Caro-Kann: 567 Puzzles

Here are some chess puzzles from the Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation (ECO B16).



1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6


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)
Zbynek Hracek vs Oscar Castro, Manila, 1992
r4rk1/1p1n1p2/1qp1p1pQ/p4p2/P2P4/5NP1/1PP2PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 Nf6 Rxe6 if fxe6 Qxg6+ Kh8 Nxe6 ]

b)
Juliana Leone vs Brenda Sanchez Gaytan, South America, 1996
2kr3r/pp1q1p1p/1npb1p2/8/2Pp1Q2/5NB1/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxd6 Qxd6 Bxd6 Rxd6 c5 ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Jose Maria Arboleya vs Zanabili Amer, Asturias, 1998
3rkr2/pp1nbp1p/2p2p1N/8/2B5/8/PPP2PPP/2KRR3 w - - 1 0
[ Nf5 if Ne5 Ng7# or if Rh8 Rxe7+ Kf8 Rxf7+ ]

d)
Pedro Medina vs Sakari Aalto, corr., 2000
r3kbr1/pp1npp1p/2p1bpq1/6N1/3P1B2/2P4P/PP1KBPP1/R2Q3R w q - 1 0
[ Nxe6 if fxe6 Bh5 ]

e)
J Parramon vs Miguel Tarrago Domingo, Balaguer, 2001
2kr1b1r/p1q2p1p/1pp1bp2/4n3/QP1B4/2P3N1/P3BPPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ f4 Nd7 f5 Bd5 c4 ]

1a)
Zbynek Hracek vs Oscar Castro

Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16) puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Markus Schaefer vs Hans-Gerd Schmedders, Senden, 2004
r3kb1r/pp1n1p2/4pp2/q2p1b2/2B2N1p/4B3/PPP1QPPP/2KR3R w kq - 1 0
[ Rxd5 if Bc5 Bd2 Qb6 Rxf5 or if exd5 Bb6+ ]

b)
Konstantin Aseev vs David Bronstein, Moscow, 1982
r3k2r/pp1n1p2/2pbp1p1/5p2/2BP3q/5QN1/PPP2PP1/R1B1R1K1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bxg3 if fxg3 Qxd4+ ]

c)
Matjaz Mikac vs Dragoljub Ciric, Pula, 1986
2k3r1/ppqn1Q2/2pbp1r1/5p2/P1BP2P1/2P4P/1P3P2/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg4+ hxg4 Rxg4+ Kh1 Qd8 ]

d)
Sebestyen Antal vs Gyorgy Doleschall, Budapest, 1987
2kr1br1/pp3p2/2p1pp2/3n1q1p/3P3P/2P1B1P1/PP1NQP2/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 if bxc3 Ba3# ]

e)
G Wallwork vs Alan Crombleholme, Great Britain, 1988
2kr1b1r/ppq2p1b/2p2p1B/4n2P/8/2P3N1/PP2BPP1/R1Q1K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Nd3+ Bxd3 Bxh6 Qxh6 Bxd3 if Qe3 Rhe8
or if Qd2 Rhe8+ or if Qxf6 Rhe8+ Kd1 Bf5+ Kc1 Qf4#
]

2b)
Konstantin Aseev vs David Bronstein

Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16) puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jack Killane vs Carl Haessler, corr., 1990
2kr3r/pp1n1p1p/2pqppb1/8/3P3N/2PB1Q2/PP3PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxd3 if Qxd3 Qf4+ or if Rxd3 Ne5 ]

b)
Bjarni Magnusson vs Chris Grier, corr., 1990
1k1r2r1/ppqnbp1p/2p1b2B/4p3/P6N/2P3P1/1PQ2PBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh4 gxh4 Bh3 ]

c)
Evgeny Vassiliev vs Ruslan Udalkin, Kaliningrad, 1992
Qn2kb1r/p4p1p/2p5/1q5b/8/8/PPP1NPPP/R3KB1R b KQk - 0 1
[ ...Qxb2 Rc1 Qxc1+ if Nxc1 Bb4+ mates ]

d)
Luis Romero vs Eduardo Recoulat, Villa Ballester, 1993
2k5/pp3p2/1qp1pp2/4n3/1b1r2PN/1Q6/PPPB2PP/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxd2 Rxd2 Bxd2+ Kxd2 Qf2+ ]

e)
D Lattanzi vs Savino Di Lascio, Palocco, 1998
r2qkbr1/pp1n1p1p/2p1pp2/7Q/2BP3N/2P2P2/PPbK2PP/R1B4R b q - 0 1
[ ...Rg5 ]

3c)
Evgeny Vassiliev vs Ruslan Udalkin

Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16) puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 6.
Flavio Marques Prol vs Adrian Elwin, Bento Goncalves, 2001
r2qk2r/pp1n1p2/2p1p3/2P2p2/3P2p1/6P1/PP1NBP1b/R1BQ1R1K b kq - 0 1
[ ...Bxg3+ Kg2 Rh2+ Kxg3 Qc7+ ]

b)
Fabrice Wantiez vs Johnny Schalkx, Belgium, 2001
2kr1b1r/ppq2p1p/2p1p3/3P1p2/Q1P2Pn1/5B2/PP4PP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb6+ Kh1 Nf2+ Rxf2 Qxf2 ]

c)
Philip Gerstoft vs Flemming Skjoldager, Copenhagen, 2004
2kr1b1r/pp3p1p/1np1pp2/5q2/3P1B2/5N1P/PPPQ1PP1/2KRR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nc4 ]

d)
Arnaud Lassalle vs Steve Minet, France, 2005
2kr1b1r/pp3p2/1np1ppp1/q7/3P1B2/1BP5/PP2QPPP/1K1R3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qf5+ ]

e)
Oskar Bjarnason vs Andrew Lumsdon, Basel, 2007
1k1r1b1r/ppq2p1p/1np2p2/Q3pb2/3P4/2P1BNP1/PP3PBP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd5 ]

4a)
mate in 6
Flavio Marques Prol vs Adrian Elwin

Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16) puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
K Olgag vs Vladimir Bagrunov, Dresden, 2008
3rk1r1/pp2pp1p/4bp1b/q7/PR1P4/2P2P2/3N1KPP/3Q1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qg5 if Ne4 Qe3# or if Bb5+ Kf8 Ne4 Qxg2+ ]

b)
Nikolaj Mikkelsen vs Karsten Rasmussen, Denmark, 2011
2kr3r/pp1n1p2/2pqp1b1/5p1p/2BP4/2P2Q2/PP2NPPP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne5 if dxe5 Qxd1+ mates or if Qg3 Nxc4 ]

c)
Ruud Bosch vs Maxim Turov, Helmond, 2012
2kr1br1/pp2pp1p/2p2p2/7q/2PP1Bb1/1P3N2/P3QPPP/2KR2R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e5 if Bg3 Ba3+ Kb1 e4 or if dxe5 Ba3+ Kc2 Qf5+ ]

5a)
K Olgag vs Vladimir Bagrunov

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