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Helpless King
Compiled by patzer2
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16. Ra4! initiates a decisive attack on the weak King position
S Shipov vs Miles, 1998 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

17. Nd8!
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 66 moves, 1-0

27. Rd1!!
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

15. Rhf1!
Kasparov vs Ehlvest, 1978 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 1-0

29. Re1!!
Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

22. Rxd4!!
Dundee City vs Aberdeen, 1859 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 29 moves, 1-0

16. Bxe2!
Morphy vs Bird, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 1-0

35...Qf7!
J Nogueiras vs Tarjan, 1979 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 35 moves, 0-1

31. Rxe6+!
Panov vs A Poliak, 1934 
(C13) French, 31 moves, 1-0

29...Qg1+! 30. Kd2 f3! -+ wins quicker
Larry Evans vs Santasiere, 1946 
(C27) Vienna Game, 49 moves, 0-1

42...Kg6! threatens mate or decisive win of material
S Zagrebelny vs N McDonald, 2000 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

20. Rxf5!!
Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

13...hxg5!!
B Jonsson vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988 
(B32) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

32...Nxd5!!
L Ogaard vs J D Tisdall, 1987 
(A79) Benoni, Classical, 11.f3, 36 moves, 0-1

46. Qd6+!!
Flohr vs A Bannik, 1954 
(A15) English, 50 moves, 1-0

15...Rxe4!!
Gheorghiu vs W Watson, 1980 
(E70) King's Indian, 50 moves, 0-1

18. Bg5!!
Geller vs Portisch, 1967 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

28. Kh1!!
Alburt vs N Weinstein, 1984 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 1-0

22. f5!! and it's follow-up leads to a brilliant win
B Savchenko vs A Kostin, 2007 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 26 moves, 1-0

35. Rg3!! decisively exploits the Black King position
I Lysyj vs Ehlvest, 2007 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

12. Nxf7! helps set up 15. axb5!!
S Ionov vs E Gleizerov, 2004 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

21. Bf4!!
Rozentalis vs Y Dokhoian, 1986 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

17. Qg4!!
Vaganian vs P Nikolic, 1985 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

35. Nxf7+!! is a brilliant attacking defensive move
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 37 moves, 1-0

28. Qc6! is an amusing attack on White's helpless King
Seidman vs W Shipman, 1946 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

29. Rc3!! or 29. Bd6!! or 29. Rxg6+! are winning options
Baburin vs S Fokin, 1989 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 36 moves, 1-0

24. Rxf6! may be obvious, but the followup is tougher
Kramnik vs Leko, 2000 
(B44) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

33. Rc1!!
V Kovacevic vs P Nikolic, 1989 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

44. Rd8!!
E Prandstetter vs Ftacnik, 1986 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 48 moves, 1-0

31. Bd6+!!
A Colovic vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 2004 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 34 moves, 1-0

30. Rxe6!!
O Foisor vs S Smagin, 1991 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

14. Qd4!! works, but 14. Rc2!! may be stronger
Yusupov vs J Nogueiras, 1985 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

24. Qg6+!!
J L Watson vs Z Fayvinov, 1993 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

30...Ng4!! solves a Sunday puzzle
Portisch vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1991 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

24. Rxd4!! overwhelms Black with mate threats
Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

11...Nxf5!!
Gurgenidze vs A Lein, 1967 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 21 moves, 1-0

39. Rxe6!
Fischer vs Shocron, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 40 moves, 1-0

19. Nf5! decisively exploits 17...d5?
Nunn vs TASC R30, 1995 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

28. Qe3! was an opportunity overlooked (see my post)
Morozevich vs Movsesian, 2008 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

23. Nd7!! exploits Black's previous move
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

31. Bh6+!!
A Strikovic vs Kurajica, 1994 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

36...Bxf2!! drops a Rook but wins a King
M Stoinev vs A Kovalev, 1992 
(B32) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

29. Nc5!! wins quicker and is stronger than the game move
Portisch vs Ivkov, 1973 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 37 moves, 1-0

23. Ne6+!
K Marx vs Meyer, 1867 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

21. Rd1! overwhelms the weak Black King and Queen
Lutikov vs Tal, 1965 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

34. Bxh6! wins whether Black accepts or declines the sacrifice
V Z Tsarev vs V Malaniuk, 1989 
(A81) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

45. Nf6!
Leko vs Radjabov, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

32...Nfxe4!
V Smirnov vs V Dydyshko, 1994 
(E97) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

40. Qd1! or 40. Kg3! finishes off a pursuit combination
Psakhis vs Smirin, 1995 
(B40) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

25. Rd7!
Gelfand vs Salov, 1996 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1-0

35...Rxd2+!
H Grooten vs Motylev, 2003 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

26...Rxe4!-+
J Molina vs A Schwartzman, 1934 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 29 moves, 0-1

