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PINS AGAINST SQUARES: AN ALEKHINE SPECIALTY
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PINS AGAINST SQUARES: 24 Nf3xe5! Black d6-pawn pinned to d7-forking square

Event "ICC 1 0 u"
Site "Internet Chess Club"
Date "2010.02.06"
Round "-"
White "CraftyFan"
Black "Darienor"
Result "1-0"
ICCResult "Black checkmated"
WhiteElo "2689"
BlackElo "2251"
Opening "Sicilian: Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack" ECO "B90"
NIC "SI.14"
Time "22:36:12"
TimeControl "60+0"

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Qc7 10. Qe2 Nc6 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Bxd5 Be6 13. Rfd1 Bxd5 14. Rxd5 Rad8 15. c4 f5 16. exf5 Rxf5 17. a3 Rf7 18. Rad1 Rdf8 19. Kh1 h6 20. b4 g5 21. b5 axb5 22. cxb5 Na5 23. Qd3 Rf6 24. Nxe5 dxe5 25. Rd7 Qc4 26. Rxe7 Qxd3 27. Rxd3 Nc4 28. Rxb7 Nxe3 29. Rxe3 Rxf2 30. h3 R8f5 31. Rc3 Rd2 32. b6 Rf8 33. Rcc7 Rff2 34. Rb8+ Rf8 35. Rxf8+ Kxf8 36. b7 Rb2 37. Rc8+ Ke7 38. b8=Q Rxb8 39. Rxb8 e4 40. a4 Kd6 41. a5 Kd5 42. a6 Kd4 43. a7 e3 44. a8=Q Kd3 45. Rd8+ Ke2 46. Qf3+ Ke1 47. Rd1# 1-0

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31 ♘d4xc6! Black b7-pawn is <PINNED> against the c7-, d7-flight squares of the Black c8-king.


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Event "ICC 3 0"
Site "Internet Chess Club"
Date "2008.01.09"
Round "-"
White "energie"
Black "Surfdude"
Result "1-0"
ICCResult "Black resigns"
WhiteElo "2629"
BlackElo "2621"
Opening "Robatsch (modern) defense"
ECO "B07"
NIC "QO.17"
Time "04:03:28"
TimeControl "180+0"

1. d4 d6 2. e4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Be3 a6 5. h4 h6 6. f4 h5 7. Nf3 Nh6 8. Ng5 Nd7 9. f5 gxf5 10. Be2 e6 11. Bxh5 Nf6 12. exf5 exf5 13. Qf3 Nxh5 14. Qxh5 c6 15. O-O-O Qe7 16. Qf3 Bd7 17. Rhe1 O-O-O 18. Bf4 Qf6 19. Qg3 Be8 20. Nf3 Qg6 21. Qf2 Ng4 22. Qg1 Bd7 23. Na4 Be6 24. d5 Qf6 25. dxe6 fxe6 26. Qa7 e5 27. Bg5 Bh6 28. Kb1 Bxg5 29. hxg5 Qe6 30. Nd4 Qg6 31. Nxc6 1-0

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28 Rh1-h5! Black f6-knight pinned to e5-square next to f5-king
Aronian vs A Volokitin, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

25 ... Be7xg5! White f4-pawn pinned to h2-square near g1-king
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B30) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

21 Ng3-h5! Black g6-pawn pinned to h7-square by White c2-queen
Mamedyarov vs B Galstian, 2002 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

32 ... Ba6xc4! White d5-bishop pinned against d2-forking square
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

18 Re5-f5+! h5-bishop pins Black g6-pawn to f7-mating square
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

26 Bf4xd6! Black e7-pawn blocks 7th rank to f7-mating square
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

28 ... Qe6-a2+! White b2-rook pinned against b1-mating square
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

White d1-bishop pinned against the loose a1-promotion square
Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

33 Rh6xg6! White f6-rook pins Black f7-pawn to f8-checking sqr
Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2007 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 37 moves, 0-1

28 Nd4xe6! Black f7-pawn pinned against g7-mating square,bishop
Adams vs M Gurevich, 2007 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

26 Bg5xNf6+! Black d6-rook pinned to loose e7-mating square
Svidler vs Rublevsky, 2007 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

