 if Qxe7 Nxe4 or if Nxc3 Qxd6 Qxd6 Bxd6 Bxg2 Kxg2 N3xa4 Bxf8 Kxf8 b4 ]

e)
Abdulla Gadimbayli vs Anastasya Paramzina, Baku, 2016
rnbqkb1r/3nppp1/pp1p3p/3N2B1/3NP3/6P1/PPP2P1P/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Ne6 if fxe6 Qh5+ mates ]

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Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb Var. (B91) puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Roman Mitra vs Ranesh Ratnesan, London, 2016
2r1k2r/3nbpp1/p2p1n2/3Pp2p/1P3P2/4B1PP/1Pq1N1B1/R2Q1RK1 w k - 1 0
[ Rc1 ]

b)
Vladislav Artemiev vs Anton Korobov, Riyadh, 2017
r2qk2r/1b1n1pbp/p2pp3/1p6/3N4/2N3P1/PPP2P1P/R1BQR1K1 w kq - 1 0
[ Nxe6 fxe6 Rxe6+ Kf8 Rxd6 Qc8 Rxd7 Qc6 Qd5 ]

c)
Ferenc Pal vs Vilmos Demeter, Hungary, 1994
3rkb1r/1p3p1p/p1n2p2/3qpP2/3p2P1/P7/1PP1NP1P/R2QKBR1 b Qk - 0 1
[ ...Qa5+ if b4 Nxb4 if f4 Nd3# or if Bg2 Nxc2+ or if axb4 Bxb4+ ]

d)
Svetlana Tsvetkova vs Marinela Doncheva, Sunny Beach, 2006
r1r3kb/1p1b1p1p/p2ppnpB/2q1n3/4PP2/2P3PP/PP1N2BK/R1QN1R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Neg4+ if Kh1 Nxh6 Nb3 Qh5 Nd4 Nxe4 or if hxg4 Nxg4+ Kh1 Qh5+ ]

e)
Sarah Hoolt vs Yuriy Kuzubov, Hengelo, 2007
2r2rk1/3n1ppp/3p4/p1nPpR2/PpB3Pq/1P2P1NP/2PQ2K1/R7 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxg3+ Kxg3 Ne4+ ]

f)
Annemarie Volkers vs Henk-Jan Visser, Amsterdam, 2011
1r1q1rk1/5p1p/p2R2p1/4p3/4Pn2/1P5P/P1PQ1PB1/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg5 if f3 Rbd8 ]

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