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Deflection
Compiled by patzer2
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Deflection involves a forced move designed to deflect or force the move of an opponent's piece (often the King) "away" from a square (i.e. go away) where the opponent's is at a disadvantage. It differs from the decoy, whose purpose is to force the opponent's piece "to" a specific square (i.e. come here). If the deflection is successful, the resulting position can result in forced mate, material loss or a positional advantage for the aggressor.

45...Qg2+!! forces a stalemate
S Boyd vs T Glimbrant, 1992 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

36...Bxf3 wins
B Ahlander vs McShane, 2003 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 41 moves, 0-1

28. Bg1!! followed by 29. Rh2+!
Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 0-1

23. e3!!
Yurtaev vs Carlsen, 2004 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

29. Bxg7!
A Lastin vs S Ivanov, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 1-0

17. Bxa6!
Akobian vs Wojtkiewicz, 2004 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 51 moves, 1-0

47. Qf2+! .
T Georgadze vs A Kuindzhy, 1973 
(B27) Sicilian, 48 moves, 0-1

30. Rh8+!!
G Benini vs Reggio, 1911 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

30. Nf6!!
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A43) Old Benoni, 36 moves, 1-0

34. Rxh7+!
Gipslis vs Dinstuhl, 1996 
(B53) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

28.Qb4!! is a famous Deflection Move
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

38. b4! sets up 40. f5!
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2003 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

7...Bxf2+! sets up winning Knight Fork 11...Nc2+
Veitch vs J Penrose, 1950 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

16...Rxh3+!
Michigan vs W Curran, 1876 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 18 moves, 0-1

44. Rxh7+! leads to mate in four
De Riviere vs H Baucher, 1859 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 1-0

22. Bxf7+!! (four deflections plus attack on pinned rook)
Velimirovic vs Csom, 1974 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

38. Bxg6+ deflection plus double attack wins two pawns
Rubinstein vs Reti, 1926 
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 38 moves, 1-0

33. Rxf6! actually starts with 30. Qd6+!! (leads to mate-in-8)
Anand vs Van Wely, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

26. Bc5+ sets up 27. Re3!
Krasenkow vs Karpov, 2003 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

24. f4! and 31. Bxe4! are winning deflection moves
Anand vs P H Nielsen, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

36. f6! sets up winning skewer or knight fork
Judit Polgar vs E Mortensen, 1989 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

8. e5! is the first of seven deflections leading to mate
N Shoup vs Marshall, 1906 
(C45) Scotch Game, 14 moves, 1-0

28. Rxb7+!! is a double Rook sacrifice for Mate
Khalifman vs Serper, 1994 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

15. Qxh6+!! (over a dozen deflection mate side variations)
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

23...Rd2! 24. Qxd2 Bxf3+ 25. Kg1 Qg5+ 26. Kf1 Qg2#
S Tears vs G Flum, 1968 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 0-1

20. Re8!!
H Wagner vs Rellstab, 1930 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 22 moves, 1-0

25. Qe6+! is the first of four deflection moves for mate.
Mieses vs Albin, 1903 
(C21) Center Game, 28 moves, 1-0

18. Rxh7+! and mate-in-three
Kasperski vs I Mazel, 1925 
(C13) French, 20 moves, 1-0

25. Rxb7+!
The Turk vs NN, 1770 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1-0

11. Nd5! made possible by a discovered check threat
A Karklins vs A Sandrin, 1990 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 15 moves, 1-0

22.d5!!
Kasimdzhanov vs Ganguly, 2004 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1-0

21...Rxg1+! (22. Bxg1 Nxd3 +-) 22. Qxg1 Nxd3 +-
M Lanzani vs I Rogers, 1984 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 21 moves, 0-1

31. b4!
McShane vs Lahno, 2004 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

27. e4!! uses series of deflections to put Black in a bind
Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 50 moves, 1-0

22. Rxe7+!!
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

43. c5!! +-
Chekhover vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1949 
(A53) Old Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

16. Bxa6!
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 1-0

35. Rxd6!! is an exchange sacrifice for an attacking position
Duras vs Z Barasz, 1912 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

