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Mating Net's Tactical Favorites
Compiled by Mating Net
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These games show that the tactics are out there, waiting to be found. In some cases, the tactic was missed in the game. I'll try and include examples of the various tactical motifs.

Zwischenschach, 18. White to move
N Firman vs A Galliamova, 2002 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 20 moves, 1-0

White Misses a Zwischenzug after 21.Nxe4
J Bernstein vs Teichmann, 1923 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

44... Black to Move, Zwischenzug
H Rossetto vs J Sherwin, 1958 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 0-1

16... Black to Mate
A Andreev vs Khmelnitsky, 1988 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

33. White to Move, Sacrifice
Sutovsky vs A Goloshchapov, 2003 
(C18) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 1-0

29. White to Move, Deflection
Timman vs Yusupov, 1987 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 29 moves, 1-0

23. White to Move, Sacrifice
Keres vs Alekhine, 1937 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

30.Qf7+ Wins for White
Short vs Shirov, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

26. White to Move Windmill
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

17. White to Move Double Bishop Sac
G Kuzmin vs Sveshnikov, 1973 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

28. White to Move
Bareev vs Kupreichik, 1990 
(E73) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

20...Black to Move
R Lau vs S Smagin, 1990 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 0-1

40...Black to Move
J Manion vs McShane, 1993 
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

21. White to Move
T Kosintseva vs A Galliamova, 2003 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

26...Black to Move, Sweet!!
Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

16...Black to Move
S Hamann vs B Brinck-Claussen, 1962 
(D75) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5, 18 moves, 0-1

25..Black to Move, Exchange Sac!
Alatortsev vs Smyslov, 1942 
(E70) King's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

18. White to Move
Spassky vs G Capelan, 1974 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 31 moves, 1-0

30. White to Move
Taimanov vs Golombek, 1952 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 32 moves, 1-0

22. White to Move
Hartston vs Portisch, 1974 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

26. White to Move
Euwe vs G A Thomas, 1934 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 26 moves, 1-0

61...Black to Move, Pin!!
O Dementiev vs Dzindzichashvili, 1972 
(B83) Sicilian, 61 moves, 0-1

23. White to Move
Alekhine vs A Frieman, 1924  
(C21) Center Game, 26 moves, 1-0

23. White to Move
Ljubojevic vs N Padevsky, 1974 
(C00) French Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

16. White to Move
Alekhine vs Koehnlein, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

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

19. White to move, Awesome Sacrificial Attack
Spassky vs Geller, 1965 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

33. White to Move
Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 2004 
(C45) Scotch Game, 48 moves, 1-0

34. White to Move
Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

34...Black to Move
D King vs Keene, 1982  
(A04) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

14. White to move
F Brown vs Gibbs, 1918 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

14. White to Move
A Volokitin vs Z Kozul, 2001 
(B30) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

23...Black to Move
Yusupov vs Chekhov, 1978 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

37...Black to Move
E Rotunno vs Alekhine, 1938 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

22...Black to Move
Lisitsin vs Smyslov, 1944 
(A06) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

34... Black to Move
A Yurgis vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(A15) English, 37 moves, 0-1

20. White to Move
Tal vs Neibult, 1991 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 24 moves, 1-0

23. White to Move
L Gutman vs Kholmov, 1975 
(A06) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

22...Black to Move
Winawer vs Chigorin, 1882 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 28 moves, 0-1

17...Black to Move
J Araiza Munoz vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1928 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

30. White to Move
Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

24... Black to Move
A Novita vs B Villamayor, 2009
(B07) Pirc, 28 moves, 0-1

31... Black to Move
Huahua Xu vs S Meenakshi, 2009 
(B07) Pirc, 31 moves, 0-1

Lawn Mower Mate!
Bologan vs E van Haastert, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

23. White to Move, Nice!
Tiviakov vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2009 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

Non Stop Attack!
J Dworakowska vs Yang Shen, 2009 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

23. White to play
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Powerful zwischenzugs lead to Anastasia's mate
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A04) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

27 White to move.
Ljubojevic vs R Meulders, 1987 
(A10) English, 27 moves, 1-0

23 White to move
Geller vs R Debarnot, 1976 
(A25) English, 23 moves, 1-0

26 White to move
Spassky vs Averkin, 1973 
(B44) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

14. White to move
B Kazic vs B Vukovic, 1940 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

41. White to move
Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0

58. White to move
E Canal vs Schmid, 1953 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1-0

16. White to move, gorgeous chess!
Liu Wenzhe vs J H Donner, 1978 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

25...Black to move
D Kharchenko vs G Airapetian, 2012 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 0-1

40...Black to move
I Cabezas Ayala vs Tiviakov, 2010 
(B01) Scandinavian, 40 moves, 0-1

20 Black to move
Tal vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C11) French, 20 moves, 0-1

17. White to move and the fireworks are ignited!
S Kuemin vs R Staechelin, 2005 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 20 moves, 1-0

26... Black to move.
S Mulligan vs D Foord, 2006 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

40...Tal to move
Kholmov vs Tal, 1963 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 45 moves, 0-1

45.White to move.
Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956 
(A53) Old Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

19. White to move
L Dominguez vs W So, 2014 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

21. White to move
Kasimdzhanov vs Topalov, 2004 
(B40) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

20...Black to move.
H Hoang vs M Stojanovic, 2012
(C02) French, Advance, 22 moves, 0-1

20. White to move.
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

29. White to move.
Miles vs W Arencibia, 1996 
(A36) English, 36 moves, 1-0

37.White to move.
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

19. White to move.
F N Stephenson vs D Humphries, 1966 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 21 moves, 1-0

21. White to move.
Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

14.White to move.
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

17.White to move.
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933 
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

30.White to move.
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1883 
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

31.White to move.
Botvinnik vs B Goldenov, 1952 
(A13) English, 35 moves, 1-0

21. White to move.
V Tukmakov vs Panno, 1970 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 22 moves, 1-0

19.White to move.
Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1993 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 25 moves, 1-0

20.White to move
Reshevsky vs Y Matsumoto, 1970 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

19.White to move.
Hartlaub vs M W Testa, 1912 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

19.White to move.
G Sigurjonsson vs A S Segal, 1968 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

28…Black to move.
Novotelnov vs D Rovner, 1946 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

S Haslinger vs G Lane, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 1-0

18. White to move.
M Martinez Romero vs D Gonzales, 2014 
(B30) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

32. White to move.
J Aagaard vs T Hansen, 2012 
(C45) Scotch Game, 32 moves, 1-0

32.White to move.
Sasikiran vs C Hansen, 2003 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

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