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Trapped Queen
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19. Bxf7+! Traps Queen via "Clearance" move
Botvinnik vs G Stepanov (Schneideman), 1930 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

24. Ra3!!
Beliavsky vs Larsen, 1984 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

17. Nf5!!
Von Der Lasa vs Anderssen, 1845 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

37...gxf3! sets up 38...Rh7!!
M Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

7. b5!!
F Kraus vs V Costin, 1913 
(A43) Old Benoni, 8 moves, 1-0

4. h3?? is loss of Queen or Mate after 4...Ne3!
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

8. Bxa8?? loses to 8...Bg4
NN vs Beis, 1940 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 9 moves, 0-1

6. Nxd5?? results in a trapped Queen & a piece down
Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 0-1

Spassky"s Queen is trapped after an unsound attack
Uhlmann vs Spassky, 1967 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 22 moves, 0-1

16. g4! and 17. Nf5! trap the Queen with dual threats
J Hanken vs J Yehl, 2004 
(A20) English, 17 moves, 1-0

15. g5!
Angantysson vs K Kaiszauri, 1982 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 15 moves, 1-0

13. Ng5!
J E Richardson vs A Eva, 1939 
(B07) Pirc, 13 moves, 1-0

11. Ng1! or 11. Ng5!
J Krejcik vs R Muenz, 1911 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1-0

29. Nd5!
Nimzowitsch vs Leonhardt, 1911  
(C49) Four Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

9. Bxf7+!
E Paehtz vs M Seps, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

Polgar and Spassky miss 12. Bxf7+!
Judit Polgar vs Spassky, 1993 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 63 moves, 0-1

38...Qa5!
Averbakh vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

31...Rf3!
Filip vs Petrosian, 1956 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

25.Bxa5!
Leko vs W Heckel, 1989 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

15. Bg5!
Fischer vs V Ciocaltea, 1962 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

5. Bxf7+!
Prince Dadian vs Doubrava, 1896 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

15...Nxe4! 16. Bg2 Ne5! 17. Bxe4?? 17... Nc4 traps the Queen
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 20 moves, 0-1

16. e5! bxc3 17. e6 traps the Queen for a small advantage
Aronian vs K Spraggett, 2005 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 46 moves, 1-0

16...Nd7?? 17. Ng3!
J L Burden vs L Christiansen, 1992 
(B06) Robatsch, 68 moves, 0-1

35. Bb6!
Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss, 1980 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

32. Bg5!
Petrosian vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1958 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

8. Ne6!
Birchbeer vs NN, 1995 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1-0

28...Qxg2+! sacs Black's Queen to trap White's
R Bugajski vs S Loeffler, 2005 
(A36) English, 35 moves, 0-1

14...Qa5?? allows 15. Nb3! Qxa2 16. Nc3! +-
Timman vs Polugaevsky, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 15 moves, 1-0

24. d6! prepares 25. Nd5!
Bronstein vs A Medina Garcia, 1955 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

28...Nc4!
L Christiansen vs V Kovacevic, 1990 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 0-1

21. Bxf6!! gxf6 22. f4!
Svidler vs Karpov, 2003 
(C49) Four Knights, 33 moves, 1-0

6. Bxf7+!!
Klimov vs Gorbunov, 1989 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 8 moves, 1-0

31...Qxd1!
I Saren vs Larsen, 1973 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

23...Qh2+!
F Dahlhaus vs U Jost, 1999 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 25 moves, 0-1

38. Rxc4!
Unzicker vs Keres, 1956 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 39 moves, 1-0

21. Bxe5! is followed by two deflections to trap the Queen
Unzicker vs S Conquest, 1986 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

10. Nxd4! allows a losing double attack
Booth vs Fazekas, 1940 
(C18) French, Winawer, 12 moves, 1-0

18. Nf5!
Csom vs P Ostojic, 1969 
(A04) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

18. Rxd5!
A Istratescu vs Ftacnik, 2005 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1-0

21...Kh7! sets up 22...f3! and 24...Rh8! -+
Z Domnitz vs Pachman, 1973 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

7. Qa6?? allows 7...Bb4+! -+
Najmes vs J Balogh, 1943 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 10 moves, 0-1

17. c4!!
J Kozma vs Korchnoi, 1969 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 21 moves, 0-1

