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Clearance
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25. e4!! outstanding example of an attacking clearance
S Williams vs P Motwani, 2004 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

41...d4!!
M Stolberg vs Botvinnik, 1940 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 41 moves, 0-1

21. Bb7!!
McShane vs F T Naes, 2003 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

19. Ne4!! clears the rook to move to g3
G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

10. Nf6+ facilitates a variation of Legal's mate
J N Berger vs Frohlich, 1888 
(C46) Three Knights, 11 moves, 1-0

21. Na6! clears 22. Rc7 +-
Shabalov vs Arkell, 1991 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

27. c6! prepares a winning double attack
Piket vs Xu Jun, 1994 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

23...Nb5!
Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

22. Bh6! and after 24. gxh3 Bf4+!
P Needham vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981 
(B33) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

17. Nf3+!! is a clearance sacrifice leading to mate.
J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

24. Nxf7! Rxf7 25. Qc3+ +-
Barbero vs U Rueetschi, 1987 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

18. Ne2+!
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

49...Nf8?? (49....Ng5! -+) allows 50. Nf5!! +-
Karpov vs Csom, 1977 
(A16) English, 50 moves, 1-0

27. Ne6!! clears the d-file to create five mate threats at once
M Krasenkow vs Adianto, 1998 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

24...Qb6+! allows 25...Re8 for a dominating position.
T Vakhidov vs Nisipeanu, 2004 
(A04) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

31. Nf7+ clears d6 to set up a winning "removing the guard"
Kasparov vs Wahls, 1992 
(B07) Pirc, 37 moves, 1-0

17. d5!!
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

27...Rh2! and 29...Rf5! are excellent clearance moves.
F Hermann vs H Hussong, 1930 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

21...d5!!
Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

31. Bb6!!
K Spraggett vs G Vescovi, 2004 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

56...d4!
M Gurevich vs Anand, 2004 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 60 moves, 0-1

30...c5!? gives the Knight a strong post on d4
M Basman vs D Barua, 1991 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

19. a5!?
A J Mestel vs M Basman, 1992 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

23. Rxe4! and 25. e6!
Leko vs L Bruzon Batista, 2005 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 25 moves, 1-0

20. e5! is a strong positional clearance move
E Tegshsuren vs Y Shulman, 2002 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

34. Kf1!! is an awesome "defensive and offensive" clearance
Judit Polgar vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 40 moves, 1-0

15...d5! clears the diagonal for 16. Nxa8?? Bh3+!
T Farrand vs D K Johansen, 1980 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 0-1

31...Bf5!
C McNab vs Dreev, 2005 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 31 moves, 0-1

20. Nxd5!
N Katishonok vs H Gulbis, 1989 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

24...d3! 25. cxd3 Nd4! gives Black a strong advantage
Sveshnikov vs S Webb, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 0-1

32. e5! is a deep clearance sacrifice
Shirov vs D King, 1990 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

25...Bxa1 sets up 26...Nd4!, threatening 27...Bh3!
L Stumpers vs Euwe, 1946 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

22. Nxc5!
O Giordanengo vs R Gehrke, 1991 
(C57) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

34. c6!
Azmaiparashvili vs Dreev, 2005 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

35. Rh3! forces the win of the exchange
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

35. c6!
Smyslov vs Szabo, 1955 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 43 moves, 1-0

32. c6!
Alekhine vs Foltys, 1937 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 40 moves, 1-0

21. d6! expedites a won game with a neat clearance move
T Hillarp Persson vs Judit Polgar, 2003 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

16. d5!
Botvinnik vs N Begunov, 1924 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

36. Qxh3+!
A Dragomirescu vs V Nebolsina, 2005 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

42. Re4! and Black can't stop both mate threats
M Cuellar Gacharna vs Reshevsky, 1967 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

15. e5! helps to setup 19. Qxe5!
Szabo vs K Honfi, 1950 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

21. e5! initiates a winning kinside attack
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

33. Ng5+!
J Nogueiras vs Polugaevsky, 1990 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

24. c5! is a winning positional clearance move
Chigorin vs B Yankovich, 1899 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

