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notyetagm's favorite tactics
Compiled by notyetagm
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28 - Bg7-d4+! Magnus uses a knight fork to support interference
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2007 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 58 moves, 0-1

13 Be2xa6!! b7xa6 Black c6-knight perishes sans b7-pawn support
Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 
(A15) English, 21 moves, 1-0

22 f4! Qxf4 23 Re4 gains time on Black f4-queen for doubling
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2007 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

36 Re1-e8+! begins stupendous petite combinaison by Ivanchuk
Ivanchuk vs Van Wely, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

36 Rc1-c6!! Navara's incredible Novotny + overworked blockader
Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Shirov's 42 ... Qf2-f4+!!? was good, but 42 .. a2-a1=Q!! better
Gelfand vs Shirov, 2007 
(D85) Grunfeld, 54 moves, 0-1

25 - Qb3xRd1!! best combination ever using supported rook trick
Ponomariov vs Wang Hao, 2007 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 76 moves, 0-1

78 ... Be7xc5+!! forces a draw, winning mini-match for Carlsen
Adams vs Carlsen, 2007 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

25 Nc3-d5!! blocks c5-e5, blocks c4-e6, and keeps e7-e5 blocked
Karjakin vs E Alekseev, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

Nakamura wins a piece with fiendish tactic in a rapid game
Kasimdzhanov vs Nakamura, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Mamedyarov's tactical skillz: 27 ... Nf6-g4!!, 29 ... Rh8-h1+!!
A Korotylev vs Mamedyarov, 2007 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 0-1

38 ... c4-c3+! not one of White b2-K,d2-Q,e2-N defends c3-sq!
Vaganian vs Short, 1989 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 0-1

Inarkiev's tactical tour de force: 41 Qb4xNe7+!!, 43 Rf1-h1!!
E Inarkiev vs M Kazhgaleyev, 2008 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 50 moves, 1-0

Morphy's 16 ... Nb4-d3+!! is an incredible tactical thunderbolt
T W Barnes vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

Topalov snatches a pawn in broad daylight with 18 ... Ng6xe5!
Radjabov vs Topalov, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

33 Na4xb6!! begins incredible combination by Anand against hhog
Anand vs Illescas Cordoba, 1992 
(B44) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Radjabov's superb pinning masterpiece: 24 Rf1-f7!, 25 Bg5-f6!!
Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

21 - Nd5-e3! reload on e3, 22 Qg4xBg5+!! exchange on pin square
Shirov vs Karjakin, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

An incredible tactical tour de force by Mamedyarov, 22-move win
Mamedyarov vs B Galstian, 2002 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

Short's stupendous discovered pin 38 Rf6xg6+!!
Short vs Stefansson, 2002 
(B26) Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3, 38 moves, 1-0

Braun's 30 Be3xh6!, 32 Bh6xg7! demolishes Hou Yifan tactically
A Braun vs Yifan Hou, 2008 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 53 moves, 1-0

Carauana's 20 Ne5xf7!!, 21 Re1xe6! destroy Black king position
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

25 Qe4-g4!. 29 Qg4-g6+!! punctuate an *incredible* mating combo
L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

Judit's 29 ... Rb2-d2!! is an extraordinary way to create a pin
A Greenfeld vs Judit Polgar, 1989 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 40 moves, 0-1

14 Bc1-h6! "The move of the year so far." GM Susan Polgar
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2009 
(B40) Sicilian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Dominguez vs Morozevich, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

Movsesian's 36 ? was the Saturday puzzle for 1/24/09
Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

14 Be3-c5! Karjakin makes a bigger threat than knight just lost
Karjakin vs Stellwagen, 2009 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 52 moves, 1-0

Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

19 Ne4-d6!! would have been the tactical blow of the year
Short vs Timman, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

Karjakin's 30 Re1-e3!! induces 30 ... f5-f4 for 31 Re3xe5!
Karjakin vs Van Wely, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Safarli's 23 ... Qb6-f6! is a fork of the 2 empty squares g4,e1
W So vs E Safarli, 2009 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 26 moves, 0-1

The kid Nyzhnyk out-tactics a 2621 GM with 20 ... Rd8xNd4!
A Pashikian vs I Nyzhnyk, 2009 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 31 moves, 0-1

25 ... Be7xg5! White f4-pawn pinned to h2-square near g1-king
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B30) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Srinivas vs V Ravikumar, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 0-1

21 Qd3-a3+!, 22 Re1-e5! traps the Black d5-queen in mid-board!
Sutovsky vs E Inarkiev, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009 
(C11) French, 66 moves, 0-1

20 Ng5xf7!! +- cooly ignores the threat of ... Bd3xQc2
Mamedyarov vs E Najer, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

39 Re3-e1? Rd3xh3+!! Rublevsky shows great tactical alertness
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs Rublevsky, 2009 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 39 moves, 0-1

F Amonatov vs A Gabrielian, 2010 
(C18) French, Winawer, 67 moves, 1-0

Bacrot vs Bareev, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

V Iordachescu vs Raul Schmidt, 2010 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 19 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs M Sharif, 1989 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 0-1

28 Qa4-a1!+- leads to an easily winning queen and pawn ending
D E Cori Tello vs A Muzychuk, 2010 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

31 ... Nf4xd3! Qe4xQf5 Nd3xNe1!!
G Barcza vs Bronstein, 1949 
(A20) English, 36 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Bjorn Nielsen, 1930 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

20 Ng5-e6!!
B Adhiban vs A Rombaldoni, 2011 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 25 moves, 1-0

E Sos Andreu vs Kamsky, 2014 
(E91) King's Indian, 26 moves, 0-1

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