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Middle Game Tactics
Compiled by patzer2
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Legal's mate variation with king mated in center of board.
Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar punishes Anand's 23...Bxh4?!
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 2003 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 49 moves, 1-0

Black blocades and removes two isolated pawns.
Bacrot vs Morozevich, 2003 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Winning with the extra piece against three extra pawns
M Umansky vs F Baumbach, 2003 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Extra pawns are useless to Berliner's uncastled king.
V Palciauskas vs Berliner, 2003 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1-0

41. Rxf7+ gives up rook for a knight and passed pawn.
Berliner vs J Sloth, 2003 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 44 moves, 1-0

Two rooks beat back black's queenside pawn roll.
F Baumbach vs J Sloth, 2003 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Lowenthal misses two wins against Morphy.
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Strength of two rooks versus a queen in the middle game.
H Ruthenberg vs Miles, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

White finds a great defense against discovered check threat.
C Laird vs M Basman, 1982 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

16...Nxf5 -- a knight sac to wreck white's pawn structure
Zhao Xue / Short vs Xie Jun / Bareev, 2003 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

McShane combines defense and attack at moves 22, 23 & 24
McShane vs F Tairi, 2003 
(B54) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Black exploits a white king-side pawn weakeness.
Hector vs P H Nielsen, 2003 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 0-1

Look for quiet moves like 16. ..c3 in mating combinations.
Zukertort vs NN, 1877 
(C28) Vienna Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Spielman has five pretty winning combinations on move 22.
Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Exploiting a white space advantage in the King's Indian.
P H Nielsen vs E Mortensen, 1999 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 36 moves, 1-0

Anand misses a sure win at move 52 and draws with 52. Rf8??
Anand vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blackburne's Blindfold Brilliance!
Blackburne vs NN, 1863  
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Mating attack for white early in the two knights defense.
A Z Kapengut vs Antoshin, 1965 
(C56) Two Knights, 18 moves, 1-0

Fischer's Opponent Misses a good defensive move in 21. h4
K Blake vs Fischer, 1956 
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 20 moves, 0-1

21. Qc4! creates winning threat with Queen vs. Queen.
P J Sowray vs S Depauw, 2001 
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

35. g4! 36. Kh4 & interesting Economics discussion
Petrosian vs T Prokhorovich, 1957 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Nice minor piece mate in three on Black's 39th move
J Rowson vs I Sokolov, 2003 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 0-1

25. ? White to mate in four .
Stein vs V Liberzon, 1965 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

25. Qc5! and 26. Rg8!! simultaneously defend and attack.
G Botterill vs N Littlewood, 1968 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

9...f5 sets a trap to win two pieces for the Rook.
S Eche vs M S Lupu, 2001 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 20 moves, 0-1

11. h4 opens the h file for multiple sacs and mate.
Breyer vs J Esser, 1917  
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 47 moves, 1-0

41....Black to move on final combination to # or win material.
A Matanovic vs A Fuderer, 1950 
(B58) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

23. Rxd5!! Brilliant Positional Sacrifice in French Advance.
C Dolezal vs Seferjan, 2001 
(C02) French, Advance, 38 moves, 1-0

Is 9...Nxc3!? really equalizing or did Fritz 8 Goof?
M Monticelli vs Prokes, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Black blunders, missing an easy equalizing opportunity..
Bacrot vs E Bricard, 2002 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 1-0

23. Bb2!! and another Tal Brilliancy
Tal vs Unzicker, 1960 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 25 moves, 1-0

Under Promote and Mate
Gulko vs K Grigorian, 1971 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 40 moves, 1-0

12. Bd5 is easy but the followup takes a bit more work!
Janowski vs E Schallopp, 1896 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

31...fxg3! and 32..h4!! sacrifice Q for R + B # threat win
K Rogoff vs Portisch, 1976 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

28. QxR! pseudo sac puts two Black pieces enprise
Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

54...Bh6 !! wins, but be ready for 55. Rc7+ !?
L Vizantiadis vs O Sarapu, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 54 moves, 0-1

41...Qg3 Karlzen's suggestion wins better than 41...QxR
Miles vs Uhlmann, 1976 
(A10) English, 43 moves, 0-1

42. Nd5! creates winning Pin threat of 43. Re4!
Deep Junior vs Crafty, 2004 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

43. Nd5!! Breaking Communications or Interference..
Piskov vs Krasenkow, 1989 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 43 moves, 1-0

39...Qd5+! leads to stalemate via tripple deflection
S Boyd vs T Glimbrant, 1992 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

24...h6! was a missed opportunity to Draw
Tal vs R Forbis, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

30. c4! wrecks Black's queenside
Anand vs Karpov, 2004 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

13. Bc4!! leaves Black brillinatly busted
S P Johnston vs Marshall, 1899 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

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