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Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav, 7...0-0 (ECO B76).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O



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)
Manfred Boeven vs Hans Kruetzfeld, corr., 1969
r7/p3p1kp/2pn2p1/2B1bq2/5N2/8/PPP2Q1P/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe5 ]

b)
Alexander Malevinsky vs K Zawada, Volgograd, 1974
3rr1k1/p1q2pb1/2p3p1/2BnpbQ1/4N3/5P2/PPP3P1/2KR1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if Rxd5 Nf6+ Bxf6 Qxf6 ]

c)
John Van Der Wiel vs Gyula Sax, Plovdiv, 1983
2r3k1/pr2pbb1/5nQ1/1pq1B3/5P2/P1N5/1PP3P1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qxf7 Rg8 Bxf6 Qf5 Rh1+ Qh7 Qh5 ]

d)
White Mates in 6.
Lars-Ake Schneider vs Jan-Olov Lind, Sweden, 1983
r1r3k1/pp2pp1p/4b2Q/6Pp/4Nq2/3B1P2/PPP5/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ exf6 Bxh7+ Kh8 Bf5+ ]

e)
Kari Hokkanen vs Carmelo Crispi, corr., 1985
r1bq1rk1/pp2ppbp/1n4pB/8/2BN4/5P2/PPPQ2PP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 ]

Recent B76 Games


B76 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Anders Svensson vs B Karlsson, Sweden, 1989
r1b2rk1/pp3pnp/6p1/3N2P1/8/5P2/qPPQ3P/2KR1BR1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb4 if Be6 Bc4 or if b6 Nf6+ ]

b)
Markus Loeffler vs Mieczyslaw Bakalarz, Dortmund, 1989
5r1k/pp1bp2p/3p2nQ/q6p/2BNP3/2P2P2/P1P5/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rg1 if Qxc3 Qxf8+ mates ]

c)
White Mates in 4.
Ugo Guerra vs Tobias Werther, San Benedetto del Tronto, 1989
2r3k1/pp4rp/1q1p2pQ/1N2p1PR/2nNP3/5P2/PPP5/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

d)
Raset Ziatdinov vs Norbert Sehner, Dieren, 1990
2r2r2/1pq2pk1/pn1pp1p1/6QR/4B3/5P2/PPP3P1/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ if Kxh7 Qf6 ]

e)
Ligia-Letitia Jicman vs Viorica Ionescu-Ilie, Romania, 1992
1rnr3k/pp2ppbp/q5p1/3NP3/5P2/2N1BQ2/PPP3PP/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nc7 ]



B76 Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. A Cubero vs Wen Yen Lin, Caceres, 1993
r5k1/pp2ppb1/3p4/q3P1QR/6b1/r2B1p2/1PP5/1K4R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxg7+ ]

b)
Vojtech Slovik vs Andrej Jancura, Bratislava, 1994
r4rk1/pp3p1n/1q4pp/4P3/3RN1bP/8/PPP5/2KQ1B1R w - - 0 1
[ Qxg4 if Qxd4 Nf6+ ]

c)
White Mates in 3. Greg Small vs Ilan Kreitner, Las Vegas, 1994
rq2r2k/pp2p2p/3p1pp1/6R1/4P3/4B3/PPP1Q3/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 ]

d)
Avten Isaeva vs Ingela Eriksson, Litomysl, 1994
2r2rk1/pp3pb1/3pqnp1/7p/3B2PP/5P2/PPPQ4/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 1
[ g5 if Nd7 Bh3 Qe7 Rhe1 Qd3 Bxg7 w/Qxd6 ]

e)
Carlos Rios vs Luis Abdo, Asuncion, 1998
3q1rk1/pp2p1bp/3p1np1/8/2rBP1P1/2N2P2/PPPQ4/2K2R1R w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6 if Bxf6 Qd5+ ]