12. Bxf7+!! mates or wins the Black Queen
Young / Burille vs Ware / Snow, 1888 
(C26) Vienna, 20 moves, 1-0

36. Nxf7!
Tiviakov vs V Tukmakov, 1993 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 38 moves, 1-0

24. h4! solves a Sunday puzzle
N Legky vs A Summerscale, 1997 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

36...Nf3+!
Suetin vs R Shcherbakov, 1991 
(B20) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

12. Rxd6!!
Hecht vs H Schaufelberger, 1973 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 23 moves, 1-0

36. Rf6!! prepares to double Queen & Rook on 6th or 8th rank
Steinitz vs Schlechter, 1898 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 1-0

20. g5!! solves the Sunday Mar 15, 2009 puzzle
Bologan vs P Schlosser, 2004 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

27. Rxe5!
G Szabo vs S Zawadzki, 2004 
(B53) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

42...Rf2!
H Melkumyan vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

31. Bg6!!
Shirov vs Movsesian, 2005 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

34. Nd5+!! solves a Sunday puzzle with a deep mating web
Sutovsky vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 37 moves, 1-0

17. Rh7+!! solves a Saturday puzzle
Breyer vs J Esser, 1917  
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 47 moves, 1-0

40. Qd8+! decisively exploits the weak Black King position
Svidler vs Topalov, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 1-0

16. 0-0-0! solves a Sunday puzzle
Shirov vs Fressinet, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

26. Qh6+!!
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

20. Bxc5!! sacrifices a Rook for a strong attack
R Knaak vs J C Fernandez Gonzalez, 1978 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 1-0

17. Nd5!! Qb8 18. Qc3! +- (not 18. Nc7+?!)
Azmaiparashvili vs Kurajica, 1995 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 32 moves, 1-0

27...Nxf4! crushes White's King position
R Goletiani vs A Zatonskih, 2009 
(A09) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

29...Rg4! exploits the weak King position
S Iuldachev vs Aronian, 2004 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 0-1

12. O-O-O!! or 12. Bxf7+!! both give excellent winning chances
Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

19. f6!! or 19. h3!!
Miles vs Z Mestrovic, 1990 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

11. Bxf7!
J Bethmann vs P Leisebein, 1990 
(C25) Vienna, 12 moves, 1-0

17. Qb4! is the winner White missed
Huzman vs Khmelnitsky, 1989 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

24. Nxh6!
P Chrz vs J Tuma, 2001 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

24...Nxe1!! begins a surprise attack to mate or win material
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

16...Nxd4!! sacs the exchange & overwhelms the weak King
U Kavcic vs Pavasovic, 1998 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 0-1

22. Rxd8! +-
Carlsen vs I A Abusdal, 2003 
(C00) French Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

39. Qa7!! enables 40. Qe3! +- with a decisive Kingside attack
Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2010 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 46 moves, 1-0

30...Nxg4+!!
J Sloth vs W Watson, 1991 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

29. Qxf7+!! Kxh6!? 30. Rxc5! +- but 29. Rxc5!! +- is stronger
K V Shantharam vs Kaidanov, 1991 
(A13) English, 55 moves, 0-1

18. h6!! and 15. h5! to help set it up
Z Gofshtein vs M D Tseitlin, 1991 
(A48) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

42. Rg8! +- threatens Qf8 followed by Rf5 with a mating attack
Topalov vs V Gashimov, 2010 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

39...Ne3!! exploits 39. Rd4??
D Fridman vs Lenderman, 2010 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

26...Qxf4! sacs a Rook for a decisive attack
Tal vs Aronin, 1962 
(B37) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 37 moves, 0-1

21...Bxc2+!
I Cheparinov vs J M Lopez Martinez, 2010 
(C18) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 0-1

24. Ne7+! mates or wins decisive material
Zsofia Polgar vs Larsen, 1995 
(B56) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

33. Bg5!! threatens mate or a winning passer
Carlsen vs J Smeets, 2010 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

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

42...Rf2+!
Kotov vs Smyslov, 1950 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 44 moves, 0-1

52...Nxg4!
Portisch vs Smyslov, 1964 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

29. f6!!
Smyslov vs V Malaniuk, 1995 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

21. Rxf6+!
Smyslov vs K Grigorian, 1976 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 24 moves, 1-0

15...Rxf2! solves a Wednesday puzzle
P Deshmukh vs B Thipsay, 2008 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

26. Qh2!!
K Bischoff vs R Buhmann, 2008 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 32 moves, 1-0

A Volokitin vs Rublevsky, 2004 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 31 moves, 1-0

21. Ne4!! solves a difficult Saturday puzzle
D Valerga vs D Lemos, 2008 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 38 moves, 1-0

15. Nf3!! is simple & unassuming but also the strongest move
C Van Tilbury vs D K Johansen, 2002 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 28 moves, 1-0