36 Rf6xg6! White d7-rook pins Black f7-pawn to g7-square
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

27 ... Nf6-g4!! White g3-rook pinned by Black f4-queen to h2-sq
Korotylev vs Mamedyarov, 2007 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 0-1

25 Bh3xf5! White d6-rook pins Black e6-pawn to loose g6-square
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1995 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

37 Rc4-c7! reinforces on Black g7-bishop pinned to h7-square
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2009 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 52 moves, 0-1

36 Qh4xNg5+! Black f6-pawn is pinned to the loose f7-square
Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

36 Rd1-h1! pins the Black h5-pawn to the h8-mating square
Carlsen vs Karpov, 2007 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

14 f2-f3? f2-pawn pinned to d2-,e2-flight squares by g2-queen
T W Barnes vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

31 ... Ne5xBd7?? 32 R1-e7# Black e5-knight pinned to e7-mate sq
Sutovsky vs Sakaev, 2001 
(C14) French, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

25 Bg5-f6!! White f7-rook pins Black g7-bishop to h7-mating sq
Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

33 Rb1-a1! (Ivanchuk) pins Black a5-rook to a8-back rank square
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(C11) French, 43 moves, 0-1

27 ... Qe6xBe4! White d2-knight pinned to c1-back rank square
Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007 
(A28) English, 27 moves, 0-1

35 ... Rf3xg3+! the White f2-pawn is pinned to the f1-square
J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

20 ... Bb6-e3! White f2-pawn is pinned against f1-square,rook
Anand vs Carlsen, 2008 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

25 g4-g5! White f3-queen pins Black f6-knight to loose f7-sq
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

27 Ng3xh5+! White b1-queen pins Black g6-pawn to h7-mating sq
Keres vs Smyslov, 1939 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

14 Bc1-f4 pins Black e5-knight to c7-flight square of d8-queen
Grischuk vs Rublevsky, 2005 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

27 a4-a5 Black b6-knight pinned against loose 7th-rank b7-sq
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

24 Na4-b6!! White d1-rook pins the Black d7-knight to the d8-sq
Z Bayaraa vs M Esserman, 2008 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 48 moves, 0-1

21 b4xc5?? Rf8-b8 pins the White b2-bishop to b1-mating square
Lautier vs Kasparov, 1997 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

26 Qh4xBh5+! Black g6-pawn is pinned against the h6-mating sq
Duras vs Olland, 1907 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 1-0

35 ... Re5xNe4! Black f4-queen pins White f3-pawn to f1-square
V Liberzon vs Taimanov, 1967 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 36 moves, 0-1

23 ... d4xe3?? Black d4-pawn pinned to d7-,d8-flight squares
I Sokolov vs Morozevich, 2005 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 34 moves, 0-1

31 - Nf6xBe4?? opens f-file to f7-square for 32 Qf3xf7+, mating
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

29 Ne2-d4! Black c5-pawn pinned against c7-square near b8-king
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

28 .. Ne6-f4? 29 Rf1xNf4! Black e5-pawn pinned to e6,e7-squares
Van Wely vs Radjabov, 2009 
(E97) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

19 ... Nf6xe4! White f3-pawn must shield loose f2-mating square
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 0-1

37 ... Ne5-d3+! White e3-rook blocks b6-f2 to f2-mating square
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 0-1

33 Rf1-f8+! White h4-queen pins h6-bishop to h7-mating square
B Savchenko vs V Belov, 2006 
(B20) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

38 Rb6xh6+! Black g7-pawn pinned by White g4-rook to g8-mate sq
B Grachev vs Akobian, 2009 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

33 Qa5xe5!! Black f6-pawn is pinned to f8-,f7-flight squares
Nakamura vs Ponomariov, 2009 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

14 ... Bf8-a3!? Black f6-queen pins b2-pawn to a1-mating square
Shirov vs Salov, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 29 moves, 1-0

39 ... Nd5xc3+! Black b5-queen pins b2-pawn to b1-mating sq
Rublevsky vs Grischuk, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

23 ... h7-h5, 30 ... Re8xe3! exploit pins to squares near king
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

21 Qh4xh5! White c2-bishop pins Black g6-pawn to h7-mate square
M Rodshtein vs A Diamant, 2009 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

31 ... Bh6xf4! e8-rook pins e3-pawn to e2-interference square
Eljanov vs V Malakhov, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

