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THE POWERFUL PASSED PAWNS
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Kramnik vs Nunn, 1992


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PASSED PAWNS CREATE AMAZING TACTICAL OPPORTUNITIES

Event "ICC 3 0"
Site "Internet Chess Club"
Date "2007.09.23"
Round "-"
White "G-Milos"
Black "AKhruschiov"
Result "0-1"
ICCResult "White resigns"
WhiteElo "2824"
BlackElo "2865"
Opening "Queen's Indian: 4.g3"
ECO "E15"
NIC "QI.02"
Time "13:49:19"
TimeControl "180+0"

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Qe7 6. Bg2 Ba6 7. Ne5 c6 8. O-O Bxd2 9. Nxd2 O-O 10. Qc2 d5 11. a4 Rc8 12. a5 Nbd7 13. axb6 axb6 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15. e3 c5 16. dxc5 bxc5 17. Rfd1 Qb7 18. cxd5 exd5 19. e4 d4 20. e5 Nd5 21. Nb3 d3 22. Rxd3 Bxd3 23. Qxd3 Rxa1+ 24. Nxa1 Qxb2 25. Qxd5 Qxa1+ 26. Bf1 Qd4 27. Qb7 Re8 28. e6 fxe6 29. Qa6 Rf8 30. Qxe6+ Kh8 31. Qe2 c4 32. Kg2 c3 33. Qc2 Qxf2+ 0-1

Here with 33 ... ♕d4xf2+! Black gives up ♖ for ♙ to liquidate forces in order to promote his passed c3-pawn. The result: Black is ahead ♕ for ♗.

Aronian sacs bishop pair for rook and two monster passed pawns
Aronian vs Anand, 2007 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 48 moves, 1-0

42 Qh8xh4!! sacs a whole piece(!) to create powerful passers
Aronian vs Svidler, 2011 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 54 moves, 1-0

20 a4xb5! sacs a piece for powerful q-side connected passers
T Nyback vs Carlsen, 2008 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

43 Rc7xNe7! clears the way for White 6th rank connected passers
Caruana vs A Smirnov, 2009 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

White uses -all- his pieces to support promoting passed c-pawn
I Popov vs A Grigoryan, 2007 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

White d7-pawn supported by White d3-queen, b5-bishop, e8-rook
Ponomariov vs Z Andriasian, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

White threatens 35 Bf5-c8+!, 36 Rf7xRf4, 37 g6-g7, 38 g7-g8=Q
Mamedyarov vs Z Andriasian, 2007 
(A16) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Kramnik combines threats to Black king, passed a-pawn to win
Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2007 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 42 moves, 1-0

36 Qc5-d6! Qd7xQd6 37 e5xd6 creates passer which wins a piece
Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 2007 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

38 c5xb6 creates passer that Black king, queen can not stop
Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

50 .. g3-g2: White stops a2-passer but then beaten by g2-passer
Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2006 
(C57) Two Knights, 54 moves, 0-1

20 Bd6xRf8! loses Q, leaves 2 rooks, 2 bishops, strong d-passer
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

41 ... Re7xe5! sacrifice makes two monstrous connected passers
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1998 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 48 moves, 0-1

Kramnik sacs exchange to create three connected passed pawns
Kramnik vs Nunn, 1992 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

38 Be7-f6+! discovery clears path for the d6-passer to promote
Kasparov vs G Gonda, 1988 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Powerful White c6-passer seemingly wins game all by itself
I Nepomniachtchi vs Z Andriasian, 2008 
(B32) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Powerful White c6-,h6-passers overwhelm Black's strong bishop
Sutovsky vs L Pantsulaia, 2008 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

Advanced, supported White c7-passer is giant pain for Black
S Volkov vs Yifan Hou, 2008 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

26 f6xg7 Rh8-g8 27 f5-f6 creates two powerful connected passers
Anand vs M Gurevich, 1990 
(C02) French, Advance, 38 moves, 1-0

51 ... Bf3-d1! sacs bishop to create unstoppable a-file passer
Gelfand vs Wang Yue, 2008 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

22 Qd2-d4! brilliant move based on strength of White e6-passer
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1997 
(E97) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

45 ... c4-c3 Carlsen resigns as he cannot stop c4-,d5-passers
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2009 
(E92) King's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

36 Qd2xd3 c4xd3 passed Black d3-pawn is a second weakness
E Jimenez Zerquera vs Botvinnik, 1967 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

White's passed pawns compensate for being down Q for N(!)
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

33 Bb5-c6! White b6-queen,bishop work to promote a6-,a5-passers
Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

36 Rc5-c2!! q-side passers so strong that whole rook is sac'd!
Karjakin vs Navara, 2009 
(C10) French, 40 moves, 1-0

49 b3-b4!! leads to tidal wave of White passed queenside pawns
A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

36 ... Rd8xBd2 37 e6xf7 connected passers compensate rook defic
V Gashimov vs M Roiz, 2009 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs Lenderman, 2010 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs Caruana, 2010 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1-0

69 Rf8xf7+! turns advanced e5-,f6-pawns into connected passers
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2010 
(C48) Four Knights, 68 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 0-1

28 ... Rh5xh3! Black sacs material to create connected passers
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

43 Rxc7!! sacs rook for connected passed 6th rank b,c-pawns
K Plater vs Sliwa, 1947 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 45 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

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