Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Najdorf 7.f4 (ECO B96).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4



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)
Mikhail Tal vs Bent Larsen, Reykjavik, 1957
2rr2k1/1p3pp1/p1b4p/q2Np1b1/4P3/3R1Q2/PPP1B1PP/1K1R4 w - - 0 1
[ b4 if Qa4 Ra3 or if Qb5 Ne7+ Bxe7 Rxd8+ ]

b)
Mikhail Tal vs Georgi Tringov, Munich, 1958
r3kr2/1p1b1pp1/p1n1p2p/8/4q3/1N6/PPP1BKPP/R2Q1R2 w q - 0 1
[ Qxd7+ Kxd7 Nc5+ ]

c)
C Cormier vs Dubois, France, 1962
2b1k2r/3n1ppp/prN1p1q1/1pb5/8/2N2BP1/PPP1Q2P/R3KR2 w Qk - 0 1
[ Bh5 ]

d)
TJ Beach vs Colin Woodford, Hastings, 1965
2brr3/kp2bpp1/p1n1p2p/1q1pP3/N4P1P/PN3BP1/1PPQ4/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Qf2+ if Kb8 Nc3 or if d4 Bxc6 Qxc6 Nxd4 Rxd4 Qxd4+ ]

e)
Ernst Walther vs Spoden, BRD, 1970
r4n1r/1b2kpb1/1q1pp1p1/pB4pP/1p1NPP2/3Q4/PPP1N3/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ if bxc6 Qxd6+ mates ]

Recent B96 Games


B96 Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Erik Pedersen vs Peter Gallmeyer, Denmark, 1971
2b4r/4kpbp/p1q1pN2/1p5B/8/8/PPP3PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Ng8+ if Rxg8 Rxf7+ or if Ke8 Bxf7+ or if Kf8 Rd8+ ]

b)
White Mates in 9. V Kameshvaran vs Manuel Aaron, India, 1972
r6r/1p2k1p1/1n2b2p/4q1bQ/4P3/1BP5/PP4PP/1K1R1R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rf7+ if Ke8 Rxg7+ Kf8 Rf1+ ]

c)
Poor Sharifi vs Kamran Madani, Iran, 1972
1rb1k3/2qnbr1p/4Q3/1B2R3/8/8/PPP3PP/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rf5 if Rg7 Qf6 ]

d)
Werner Kunerth vs C Geert, BRD, 1973
r1k2b1r/1b3Qp1/1q2p2p/1p2P3/1n5B/2N2N2/PPP3PP/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ Qe8+ Kc7 Nxb5+ ]

e)
Jan Timman vs Lev Polugaevsky, Hilversum, 1973
2kr1b1r/1b3pp1/p2ppn1p/qp1N4/3NPP2/3B3Q/PPP3PP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nb3 ]

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