28. Ne3! clears the diagonal to capture the new Queen
B Jonasson vs Angantysson, 1984 
(B40) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

23. Bd5!!
P Markland vs Hort, 1971 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

43...Qb7! prepares 44...f5! for two Bishop moves & a win
Morozevich vs Topalov, 2005 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 74 moves, 0-1

26. Nf6+!!
Smyslov vs M Fuller, 1969 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

13...d5!
R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

38. Qg7+! clears h6 for the mate which occurred in this game.
Panno vs Aitken, 1958 
(A66) Benoni, 40 moves, 1-0

66...h1=Q!!
Sznapik vs Balashov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 68 moves, 0-1

34. Nf7+!!
Smyslov vs A Magrin, 1968 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 1-0

28. Nf5+!
Gligoric vs E Nievergelt, 1959 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

18. Nf5!
Kaidanov vs Wojtkiewicz, 1994 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

33. Rxd3!
Keres vs Gligoric, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

55. Nxc4+! permits 56. Qd6+!
Unzicker vs G Stein, 1948 
(C15) French, Winawer, 56 moves, 1-0

24. Nxg5! may win a bit easier than Unzicker's brilliant move
Unzicker vs Tal, 1975 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 32 moves, 1-0

21. Bg5+!
J Fort vs W Campbell, 1913 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1-0

18. Rc7!! prepares a decisive triple mate threat
S Kuemin vs R Staechelin, 2005 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

37...Ne3+!
Gulko vs Adams, 2000 
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 38 moves, 0-1

21...Rg8+!
Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2001 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

36...Bxc3!
A Kovacevic vs Kramnik, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

If 27. e4, then 27...Bg4!! with the threat of 28...Qf3! wins
R Hubert vs G Welling, 1997 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

41. Bg6!! combines clearance and deflection
Judit Polgar vs I Rogers, 1993 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

51. Bf6!
I Smikovski vs V L Ivanov, 2006 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 51 moves, 1-0

40. Ne4! Bxe4 41. Qg5! would have won even quicker
E Eliskases vs F Hoelzl, 1929 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1-0

29...b4!
J Radovanovic vs A Kveinys, 2005 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 40 moves, 0-1

28. Ne5!!
Timman vs S Tatai, 1977 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

37. Nxh6! sets up 38. Kg1!
Miles vs Nikolaiczuk, 1986 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

28. Bg5!!
M Rivas Pastor vs Suba, 1980 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 43 moves, 1-0

28. Rxe6+!
Fischer vs W Hook, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 1-0

40. Ne7+!
I Cheparinov vs Z Almasi, 2006 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

18. Nd5+!, which is set up by 17. 0-0!!
Sax vs E Hermansson, 2005 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

38...Ng3+!
Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 
(B32) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

20. Ng5+!
Carlsen vs P Nikolic, 2005 
(C08) French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed, 22 moves, 1-0

23. Qxb2!! leads to mate if accepted
Podgaets vs G Zaichik, 1986 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 25 moves, 1-0

14. e5! and 21. Rxf5!
Pokorna vs N Gaprindashvili, 2003 
(B57) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

21. Nf5!! sets up two consecutive winning pins
Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1973 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 26 moves, 1-0

17. Bxf5!!
I Nyzhnyk vs D Baider, 2006 
(C10) French, 21 moves, 1-0

29. d5!? not best but is an instructive positional sacrifice
Baburin vs S Fokin, 1989 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 36 moves, 1-0

26. e6! is a sham positional clearance sacrifice
Z Almasi vs M Marin, 2008 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

37. Rd4! sets up 38. Qb4 +-
Nunn vs J Van der Tuuk, 1986 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 40 moves, 1-0

23. e5!! prepares 24. d5! +- (though 24...Bb6!? isn't easy)
Portisch vs R Garcia, 1966 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

25. d5! threatens discovered check with decisive effect
Captain Evans vs G Perigal, 1843 
(C21) Center Game, 32 moves, 1-0

