Stick a fork in him, he's done!
Z Mestrovic vs Gligoric, 1971
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1
A knight does the trick!
Z Gofshtein vs M Gurevich, 2001
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0
Careful of that stalemate...
I Khamrakulova vs E Ubiennykh, 2001
(C45) Scotch Game, 80 moves, 1-0
A knight check can win a tempo and the game
W Sauermann vs N A Preo, 1965
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 50 moves, 0-1
Never miss a mate in one!
W Strum vs J McManus, 1997
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 40 moves, 1-0
Underpromote, to prevent getting mated.
P Cramling vs A M Galliamova, 1994
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0
Sometimes you do it just to be a wiseguy...
V Malakhov vs E Shaposhnikov, 2001
(A17) English, 64 moves, 1-0
A check is worth a tempo
N Szuveges vs M Ninchich, 1999
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0
Computers underpromote for reasons known only to themselves
Deep Junior vs Deep Fritz, 2001
(C42) Petrov Defense, 109 moves, 1-0
An underpromotion on move SEVEN!
Korody vs Bologh, 1933
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 8 moves, 0-1
A knight-check can keep the initiative burning.
Shumov vs Jaenisch, 1850
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0
A knight check sure beats getting mated.
Furman vs Keres, 1948
(E15) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 1-0
If it going to be captured anyhow, might as well take a knight.
Junior vs Gandalf, 2001
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0
Take a rook, just to prove you can.
Keres vs J Turn, 1943
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 56 moves, 1-0
A knight check can keep the initiative.
D Fidlow vs A Maier, 1959
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 8 moves, 1-0
Another timely knight-check.
Janowski vs O Chajes, 1913
(C49) Four Knights, 108 moves, 1-0
A bishop avoids the draw and sets up the mate.
D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993
(B83) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0
An underpromotion crops up in a basic R vs P ending
A Evdokimov vs Sveshnikov, 2003
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2
A brilliant draw through underpromotion.
L Day vs Timman, 1980
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2
Take any piece you want, it won't help you...
Akobian vs J Torres, 2003
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 38 moves, 0-1
A beautiful game ender: a knight born in the corner!
S Atalik vs Miles, 1993
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1
Two bishops are born on the 8th rank.
Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 129 moves, 1/2-1/2
Another double bishop frenzy!
Fedorowicz vs E B Meyer, 1978
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 59 moves, 1-0
Take a knight to avoid getting perpetual checked!
Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1904
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0
38. ? White to play and win.
Gulko vs K Grigorian, 1971
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 40 moves, 1-0
Queen or knight were reasonable, but a knight was more forcing.
Chandler vs Karpov, 1983
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1
A knight can fork a queen, but not a knight!
R A Ziatdinov vs V M Mikhalevski, 2005
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2
This situation comes up often in endings. Be careful!
Sajtar vs Benko, 1954
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 86 moves, 1-0
The final piece to the mating net: a knight.
Larsen vs C Munoz, 1957
(A15) English, 34 moves, 0-1
Try to solve 40...? Black to play and win.
Tal vs Spassky, 1954
(A60) Benoni Defense, 45 moves, 0-1
Another basic R+P ending requires an underpromotion.
Bareev vs Shirov, 2006
(A20) English, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2
A miracle draw by underpromotion
Adams vs Miles, 1993
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 122 moves, 1/2-1/2
Karjakin's f8=N+ looks good but fails.
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1
The final move makes a very good puzzle.
M Lange vs G Schultz, 1863
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 48 moves, 1-0
Checkmate: it's better to give than to receive.
A Sandrin vs P Le Cornu, 1949
(A16) English, 28 moves, 1-0
Taking a bishop just to be cheeky.
Ponomariov vs D Baramidze, 2014
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2
Better to take a knight than to take nothing at all.
Aranov vs Karpov, 1962
(C10) French, 71 moves, 0-1
A knight gives check, preserving the initiative.
Karpov vs Timman, 1986
(A15) English, 105 moves, 1-0
Hanging queen + pawn to promote = a knight with check.
Van Wely vs Mamedyarov, 2004
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 48 moves, 0-1
Two underpromotions are sometimes necessary.
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0
Nakamura has a wry sense of humor.
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1
A knight is the only way to avoid mate.
N Huschenbeth vs R Swinkels, 2008
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2
Pop quiz: A knight can't fork a king and a _____?
S Y Shipov vs V V Gagarin, 1994
(E15) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2
Time trouble? Underpromote and confuse!
V Salnikov vs Bezgodov, 1991
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 64 moves, 0-1
A 1737 Stamma composition come to life!
Svidler vs V Malakhov, 2009
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 0-1
Naka catches Krammy with a surprise knight check
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012
(A05) Reti Opening, 80 moves, 1-0
Knight after Knight ;-)
S Schweber vs B Wexler, 1964
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 47 moves, 1-0
A bishop promotion in a real game. AMAZING!
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0