The Sicilian Dragon



Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4 (ECO B79).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O Qa5 11.Bb3 Rfc8 12.h4



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)
Hans Zeitler vs Wilheim Weiss, Volklingen, 1970
r1r3k1/3bppbp/p1p2np1/3p4/3BP2P/1BN2Pq1/PPPQ2P1/1K4RR w - - 0 1
[ e5 if Nh5 Ne2 ]

b)
Kurt Essegern vs Klaus Trautmann, corr., 1974
r1r2k2/1p2ppbp/4bnp1/qp2R1B1/8/1BN1Q3/PPP3PP/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6 if fxe6 Qxe6 ]

c)
A Petelin vs Alexei Shirov, Ivano-Frankovsk, 1988
2r3k1/pp2pp1p/3p2p1/6P1/b3P2P/2PQBPn1/qP6/2KRR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3+ if Qxc3 Ne2+ or if bxc3 Qa1+ ]

d)
Manfred Nimtz vs Wolfgang Andre, Germany, 1994
2r3k1/pp1bppbp/q2p1npB/8/2r1P1P1/1NN2P2/PPPQ4/2KR3R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3 if bxc3 Nxe4 fxe4 Bxc3 ]

e)
Dennis Schumacher vs Jonas Markgraf, NRW, 1996
1rr5/3bppk1/3p2p1/2qP3p/p2Q3P/P1N2P2/1PpR2P1/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxd4 Rxd4 Rxc3 ]

f)
White mates in 5.
Dimitrios Marianidis vs M Kapetanakis, Ermoupoli, 1996
2r4k/p2b2bp/q2p1pp1/1p1Q4/2r1P3/1NN2P2/PPP3P1/1K1R3R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Rh1+ ]

g)
White mates in 4.
Bernd Baum vs Wirsam Mueller, Giessen, 1995
2r4k/ppqbpQ1p/3p1bpB/8/8/1Nr2P2/PPP3P1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bg7+ Bxg7 Rxh7+ ]

1d)
Manfred Nimtz vs Wolfgang Andre

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