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Pinning
Compiled by patzer2
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The pin is one of the most frequently used tactical themes. It involves attacking a piece (with a Bishop, Rook or Queen) which screens another piece from attack. When the King is the piece being screened by the "pinned piece" it is refered to as an "absolute pin." The purpose of the pin may be to attack the pinned piece with enough force to win it for a decisive material advantage or to otherwise force a winning material or positional advantage through the threats it creates.

25...Rxc1 deflects to set up 25...Nf4!!
W J Aramil vs Shabalov, 2004 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 29 moves, 0-1

21. Bxc4! and 22. Qe4! set up a winning pin tactic
L Shamkovich vs G Lebredo, 1978 
(A28) English, 23 moves, 1-0

McShane rains "pins" on his opponent with the two bishops.
E Paehtz vs McShane, 2003 
(B30) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

19. Qh4! creates winning mate threat 20. Qxg6+
Morphy vs NN, 1848 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

24. Nf5!! wins because of the pinned Black Pawns
Akopian vs J Gonzalez Garcia, 2004 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

13. Ba3!
Marshall vs Stodie, 1920 
(B20) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

13. Ba4!! starts a "piling on" of the pinned piece
Moore vs D Flournoy, 1984 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 23 moves, 1-0

21...Qa5?? is a self-made Pin, losing after 22. Rfb1!!
Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower, 1923  
(A04) Reti Opening, 48 moves, 1-0

15...Kc8 16. Bc4!! creates an unusual pin
Morphy vs A Morphy, 1849 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 15 moves, 1-0

56. Bxe5 pin attempt quickly refuted by 56...f3+
Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 60 moves, 0-1

25. Rxf6!! and 26. Rd3! force the winning pin 27. Rg3!
Chiburdanidze vs T Lematschko, 1982 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 39 moves, 1-0

31...Nxd3! sets up 32...Re1! for a winning pin
A Khasin vs Tal, 1956 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

25. Ra3?? permits winning 25...Rc2 !
Korchnoi vs Beliavsky, 2004 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

27. Re8! ( back rank pin) follows up 23. Re6!!
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

26. Rg2!! is a devastating "pin breaker"
V Soultanbeieff vs V Borodin, 1943 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

27. c5!! pin threat leads to endgame advantage
Agrest vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1-0

36. Bg4 ! is #104 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C01) French, Exchange, 61 moves, 0-1

37...Qxg2! is #109 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

33...Rd8! is #115 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
V Mikenas vs Aronin, 1957 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 33 moves, 0-1

26. Qa3! is # 118 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
Larry Evans vs Bisguier, 1959 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

26. Qh4! is #131 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
C B van den Berg vs E Eliskases, 1959 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

36...Rg5!! is # 136 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
A Bannik vs Cherepkov, 1961 
(B44) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

18. Nc5! is # 137 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
Smyslov vs C Kottnauer, 1946 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 21 moves, 1-0

38...Qxd4 is #141 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
Teschner vs Keres, 1960 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 41 moves, 0-1

32. Nxe4 is #150 in Chess Informant's Encyclopedia
Lombardy vs Polugaevsky, 1978 
(A17) English, 35 moves, 1-0

50. Kd3?? allows 50...Rxd2+! setting up a winning pin
Leonhardt vs Duras, 1907 
(B01) Scandinavian, 57 moves, 0-1

8...Qb3! uses the pin in this opening to equalize and more
C De Farias vs A Hoffman, 2001 
(B27) Sicilian, 13 moves, 0-1

47. g5!
Shabalov vs Kulaots, 2003 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 0-1

26. Nxd5! sets up 27. Bc4 +-
Fedorowicz vs I M Shliperman, 1997 
(C11) French, 30 moves, 1-0

27. Ne2 sets up 28. Bd4!
D Rowe vs J Grech, 2002 
(B27) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

13. Ng5+!! breaks a weak pin & sets up Queen Sac for Mate
H Delaire vs NN, 1901 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

