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Promotion Tactics
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Unusual tactics that involve pawn promotion

Winning promotion tactic, on move #8!
Glicksteen vs E Lawrence, 1971 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

Two sacs (moves 42 & 43) clear way for 3 pawns to beat 1 rook
P Troeger vs G Hodakowsky, 1957 
(A48) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Clever combination peels away defense of promotion square
Keene vs C Micheli, 1973  
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1-0

Extremely rare required underpromotion to a bishop.
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0

Bishop underpromotion to avoid stalemate
D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993 
(B83) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

Who needs a queen when you have ...SUPERPAWN!
Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Pawn threat prevents Black from mating White after 33. Qg7!!
Shen Yang vs E Karavade, 2006 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

Underpromotion to knight delivers mate
A Sandrin vs P Le Cornu, 1949 
(A16) English, 28 moves, 1-0

White is faced with dilemma after 39...f5+! Only move: resign
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Pawns attack on both sides: White's clever technique wins.
G Garcia Gonzalez vs Quinteros, 1982 
(E97) King's Indian, 51 moves, 1-0

32. Qe5! -- an instructive type of move to be aware of.
Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

38...Ne3! knight sac provides cover for passed h-pawn
A Medina Garcia vs Tal, 1966 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 38 moves, 0-1

36. Be5 removes all doubt by pinning promotion defender
Fischer vs Euwe, 1960 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

Carlsen removes 2 defenders & gains rook with 40...Qxg1!
Onischuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

The bishop sac 39.Bg8! leaves black in promo-threat quandry
Ljubojevic vs Tringov, 1982 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

34...Rc4! a clever clearance sac/deflection
A Yurgis vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(A15) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Force your opponent's piece to help you to promote a pawn!
Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 39 moves, 0-1

Using the opposing knight and 2 sacs to aid promotion
Ruben Rodriguez vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 75 moves, 1-0

Black sacs rook (twice) in order to produce promotion
H Munoz Sotomayor vs H Salazar Jacob, 1990 
(B83) Sicilian, 59 moves, 0-1

Nice rook work, using exchange sac threats to force promotion
J Polgar vs Arkell, 1988 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

15...Qd5+ makes nice use of pins to force promotion
NN vs W Donisthorpe, 1890 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 19 moves, 0-1

Nothing fancy - just nice knight sac to send pawns running
K Lie vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 42 moves, 1-0

This should probably be called an "anti-promotion" tactic
F Vallejo Pons vs A Nunez, 1992 
(C45) Scotch Game, 42 moves, 1-0

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