'Kan/Taimanov Sicilian: 548 Chess Puzzles'



Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian (ECO B40).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6


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 3.
A Saalbach vs H Pollmaecher, Leipzig, 1861
rnbk1b1r/ppqpnQ1p/4p1p1/2p1N1B1/4N3/8/PPP2PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 1 0
[ Qe8+ Kxe8 Nf6+ Kd8 Nf7# ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Edwin Bhend vs Wolfgang Kaiser, Lugano, 1982
r3r1k1/1pq1bp1p/p1b1p1p1/2p5/P3n3/1P1BR2Q/1BPP1PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxh7+ if Kxh7 Rh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Gerhard Kitzler vs F Isenecker, Pinneberg, 1995
r1b2rnk/6p1/p1n1pp2/2qpP1N1/Pp6/1P1B4/2P2PPP/RN1Q1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh5+ Nh6 Qg6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Pieter Buzing vs D Holttackers, Hengelo, 1996
r1bq1rk1/1p3p1p/pnnbp3/2p3p1/2P5/1P6/PB1P1PPP/RB1QK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Bxh7+ Kxh7 Qh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Alexey Feoktistov vs Dmitri Saulin, Moscow, 1996
r1b2rk1/pp2b1p1/2n1p1P1/2p5/5q2/1PB5/P1PPQPP1/R3K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Rh8+ Kxh8 Qh5+ ]

1a)
mate in 3
A Saalbach vs H Pollmaecher

Sicilian (B40) puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Van Huy Nguyen vs Huynh Minh Nguyen, Can Tho, 1998
r1bqr1k1/pp1pb2p/2n1p1p1/4P3/3NQP2/2PB2P1/P1PB4/R3K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Rxh7 Nxe5 fxe5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Gulliermo Mendoza vs Adrian Blejman, Guaymallen, 2001
r1bqkr2/pp4Qp/4pP2/3p2B1/1P6/2P5/5PPP/n2K1B1R w q - 1 0
[ Bb5+ Bd7 Re1 ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Thibaut Maenhout vs Sophie Welling, Hengelo, 2003
rnbqkbnr/1p1p2p1/p3p2p/4Pp2/3N4/2NB2Q1/PPP2PPP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Qg6+ Ke7 Nxf5+ exf5 Nd5# ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Vasilios Kotrotsos vs Alexandra Stiri, Iraklion, 2005
r2qk2r/3p1ppp/p1nQpn2/1p6/2N1b3/BP6/P1P2PPP/R3KB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Qf8+ Rxf8 Nd6+ Ke7 Nf5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Nina Shushpanova vs Alberto De Luna, St.Petersburg, 2005
r1bbkr2/pp1pqpQp/2n1p2B/4P2B/8/2P5/P5PP/R2K1R2 w q - 1 0
[ Rxf7 if Rxf7 Qg8+ ]

2d)
mate in 4
Vasilios Kotrotsos vs Alexandra Stiri

Sicilian (B40) puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Denis Palkovich vs Viacheslav Malyi, Novoshachtinsk, 2007
rnb2r1k/1p1pbP1p/4p3/1p2P3/6Q1/2q1B3/P1P2PP1/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Bd3+ Qxd3 Rh1+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Milan Hruby vs Jakub Routner, Czech Republic, 2007
4rrk1/1bqn1p1p/pp3bN1/2pp4/5P2/1P1B3R/PBPPQ1PP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Rxe7 Qg4+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Ariel Ichak vs Kerem Ozcan, Kemer, 2007
rnbq3r/pp1pkppp/4p3/1N6/5Q2/2n5/PPP2PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Ke8 Nd6+ Kf8 Qxd8# ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Pawel Morzywolek vs Ewa Efinowicz, Wroclaw, 2008
r1bq1r2/pp1nbpkB/2n1p1p1/3pP1N1/3P3Q/2N5/PP3PPP/R1B2RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe6+ fxe6 Qh6+ if Kh8 Bxg6+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Jovana Eric vs Marija Dragojevic, Belgrade, 2011
r1bkr3/pp1p1ppp/3Q1n2/5q2/2p2B2/2N2NP1/PP3PBP/R2K3R w - - 1 0
[ Qc7+ Ke7 Bd6+ Ke6 Nd4# ]

3d)
mate in 4
Pawel Morzywolek vs Ewa Efinowicz

Sicilian (B40) puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Sara Kereszturi vs Istvan Almasi, Hungary, 1992
rnbqkr2/pp1p1pQp/4p3/4P3/3N4/2b5/P1PB1PPP/R3KB1R b KQq - 0 1
[ ...Bxd4 Bb4 Bc5 Bxc5 Qa5+ ]

b)
Fernando Bayarri Ros vs Lahuerta Gasco, Spain, 1992
r2qk2r/p4ppp/2p1p3/8/2PB1n2/4QP2/P1P3PP/R4RK1 b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 Qxd4 Ne2+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Nhu Quynh Pham vs Phuong Hanh Luong, Can Tho, 1996
r3r1k1/pp2qppp/8/3n2Q1/3N2b1/1PpP2P1/P1P2PBP/R1B3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe1+ Bf1 Qxf1+ ]

d)
Jose Gavira vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Dos Hermanas, 2000
r2q1rk1/1b2bpp1/2p2n1p/2PppP2/1P2P3/3BB3/3N2PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa1 Qxa1 Ng4 if Bf2 dxe4 or if Re1 dxe4 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Hendrik Van Dijk vs Gautier Houck, France, 2004
r1b1k2r/1pq5/p1p2pp1/2b1p3/P3PPp1/1P4P1/1BPN3P/R2Q1R1K b kq - 0 1
[ ...Rxh2+ Kxh2 Qh7+ ]

4c)
mate in 4
Nhu Quynh Pham vs Phuong Hanh Luong

Sicilian (B40) puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Nodira Parpieva vs Radha Jain, Vung Tau, 2008
r1b1k2r/pp1p1pPp/1q2p3/2b5/3n4/8/PPP1NPPP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Bxf2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Katerina Nemcova vs Werner Aeschbach, Zuerich, 2008
r1bq2k1/pp4pp/1bn1pr2/3p1n2/N4P2/1N1B4/PPP3PP/R1BQ1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Martin Schmidt vs Marco Siebarth, Internet, 2011
r4rk1/pp4pp/1b6/3pn2q/5Bb1/1N1B2P1/PP1Q1PP1/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Bxf3 ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Roman Staruch vs Adam Czajkowski, Dadaj, 2012
r1b1k1r1/pp3p1p/2p1p3/2bqP3/2n5/1NP2Qp1/P2P1PPP/RNB2RK1 b q - 0 1
[ ...Qxf3 gxf3 gxf2+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Luis Padilla vs Javier Monroy Garzon, Santa Cruz, 2014
r3k1r1/2q1Bp1p/p1pb4/2p5/8/3P1N1b/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 b q - 0 1
[ ...Bxh2+ Nxh2 Rxg2+ Kh1 Qxh2# ]

5d)
mate in 4
Roman Staruch vs Adam Czajkowski

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