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Deflection (Removing the Guard)
Compiled by patzer2
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Removing the Guard is a subcategory of deflection. The tactic involves undermining a piece protecting another piece, with the idea of capturing the piece left unprotected. The logic is that if piece A guards piece B, then you can win piece B by removing the protection of piece A. This removal of protection involves a deflection in either forcing the guarding piece away from the guarding square or by the capture of the guarding piece.


19...Rac8+!!
A Moiseenko vs Potkin, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

27...Rxc3!!
J Shahade vs Wang Pin, 2002 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 0-1

31. Rd2+!
V Green vs Steinitz, 1864 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 0-1

26. Qg7!
Rublevsky vs Dreev, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

25...f5!
G Sigurjonsson vs Timman, 1980 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 0-1

16. Qxd5!
Oral vs M Kantorik, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 16 moves, 1-0

20...Rxe5!
A Niedermayer vs P Haba, 1996 
(A13) English, 20 moves, 0-1

52. Be4+! is a simple deflection missed by Karpov
Karpov vs Shirov, 2003 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 59 moves, 1-0

44. Qb7+!
Adams vs Ivanchuk, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 1-0

28. Qxf4+!
Rodolfo Cardoso vs Ivkov, 1973 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

28...cxd6 29. Rxe6! +- forces a quick mate.
Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 
(A17) English, 28 moves, 1-0

39. Rxd6!
Unzicker vs Robatsch, 1961 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

34...Bxe4! enables a quick mate
G Michelakis vs Kotronias, 1996 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 38 moves, 0-1

23. Bxe8 Rxe8 24. Rxf8+!
A Burtasova vs N Straub, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 1-0

39. Rd8!
D Ionescu vs T Luther, 2005 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

35...Rd2!
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1990 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 0-1

10. Qxg4! wins and (failing to find that) 11. Qxg4! also wins
Messinger vs M Rack, 1989 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

41. Bxg5!
Judit Polgar vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1993 
(A04) Reti Opening, 51 moves, 1-0

17. Qe8+! Kg7 18. Bxf8+!
P K Wells vs Speelman, 2006 
(B06) Robatsch, 20 moves, 1-0

11...Nc6! was set up by 9...Bb4+! and 13...Bd7! should follow
Grob vs R Bucher, 1966 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

29. Rb7+!
Tal vs D Keller, 1959 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

31. f5!
J A Grefe vs Najdorf, 1976 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

25. Bh3!
Y Shulman vs I Schneider, 2006 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

21. Rxe8+!
Khalifman vs Seirawan, 1991  
(B15) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 1-0

6. exf6!
J Henningsen vs R Borik, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

47. Bf7+! Ke7 48. Bb4+
Ivanchuk vs Radjabov, 2007 
(E92) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

24...Qd5!!
Didier vs Marshall, 1900 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

37. d6!
Dreev vs D Berkovich, 1992 
(A81) Dutch, 39 moves, 1-0

22. Rxb6!!
Chiburdanidze vs V Malaniuk, 1982 
(D85) Grunfeld, 26 moves, 1-0

10. Qxc6+!
R Schwarz vs Labau, 1948 
(C15) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1-0

22. Re8!! sets up 23. Rxc8! +-
Lputian vs Balashov, 1986 
(D68) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

26...g4! sets up 29...Bh3 to win a decisive pawn
Vaganian vs Nakamura, 2007 
(E97) King's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

32. Rg3!
Teichmann vs Allies, 1902 
(C56) Two Knights, 35 moves, 1-0

60. a8 =Q!!
Kramnik vs Leko, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 62 moves, 1-0

34. Qh4! Rd6 35. Qe6 Qh6 (35...Rh6 36. Qf8+ +-) 36. Bxg7+ +-
Motylev vs B Savchenko, 2007 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

20. Rxf8+!, 22. Nb5+!!, and 24. Re7+! are a pretty trio
Bronstein vs V Mikenas, 1941 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

12. Bxe4 +-
I Cheparinov vs L Lang, 1995 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

25...Rxd1+!
Jakovenko vs Shirov, 2007 
(A20) English, 32 moves, 0-1

33. Qxf3! sets up mate-in-three
Loyd vs S Rosenthal, 1867 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1-0

33. Rxd6+!
Z Almasi vs Navara, 2008 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

9...Bxc3+!
Trattner vs P C Gibbs, 1955 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 0-1

25. Be3!!
Uhlmann vs T Paehtz Sr, 1974 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 34 moves, 1-0

45...Ka3!! forces 46. Rb1 and allows 46...Ra2+! (solution)
A Acevedo Milan vs Fischer, 1970 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 0-1

32...Rc1+! removes the Rook's guard and wins the Queen
B Franciskovic vs R Svaljek, 2001 
(A12) English with b3, 32 moves, 0-1

35. Qd6!
Karpov vs Piskunov, 1962 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

28. Nxd5!? worked only because Black missed 28...Ke8!!
V Pina vs D Duarte, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

39...Bd4!
G Laco vs Yermolinsky, 1989 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 40 moves, 0-1

9...Nd4!
A Hansen vs S Jensen, 1945 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 9 moves, 0-1

If 31. Rb2??, then 31...Rxd5! -+ wins for Black
I Bilek vs A Ornstein, 1976 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

20...Nxc4! removes the Queen's guard ffor Black's attack
Alekhine vs O Rocas, 1939 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 24 moves, 0-1

26. Nf6+! sets up a double attack to deflect the Queen
Botvinnik vs P Sharov, 1928 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

25...Re8!
Opocensky vs Alekhine, 1925 
(C01) French, Exchange, 25 moves, 0-1

26. Qxd5!
D Rombaldoni vs E Iturrizaga, 2008 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

28. Rxd5! wins two pieces for a Rook and the game
Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

37. Rxg5!? hxg5 38. Qd8+!
Dolmatov vs A Guseinov, 1988 
(B32) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

28...Re1+!
S Maus vs Tal, 1991 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