25...Ng3+! solves a Thursday puzzle by creating a mate threat
S Narayanan vs V Ikonnikov, 2006 
(B32) Sicilian, 36 moves, 0-1

11...Nxe5! puts two knights enprise for two clearance options
Gruenfeld vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(A80) Dutch, 13 moves, 0-1

23...Rxd4! clears the way for a decisive Knight Fork threat
Kmoch vs Saemisch, 1928 
(C28) Vienna Game, 23 moves, 0-1

21. Be5! combines the clearance and interference themes
K Beddar vs N Arosemena, 2008 
(E90) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1-0

22. Qg7+! initiates mate-in-three
Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 24 moves, 1-0

21. Nc6! opens up a decisive attack on Black's King-side
Dolmatov vs Lautier, 1988 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 23 moves, 1-0

34. Qxh5+ wins only with the key clearance retreat 36. Ne3!
K Richter vs E Reinhardt, 1937 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

27. Qxf4!
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1895 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1-0

20. Rxd5+! sets up a mating attack
M Tauber vs P Bachmayr, 1991 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

27. Ba6!
Gligoric vs Sveshnikov, 1986 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

17. Nxc7! prepares 18. Qd5+ +- with a winning attack
Nezhmetdinov vs Y Kotkov, 1957 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1-0

47. e5! clears the way for a winning passer
Unzicker vs A Dueckstein, 1967 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 51 moves, 1-0

49. Nxc5! clears the way for a decisive double threat
Uhlmann vs Larsen, 1971 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 49 moves, 1-0

37. Qxg6! anticipates 37...Rh1+ 38. Bf1! +-
P F Johner vs Bogoljubov, 1928 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

21...e4! wins the exchange
Ujtelky vs Parma, 1965 
(A14) English, 26 moves, 0-1

24. f6!
Z Gofshtein vs A G Ashton, 2006 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

46.Nxd5! exd5 47. Rb7 +- wins the exchange & the game
R Lutzenberger vs K F Grimm, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 1-0

34. b4! allows White to overload on the pinned piece
R Grau vs Pilnik, 1938 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

57. Re2! clears e8 for a fork and also attacks Black's Knight
Topalov vs Leko, 2006 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 71 moves, 1-0

40. h6!
Y Quesada Perez vs A Graf, 2008 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

89. g4+!
M Socko vs M Dziuba, 2008 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 97 moves, 1/2-1/2

86. Qe7+! provides a decisive escape square for the King
V Akhmadeev vs A Aleksandrov, 2008 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

12. d5!! overwhelms the Black position
A E Post vs F J Lee, 1905 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

12. e4!! is a deep clearance to open the e-file for the Rook
Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(A06) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

29. e5! is a positional sham sac to mobilize pieces to attack
Kramnik vs Nunn, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

33. Ne5+!! also combines knight fork, decoy and deomolition
Psakhis vs N Mitkov, 1997 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 49 moves, 1-0

28. Ne5! prepared by 27. b4!! sets up a winning double attack
T Dao vs F Jenni, 1998 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 29 moves, 1-0

29...e4! +- exploits 29. Nb6? (better is 29. Nxc5 +/- )
E Ubilava vs Kupreichik, 1983 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

22...Ne2+!! Opens up an attack on the exposed Queen & weak King
Ljubojevic vs R Gunawan, 1983 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 26 moves, 0-1

29...Bxf3!! clears d- file for Rook and d5 for Knight Fork
K Van Leens Dijkstra vs J Penrose, 1983 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

17. Nxc8+! Rxc8 18. Nf5+ Kf8 19. Bd6+ +-
T Physick vs S Passmore, 1900 
(C11) French, 29 moves, 1-0

12. Be5+! solves Tuesday 3/26/2013
R Narmontas vs G Petraitis, 2009 
(C25) Vienna, 13 moves, 1-0

24. f5!!
Negi vs G Munkhgal, 2014 
(C11) French, 30 moves, 1-0

27...Nxg3!
A Shimanov vs W So, 2015 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 29 moves, 0-1

31. Nxe6+! combines clearance, in-between move and pinning
Feuerstein vs E W Marchand, 1954 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

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