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Pursuit (King Hunt)
Compiled by patzer2
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Pursuit is the name the Encyclopedia of Middle Games gives to positions involving an attack to either attack an exposed King or to bring a King out of a castled position to expose him to attack. In some cases numerous tactics are used to deflect the King to a position, where he is pursued and mated with minimal material left on the board. In other cases, the King hunt may result in winning decisive material or an endgame advantage. This tactic is one of the most exciting for spectators in all of Chess and requires great combinational skills.

28. Rb8! follows up a King hunt begun with 16. Bb4+!
Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 2003 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

15. Qxh6+!! with lots ofside variation deflection mates
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

19. Qxf6+!!
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

4...Qh4+!
Bosscher vs L Smit, 1980 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 9 moves, 0-1

If 24... Kg8, then 25. Nh6+ Kf8 26. Qg8+! ( Newold post)
Khalifman vs Nisipeanu, 1999 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

10... Bf2+
Mackenzie vs F Hollins, 1893 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 13 moves, 0-1

24. Bxg5!? Bxg5 25. Rh7+!!
T Enkhbat vs Y Shulman, 2002 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

28. Qxg7+!
Waitzkin vs E Frumkin, 1987 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 31 moves, 1-0

22...Nf4!? 23. gxf4?? Bh3+! allows a decisive Pursuit
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

18...Rxf2+!! would have started a decisive King Hunt
Areshchenko vs Sutovsky, 2005 
(B50) Sicilian, 22 moves, 0-1

22...Qh1+! is a winning alternative
T Weinberger vs F Street, 1976 
(E61) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

21...Rd3! uses a Knight Fork to set up a winning King Hunt
G Fuster vs Szabo, 1934 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 29 moves, 0-1

23...Rxh4!
A Schneider vs M Dvoretsky, 1983 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

16...g4! sets up 17...Bxd4! for a decisive King Hunt
Nenarokov vs V Sozin, 1925 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

14. Ba3! & 15. Qb5+! initiate a decisive king hunt
Keene vs Minic, 1975 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

21. Rd7!
Boleslavsky vs Dzindzichashvili, 1967 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

50...b2! sets up 52...d5+! and 54...Rc3! (faster than the game)
E Torre vs J Kinlay, 1977 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 58 moves, 0-1

29...Bxc2+! forces a quick pursuit mate
R Plunkett vs S Fink, 2003 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

14. Nxg5+! Bronstein saw mate-in-ten
Bronstein vs M20, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

33...Bb5+! initiates an unusual minor piece King hunt
S Del Rio Angelis vs T Rendle, 2005 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 0-1

29. Qxf7+!
L Day vs S Gravel, 1996 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

14...Re8+!
S F St Jermain Steadman vs Ed. Lasker, 1913 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 0-1

40. Bd5!!
H Rossetto vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1958 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1-0

42...Rg8!
Miles vs Hort, 1982 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

16...Qf2+! may be obvious, but the followup is complicated
Kengis vs R Djurhuus, 1991 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

11...Qxd4+!
D Thompson vs Mackenzie, 1868 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 0-1

31. Rxf5!!
Stein vs Korchnoi, 1964 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 47 moves, 1-0

35. Bxb5!!
I Sokolov vs D Howell, 2006 
(D85) Grunfeld, 44 moves, 1-0

23. Rc1! sets up 24. Nxf5! +- to put Black into a mating web
J Moucka vs Annaev / Jacobsen, 2005 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 29 moves, 1-0

27...Rxf2+!
Macieja vs Rozentalis, 1999 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

17. Rxd5!!
E Mnatsakanian vs J Banas, 1979 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 27 moves, 1-0

21...Rd2+!!
T Rakic vs I Nemet, 1966 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

24. Rxd5!!
Glek vs A Rustemov, 2003 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1-0

28. Qd5+!!
Tal vs Azmaiparashvili, 1984 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 33 moves, 1-0

29. Rxf6+!!
T Witke vs J Nikolac, 1986 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 35 moves, 1-0

13...Nb4!! is a King Hunt for just enough material advantage
P Nikolic vs Yusupov, 1989 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 22 moves, 0-1

28...Rxf2!! (Insanely difficult Sunday puzzle)
Smirin vs Beliavsky, 1989 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 38 moves, 0-1

19...Qb4+!!
Rohde vs I Rogers, 1982 
(D80) Grunfeld, 23 moves, 0-1

16. Rxh6!! flushes out the King for an apparent win
G Laco vs M Lanzani, 1992 
(A10) English, 21 moves, 1-0

36...Rxf3! -+ sets up the 5/16/2008 puzzle solution 41...Qe1+!
M Velcheva vs S Milliet, 2007 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

38. Bg6+! continues a winning pursuit begun with 31. Rf1+!!
Euwe vs G A Thomas, 1946 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

29. Bxf7+!! mates after 29...Kxf7 or if 29...Kh8 wins material
Short vs I Rogers, 1992 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

