### Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Taimanov (ECO B45).1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

a)
Kent Vanman vs Ronny Hansson, Sweden, 1976
r4rk1/p2b1ppp/2p1pq2/2b5/8/2PB2Q1/P1PB1PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg5 if Bd6 Qh4 or if Qxc3 Bxh7+ ]

b)
William Schill vs Roger Rioux, Vancouver, 1979
r1bqkb1r/pp2nppp/2n5/1N1p4/8/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Bf4 ]

c)
M Dessens vs P Roosendaal, corr, 1984
r1b1k1nr/p2p1ppp/1qp1p3/8/3bP3/2N5/PPP1BPPP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 1 0
[ Na4 if Qb4 c3 ]

d)
Franciscus Borm vs Dennis Dieks, Hilversum, 1984
r1b1r1k1/p1q2ppp/4pn2/2p5/2p2P1Q/3B4/PBP3PP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 if gxf6 Qh6 f5 Rf3 or if cxd3 Qg5 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Slobodan Joksimovic vs A Karambinas, Karditsa, 1984
r1bq2k1/p2pr2p/2p1pnBB/8/8/6Q1/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bf7+ Kxf7 Qg7+ ]

1e)
mate in 3
Slobodan Joksimovic vs A Karambinas

Sicilian, Taimanov (B45) puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
David Powell vs Herbert Nagel, London, 1985
r1b1k2r/pp3ppp/2n1pn2/q7/1b1Np3/P1N2P2/1PPQB1PP/R1B1K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ axb4 if Qxa1 Nb3 ]

b)
P Wason vs D Grobler, corr., 1987
r1bq2kr/pp3ppp/2n5/2QN2n1/5p2/2P5/P1P2PPP/2KR1B1R w - - 1 0
[ Ne7+ Qxe7 Qxe7 if Nxe7 Rd8# ]

c)
Laszlo Lengyel vs Tamas Binder, Fuzesabony, 1994
r1b2rk1/p1q2ppp/2pb4/8/P2R4/2PBB3/2PQ2PP/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd6 if Qxd6 Bxh7+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Josip Drlje vs Denis Rosandic, Pula, 1997
r1b4r/ppb1kpp1/4pn1p/qB2P1Q1/8/2N5/PPP2PPP/2KR3R w - - 1 0
[ exf6+ gxf6 Qc5+ ]

e)
Richard Saathoff vs Peter Erlbeck, Ansbach, 2000
r3k2r/p2pn1pp/bqp1p3/2b1Pp2/2P2P2/P4KN1/1P4PP/R1BQ1B1R w kq - 1 0
[ b4 Bd4 c5 ]

2b)
P Wason vs D Grobler

Sicilian, Taimanov (B45) puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Yrjo Rantanen vs Jorma Lehtioksa, Finland, 2003
2b4r/r4kpp/p1nBpp2/qp1p4/8/2PR2Q1/P1P1BPPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg7+ if Ke8 Bh5+ or if Kxg7 Rg3+ Kf7 Bh5# ]

b)
Jesus Baena vs Jose Cosano Montero, San Fernando, 2003
2rq3r/pp2kppp/4p3/3nn3/1b6/2NB4/PPPB1PPP/R2QK2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Nxd5+ ]

c)
Ion Leca vs Laurentiu Mamaliga, Kishinev, 2007
r1b3r1/pp1pkppp/1qn1p3/1Nb5/8/2P1B1Q1/P1P2PPP/R3KB1R w KQ - 1 0
[ Qg5+ f6 Bxc5+ if Kf7 Qh5+ mates ]

d)
Daria Charochkina vs Galina Strutinskaya, Moscow, 2009
r2k1b1r/p2p3p/bqp1pp2/7Q/1P6/2PB4/P4PPP/R1B1K2R w KQ - 1 0
[ Be3 Qb7 Qa5+ ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Alexander Van Der Merwe vs Julio Alfredo Chiappero, Pocos de Caldas, 2017
1r1qk1r1/p4ppp/Q3p3/3p4/4n3/B7/P1P2PPP/1R3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qc6+ ]

3c)
Ion Leca vs Laurentiu Mamaliga

Sicilian, Taimanov (B45) puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Emanuel Lasker vs Julius Dimer, Germany, 1904
r3kr2/p1npb1pp/bq2p3/4P1N1/1PP4P/4B3/5PP1/R2QKB1R b KQq - 0 1
[ ...Bxb4+ if Ke2 Bxc4+ or if Bd2 Qxf2# ]

b)
Max Euwe vs Gerard Kroone, Amsterdam, 1919
r1b1r1k1/p4ppp/1qp1p3/3pP3/3Qn3/B1P2P2/P1P1B1PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc3 Qxb6 axb6 if Bb2 Nxe2+ ]

c)
Kurt Rattmann vs Guenther Wolf, corr., 1969
2r3k1/pp3ppp/4b3/4p2Q/1B1q4/P7/1PP2PPP/2K2B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 ]

d)
Christina Domsgen vs Eva Mozna-Hojdarova, Erfurt, 1972
r1b1k2r/p4ppp/2p1p3/2b5/4P2q/8/PPPBB1PP/R3QK1R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qf6+ if Bf3 Ba6+ ]

e)
Christian Melzer vs Istvan Almasi, Budapest, 1993
2b1k2r/p4ppp/2pQp3/4q3/1r2Nn2/5P2/PPP3PP/R3KB1R b KQk - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4+ ]

4b)
Max Euwe vs Gerard Kroone

Sicilian, Taimanov (B45) puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 5.
Jerome Bert vs Patrice Lerch, Nantes, 1993
r5r1/p2pkp1p/b1p1pp2/8/4P3/1Bq4P/P1P2PP1/R3Q1KR b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kxg2 Rg8+ Kh2 Qe5+ ]

b)
Black mates in 6.
David Rivas Vila vs Ivan Andres Gonzalez, Asturias, 1998
2r4r/pp1pkp2/4pp2/4n3/4P3/2qB4/P1PQ1PPP/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ gxf3 Rcg8+ if Kh1 Rxh2+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
Stephane Edmands vs Rebecca Harris, Perth, 2004
r1b1k2r/p2p2pp/4p3/3pP3/1b1q4/5P2/PP1B3P/R2QKB1R b kq - 0 1
[ ...Qh4+ Ke2 Ba6+ Ke3 Bc5# ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Wannes Van Den Berghe vs Willem Van Melkebeke, Houffalize, 2009
r1br2k1/p5pp/1qp1p3/4Qp2/8/P1B1nP2/1PP3PP/R3KB1R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Nxc2+ Ke2 Ba6+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Vladimir Likhopek vs Marina Chigrinova, Krasnodar, 2010
1rb2rk1/p1q2ppp/2p1p3/3p3n/4P3/P1N2PbP/1PP1BBP1/1R1QR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ if Kxf2 Qb6+ or if Kf1 Be3 g4 Qh2 ]

5b)
mate in 6
David Rivas Vila vs Ivan Andres Gonzalez

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