28 Qf4+! Kg7 29 Qd4+! Kg8 30 Rxe6! +- solves a Friday puzzle
K Berg vs G Jacoby, 2007 
(A21) English, 31 moves, 1-0

25. Qxc4+! Bf7 26. Qxf7+!! Kxf7 27. Rxh7+ +-
A Kogan vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 2002 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

30. Rg1!! combines pin, weak back rank and mate threat tactics
Saemisch vs Alekhine, 1936 
(A92) Dutch, 56 moves, 0-1

16. Re1!! forces a decisive exchange sacrifice
F Peralta vs R Reinaldo Castineira, 2008 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

32. Bd4!
E Chevelevitch vs G Putzbach, 2007 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 1-0

20. Rxe6+!
A Miatello vs G Gaehwiler, 2010 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 23 moves, 1-0

41. Nh5+!
Ljubojevic vs Tringov, 1972 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

31...Qxf3! wins a piece due to the helpless King position
M W Haug vs Robson, 2009 
(B83) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

81...hxg3+! or 84...Qe1! would have won for Nakamura
Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A81) Dutch, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

32. Be7! +- or 32. Rxc6! +-
Topalov vs M Lodhi, 2010 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 33 moves, 1-0

21. Re6!
Z Franco Ocampos vs A Alawieh, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

16...Qxg3+! wins back the White Queen with decisive advantage
Jurez vs Gasloi, 1968 
(C56) Two Knights, 19 moves, 0-1

34...Bxh4+! 35. Kxh4 Rxf3 +-
Short vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

42. Kh5!! is a win easily overlooked in Blitz
Rublevsky vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

25. Nf5+! Kh8 26. Qxg6+- solves a Tuesday puzzle
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

25...Qh3!! solves a Friday puzzle
H Rossetto vs Euwe, 1947 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 1-0

17. Rxe7!
Philidor vs Cotter, 1789 
(000) Chess variants, 22 moves, 1-0

25. Rxd4!! solves a Sunday puzzle
G Grigore vs Holzke, 1993 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 31 moves, 1-0

26. Nf6+!! Ke7 27. Nh5! +- solves a Friday puzzle
L'Ami vs I Sokolov, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

23. Bd6! sets up 24. Bxc6 +-
M Al Sayed vs G M Todorovic, 2001 
(B40) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

17. Nd5!! prys open the position to attack the helpless King
Z Varga vs S Kustar, 1993 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 24 moves, 1-0

22...Bxh2+! solves a Thursday puzzle
Wahls vs R Vera, 1996 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 24 moves, 0-1

31. d5! fxg5 32. Rd6 +- is stronger than 31. Rd6! +-
B Alterman vs M Matlak, 1994 
(A13) English, 35 moves, 1-0

51...f5! prepares 52...f4 -+ with a decisive mate threat
Naiditsch vs Nisipeanu, 2008 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

20. Rd6! (set up 18. Ne4!!) wins after 24. Qf6! or 38. Bd4! -
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

20...Qe6! defends the Rook with the threat of discovered attack
J Mullon vs H Daurelle, 2011 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 0-1

43. Qg5!! is a missed opportunity to create decisive threats
B Amin vs D Boros, 2008 
(B30) Sicilian, 53 moves, 0-1

16. Ng5!! foregoes the capture of a piece to attack the King
Sakaev vs Kharlov, 1996 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 39 moves, 1-0

20. Qxg6! solves a Monday puzzle
Teichmann vs Loman, 1904 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

25...Nh5!!
Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

30. Rc7!! solves a Sunday puzzle
Psakhis vs N Birnboim, 1995 
(D85) Grunfeld, 34 moves, 1-0

24...Qe5+! solves a Friday puzzle
M Pavlovic vs Carlsen, 2006 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

19. Bxc7!! Qxc7 20. Re8+ solves a Saturday puzzle
Leonhardt vs Tarrasch, 1910 
(C46) Three Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

26. Rd1 or 26. Bg6 or 26. Nd6 & others solve a Saturday puzzle
D Gurevich vs C Kuperman, 1978 
(A06) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

27...Qg5!, 27...Qh4! or 27...Rxf3 28. exf3 Qg5 !
M H Farboud vs Panno, 1962 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 0-1

22. Rxe7+! solves a Saturday puzzle
Chiburdanidze vs Dvoirys, 1980 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

33...Qc1! solves a Saturday puzzle
Tan Zhongyi vs Gu Xiaobing, 2011 
(E61) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

28. Bf6! +- mate threat wins material & solves Tue 2/5/2013
Adorjan vs H Wirthensohn, 1983 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 28 moves, 1-0

27. Bd5! begins a dismantling of the weak King position
W Schmidt vs Jansa, 1983 
(D85) Grunfeld, 34 moves, 1-0

18. Qb4! may be stronger than the game continuation
DeFirmian vs Huebner, 1995 
(C11) French, 22 moves, 1-0

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