23. Bxc5+!!
Smirin vs B V Alterman, 1995 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

52...Qf5+! uses multiple Knight Fork and mate threats to decide
Tal vs Taimanov, 1954 
(C16) French, Winawer, 53 moves, 0-1

13. Nxd5!! solves the Sunday Aug 31, 2008 puzzle
Y Troinov vs L Popov, 1962 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

25. Ra2!
G Agzamov vs Tringov, 1983 
(E73) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

30. Re8+!
Lucena vs Quintana, 1515 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

37. Rxf8+!
Piket vs I A Novikov, 1996 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 1-0

31. h6+!
Akopian vs Sveshnikov, 1993 
(B30) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

19. Qxg6+!!
Dusan Rajkovic vs M O Jovanovic, 2008 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 26 moves, 1-0

28. Rxe5!! solves a Super Bowl Sunday puzzle
O Garcia Carey vs J M Bellon Lopez, 2001 
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 1-0

4. Bxf7+! decoys the King for a quick King Hunt combo
Lusgin vs M Joffe, 1968 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 5 moves, 1-0

36. Rd7+!! puts Black's King into a mating web
J Krejcik vs D Hell, 1921 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

21...Bxf4! comes about after the complications of 14...Bxe4!
Dlugy vs Alburt, 1990 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 28 moves, 0-1

20. Nxd5!! initiates a winning King Hunt after 23. Rfc1!
Zhao Xue vs Shen Yang, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

21. Bxc7!
Alison vs Fink, 1979 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 32 moves, 1-0

26. Rxh6!!
B Ivanovic vs G Ginsburg, 2003 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 33 moves, 1-0

20...Nxb2!
A Muir vs W Wittmann, 1992 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

9. Nxe5!! catches Black in an opening trap
Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

21. Rxf7!!
E Berg vs C C Buhr, 2001 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

30. Bg7! punishes Black's missed win with a mating attack
Areshchenko vs F Corrales Jimenez, 2009 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

34. Qd8!! (missed win) and 40. Qd7! or 40. Qe6! (missed draw)
I Jelen vs Larsen, 1977 
(A04) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

41...Rxg3!! sets up a quick pursuit and mate combination
E Sedina vs M Hoffmann, 2010 
(B27) Sicilian, 47 moves, 0-1

14. Bxe4! leads to an instructive King Hunt
Denker vs H Feit, 1929 
(A80) Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

24. Qa8+!! Kf2 25. fxe5+! Kd7 26. Qg1! +- Queen & Pawn attack
Antunes vs G Flear, 1988 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

18...Qxe3+!!
J Agdamus vs J A Rubinetti, 1970 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

24. Rxh7+! Kxh7 25. Qxf7+ Kh6 26. Rh1+! forces mate in 5
Wan Yunguo vs S Abu Sufian, 2009 
(B32) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

28...Bxf5+!
R Vera vs G Lebredo, 1982 
(A04) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

14...Qxh1+!
I Figler vs G Borisenko, 1971 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 16 moves, 0-1

29...Ra1+!! 30. Bxa1 Rxa1+ 31. Qf3! -+
Z Kozul vs Eljanov, 2005 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

37...Nxf4!!
Van Wely vs P Nikolic, 1993 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 0-1

30. Rc8!! solves a Sunday puzzle
P Cramling vs E Tsuboi, 1992 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

23. Rxf6+!! pursues the King to pick off pawns & more
A H Wohl vs Gipslis, 1996 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

32...f6! 33. exf6 e5+! -+ goes after the wandering White King
Shirov vs Anand, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

22. Rxe7+!! solves a difficult Sunday puzzle
L Shamkovich vs D Blohm, 1977 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

65. Re7! solves a Saturday puzzle
Sasikiran vs V Laznicka, 2011 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

20. Qd2!!
Tan Zhongyi vs Zhang Xiaowen, 2011 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

24. Rxh7+!
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

31.... Rxf2+! hunts down King with Queen & Bishops 2/2/2013
E Ubilava vs Kupreichik, 1983 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

32. Rxe6! Fischer King Hunt solves Friday 03/08/13
Fischer vs Mednis, 1957 
(B07) Pirc, 39 moves, 1-0

35. Rxe6+!! solves Saturday 3/23/2013
B Tiller vs A Kuligowski, 1983 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 45 moves, 1-0

24. Bf7+!
Kramnik vs G Meier, 2012 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

13. Qb3!! solves Sunday Aug 25, 2013
Nezhmetdinov vs Lusikal, 1951 
(D85) Grunfeld, 26 moves, 1-0

15. Nxf7!!
G Weissgerber vs A Van Nuess, 1933 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

29...Qf2+! solves Wednesday Mar 20, 2019
M Socko vs E Paehtz, 2009 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 33 moves, 0-1

16...Ndxe5! precedes Friday, Apr 5, 2019 solution
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

38. Rxg7+! solves Thurs Aug 8, 2019
E Magerramov vs Gipslis, 1992 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

17. dxe5! solves Sunday Oct 22, 2019
S Volkov vs C Balogh, 2007 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

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