21...Ra8! is followed by 22...Bd8 -+
Topalov vs Judit Polgar, 2007 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

42...Qa6! -+ threatening 43...Bd8 -+
N Michaelsen vs Bacrot, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 0-1

12. f4! sets up 14. g3! to harass and force the Queen's demise
R Calvo vs Korchnoi, 1966 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 18 moves, 1-0

24. Rxd7!!
Speelman vs M Stangl, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

17. Bd2!
Anand vs Salov, 1991 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

13...Bxd5! forces White to lose a piece to save the Queen
Kmoch vs Saemisch, 1928 
(C28) Vienna Game, 23 moves, 0-1

25. Rf4!
Kotronias vs Nakamura, 2009 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 32 moves, 1-0

36...Ra1+! 37. Kc2 Na5 -+ ( 35...Qa8! begins this combo)
E Walther vs Tal, 1966 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

10. b4!
J Krejcik vs Reti, 1922 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 1-0

34. Rg6+! traps the Queen in three moves
R Goletiani vs A Zatonskih, 2009 
(A09) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

20. Nxe5! traps the Queen due to a pinned pawn & a mate threat
Keres vs Kotov, 1947 
(B20) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

21. Nxf7!
Stellwagen vs I Rees, 2009 
(C10) French, 21 moves, 1-0

7. Bxf7+! snares the Queen by discovered attack or Knight Fork
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 9 moves, 1-0

26. Rac1! (the trick is seeing this possibility after 24. b4!)
C Lutz vs J Balcerak, 2000 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

7. Bx7+!
Krogius vs N Aratovsky, 1945 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

23. h4!
Motylev vs B Ivanovic, 2000 
(B56) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

34. Qxe8+! sacs a Queen to win a Queen and lots more
Kasimdzhanov vs H Hofstra, 2004 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

15...Nxb3! 16. axb3 Re5 -+
S Sanchez Castillo vs E Ubiennykh, 2001 
(C22) Center Game, 16 moves, 0-1

14. Bb5! threatened Queen trap would've won decisive material
Lagno vs Yifan Hou, 2010 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 53 moves, 0-1

12. b4!! Qxb4 13. a4! +-
L Kritz vs N Firman, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 22 moves, 1-0

40...Ne5! forces 41. Qe8 to avoid 41...Rf8 -+
Ponomariov vs Anand, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 52 moves, 0-1

6...Nd3+! exploits the pin to win the Queen for 2 minor pieces
Venert vs V Mechkarov, 1970 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 0-1

16. c4! exploits 15...a3??
Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2011 
(A15) English, 34 moves, 0-1

42. Ne7+! Kh7 43. Nf5 +- solves a Tuesday puzzle
F Berkes vs S Mareco, 2011 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

16. cxb4! Qxa1 17. Bb2 Qxa2 18. Qc3! f6 19. Ra1 +-
Miles vs Plaskett, 1983 
(A22) English, 19 moves, 1-0

7. Bxf7+ Good Knight! You're smothering me.
R P Klabunde vs Snijder, 1983 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

35. Bb8! plus clearance & discovered attack
S Foisor vs E Formanek, 2012 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

14. Bxh7+!!
V Fedoseev vs J Westerberg, 2012 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 20 moves, 1-0

14. Ndxe4!! solves Sunday Jan 11, 2015 Puzzle
Aronian vs Mamedyarov, 2014 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

33. Rd1
O Girya vs A Kashlinskaya, 2014 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 37 moves, 1-0

22...f4
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2016 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

9. axb4 +- solves a Tuesday puzzle
H Walkerling vs Hanssen, 1928 
(B40) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

32...Qxe4! solves Wednesday Dec 6, 2017
V Sherbakov vs Furman, 1955 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

18. Rg3! solves Thursday Dec 21, 2017
W So vs Nakamura, 2016 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 21 moves, 1-0

21. Bxg6! Kxg6 22. Qb2+ solves Friday 2/9/2018
Le Quang Liem vs M M Kazhgaleyev, 2016 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

22...Nd4! solves Wed Oct 9, 2019
F Vallejo Pons vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 102 moves, 0-1

31. Rh1!
S Volkov vs C Balogh, 2007 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

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