22...Nxb5! 23. Nxb5? Qxc4 -+ gives Black the advantage
Yudasin vs Browne, 2003 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

17. Bb5!!
Larsen vs P Ravn, 1952 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 35 moves, 1-0

36...Qe7?? is a lesson in how not to play the pin.
Blatny vs M Marin, 1989 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

19. Bxh7+! sets up 20. Qc2+!
Grischuk vs Bacrot, 2004 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

22...Bc5!
Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

20. Rxe6! sets up 21. Bc4! Also 24. Bxf7! 29. h4! 31. Rf7!
A Becker vs Tarrasch, 1925 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

16. Bg5 , 18. Qd4 & 22. Rd6 help setup 28. Rd7!
Shirov vs Gelfand, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

26. Bxg7! initiates a pin to win a decisive pawn
Gelfand vs Balashov, 1987 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1-0

15. Rxd7!! uses the pin in an exchange sacrifice
Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

31. Rh7!
Zsuzsa Polgar vs I Madl, 2004 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

32. Nc4
B de Cat vs T Arcasoy, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

23...Rg6! uses a pin threat to gain a positional advantag
Bacrot vs Anand, 2004 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 43 moves, 0-1

33. Nxd5! uses the pin to simplify to an endgame advantage
Tal vs B Brinck-Claussen, 1966 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1-0

30. Rc8! is the simple winning pin a super GM overlooked
Kudrin vs Waitzkin, 1995 
(B01) Scandinavian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

14. Bh3! is a pin that also wins with flair
Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

40. Ra1! Rb8?? 41. Qxa4! is an amusing but effective pin
A Kovacevic vs Tringov, 1993 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 53 moves, 1-0

33. Rxg3!
Ashley vs A Lein, 1989 
(A28) English, 34 moves, 0-1

37. Nxh6! forces the winning pin or mate
Sokolsky vs Kotov, 1949 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

31. Ra4! threatens the decisive pin 32. b4! Nc4 33. Ra8 +-
Van Wely vs Short, 2005 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

31. Rf4! is an essential part of a pinning combination
Karjakin vs Stellwagen, 2005 
(C11) French, 57 moves, 1-0

12. Bb5+ sets up 15. Rxe7!
Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

49. Rd7!
Nakamura vs V Cmilyte, 2005 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1-0

23. Ba5!
Nakamura vs S Del Rio Angelis, 2005 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 1-0

35. Rxg4!
Wang Yue vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

25. Re6!
Tal vs K Darga, 1960 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

24...Bf6!
Anand vs Adams, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 0-1

18...b6! 19. Rcc1 Nxf4 20. Bxf4 e5 21.Be3 c5 wins a pawn
Onischuk vs Bacrot, 2005 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 62 moves, 0-1

32. Qg3?? Rxf6 -+
Shirov vs Anand, 2005 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

36...Qe5! pins the White Knight on f4 with a mate threat
D Werner vs Barbero, 1990 
(E91) King's Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

48...Qd5!
Morozevich vs Gelfand, 2005 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 87 moves, 0-1

27. Bh3!
Keene vs Robatsch, 1971  
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

22. Rxe7!
A Summerscale vs S Buckley, 2001 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

14. Nxf7! uses the resulting pin on f7 to set up 15. Bh6 +-
D D van Geet vs Guyt, 1967  
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

16. Nxf7! takes advantage of the Pin for a surprise mate
Denker vs A R Shayne, 1945  
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

35. Rd1!! Qe8 36. Bb7! Rxb7 37. Rd8
Keene vs R Calvo, 1968  
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

28. Rxd6! wins a pawn which proves decisive
Anastasian vs A Minasian, 2005 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 33 moves, 1-0

61. Kd2 Qh6+ 62. Kd3 Qg6+ 63. Kd2 Qg5+ 64. Kd3 Qf5+ etc.
Adams vs Anand, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 60 moves, 0-1

