'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Bela Toth.
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)
Soyka vs Bela Toth, Vienna, 1964
r1b1kr2/pp1p2pp/2np4/4p3/2B4q/3P4/PPP1Q1PP/RNB3KR b q - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Qd2 Qg4 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Bela Toth vs Vladilen Popov, Budapest, 1965
r1b1r3/pp1n4/5RBp/2pP2p1/N6k/7P/P2B2P1/7K w - - 1 0
[ Kh2 Re2 Be1+ ]

c)
Drago Bulatovic vs Bela Toth, Cava de'Tirreni, 1973
4rrk1/4q2p/3p2pb/p1p5/2P1b3/1P2BN2/P3QRPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxf3 if Rxf3 Rxf3 ]

d)
Ileano Bonfa vs Bela Toth, Zeri, 1974
r3r1k1/pp3ppp/2p2b2/5b2/2P1P3/1P1R2P1/P5BP/1RB3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4 if Rd1 Re2 ]

e)
Black mates in 2.
Renato Cappello vs Bela Toth, Pesaro, 1975
2br3k/1r5p/4pPRQ/1p2q3/pP5R/P7/B1P4P/2K5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa1+ ]

1c)
Drago Bulatovic vs Bela Toth

Bela Toth puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Bela Toth vs Jean-Luc Seret, Haifa, 1976
1n4k1/1ppq2r1/3P4/3Pp2Q/rPN1P3/6pp/8/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ Kxf8 Qh8+ Kf7 Rf1+ Kg6 Nxe5+ ]

b)
Fabrizio Natalucci vs Bela Toth, Reggio Emilia, 1977
1r3rk1/2qb1pp1/p2pp2p/7N/1p1RPP2/n4B2/PPP3PP/K1Q4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nxc2+ Kb1 Rfc8 Rd3 Na3+ bxa3 bxa3+ ]

c)
Bela Toth vs Yrjo Rantanen, Oslo, 1978
6k1/r4pp1/pp1q2Bp/2pr1R2/2P1P3/6QP/PP4P1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxd5 if Qxg3 Re8# or if Qf7 Qb8+ ]

d)
Franco Rupeni vs Bela Toth, Italy, 1981
2r1rbk1/1bqn1p1p/pp2pnpB/8/1PPN4/P1N1R2Q/5PPP/R4BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxh6 Qxh6 Ng4 ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Giancarlo Franzoni vs Bela Toth, Biel, 1981
6k1/3q1ppp/4p3/3p4/p1r1nP2/R1P5/1r4PP/R1QB2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qa7+ Kh1 Nf2+ ]

2a)
Bela Toth vs Jean-Luc Seret

Bela Toth puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Bela Toth vs Stefan Kindermann, Biel, 1983
7k/2p3pp/1pNp2r1/2nQ1Bn1/8/p3rP2/1B1R2Pq/3K1R2 w - - 1 0
[ Ne7 if Nge6 Qa8+ ]

b)
Eric Lobron vs Bela Toth, Rome, 1983
3r2k1/pp1q1pp1/2p3rp/2PnBNn1/6Q1/7P/PP2RPP1/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...h5 Qxh5 Qxf5 Kh1 Rh6 ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Bela Toth vs Herzog, Plovdiv, 1985
1r4k1/4pp2/1q1p2pQ/3P4/1P3N2/r4nP1/2R2PK1/2R5 w - - 1 0
[ Rc8+ if Qd8 Rh1 ]

d)
Plani vs Bela Toth, Trieste, 2004
2b2rk1/6b1/1p1qnnpp/1N1p1p2/1P1Pp3/1N2P1P1/4QPBP/4BRK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba6 if Nxd6 Bxe2 or if Bc3 Qd7 ]

e)
Bela Toth vs Simon Stoeri, Switzerland, 2012
1r2r1k1/1p3p1p/p2p3n/P1pPbP2/4NBnq/7P/1PQ1B1P1/R4R1K w - - 1 0
[ Bg5 if Qh5 Bxh6 Qxh6 Bxg4 ]

f)
Bela Toth vs Quinten Ducarmon, Basel, 2015
3r2k1/p3qppp/bp2pn2/3n4/BP1BN3/P4PQ1/6PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Bxf6 Nxf6 Rxd8+ Qxd8 Nxf6+ if Qxf6 Qb8+ mates ]

3f)
Bela Toth vs Quinten Ducarmon


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