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yy underpromotion = N
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<Sometimes, less is more! <<>>>

The problemist in me loves to see underpromotions in real games.

Underpromotions are one of the really interesting variations/irregularities in the game of chess.

I observed two different main topics/themes:

<- A winning underpromotion with check or

<- an underpromotion to prevent a winning N-fork. DEFENCE

<* There are also some ♖:♙ endgames, where the ♙ side has to underpromote to avoid the mate.

<* And there are some 'spite check' underpromos, that don't change anything....

<* as well as <Opening Traps>>>>>>

* ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ *

Albin Countergambit. Lasker Trap <1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. e3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 dxe3 6. Bxb4 exf2+ 7. Ke2 fxg1=N+>


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* ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ * ♙=♘ *

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and don't forget Game Collection: Promotion: Knight for the intro! :)


87. d8=N+
Karpov vs Timman, 1986 
(A15) English, 105 moves, 1-0

60.b8=N prevents the winning N-fork [DEFENCE]
S Shipov vs V Gagarin, 1994 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

35...f1=N+
R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

39.e8=N+
Z Gofshtein vs M Gurevich, 2001 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

79...g1=N prevents the winning N-fork [DEFENCE]
R Ziatdinov vs V Mikhalevski, 2005 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

71. a8=N prevents stalemate Q sac
Akopian vs Karjakin, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 71 moves, 1-0

Double N underpromotion 57.g8=N / 79.c8=N+
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

50.f8=N+ (with # in 2)
Marshall vs W Napier, 1898 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 52 moves, 1-0

71.g8=N+ (to avoid mate) --> R:N endgame
L Day vs Timman, 1980 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

36.f8=N+ (to avoid a N-fork)
Shirov vs Z Almasi, 1996 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1-0

24...exf1=N+ (to gain a tempo)
Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1969 
(B57) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

75.b8=N+ (winning combination/ stop mate, interference)
J Mieses vs B Richter, 1887 
(C25) Vienna, 76 moves, 1-0

29...f1=N+ (winning fork)
Z Mestrovic vs Gligoric, 1971 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

spite check
P C Griffiths vs Miles, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 43 moves, 0-1

spite check
Akobian vs J Torres, 2003 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

56.d8=N+ (to keep the attack alive)
Petursson vs Damljanovic, 1988 
(A53) Old Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

114.g8=N+ to avoid mate --> R:N
G Neumann vs Steinitz, 1870 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 124 moves, 0-1

40.h8=N#
W Strum vs J McManus, 1997 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 40 moves, 1-0

6 Knights
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1

7...fxg1=N+ (Lasker Trap)
Korody vs Bologh, 1933 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 8 moves, 0-1

49...d1=N+ (to break the #net/disrupt white's play)
W Sauermann vs N A Preo, 1965 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 50 moves, 0-1

78.dxc8=N (to avoid a stalemate)
I Khamrakulova vs E Ubiennykh, 2001 
(C45) Scotch Game, 80 moves, 1-0

90.b8=N to avoid mate --> R:N
Adams vs Miles, 1993 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 122 moves, 1/2-1/2

39.c8=N+ (to avoid mate and break the net)
P Cramling vs A Galliamova, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

37.dxc8=N+ (a gag,white was winning anyhow)
N Szuveges vs M Ninchich, 1999 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

18.fxe8=N+ (forced mate)
Shumov vs Jaenisch, 1850 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

44. f8=N+! avoids a mate trap / gains tempo
Furman vs Keres, 1948 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 1-0

26.c8=N+ (as good as any other piece- due to recap)
Junior vs Gandalf, 2001 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

7.fxg8=N+ (Opening Trap)
D Fidlow vs A Maier, 1959 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 8 moves, 1-0

99.f8=N+ ftw
Janowski vs O Chajes, 1913 
(C49) Four Knights, 108 moves, 1-0

60.f8=N+ to avoid mate --> R:N
A Evdokimov vs Sveshnikov, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

30...gxh1=N+ und das weiße Kartenhaus fällt zusammen
S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

44.f8=N+ breaks the mate net (1:0)
Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1904 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

40.exf8=N+ (ERSTER!) 1-0
Gulko vs K Grigorian, 1971 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 40 moves, 1-0

27...gxf1=N+ (fork) reap, also egal
Chandler vs Karpov, 1983 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

34...f1=N+ und Mattnetz/ 0-1 (2 Umwandlungen hintereinander)
Larsen vs C Munoz, 1957 
(A15) English, 34 moves, 0-1

42...f1=N+ (whatever....)
Tal vs Spassky, 1954 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

77...b1=N+ to avoid mate --> R:N
Bareev vs Shirov, 2006 
(A20) English, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

32...dxe1=N+ und aus die Maus
Svidler vs V Malakhov, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

38.f8=N+ breaks the attack + secures the perp
N Huschenbeth vs R Swinkels, 2008 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

31.f8=N+ didn't safe the game
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

48.g8=N+ (unpinning)
M Lange vs G Schultz, 1863 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 48 moves, 1-0

28.f8=N# (ends the story/game)
A Sandrin vs P Le Cornu, 1949 
(A16) English, 28 moves, 1-0

60...g1=N to prevent a fork
Aranov vs Karpov, 1962 
(C10) French, 71 moves, 0-1

42...g1=N+ keeps the attack alive
Van Wely vs Mamedyarov, 2004 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 48 moves, 0-1

36...e1=N+ - forks the queen
J H Sarratt vs NN, 1810 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 0-1

7...gxh1=N# [Opening Trap]
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

81...b1=N# (avoids stalemate trap)
P Ware vs J S Ryan, 1880 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 81 moves, 0-1

22...exd1=N# ends the game
A H Robbins vs Showalter, 1890 
(C59) Two Knights, 22 moves, 0-1

8.gxh8=N# [Opening Trap]
H Reinle vs Lange, 1936 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

38...f1=N# ends the story
H Mueller vs K Junge, 1942 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

49...h1=N+? (over-sophisticated)
Szabo vs Ivkov, 1964 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 93 moves, 0-1

8.gxh8=N# [Opening]
T Moore vs NN, 1989 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

39.e8=N+
Gandalf vs XINIX, 2001 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

62.c8=N+ gets a covered N and secures the last pawn
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 
(A05) Reti Opening, 80 moves, 1-0

check + mate
Stanishevsky vs Nikonov, 1981 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

41.f8=N+
Z Schleining vs N Pogonina, 2014 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 43 moves, 1-0

5.d8=N with #threat
J Gustafsson vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2008 
(A48) King's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

85.e8=N+ to prevent #
Nakamura vs B Savchenko, 2014 
(C00) French Defense, 87 moves, 1-0

check + fork
Daunke vs P Kalmar-Wolf, 1925 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 0-1

with check to distract an attacking rook
Karjakin vs I Salgado Lopez, 2014 
(B30) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

7...fxg1=N+ (Lasker Trap)
R Biever vs Cassidy, 1959 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 10 moves, 0-1

7...fxg1=N+ (Lasker Trap)
W B Wright vs R Finegold, 1990 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

7...fxg1=N+ (Lasker Trap)
A Madej vs E Gruz, 2001 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

gxf1=N+
Y Neishtadt vs Simagin, 1953
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

56... d1=N+
S Sergienko vs G Vescovi, 2010 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

exf8=N+ ftw
M De Freitas vs L Maragliano, 1958 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

74... e1=N+ to avoid #
Kamsky vs Bacrot, 2006 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 103 moves, 1-0

89.b8=N Rc1+ 90.Nc6 [avoids capture on b8]
A Lesiege vs K Moutousis, 1993 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 106 moves, 1/2-1/2

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