28. Qe8+!
O Antze vs Saemisch, 1926 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1-0

8. Qxd4!
B Blumenfeld vs NN, 1903 
(C45) Scotch Game, 10 moves, 1-0

27. Qf7+!! (see Honza Cervenka's post)
Mednis vs Timman, 1974 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

23...Rxd4+! is set up by 18...Qa5+!
Macieja vs Movsesian, 2004 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 59 moves, 0-1

26. Rf5! followed up by 28. Nf4!
Karpov vs E Gik, 1968 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

25. Qxc6!
S Sloan vs G Sanchez, 1996 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

18. d6!!
Reti vs S Von Freymann, 1912 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

30. Bf5!
K Richter vs Gruenfeld, 1928 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

24...Ng4!!
A Lastin vs Bareev, 2004 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 0-1

19...Ra6!!
Tartakower vs H E Atkins, 1922 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

24. g6!
Riumin vs Euwe, 1934 
(A28) English, 32 moves, 1-0

22...Bxf2+!!
L Vizantiadis vs Pachman, 1967 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

30. Rxf5+! deflection.
Gelfand vs I Stohl, 1992 
(D85) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1-0

28. Nf3! is a rather obvious but good deflection move
V Malakhov vs V Zvjaginsev, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

10...b4!
I Sidorenko vs V Golod, 2004 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

8. d4!
Seibot vs Luetze, 1902 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 1-0

8...Qb5!
M Hancas vs E Reicher, 1987 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

8. Bxc6!!
Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

30...f6!
S Sanchez Castillo vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 2004 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 86 moves, 0-1

16. Rxd7!
Mecking vs A Rocha, 1969 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 24 moves, 1-0

31. Rc5
B de Cat vs T Arcasoy, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

24. Bc2!
Anand vs Rublevsky, 2004 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 32 moves, 1-0

23. f4!? is an interesting and subtle positional deflection
M Praszak vs M Miroslaw, 2001 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

34. Re8+!
D Jacimovic vs V Trkaljanov, 2001 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

29...Qxd5! wins but 31...Ra1+! makes it a quick mate
Blackburne vs Mackenzie, 1882 
(C45) Scotch Game, 32 moves, 0-1

21. Rxg7+! Kf8 22. Rg8+! etc.
W Adams vs A Simonson, 1940 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

24. Rxe5+
W Watson vs C P Gawood, 1977 
(B40) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

39. Bxh5! (see Eatman's post)
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

23. Qf7+!
H Clemenz vs Eisenschmidt, 1890 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

39...Qe1+! yields a four-move deflection mate.
A Spielmann vs V David, 2003 
(A09) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

50. Qd3+!
Nakamura vs A Ivanov, 2003 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 51 moves, 1-0

21. Qa7+! sets up a winning double attack via 22. Qa8+
S Williams vs A H Wohl, 2003 
(A13) English, 22 moves, 1-0

34. Re8+!
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

30...Bxf4! plus 7 more deflections yield a winning knight fork
D Barua vs Gulko, 1993 
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

29. Ne7+
A R Andersen vs A Hersvik, 2003 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

33. Rxh7+
M Ghorbani vs H Faryad, 2003 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 33 moves, 1-0

38. c5!
Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 
(C47) Four Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

38...Qb4!
Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 
(B53) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

24...Qxf4+!
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

27...Ra4! sets up 28...Re2
J Kraai vs I Novikov, 2004 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 28 moves, 0-1

13. Na4!
Fischer vs E Bhend, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

24. Bxf7+! uses the Knight Fork for a key deflection move
S Halkias vs Pribyl, 2000 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

20...Rxg3!
P Giulian vs M Basman, 1986 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

49...g4!
DeFirmian vs Bronstein, 1993 
(C16) French, Winawer, 56 moves, 0-1

28. Rxd4! (see karlzen's note) is preferable to 28. Bxd4 Re6!?
M Jadoul vs G Plomp, 2003 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

34. Rxe7!
Morphy vs A Medina, 1862 
(000) Chess variants, 36 moves, 1-0

33. Bxd5! wins three pawns for the piece.
Karpov vs A Istratescu, 2004 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 63 moves, 1-0