B76 Puzzles, Part IV. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Karlheinz Maeder vs David Levy, Haifa, 1970
r1bq1rk1/pp2ppbp/6p1/3n4/1nB5/1NN1BP2/PPPQ2PP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 bxc3 Nxa2+ Kb1 Nxc3+ if Qxd8 Nxd1+ ]

b)
Istvan Polgar vs Peter Dely, Kecskemet, 1972
1r4k1/p4pbp/4b1p1/8/3P4/qB3P2/PP1Q3P/1K1R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3 if axb3 Bf5+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. Brigitte Burchardt vs Jutta Scholz, Potsdam, 1974
r3n1k1/3b1pb1/r2pp1p1/1q5p/1pB1PN1P/2P1BP2/1P1QN1P1/1K1R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...b3 ]

d)
Jesper Hall vs William Watson, Chester, 1979
r1r3k1/ppq1ppbp/3p1np1/3P3P/3B4/5P2/PPPQ2P1/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh6 ]

e)
Halldor Einarsson vs Haukur Angantysson, Reykjavik, 1984
1rr3k1/p3ppbp/4q3/Q4p2/3B4/1P3P2/P5PP/1K1RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3 axb3 Qxb3+ Ka1 Rc1+ ]

B76 Puzzles, Part V. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Antonio Fernandes vs Angel Martin Gonzalez, Barcelona, 1985
1rr3k1/p3ppPp/3pbnp1/q2N4/4P1P1/5P2/1BPQ4/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb2 Kxb2 Rb8+ ]

b)
J Menken vs C Reitz, BRD, 1985
1rr3k1/p3pp1p/3pbbpP/3N4/qPP1P1P1/5P2/1P1Q4/1K1R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd5 exd5 Rxb4 if Rh2 Rxb2 ]

c)
Petter Fossan vs Christopher Ward, Gausdal, 1987
r4rk1/pp2ppbp/3pbnp1/q3n3/3NP1PP/2N1BP2/PPPQ4/1K1R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxf3 if Nxf3 Nxe4 Qd3 Nxc3 bxc3 Bxc3 ]

d)
Rudy Van Wessel vs Rene Olthof, Netherlands, 1988
r1r3k1/p4p1p/q2Qpbp1/1p5P/4P1P1/5P2/PPP5/1K1R1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 ]

e)
Gaston Dorenberg vs Liafbern Riemersma, Enschede, 1992
6k1/pp2pp1p/3p2p1/q4b2/7P/2r2P2/3Q4/3RKB1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe5+ if Be2 Rc2 ]

B76 Puzzles, Part VI. Black to move and win except where noted.
a)
Tibor Nikovits vs Gabor Pirisi, Hungary, 1992
1rr5/p1q1ppk1/6p1/3Q3p/7P/1P3P2/P1PR2P1/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 if Qc4 Qe5 or if Qe4 Qc3 ]

b)
Lenka Majercikova vs Libuse Skacelova-Zahorovska, Ostrava, 1992
r1bq1rk1/pp2ppbp/2n3p1/3n4/3N4/2N1BP2/PPPQ2PP/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxe3 ]

c)
Tomas Paulovic vs Evzen Rottenborn, Chrudim, 1993
r1b2rk1/pp2ppbp/2q3p1/8/3B4/5P2/PPPQ2PP/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 if Qb4 a5 or if Qc3 Qd6 ]

d)
Marco Ori vs Christopher Duncan, London, 1993
2r2rk1/p3ppbp/3p2p1/qp5b/3BP1nR/2NB1N2/PPPQ4/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh6 ]

e)
Aleksei Holmsten vs Markku Hartikainen, Helsinki, 1994
r2q1bk1/p6p/2p1b1p1/3npp2/8/2N2P2/PPP3PP/2KRQB1R b - - 0 1
[ Bh6+ if Kb1 Nxc3 bxc3 Bxa2+ mates
or if Rd2 Nxc3 bxc3 Rb8 a4 Qb6
]

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