27. h4!!
Judit Polgar vs Adams, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

17. Bc4! appears to be a winning positional pin
Kramnik vs Judit Polgar, 2005 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 62 moves, 1-0

29. Rh8! prepares 31. Bc6! (set up by 18. g4! and 20. Qd5! )
Stein vs Smyslov, 1972 
(A17) English, 35 moves, 1-0

21. Nf3! brings decisive pressure to bear
A Giaccio vs F Braga, 1996 
(B57) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

26...Ra6! is a winning pin Black overlooked
R Plunkett vs S Fink, 2003 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

28. Rxh1!
Spassky vs A Dueckstein, 1984 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

21. f4!
Nakamura vs Shabalov, 2005 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

19. g5!!
Tal vs R Meulders, 1987 
(A81) Dutch, 37 moves, 1-0

21. Nd5! attacks the pinned piece for a near decisive advantage
Shabalov vs REBEL, 1994 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

24...Qxe6! holds with advantage for Black
H Bogart vs L Bacall, 1951 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1-0

Both 22. Rac1! and the alternative 22. Qc1! are winning
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

16...Qc5! sets up a winning pin and the moves which follow
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

29. Rc7!! sets up a winning double attack
Sutovsky vs Kramnik, 2005 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

29...Rd1! 30. Qg2 Rc8! 31. Rxe4 Rxc2 32. Rf2 Rcc1 -+
E Walther vs Tal, 1959 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 30 moves, 0-1

36...Bb4!? may win but stronger is 36...Re3!
P Nikolic vs Ivanchuk, 2004 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

36...Rc8! sets a decisive pin and prepares 37...Rb5!
Svidler vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 0-1

67...Rd5! sets up 68...Re5+! and 69...f5 -+
Morozevich vs Topalov, 2005 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 74 moves, 0-1

51...Bc8!
D Lapiccirella vs R Mantovani, 2001 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 58 moves, 0-1

33. Kc1 Ra1+! 34. Kd2 Ra2+ 35. Kc1 Bf4+! forces a pin for mate
Hitech vs Kudrin, 1988 
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

27. Bd3! prepares 28. Bc4!
A Kornev vs P H Nielsen, 2005 
(C48) Four Knights, 36 moves, 1-0

35...Rxc6!
Azmaiparashvili vs Shirov, 1990 
(A16) English, 37 moves, 0-1

20. Bc5! sets a decisive pin
Anand vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

18. Qg7!
Szabo vs K Langeweg, 1964 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 27 moves, 1-0

If 23. Qe3, then 23...e5! wins
Kotov vs E Paoli, 1950 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

36. Kf1!! (not 36. Kf2??) 36...Rf8 37. Rd8! +- counterpin win
V Makogonov vs Chekhover, 1937 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 37 moves, 0-1

25...Nxd3!
V Green vs Steinitz, 1864 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 0-1

26. Rdxd7+! Rxd7 27. Qb5!
Pachman vs G Gunnarsson, 1967 
(A16) English, 27 moves, 1-0

29. Rc4!
Ivkov vs A Dueckstein, 1967 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

23. Be5! is an unusal pin for a positional advantage
Rublevsky vs Dreev, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

22. Rxe5!! uses the pin as a positional attacking weapon
L Christiansen vs Shabalov, 2000 
(B30) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

12. c5! and 54. Rxg6!
K Darga vs Stein, 1969 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

If 23...Be6, then 24. Nxf7+ Bxf7 25. Qxe7 Bg6 26. Qf6+ +-
Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

If 40...Bc4?, White wins with the counterpin 41. Bb3!
E Hintikka vs O Koskinen, 1981 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 51 moves, 1-0

35...Bxf3!
M Marchand vs R P Michell, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

28. Nxe6!! is a brilliant pin-breaking combination
Jansa vs Ermenkov, 1978 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 1-0

27. b5! forces a winning pin
Yusupov vs E Lobron, 2003 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

