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Decoys: CHESS IS NOT JUST COUNTING
Compiled by notyetagm
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Making a piece go where it definitely does want to go (on to a square or a line or on to both a square -and- a line).


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Here White played the incredible 49 ♖d8+! ♔h7 50 ♖g7+!!, a wicked <DECOY FOR TEMPO> that exploits the pin on the Black f5-knight.


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Black is mated after 50 ... ♔xg7 51 ♕g2+. Beautiful. The White e4-queen has only one safe square to check on the g-file, on g2, but that is all that she needs.

And nice of Wang Hao to let his opponent play out the mate.

Event "?"
Site "?"
Date "2006.10.09"
Round "?"
White "Li_Chao"
Black "GM_Wang_Hao"
Result "1-0"
WhiteElo "2508"
BlackElo "2622"
Opening "Scandinavian gambit"
ECO "B10"
NIC "CK.01"
Time "05:36:06"
TimeControl "5400+30"

1. e4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. exd5 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. d4 e6 8. Bd3 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 Bf6 11. Be4 Nce7 12. Qd3 h6 13. Bd2 Bd7 14. Ne5 Nxc3 15. Qxc3 Bc6 16. Bxc6 Bxe5 17. dxe5 Nxc6 18. Rad1 Qc7 19. b4 a6 20. a4 Rfc8 21. Qg3 Ne7 22. Qg4 Nf5 23. Qe4 Rd8 24. Bf4 Qc3 25. h3 g5 26. Be3 Rd5 27. Bc5 Rad8 28. Rc1 Qb3 29. Bb6 R8d7 30. a5 Kg7 31. f4 Qg3 32. fxg5 Qxg5 33. Bf2 h5 34. Rc3 Rd2 35. Rf1 Rb2 36. Rc4 Rdd2 37. Qf3 Rd7 38. Kh1 Rbd2 39. Rc3 Qg6 40. Rg1 Kh7 41. g4 hxg4 42. Rxg4 Rd1+ 43. Kh2 Qh6 44. Rg2 R1d2 45. Qe4 Kh8 46. Rf3 Qh5 47. h4 Rc7 48. Rd3 Qe2 49. Rd8+ Kh7 50. Rg7+ Kxg7 51. Qg2+ Kh7 52. Qg8+ Kh6 53. Qh8+ Kg6 54. Qf6+ Kh5 55. Qg5# White wins 1-0

22 Ne4-f6+! drags e7-queen onto f6-sq for skewer with h8-rook
Nimzowitsch vs J Mieses, 1930 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

15 ... Nd7xe5! steals pawn in broadlight, lined up with a1-rook
N Illijin vs G Burgess, 1992 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 25 moves, 0-1

Judit plans a wicked decoy with 29 Kxf3 Bg4+! 30 Kxg4 Qh5#
Seirawan vs Judit Polgar, 1993 
(E77) King's Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

33 ... Rf1+! 34 Qxf1 sets up a skewer on the first rank
T Bjornsson vs Tal, 1964 
(E82) King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

23 Qe8+! decoys the Black king into double check and mate
Wang Shuai vs N Castaneda, 2001 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 23 moves, 1-0

33 Rf8+! gains a valuable tempo for doubling heavy pieces
B Savchenko vs V Belov, 2006 
(B20) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

33 Qg7+!! decoys Black king to gain time to double rooks on 7th
Judit Polgar vs L B Hansen, 1989 
(C16) French, Winawer, 33 moves, 1-0

38 Rh8+! Kxh8 drags the Black king into a back rank mating net
Bronstein vs L Shamkovich, 1961 
(B01) Scandinavian, 40 moves, 1-0

40 - Rh1+! 41 KxR Qf1+ is a classic rook sac for a queen tempo
P San Segundo Carrillo vs R Wojtaszek, 2006 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 40 moves, 0-1