32 Re1-e2?? Nd5-e3+!! White f2-pawn now pinned to f1-mating sq
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

25 Qd1-d3! piles on Black g6-knight pinned to f6-checking sq
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2007 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 26 moves, 1-0

37 ... Qd6-g3+! White h2-pawn pinned against h1-mating square
Murey vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

31 Rd1xBd4! Black c5-pawn pinned against the c7-forking square
Robson vs B Bok, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

48 .. Qg4-h3+! White g2-bishop pinned against h2-mating square
D G Fridman vs Lenderman, 2010 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

17 Re1xNe5+! Black f6-pawn pinned to e7-loose sq next to e8king
M Vachier-Lagrave vs M Mchedlishvili, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

33 Qg5-f6+! 1-0 Black e7-pawn pinned against e8-mating square
S Zhigalko vs A Iljushin, 2010 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

29 Qe4xg6+! Black h7-pawn pinned against h8-mating focal point
A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2010 
(A09) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

41 Bf3xh5! White c2-queen pins g6-pawn to h7-checking square
Carlsen vs Anand, 2010 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 54 moves, 1-0

17 Rb1-b6!! White d1-queen threatens d8-mate sq thru d7-knight
Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2010 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 17 moves, 1-0

Tomashevsky vs Svidler, 2007 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 45 moves, 1-0

32 Qg4xRf5! 1-0 e1-rook pins e6-pawn to back rank e8-mating sq
T Kosintseva vs A Stefanova, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

30 Rh6-h8+! Black g7-bishop pinned to g8-flight sq of f8-king
Tal vs Benko, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

30 Rd1xd5! 1-0 White e3-queen pins e6-pawn to undef e8-mate sq
Hoang Thanh Trang vs Ehlvest, 2012 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 1-0

31 ... Rb8-b4+! 0-1 as White c3-pawn pinned to d3-mating square
D Antic vs D Milanovic, 1996 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 0-1

23 Qg8xRf8+! Black d7-knight pinned against e8-mating square
J Finnegan vs R P Allen, 1948 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

30 c4-c5! Black d6-pawn is pinned against d8-skewering square
Carlsen vs K Stokke, 2006 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 39 moves, 1-0

28 Re1xe6+! Black f7-pawn shields d7-mating sq from W h7-queen
S Zielinski vs A Olszowski, 2009 
(B56) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

28 Rh1-h8! pins Black g8-queen to the c8-,d8-,e8-flight squares
H Hamdouchi vs S Shoker, 2013 
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 1-0

36 Qh2xRe5+! f6-pawn is pinned against back rank f8-mating sq
Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

13 Qe2xe4+! Black f6-knight is pinned against the f7-mating sq
Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1864 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 14 moves, 1-0

30 Rd1-d6+! Black e7-bishop pinned against the f7-mating square
J Cukierman vs A Voisin, 1929 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

23 Qg5-h6 threatens 24 Re6xg6+ h7xRg7 25 Qh6-h8#
D Daulyte-Cornette vs V Korchagina, 2013 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 1-0

28 Rb3-g3+! 1-0 Black f4-pawn is pinned to g4-checking square
K Skold vs K Arnstam, 1963 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 28 moves, 1-0

17 ... Qb5-h5+! 0-1 White g4-pawn is pinned to the h4-mating sq
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

26 Rf1xf6! Black e5-bishop shields/interposes e8-mating square
Illescas Cordoba vs Rachels, 1987 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

22 ... Re8xNe5! 0-1 Black b6-queen pins d4-pawn to f2-mating sq
D Drozdova vs D Charochkina, 2014 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

35 Qe4xNf4! White d1-rook pins Black d5-knight to d8-mating sq
D Reinderman vs E Goudriaan, 2014 
(B54) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

29 Rg3-g7+! 0-1 Black f6-bishop is pinned by h6-queen to e6-sq
K Lapinski vs E Sharapov, 2007 
(B56) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

27 ... Qd4-g1+! 0-1 White f3-knight pinned by f8-rook to f1-sq
P Pinto vs W Madeira, 1982 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 0-1

39 .. Re5-a5+! Black f4-rook pins White b4-pawn to a4-mating sq
O Aharon vs Z Rahman, 2014 
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 0-1

33 Rd5-h5+! 1-0 as Black g6-pawn is pinned to g8-focal point
Yu Yangyi vs Svidler, 2014 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

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