30. Bb5!
Karpov vs Shirov, 2006 
(D85) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1-0

16...Qa6!
Charousek vs Maroczy, 1895 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

10...Re8!
Hols vs Bucker, 1792 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 0-1

18. Rac1! prepares a winning pin tactic
Korchnoi vs Suetin, 1967 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 59 moves, 1-0

28...Bb7 -/+ gives Black just enough of an advantage to win
I Sokolov vs Ivanchuk, 2006 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 73 moves, 0-1

32...h4! uses a pin to develop a decisive Kingside attack
Velimirovic vs G Cabrilo, 1996 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

34. Rf3! also wins
Adams vs Kramnik, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 1-0

41...Ba6!!
I Onat vs N Gavrilakis, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

20. Bf4! uses a pin to gain a positional advantage
Tal vs Huebner, 1979 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

24...Re2! puts near decisive positional pressure on White
M Turov vs V Karagodin, 1997 
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

30...Rxf2!
Topalov vs Lautier, 1998 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

25. Qc4+! sets up 26. Bf5! and 27. Nxg5! -+
E Eliskases vs M Eisinger, 1939 
(A13) English, 29 moves, 1-0

16. Ba3! uses the pin as a decisive deflection
J A Curdo vs V Frenklakh, 1993 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

28. Qxh7+! prepares 29. Rf4 +-
H Koskinen vs S Zamit, 2001 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

26. Nxf7+! is a pin breaking combination.
E Torre vs Petursson, 1985 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

14...Nxb4! uses the pin to put white in a losing bind
Jobava vs Kramnik, 2006 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 15 moves, 0-1

8...fxe6?? allows 9. Qh5+! Kd8 10. Ba5 +-
Nunn vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

23. Rxg2! forces a pin for a mating attack
Kachler vs Paulsen, 1865 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 0-1

16 Rc1! sets up a trap for the surprise pin 18. Qc1! +-
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

28...c6! gives Black full equality
Svidler vs Kramnik, 2006 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

24. Nb6+!!
Kramnik vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1994 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

12. b4! exploits an interesting pin on Black's pawn at c5
Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2003 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

9...Nxe3! -+ exploits a pair of pins
Sochor vs L van Damme, 1974 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

25. Rg3! +- wins quicker than the game continuation
Blackburne vs A G Howard, 1862  
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

21. a5! leads to a winning pin after 24. Nxb7!
V Belov vs A Pugachov, 2004 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 26 moves, 1-0

22...Qxd5! says I'll give you a pin and then pin you right back
P Smirnov vs V Milov, 2005 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 47 moves, 0-1

39...Qxb4
J Radovanovic vs A Kveinys, 2005 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 40 moves, 0-1

41. Nd7!! Be7 42. Bxe7! Nxe7 43. Ne5!
Beliavsky vs Ashley, 2001 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

24. Nxg5!!
Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

23. Qxe5!
Movsesian vs U Boensch, 1999 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 23 moves, 1-0

19. Rxd5!!
Dreev vs Gleizerov, 1992 
(A84) Dutch, 20 moves, 1-0

6...Nd4! gains advantage after 7. h3! and otherwise wins
G Gibbs vs L Schmid, 1968 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

41. Rc4! breaks the pin
Sadvakasov vs Y Shulman, 2007 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 47 moves, 1-0

38...Rxd3!
Motylev vs Radjabov, 2007 
(E92) King's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

29. b4!!
Carlsen vs Onischuk, 2007 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

39...Qd2!
K B Richardson vs D Andreev, 1977 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 39 moves, 0-1

23. Rxh6!
Bronstein vs H P Garcia, 1991 
(A81) Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

19. Bg5!!
E Varnusz vs J Pogats, 1979 
(B40) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

18...Qxg3+! exploits the pin on f2 for a quick mate
K V Shantharam vs K Murugan, 1994 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 18 moves, 0-1