38. Nf5+!
C Garcia Palermo vs C Herrera, 2001 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

29. Qh6!
Santasiere vs B Blumin, 1939 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

23. Ng6+!
J Littlewood vs G Abrahams, 1962 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

36. Qg4+!
Svidler vs Leko, 1999 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

18. Rxe4!
Keres vs W Winter, 1935 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 19 moves, 1-0

20. Nce4!!
Khalifman vs Nisipeanu, 1999 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

32. Qxg6+
D Cummings vs G Basanta, 1999 
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1-0

7. Nxe5 is Legal's mate which also constitutes a double attack
Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

16...Qxh2+!
A Harju vs M Liimatta, 1987 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 0-1

34...Bxc3!
G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 37 moves, 0-1

11...Nxf3+! is another winning alternative to 11...Ng4!
NN vs R Crepeaux, 1923 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 16 moves, 0-1

19...Rd3! or 19...Bh2+!
K Gerassimov vs Smyslov, 1935 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

31. f3+
B Blumenfeld vs Alekhine, 1908 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

25...Rxh5!! or 25...h6! simplify to a won endgame
L Ross vs D Gurevich, 2004 
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 31 moves, 0-1

18. Rxd5!
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 1-0

17. Bd5!
A Alavkin vs V Diu, 2002 
(C48) Four Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

22. Nb6! Ne2!? 23. Qf8+!!
Short vs Miles, 1984  
(B10) Caro-Kann, 46 moves, 1-0

8. g4!
Kulaots vs J Geller, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 8 moves, 1-0

30. Rxh3!
Ashley vs A Lein, 1989 
(A28) English, 34 moves, 0-1

22. f4! appears to be a decisive positional deflection move
Anand vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 62 moves, 1-0

20...Bc3!
H W Russner vs C Walcker, 1942 
(D85) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 0-1

20. Nh6+!
Vukcevich vs Bisguier, 1969 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

20... Nf3+!
T C Fox vs Timman, 1970 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 0-1

24. Bxh4!!
Hug vs Hort, 1972 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

39...g4 !? causes the blunder 40. Rb1?? and allows 40...gxf3 -+
I Cheparinov vs Karjakin, 2005 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 0-1

29...g3!
Hamppe vs Steinitz, 1860 
(C25) Vienna, 31 moves, 0-1

12. Nd5!
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 12 moves, 1-0

51...Qxf4+!
Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

28. Rd8+!
Zsuzsa Polgar vs E Cosma, 1994 
(A09) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

28. f5 is a strong positional deflection pseudo-sacrifice
Karjakin vs Nijboer, 2005 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 40 moves, 1-0

23. Bxf5!!
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1-0

19. Bf6+!
Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

8...Nd4!? initiates a strong counter-attack
T Farrand vs D K Johansen, 1980 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 0-1

32...Nh5!!
D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 36 moves, 0-1

14. Nf5!!
Sutovsky vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2005 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

28. Rxa7! and 34. Rxf7!
D Gormally vs Dreev, 2005 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

21. Qxb7!!
H Wagner vs W Schoenmann, 1919  
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

45. g4+!
Areshchenko vs Kiril Georgiev, 2005 
(C45) Scotch Game, 45 moves, 0-1

44. bxc4+!
M Tissir vs Kiril Georgiev, 2005 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 46 moves, 0-1

26. Bg5! gives a strong advantage due to a Knight Fork threat
Aronian vs Kotronias, 2005 
(A15) English, 49 moves, 1-0

22...Bc3+! sets up the puzzle solution 25...Qc1+!
A Karu vs Keres, 1931 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

21. Re6!
Winants vs S van Blitterswijk, 2004 
(A80) Dutch, 26 moves, 1-0

34. g3!! wins a little quicker, but maybe with less fun also
Nakamura vs C Ward, 2005 
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 69 moves, 1-0

26...Rxc3!!
Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962  
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

22...Nf4! sets up 25...Bxf3+!
T Weinberger vs F Street, 1976 
(E61) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

50. f5+!
O Bernstein vs Kotov, 1946 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 50 moves, 1-0

21...exf3! is a practical winning alternative
G Fuster vs Szabo, 1934 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 29 moves, 0-1

20. h3! and 22. g3! are winning alternatives
Carlos Torre vs N Banks, 1924 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