23. Bxc5!!
Tal vs Averbakh, 1961  
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 32 moves, 1-0

30...Rbxd1!
R Rubenchik vs Ashley, 2000 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 0-1

33. Bxf7+!!
A Naumann vs W Teerapabpaisit, 2008 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

33. Qf5+!
I Nemet vs Judit Polgar, 1987 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 34 moves, 1-0

9. Qxd4! sets up mate-in-two after 9...Nxd4
G Minchev vs D Miraschiev, 1986 
(C46) Three Knights, 11 moves, 1-0

29. Re8+!
Timman vs Yusupov, 1987 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 29 moves, 1-0

17. Rxd7!! removes the guard to enable a winning attack
Bologan vs Movsesian, 2005 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

21. Re7+! Kf6 22. hxg5+ -+
O Lie vs Olsen, 1985 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

12...Nb6! attacks the Bishop so as to trap and win the Knight
L Dominguez vs Radjabov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

30...Bb5! sets up 31...Re1+ -+
A Misetane Burjan vs K Albert, 1992 
(B26) Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3, 31 moves, 0-1

31. Rg1!
D Stets vs M Oleksienko, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 1-0

23. h4!
Shabalov vs R Elseth, 1991 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 27 moves, 1-0

21. Bxc5! sets up to win a piece
J Gluckie vs M Moran-Venegas, 2009 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

7. Bxf7+!
D Zardus vs A Steventon, 1986 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 7 moves, 1-0

19. Bb2! (decoy) sets up 20. Rd8+! to win the Queen
K Lerner vs F Sideif-Sade, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 22 moves, 1-0

6...Bxf2+
NN vs R Vassilev, 2009 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

32. Rxb7!! sets up 33. Rxd6! +-
L Bruzon Batista vs E Perelshteyn, 2000 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 35 moves, 1-0

38...Ra7!
G Fuster vs P Rethy, 1941 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

25. Qe4! and 35. Bxe5! are unusual examples of (RtG)
Dreev vs G Fish, 2009 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

25...Qxf4! and if 26. PXQ, then 26...Nh3#.
J Ragan vs Benko, 1974 
(A22) English, 25 moves, 0-1

37...exd4! is the winning follow-up on 34...Qxg4+! -+
P Peelen vs Fedorowicz, 1990 
(A05) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

52...Ra2+! was a missed winning move
D Howell vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

32...Nxe6!! 33. Qxc7 Qd3! -+ removes Queen's guard of e3
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 2009 
(C49) Four Knights, 35 moves, 0-1

24. b4! sets up 24...axb4 25. Nd3! +-
C Lutz vs J Balcerak, 2000 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

37...Rc2!
Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2010 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 48 moves, 0-1

35...Bb7! uses a discovered attack to remove the Queen's guard
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

51...d2! -+ but 21...Bxh3! -+ would have won quicker
Adams vs Lputian, 1995 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 52 moves, 0-1

19...Rxg2+! triggers an avalanche of dangerous Black pawns
Uhlmann vs P Enders, 1985 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

31...Ne1!
Gavrikov vs Gelfand, 1995 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

36...Ng3!
J B Bednarski vs Podgaets, 1972 
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 0-1

43...Rxb4!
V Palermo vs H Rossetto, 1965 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 43 moves, 0-1

38...f5+!
L A Tan vs Mecking, 1976 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

23...h5!
M M de Ley vs Julio Bolbochan, 1952 
(A48) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

23. Be6! solves a Wednesday puzzle
Illescas Cordoba vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

19. a4!
T Hillarp Persson vs F Peralta, 2010 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

12...g5! wins a piece
Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A17) English, 54 moves, 0-1

30. Qf6+!
Suttles vs P Ostojic, 1969 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

46...Rf3! solves a Tuesday puzzle
J Klovans vs G Timoshenko, 2000 
(B33) Sicilian, 46 moves, 0-1

17. Rd8+ actually begins with 16. Bxf7+!
Z Andriasian vs M Litwiniec, 2010 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

23. Rc8+! wins the Queen
Koneru vs Granda Zuniga, 2008 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 22 moves, 1-0

48. Qe1+!
Stahlberg vs A Becker, 1944 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 48 moves, 1-0

66...Kc2! completes a long King march with a winning deflection
J Hawkins vs Short, 2011 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 66 moves, 0-1

20. Rc5! solves a Friday puzzle
I Balinov vs M Cebalo, 1996 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 1-0

34. Qxh7+! solves a Monday puzzle
Reti vs K Havasi, 1926 
(A09) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

33. Rxf6! solves the Monday Feb 6, 2012 puzzle
Adams vs N Zhukova, 2012 
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

19. Rxf4! sets up 21. Rxf5! +- with two pieces for the Rook
Rublevsky vs K Asrian, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

31...h3+! solves Friday 03/01/2013
T Nyback vs M Matthiesen, 2003 
(E97) King's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

31. Nxe5! sets up double attack 33. Rxd7 +-
Yu Yangyi vs Li Shilong, 2012 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 47 moves, 1-0

27...d3!
B Al Qudaimi vs B Amin, 2014 
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 0-1

22...Rd1 solves 05/30/16 Monday Puzzle
D Mitran vs M Carbajo Berrocal, 2007 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 24 moves, 0-1

18...Bxe3
Kramnik vs V Fedoseev, 2017 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 29 moves, 0-1

33. b4!
Ponomariov vs Leko, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 46 moves, 1-0

23. Qxe5 Rxe5 24. f4 solves Tuesday Oct 23, 2017
B Savchenko vs J van Foreest, 2016 
(B40) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

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