'Tactics in the Najdorf'



Here are some chess puzzles from the Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation (ECO B92).



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2



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)
Isaac Kashdan vs H Baker, New York, 1942
r3k2r/1bq1ppbp/3p2p1/p2n4/3N1P2/2P1BB2/1P1Q2PP/R4RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Bxd5 if Bxd5 Nb5 Qb7 Qxd5 Qxd5 Nc7+ ]

b)
J Haase vs Petzold, DDR, 1972
1qrb2k1/3n1ppp/bprp4/pN1NpPB1/P3n3/2P2B2/1P1R2PP/R3Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd8 if Nxd2 Ne7+ ]

c)
Lasbeis vs Ramazotti, corr., 1986
r2r2k1/1p2bppp/p1q5/P1nnpPB1/2R5/1NNQ4/1PP3PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxe7 ]

d)
R Moll vs Reinke, corr., 1987
2r2rk1/1p1nbp1p/p1bp1p2/q3p1PB/4P3/P1N1B3/1PP4P/R3QRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 Qd8 Nxe7+ Qxe7 gxf6 Nxf6 Bg5 ]

e)
B Hoheneder vs Marianne Hartlaub, Bayern, 1988
r3r1k1/2q2pbp/p1pp2p1/5b2/2QBnP1P/2N2B2/PPP3P1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7 Kxg7 Bxe4 d5 Nd5 ]

1d)
R Moll vs Reinke

B92 Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Gary Basanta vs Nicholas Taylor, Vancouver, 1988
2r2rk1/1pq1bppp/p2p1n2/4nN2/P3PB2/2N5/1PP1Q1PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Qd7 Nxe7 Qxe7 Nd5 Qe6 Rxf6
or if Bd8 Nxd6 Rb8 Bxf6 Bxf6 Nd5
]

b)
Kari Muhonen vs James Yonkers, corr., 1990
r1r2b2/2q2ppk/p2p1n2/1p1Pp3/8/4B3/PPPN2QP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if gxf6 Kh1 Qxc2 Rg1 Qg6 Qh3+ ]

c)
Petr Zvara vs Vasil Trichkov, Prague, 1991
2r1k2r/1p1n1pp1/p4n2/P2PpP1p/R4R2/BN6/2q1Q1PP/7K w k - 0 1
[ Rac4 Rxc4 Rxc4 if Qxb3 Rc8# ]

d)
Biser Vutov vs Vladimir Prokopiev, Teteven, 1991
rn1qkb1r/1b2pppp/p2p1n2/1p6/3NP3/2N2B2/PPP2PPP/R1BQK2R w KQkq - 0 1
[ e5 ]

e)
Bockai Bazaj vs Ana Benderac, Bled, 1992
rn2kb1r/1bq1pp1p/p4p2/8/3N4/5B2/PBP3PP/R2Q1RK1 w kq - 0 1
[ Ne6 if Qc8 Bxb7 Qxb7 Qd8# or if fxe6 Bh5# ]

2b)
Kari Muhonen vs James Yonkers

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