45 ... Rf7! decoys the White queen to f7 for skewer 46 ... Qf1+
Ponomariov vs Mamedyarov, 2006 
(E70) King's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

23 ... Qxf4+!! lures the White f4-king into a mating net
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

14 Qh6+!! drags the Black g7-king into a double check and mate
Keres vs Verbac, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

21 Rh8+! Kxh8 drags the Black king to h8 for 22 Qh5+ with tempo
T Soraas vs J Kvisla, 2006 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

50 Rg7+!! is a superb example of the decoy tactic
Li Chao vs Wang Hao, 2006 
(B01) Scandinavian, 55 moves, 1-0

25 Rh8+! classic decoy for tempo to create a Damiano mate
B Thorfinnsson vs E Player, 1999 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

33 ... Qa2+! drags White b1-king into discovered check, mate
Santasiere vs Ed. Lasker, 1931 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

33 ... Qh1+!! drags White g1-king to h1 for 34 ... g3-g2+ check
A Kosten vs Chandler, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

28 ... Rg1+! 29 Kxg1?? Qd1+ 30 Kg2 Qf1# decoy for tempo
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

21 ... Ra1+! 22 Kxa1 Qa5+ classic decoy for tempo, mating
W A T Schelfhout vs Maroczy, 1920 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 0-1

15 ... QxNh3+!! 16 Kxh3 Ng4-e3+ decoy into a discovered check
J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

40 Bg6+! tries to drag Black f7-king to g6 for pawn fork 41 f5+
Larsen vs J Penrose, 1969 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

32 ... Qxd6 decoys Black queen to d6 for fork, 6th rank for pin
Bacrot vs Skripchenko, 2006 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 45 moves, 1-0

15 ... Qf1+! drags the White e1-king into double check and mate
J Schulten vs Horwitz, 1846 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

35 ... Re2+! 36 Qd3xRe2?? creates TM=Q for a discovered check
Mamedyarov vs Kamsky, 2007 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

30 Qxd7+! drags Black king onto light square for 31 Bd3-b5+
Leko vs Piket, 1997 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

52 - Rc4-a4+! 53 Ka3xRa4 drags White king to a4, 53 - Qc3-b4#
Adams vs Shirov, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 0-1

33 Qd5-g8+!! drags Black h8-king into double check and mate
I Nei vs Petrosian, 1960 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

26 Bf4-c7!! drags Black c8-rook to c7 for queen fork 27 Qe2-e5!
Spassky vs Averkin, 1973 
(B44) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

29 Ne5xc6! Qd6xc6? drags Black queen onto c-file, into pin
Macieja vs Radjabov, 2007 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

19 Re1-e8+! forces Black f8-king to light square for discovery
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1965 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 34 moves, 1-0

32 - Rh2-h1+! drags White g1-king to light square for discovery
J Parker vs N Pert, 1999 
(A92) Dutch, 32 moves, 0-1

47 ... h2-h1=Q+! 48 Qh8xQh1 drags White queen to h1 for skewer
Shabalov vs Aronian, 2004 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 47 moves, 0-1

45 ... Qc7xc3+! drags White c2-king onto c3 for 46 ... Be7-b4+
Jakovenko vs Shirov, 2007 
(B33) Sicilian, 53 moves, 0-1

49 Ne4-f6+! Rf4xNf6 f6-rook can no longer get behind g6-passer
Jakovenko vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

47 d6-d7! Bc6xd7 drags c6-bishop onto line of g7-king for a pin
A Lastin vs K Maslak, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 1-0

34 Rg6-h6+! drags the Black h7-king to h6-square for 35 Qg4-g6#
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 37 moves, 1-0

47 Rf7-h7+!! drags Black h8-king to h7 for an Arabian mate
Kotronias vs F Vallejo Pons, 2009 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Spassky, 1981 
(A26) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Mecking's great double decoy to create a royal skewer
Mecking vs L A Tan, 1973 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 33 moves, 1-0

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