25. Nxc7!!
Kiriakov vs K Aseev, 2002 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 51 moves, 1-0

30. Rh8+!
Tal vs Benko, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

64. Rh8+! (not 64. g7?? Rf3+ 65. Kg4 Kxh7 -+)
I Bilek vs F Kuijpers, 1966 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 65 moves, 1-0

17. Qg3!
Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

18. Qa8!
I Rogers vs Z Klaric, 1984 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

26...Rxd6 is an elementary deflection tactic
P Steinbruck vs Kramnik, 2005 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 0-1

B P Reilly vs Fine, 1935 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 40 moves, 1-0

17. Nd5!! uses the pin & discovered attack to win
Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1995 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

43. Rxd5!!
Panno vs E Eliskases, 1957 
(C00) French Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

29. e6! with advantage helps to prepare 31. Nf7+ +-
Kasparov vs Wahls, 1992 
(B07) Pirc, 37 moves, 1-0

40. Rg3+! is followed by a clearance sac and mate
Kasparov vs Rachels, 1988 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

38. Rxf5! exf5 39. Qxh6 gives Anand a won position
Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2005 
(C11) French, 55 moves, 1-0

28. Ng4!
Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

26...e4! wins, immediately punishing 26. Na5??
Anand vs Bareev, 2005 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 64 moves, 0-1

20. Rxd5! sets up 21. Rxe5!
J Langreck vs J Easter, 1997 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

23. Rd8+! removes the guard and wins Queen or Rook
Keene vs Tarjan, 1975 
(D99) Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov, 23 moves, 1-0

24. Bxc6! threatens a decisive skewer
M Al Sayed vs G M Todorovic, 2001 
(B40) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

19. Rxe4!
Yates vs A Haida, 1925 
(B40) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

26. Rxc4! makes for a neat finish
Keene vs Minic, 1975 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

24. Rxg7+!
Reti vs Breyer, 1913 
(C13) French, 30 moves, 1-0

33. d5!
Tal vs L Mista, 1973 
(B32) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

21. Bxf5!!
Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973  
(A06) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

26...Bxg5!
B Socko vs Z Gyimesi, 2005 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 45 moves, 0-1

19. Ng5!
J Benjamin vs J Grant, 2005 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

37...Bg4+! helps build a decisive Black position
J Benjamin vs M Bartel, 2005 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 50 moves, 0-1

25...Qh5+! -+ (see NM Eric Schiller's notes)
G Meins vs E Schiller, 1996  
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1-0

52. b5!!
Fischer vs L Sanchez, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 53 moves, 1-0

16. Nxh7! is a strong alternative win
Denker vs A R Shayne, 1945  
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

33. g6! wins quickly
Sultan Khan vs Capablanca, 1930 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 1-0

17. Rfc1!
Haarlem vs Rotterdam, 1846 
(C02) French, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

61...b6! is a strong and perhaps decisive deflection
Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2005 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 87 moves, 0-1

26...exd5! is winning and 31...h6! is a final decisive blow
D Palo vs Nakamura, 2005 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

37...c5!
Timman vs Hector, 2005 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 61 moves, 1-0

28. Nxe4!! Qb6 29. Rc6!
S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

18. Rf8+!
Dzindzichashvili vs Kalandazichvili, 1967 
(C45) Scotch Game, 18 moves, 1-0

30...Re2+! 31. Qxe2 Qh4+! -+
G Simon vs P Weirich, 1986 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 30 moves, 0-1

26. Qxh7+!
A E Post vs Flamberg, 1914 
(C48) Four Knights, 26 moves, 1-0

17. Nxg5!
J H Sarratt vs NN, 1818 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

23...Qd4+! simplifies to a won endgame
D Cleto vs C Sender, 1999 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

17...b3! and 34...a3!
Sultan Khan vs Menchik, 1931 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

19...Rg1+! mates on the next move
Cochrane vs Staunton, 1841 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

27...Rd2! forces a quick mate-in-three
L Tamarkin vs E Schiller, 1979 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 28 moves, 0-1

40...h3+!
Bagirov vs I Nei, 1963 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 0-1

29...Qxh2+
R A J Meijer vs Euwe, 1923 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

23...Bc3!
I Varasdy vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1983 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

27...Bc7+! is a much stronger winning move
F Zita vs Taimanov, 1950 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

