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Pin and Deflection
Compiled by patzer2
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29. e4!
V Green vs Steinitz, 1864 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 0-1

24. Rh8!! wins
Stellwagen vs M Bosboom, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

19. Bf7!! wins a pawn
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

20. Bh6! helps to set up 22. Qf4!
Blackburne vs W H Grundy, 1909 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

20. Qb5!!
J Vetemaa vs Shabalov, 1986 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

After 16. Qb5??, 16...Qxe1+! sets up 17...Bf4+!
C T Goering vs E Schallopp, 1877 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

43... Qf7! forces deflection 43. fxg5 to set up 44... Bf3
Kharlov vs Topalov, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

24. Qxg4!!
Carlsen vs Z Andriasian, 2003 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

32... Rxf1+ sets the pin and 33... Ne4 and 34...Nd2 deflect
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

33. Nxb6!!
Anand vs Illescas Cordoba, 1992 
(B44) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

53. Re2!
MacChess vs Bronstein, 1997 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 60 moves, 0-1

26. Rxc5! sets up 28. Qb5!
Kotov vs Kholmov, 1971 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

21. h3! brings on the pin after 21...Bxh3 or 21...Bf5
Polugaevsky vs Smyslov, 1979 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

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

46...Rd1!
Geller vs Averbakh, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

27. Bb6! is a deflection with a winning pin threat
Judit Polgar vs Svidler, 2005 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 30 moves, 1-0

28...Rd3!
S Kriventsov vs Stripunsky, 2004 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 40 moves, 0-1

29. Nxg5+!
Adams vs Morozevich, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

14. Nc4!!
Capablanca vs J Baca Arus, 1912 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

43. Rg7+ sets up 44. Rf8!
Karjakin vs P Nikolic, 2005 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1-0

33...Qg4+!
Carlsen vs C Hansen, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

36...Ng4+!
A Mortazavi vs Miles, 1994 
(C25) Vienna, 37 moves, 0-1

22. Nb6+!! (notice how 17. b4! and 20. Na4! set it up)
R Almond vs T Spanton, 2001 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

30. Nf4! leads to a mate supported by the pin on g7
Shirov vs K Spraggett, 2005 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 32 moves, 1-0

23. fxg5! sets up a winning passed pawn combination
Kiril D Georgiev vs C Ward, 2005 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

20...c4!
K Harandi vs Balashov, 1979 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

23. Rxf7!
Bledow vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

22...Nxc2! Nxc5 23. Na3+!
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

41. Rc6! sets up 42. Bc6!
Bacrot vs Bologan, 2005 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

14. d5! attacks a pinned pawn with decisive advantage
Ulf Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 18 moves, 1-0

18. Nxd5 helps set up 25. Qc3! and 28. Bxd6!
Anand vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

27. Rxd4! exd4 28. Bd5! +-
Tal vs Filip, 1967 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

17. f5 and 18. Bg5! set up 24. Nxf5!
Kasparov vs F A Cuijpers, 1980 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

White missed 38. Qf7+! +-
Morozevich vs Gelfand, 2005 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 87 moves, 0-1

13....Qe7! (9...d4! 11...Re8! and 12...Nc6 help set it up)
K Bunk vs M Kopylov, 2001 
(A43) Old Benoni, 17 moves, 0-1

17...d4! mayset the worlds record for a series of pins
B Gamback vs R Nevanlinna, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

30. Rd8+! is a deflection which sets up a decisive pin
I Rogers vs J Brenninkmeijer, 1990 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

24. Rxd5! is a deflection to set up a winning pin
Bronstein vs Keene, 1975 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

18. g4! initiates some deflections to setup a winning pin
Van der Wiel vs G Miralles, 1990 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

20. Bxf7+!
Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863 
(B06) Robatsch, 22 moves, 1-0

26. Nd5!
Pilnik vs Pachman, 1952 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

36...Ba6!
Uhlmann vs Larsen, 1971 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

26...Bxc3!
Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

35. Bc4!
Tal vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 
(E92) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

20. b4!
Leitao vs Baburin, 1998 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

35...f5!
Najdorf vs Averbakh, 1953 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

If 44...Qa5+? 45. Ra4 Qxf5??, then 46. Qf8+! wins for White
T Fogarasi vs D Breder, 2000 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 47 moves, 0-1

36. Ne7+!
Keres vs A Tarnowski, 1952 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

32...Bc2!
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 0-1

24. Nxf6!
G Milos vs N Murshed, 1997 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

20. Bxb5!!
L Day vs Suttles, 1969 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 1-0

32. f4!! threat of a decisive pin forces a weakening deflection
V Z Tsarev vs V Malaniuk, 1989 
(A81) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

21...Bxg4!
Tolush vs N Kopilov, 1954 
(A80) Dutch, 26 moves, 0-1

32. Rxf6! sets up the amazing 35. Bxe5!!
Oll vs Shaked, 1997 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 35 moves, 1-0

33...Bh3+!
C Lutz vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

41. Bf7! decisively obstructs the protection of a pinned piece
A Kvon vs E Acuner, 2005 
(B07) Pirc, 43 moves, 1-0

28. Be6+!! decoys the King and makes the pin decisive
Beliavsky vs M Cebalo, 1998 
(A04) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

21...Bxc4! wins a couple of pawns for a decisive advantage
Euwe vs B Matzner, 1980 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

14. Ba4! allows White to win the exchange or the pinned Knight
K Beddar vs N Arosemena, 2008 
(E90) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1-0

21...Be3!! sets up 23...d5!
Hracek vs Kramnik, 2002 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

23...Rd2!!
R Janssen vs I Sokolov, 2002 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

31...Rd2+!
J Mieses vs Breyer, 1914 
(C01) French, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

28. b6!
Blackburne vs G MacDonnell, 1876  
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 1-0

74...Rxf4!
Reggio vs Chigorin, 1901 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 76 moves, 0-1

19. Nxd5!! solves a Saturday puzzle (also clearance theme)
I Rogers vs T Tao, 2004 
(C16) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 1-0

27. Nc4! uses pin, deflection and skewer tactics to win a piece
Salov vs Karpov, 1998 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

38...Bc3+! decoys the Queen for the 39...a5+! -+ deflection
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B57) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

29. Bf4!! combo ends with the clever zwischenzug 31. Bd6+!
Nenarokov vs A A Smorodsky, 1924 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

40...Bxf2+!
P Peelen vs Fedorowicz, 1990 
(A05) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

21...Bxd4!
Gipslis vs Ulibin, 1988 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 0-1

44...Bxc4! enables 45...Rxf3 with a decisive pin
A Huss vs E Lobron, 1985 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 45 moves, 0-1

35...Bd5! wins quicker
E Eliskases vs T Borges, 1946 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

23...Qxc1+! deflection sets up a winning pin
A Frhat vs A Surjadnji, 2001 
(B44) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

19. Qxe7+! Qxe7 20. Bd6! +-
Gligoric vs J Rosenstein, 1963 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

27...Rf5!!
A Horvath vs V Erdos, 2008 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 0-1

28. Qe7+! Qf6 29. f4+ Kf5 30. Rf7 +- pins and wins the Queen
I Sokolov vs G Mohr, 1993 
(E91) King's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

57. g6! is set up by 45. Rc1!
Kasparov vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2011 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 59 moves, 1-0

17. Nxd5! solves Saturday 3/30/2013
Seirawan vs H Ardiansyah, 1983 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 24 moves, 1-0

39. h4+! solves 04/12/16 Tuesday puzzle
Yifan Hou vs H J Cordes, 2015 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

26. Qd4!
Anand vs Caruana, 2017 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 29 moves, 1-0

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