19. Rf4!! (obstruction) sets up 22. Rg4!
Kupreichik vs Sveshnikov, 1986 
(B30) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

12...Qg3!!
S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C01) French, Exchange, 14 moves, 0-1

19. Rhe1! +- prepares the final winning moves.
Chandler vs Manfred Hermann, 1981 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 21 moves, 1-0

28. Rg1! +- is the first of three pins set by White
Motylev vs B Savchenko, 2007 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

27...Bf6! and 28...Qc5! give Black a positional advantage
A Medina Garcia vs Ulf Andersson, 1974 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

21. Rg6! would have exploited the Pin for a decisive deflection
D H Campora vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1981 
(B40) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

41. Bg6! is an amusing pin to force mate
Ni Hua vs Tiviakov, 2008 
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1-0

22. Bg3!! plus the followup 26. Ne4! & 27. Qb3! win the piece
Morozevich vs Grischuk, 2007 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

36. Be5! uses the pin to immobilize the guarding Black Bishop
Fischer vs Euwe, 1960 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

41. Rxd4! +- , which was set up several moves earlier
Nakamura vs I Caspi, 2008 
(B01) Scandinavian, 40 moves, 1-0

37. Ng4! begins a decisive pile up on the pinned Knight
Keres vs Korchnoi, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

43. Re1!
Zappa vs Crafty, 2005 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

33. Nxc4!!
Short vs Psakhis, 1985 
(C16) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

29. Qxg7+! utilizes the pin to support a pretty mate
M J Freeman vs C Morrison, 1978 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

43...Ra1!! deflects the Queen and sets a decisive pin
Judit Polgar vs Suba, 1993 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 45 moves, 0-1

18...Nxc2!! forces a decisive pin
de Firmian vs F Vallejo Pons, 2003 
(B33) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

23. Rb8+! exploits the weak back rank to win material
Shabalov vs Kholmov, 1987 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

26. Rf2! Nf6 27. Nxe7 Rxe7 28. Nxf5 +- prepares a winning pin
Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

27. Bxg7! is an easy Monday if Black takes the piece right away
H Kramer vs J J van Oosterwijk Bruyn, 1946 
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

38...Rxe3! sets up a winning pin
V Cmilyte vs Lagno, 2006 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 38 moves, 0-1

15. Qg3! is a book move, but uses the pin for positional gain
A Lukin vs G Timoshchenko, 1979 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 28 moves, 1-0

44. Qe6! (set up by 39. Kg2!) forces exchange to a won endgame
M Mchedlishvili vs Grischuk, 2007 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

37...Qd3! simplifies to help gang up on the pinned Bishop
Miles vs Anand, 1990 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 0-1

22. Qxa6! help set up a pin win after 24...Nxc3? 25. Rxc3 +-
A Lukin vs Balashov, 1967 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 28 moves, 1-0

26...Qxd6! takes advantage of a pin masking a mate threat
A Strikovic vs Suba, 1994 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 0-1

42...e4!
Suetin vs Shcherbakov, 1991 
(B20) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

36. Rd8!
Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

30...Qc5! saves Black's game & makes it hard for White to draw
Lipschutz vs Gossip, 1889 
(C28) Vienna Game, 72 moves, 0-1

24. b5!! prepares a deep pinning combination
Anand vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

29. Qxf7! wins the exchange and a pawn
J Vesely vs J Rejfir, 1961 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

25...Bxg5! takes advantage of two separate pins
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B30) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

42...Rxc4!
Short vs Nunn, 1980 
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 0-1

36. Rf6+! uses the pin to execute a mating attack
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

21...Nxf2!
A Dunkelblum vs Euwe, 1950 
(E03) Catalan, Open, 52 moves, 0-1

12. Qd2!
Robatsch vs Jansa, 1974 
(A10) English, 14 moves, 1-0

37...Rxe4!
E Eliskases vs T Borges, 1946 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