20. Qb7+!
E Tate vs T Braunlich, 2001 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 21 moves, 1-0

26. Qxf8+!
J Houska vs G Koskoska, 2005 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 27 moves, 1-0

39. Bd5!
Galego vs S Fedorchuk, 2005 
(A22) English, 42 moves, 1-0

9. Bxh2+
Blom vs Jensen, 1934 
(C10) French, 11 moves, 1-0

18. Nh6+!
Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968 
(A12) English with b3, 20 moves, 1-0

40...c5!
R Wojtaszek vs E Najer, 2005 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 0-1

Bird missed 32. Qh5!! +-
Bird vs Englisch, 1883 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

24. Ba4! is the game winner
Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 40 moves, 1-0

17...Qh6! attacks the guarding Bishop at h4
Marshall vs S Bampton, 1899 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

22. Qg3!!
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948  
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 36 moves, 1-0

24. Rd8+!
Spassky vs G Capelan, 1974 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 31 moves, 1-0

18. Qxf7+! sets up a smothered mate!
Unzicker vs O Sarapu, 1970 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 19 moves, 1-0

19...Be4! sets up 20...b5! to win the exchange and the game
Oll vs Ivanchuk, 1985 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

20. Bxd5! removes the guard and wins a second decisive pawn
C Bauer vs Nakamura, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

35. Rg8+! removes the guard to set up a decisive double attack
Conquest vs Petursson, 1992 
(B50) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

17...e4!! removes the guard for a decisive attack
S F Smith vs Koltanowski, 1927 
(C22) Center Game, 18 moves, 0-1

30...Be4+!
Nakamura vs Gelfand, 2005 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 0-1

32. Be5+! (sets up a removing the guard combo)
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 0-1

28...Re2! sets up to remove the King's guard
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 34 moves, 0-1

20. Qxc4!
P Nikolic vs G Timoshenko, 1990 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

22...Bxb4!
Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

32...Rf6? and 33...Rxf5?? allow 34. Qxh6+! for a quick mate
M Gurevich vs Short, 1990 
(A84) Dutch, 34 moves, 1-0

59. f5+! leads to a quick mate
G Borisenko vs Simagin, 1955 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 59 moves, 0-1

37. Qxd4+! removes the guard for a pawn mate
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1967 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 1-0

23...c4! helps finish off a positionally won game
R Haring vs P Cramling, 1981 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 37 moves, 0-1

21...g5! wins a whole piece versus settling for the exchange
Bisguier vs Saidy, 1963 
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 28 moves, 0-1

31. Nxg7!
K Spraggett vs G Graham, 1975 
(C02) French, Advance, 45 moves, 1-0

67...Qh2+! increases Black's advantage for a quick finish
Morozevich vs Topalov, 2005 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 74 moves, 0-1

23. Nxb7+!
McShane vs J Hall, 2005 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

23. Nxb5+!! is the first of four deflections allowing 27. Rb3!
Topalov vs Bareev, 2002 
(C11) French, 27 moves, 1-0

31. Bxh7!
Gligoric vs Hort, 1963 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 31 moves, 1-0

25. Bc6! crushes a Benko Gambit
S Atalik vs Y Afek, 2006 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

21. Nf3!!
Benko vs Vukcevich, 1969 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1-0

26. Nb5!!
Z Basagic vs Barlov, 1984 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 31 moves, 1-0

24...Rf5!! sets up 26...h5! with decisive advantage
Van Wely vs Judit Polgar, 2007 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

35. Bd5!
Huebner vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1991 
(A86) Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

18...Ba6! gives Black a strong advantage
Christiansen vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

30...Rde8!!
G Agzamov vs Tal, 1981 
(A14) English, 44 moves, 0-1

18...Nb4! wins
Suba vs Portisch, 1984 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 0-1

32. f4! decisively exploits the missed opportunity 31...h5!
I Sokolov vs McShane, 2009 
(E77) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

19. d4! is a near decisive deflection of the Black Queen
Zsofia Polgar vs Larsen, 1995 
(B56) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

24. Rc5! gains White a critical tempo to play 25. Rg5 +-
Adorjan vs H Wirthensohn, 1983 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 28 moves, 1-0

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