'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of John Nunn.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
John Nunn vs Gudmundur Sigurjonsson, London, 1975
4k2r/2r1bp1p/p3pnpB/8/8/2NR2P1/1PP2P1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg7 Rg8 Bxf6 Nxf6 Nd5 ]

b)
John Nunn vs Daniele Taruffi, Ostend, 1975
1nbqk2r/2p1bppp/1p1pP3/1p6/6r1/2N2N2/PPP1QPPP/R1B2RK1 w k - 0 1
[ Ne5 if Rh4 Nxf7 ]

c)
John Nunn vs Leon Piasetski, Buenos Aires, 1978
3r1k2/1p2qp2/4p1P1/1b2P2N/1n1pnQ2/pPp3P1/P4PK1/R7 w - - 0 1
[ g7+ Kg8 Nf6+ if Kxg7 Qg4+ mates ]

d)
White mates in 4.
John Nunn vs TC Fox, Bristol, 1980
r1b2rk1/p3Rp1p/3q2pQ/2pp2B1/3b4/3B4/PPP2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf8+ Kxf8 Bh6+ ]

e)
John Nunn vs William Hartston, England, 1981
4BR2/2rb3p/p2r3k/3p2R1/7P/1P6/2P5/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rh5+ Kg7 Rf7+ Kg8 Rg5+ Rg6 Rxd7 ]

1e)
John Nunn vs William Hartston

John Nunn Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
John Nunn vs Yehuda Gruenfeld, England, 1981
r4k2/4p1bQ/p2p1rp1/1p1P1qN1/8/3PB3/PP4PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6+ Rxe6 dxe6 Qxe6 Bh6 ]

b)
White mates in 7.
John Nunn vs Tarik, Lucerne, 1982
rn5k/pnq3p1/1pp1BrQ1/6p1/1bP5/7P/P4PP1/R1BR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5+ Rh6 Qe8+ Bf8 Qxf8+ Kh7 Bg8+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
John Nunn vs Stefan Duhr, Lugano, 1982
r6k/3R3p/2p3p1/2P1R3/2Q2P1q/7r/6P1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ Rxe8 Qd4+ ]

d)
John Nunn vs Vladimir Raicevic, Lugano, 1982
r1r3k1/p4pbp/1pq3p1/1QpR4/8/4B2P/PP3PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd8+ ]

e)
John Nunn vs Tigran Petrosian, Tilburg, 1982
2r1r3/p2qp1bk/1pn3pp/5p2/3P4/2P4P/P3BPP1/1RBQR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 Ne5 Bb5 ]

2b)
mate in 7
John Nunn vs Tarik

John Nunn Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
John Nunn vs Yasser Seirawan, Toluca, 1982
r6r/4kp2/p2qp3/1pbpQ3/8/1BP5/PP4PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7+ if Kxf7 Rf1+ Ke7 Qg7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
John Nunn vs Ivan Nemet, Biel, 1983
r5rR/3Nkp2/4p3/1Q4q1/np1N4/8/bPPR2P1/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Nc6+ if Ke8 Qxg5 ]

c)
John Nunn vs Klaus Wockenfuss, Germany, 1984
4k1r1/3b1p1p/1ppPp2B/3p4/1P6/r1q5/P2Q2PP/4RRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf2 if f6 Re3 ]

d)
John Nunn vs Hans Karl, Lugano, 1984
2kr3r/2p4p/p1b4p/3N4/2p1n3/5N2/PP3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Kb7 Nxc6 Kxc6 Ne5+ Kb6 Nf7 ]

e)
John Nunn vs Murray Chandler, London, 1985
1r1k3r/3b2bp/p2ppp1q/1p6/8/2NB1QP1/PPP5/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rh1 Qg5 Rh5 ]

3d)
John Nunn vs Hans Karl

John Nunn Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
John Nunn vs Nigel Davies, London, 1985
2r3k1/1p3p1p/1r4p1/p1qp1b2/3Q3P/2P1R3/PP1RBPP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
John Nunn vs Niaz Murshed, London, 1985
4q2k/5p1p/p4b1P/4B3/6R1/1P4Q1/KP3r2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bxf6+ Rxf6 Re4 ]

c)
White mates in 4.
John Nunn vs Nigel Short, Brussels, 1986
1r3rk1/1nqb2n1/6R1/1p1Pp3/1Pp3p1/2P4P/2B2QP1/2B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Kxg7 Bh6+ Kxh6 Qh4+ ]

d)
John Nunn vs Jim Plaskett, London, 1986
4r1k1/pppq1ppp/3p4/8/1nPPRQ2/3B4/PP3PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 if Re6 d5 ]

e)
White mates in 3.
John Nunn vs Miroslaw Sarwinski, Naleczow, 1987
4r2k/4R1pp/7N/p6n/qp6/6QP/5PPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qb3 if gxh6 Qf7 or if Nf6 Qh8+ or if Qxb3 Rxe8+ ]

4c)
mate in 4
John Nunn vs Nigel Short

John Nunn Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
John Nunn vs Kiril Georgiev, Linares, 1988
r1b1kbnr/pp1np1p1/1qp1p2p/8/3P4/3B4/PPPB1PPP/R2QK1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ Qh5+ Kd8 Ba5 ]

b)
White mates in 4.
John Nunn vs Lajos Portisch, Reykjavik, 1988
6rk/2p2p1p/p2q1p1Q/2p1pP2/1nP1R3/1P5P/P5P1/2B3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ ]

c)
John Nunn vs Michael Barnes, Sheffield, 1991
4bk2/5pbp/1r5q/3p4/1p1N4/2PB3Q/1P4PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Kxe8 Qc8+ Ke7 Nf5+ ]

d)
John Nunn vs James Howell, Sheffield, 1991
2bq2k1/pp1n2nr/3p1p2/1QpPpPp1/P1P1P1N1/6P1/2PBB1K1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ if Kf8 Nf7 ]

5c)
John Nunn vs Michael Barnes

John Nunn Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
John Nunn vs Andrew Kirisman, London, 1993
4rk2/1Q3p2/p3p3/3p1n2/1P4r1/P2P1RP1/1B5q/K3R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf5 if exf5 Rxe8+ Kxe8 Qc6+ mates ]

b)
John Nunn vs Normunds Miezis, France, 1999
r2qk2r/pp2npbp/7n/2p2RB1/3pN1p1/2PP4/PP4PP/RN1Q2K1 w kq - 0 1
[ Rf6 if Bxf6 Nxf6+ mates or if Neg8 Rxf7 or if Nhf5 Rxf5 ]

c)
John Nunn vs Mike Stolz, Germany, 2001
2Rb2r1/3nkp1p/1pQ1p3/p2pP2q/3P2P1/5N1P/1P3P2/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd6+ Ke8 Qc7 Ke7 Rxd8 ]

6c)
John Nunn vs Mike Stolz

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