22...Rxe5!! uses the pin to gain a decisive attacking position
Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2010 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 1-0

34. h7+! sets up a decisive pin and mate threat
Ding Liren vs Ni Hua, 2009 
(D85) Grunfeld, 35 moves, 1-0

26...Rfd8! overloads and wins the exchange
Navara vs Karjakin, 2009 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 0-1

25. dxe5! sets up three consecutive pins to win
E Postny vs A Wirig, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1-0

17. Rd6! ties down Black's pieces to futile defense of d7
S Landau vs T ten Kate, 1929 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

15...Qd5+!
NN vs W Donisthorpe, 1890 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 19 moves, 0-1

9. Bg5+ !
W A T Schelfhout vs NN, 1910 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

28. Nxg7!
T Palmer vs D Moody, 1999 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

19. Nxg5! clears the way for two decisive pins
G Kluger vs Grob, 1955 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 23 moves, 1-0

37...Nxe5! solves a Thursday puzzle
G Beikert vs F Vallejo Pons, 2008 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

34. b4! prepares 35. Nb3 +- to pile on the pinned piece
R Grau vs Pilnik, 1938 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

25...Bb4!
J Lynch vs P Michel, 1945 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

19...Qxc3+! combines pin and skewer to solve a Monday puzzle
V Eynard vs R Cosulich, 1967 
(B32) Sicilian, 21 moves, 0-1

29. Bxf7+!! prepares a rare double "absolute pin"
Karpov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1994 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 34 moves, 1-0

22...Qxf3! solves a Tuesday puzzle
T Calistri vs G Gajewski, 2011 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 22 moves, 0-1

19...Bxd5! would have won by exploiting a pair of pins
Kamsky vs Gelfand, 2011 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

28. Qxd8! visualizes a winning pin
S Prathamesh vs A El Jawich, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

21. Bf6! uses two key pins to initiate a mating attack
Grischuk vs V Genba, 2011 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

41. Qg6!! fxg6 42. Rxf8+ Kh7 43. h5! +-
Sajtar vs M Dietze, 1943 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 42 moves, 1-0

18. Nxc6! solves Friday 12/07/2012
Matulovic vs J Pedersen, 1981 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

34. Qxd6+!
Ren Chi Png vs W Teerapabpaisit, 2011
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 35 moves, 1-0

46...Rxf1+
Navara vs Nakamura, 2014 
(E90) King's Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

30...f4! 31. gxf4 Qb5!
M Bluemich vs Alekhine, 1941 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 35 moves, 0-1

21...Bc6+ 22. Be4 Qg6! -+ solves a Wednesday puzzle
M Pantzar vs T Rodshtein, 2016 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

22. Nxf4!! solves Saturday July 1, 2017
B Morchiashvili vs W Arencibia, 2015 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

26, Nxg7!!
Stellwagen vs Yusupov, 2007 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

14...Bxc4! catches White off guard
Navara vs Nakamura, 2017 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 71 moves, 0-1

39. Qc8+ Kh7 40. Qa3 +- is a missed win
Mamedyarov vs Kuzubov, 2017 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

37. Nxg6!
V Laznicka vs J K Duda, 2014 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

31...Rxe4 32. dxe4 Rxc5! 33. Rxc5 Qa7 -+
Vogt vs G Kuzmin, 1971 
(B89) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

31. R1b7! +-
I V Kovalenko vs Fressinet, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 35 moves, 1-0

15. Rxd7 solves Tuesday Feb 27, 2018
H Milligan vs S Wu, 2008 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 16 moves, 1-0

13. Nb3 creates a winning pin
A Rychagov vs A Lanin, 2008 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

27...Re8! sets up 29...? Monday Oct 29, 2018
Pier Paolo Pedrini vs D J Ledger, 2008 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

16...Rxd4 17. Rxd4 Qb6 -+ solves Tues, Sep 24, 2019
J van den Bosch vs Euwe, 1936 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 17 moves, 0-1

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