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Zig-zags, Pendulums, & other Curious Manoeuvers
Compiled by Petrocephalon
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In chess, the shortest distance between two points isn't always a straight line. Sometimes simple, sometimes subtle, these zig-zags, pendulums, triangulations and other manoeuvers have a pleasingly geometrical quality.

Zig-Zag I
M Lowcki vs Tartakower, 1937 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Zig-Zag II: staircase
Deep Fritz vs Deep Junior, 2001 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 69 moves, 0-1

Zig-zag III: "a curious zigzag manoeuver now wins the queen"
Keene vs S Kerr, 1979  
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

Zig-zag IV: companion piece to Keene vs Kerr
J F Barry vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Zig-zag V
Judit Polgar vs Topalov, 1994 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

Zig-zag VI: snazzy ping-pong Qa5-e1-e3-c1-a3
K Junge vs Alekhine, 1942 
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 51 moves, 0-1

Zig-zag VII: an unplayed combination.
Furman vs Kholmov, 1963 
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zig-zag VIII: a prosaic example.
F Valenzuela vs Alekhine, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

Knight Wheel
Capablanca vs Yates, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 77 moves, 1-0

Knight Wheel II (sort of)
Nimzowitsch vs Leonhardt, 1912  
(C02) French, Advance, 21 moves, 1-0

Rook Triangulation I
Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, 2002 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 57 moves, 1-0

Rook Triangulation II
Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

Rook Quadrangulation!
Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Rook pendulum 19.Rf1-f6-f4 (Alekhine's Block)
Tal vs Leonov, 1949 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Weird rook pendulum 25..Rdh8!, 28..Rd8.
L Day vs Suttles, 1969 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 1-0

Q & R pendulum (moves 28 to 32)
Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1969 
(A10) English, 32 moves, 1-0

Qd8-c7-e7-e5-f6-b2
Huzman vs Kasparov, 1998 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

A neat little bishop manoeuver: Bh5-g6-h7-f5
Judit Polgar vs I Rogers, 1993 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Standard Ninja Move I: 24..Qf6+
J Bonin vs Zsofia Polgar, 1988 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 25 moves, 0-1

Standard Ninja Move II: 49.Qe6+
Korchnoi vs Nunn, 1990 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 50 moves, 1-0

Standard Ninja Move III: 38..Qf1+
Short vs Nunn, 1986 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 39 moves, 0-1

Standard Ninja Move IV: 53.Qe5-a1-e4
Ivanchuk vs Onischuk, 2005 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

Rf6-e6-g6
Karasev vs K Klaman, 1967 
(B56) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

A charming zwischenschach
Ni Hua vs M Mchedlishvili, 2005 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 37 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs B Kantsler, 2001 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 34 moves, 0-1

piece winning tactic ..Qd1+ ..Qh5
L Mattos vs F Bohatirchuk, 1973 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 0-1

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