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Absolute Pin Tactic-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

There are several kinds of Pins in chess, but the Absolute Pin (AP) and the Relative Pin (RP) deserve the immediate attention of chess students. Pins must be taken as one of the most essential components in your chess "toolbox."

This game collection concerns itself with the Absolute Pin, which occurs when a chessman would bring their King into check if it were to be moved. In other words, there is an in-line relationship between the attacker, an intermediate chessman and the defending King.

An Absolute Pin is a choke-hold on that chessman in the middle. Take advantage of it and make a strategy to win that game!

This project is a work in progress, culling games from several chess training books and personal research. Games are listed in date order, not in order of importance.

The Black Rook made a Royal Pin to win this game.
E Schallopp vs Anderssen, 1872 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Two Royal Absolute Pins-- 23. Bc3 and 24. ... Rg8
J F Malta vs Bird, 1880 
(A80) Dutch, 28 moves, 0-1

Game ends with a Royal Pin because Black Queen will be lost!
D van Foreest vs C Messemaker, 1884 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

Checkmate by Knight is due to Absolute Pin
Muhlock vs Kostic, 1911 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 7 moves, 0-1

22. Ne7+ is Double Attack-- Check and AP
Euwe vs H Weenink, 1920 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

Absolute Pins as Self-Pins at 21. ... Rg5 and 22. ... Bf8
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1937 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

Rook made Royal Pin at end. 36. Kf2 Rx1+ wins Queen!
S Schweber vs Spassky, 1955 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 35 moves, 0-1

Game ends with Cross Pin-- one arm is a Royal Pin.
V Mikenas vs Aronin, 1957 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 33 moves, 0-1

Multiple APs, including two at the conclusion!
Bronstein vs R Fuchs, 1957 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Rook was kicked but 20. Rh4+ is safe by AP, mates next move!
Kupreichik vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 19 moves, 1-0

Rook takes En Prise Pawn to Discover Royal Pin at end of game
V Ciocaltea vs L Masic, 1971 
(B57) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Royal Pin with 18. Re1 that wins the Black Queen for the Rook.
Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1971 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

TWO Absolute Pins-- 25. Bd4 and 32. Bc5
V Ciocaltea vs A Lombard, 1972 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 43 moves, 1-0

Absolute Pin due to Discovery tactic allows Suffocation Mate!
Sachariev vs Dobrev, 1973 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 12 moves, 1-0

AP at 24 ...Bxd5 adds pressure and supports mate later
Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1975 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 27 moves, 0-1

AP with 32. Bh6 and Piling On at 33. g5 wins the Bishop.
Westerinen vs Savon, 1975 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

Bishop has AP for Knight to be safe; 30. Bxg5 R1#
Reshevsky vs B Ivanovic, 1976 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

AP-- as Royal Pin-- allows Complex Mate (CCC) to be successful
Fischer vs Greenblatt, 1977 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1-0

31. Qh6 blocks check-- AP; then Underpromotion leads to Mate!
Stanishevsky vs Nikonov, 1981 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

28. Ke1 is Self-Pin, 28 ...Bb5 is Piling On, Black gains Pawn
R Reynolds vs Nunn, 1987 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

Royal Pin at 10. Ba5 wins Queen, then AP at 29. Qf4
Nunn vs K Georgiev, 1988 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

55. ... Qe8 is the (Self-Pin) Absolute Pin of Doom!
Bologan vs J Garcia Padron, 1993 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 56 moves, 1-0

25. ... B6 is Self-Pin/AP; 26. Qh7+ Ke8 27. Qd7#.
Martinez Martinez vs J Converset, 1994 
(E61) King's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

Bishop makes a Royal Pin at end of this game.
B Lalic vs J C Hannet, 1998 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 31 moves, 1-0

Absolute Pin, then Piling On for tactic at end wins the Rook
Rublevsky vs Vaganian, 1998
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 0-1

APs at 31. ... Bxf4 and 34. ... Qxh4 win material and Promotion
J Steckner vs V Burmakin, 2004 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

Game ends with Royal Pin, so it causes resignation immediately.
Z Rahman vs Yudasin, 2004 
(A15) English, 34 moves, 0-1

49. Qxf6 makes AP; last move is Piling On and Fork!
Hebden vs A Madan, 2007 
(A48) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

Two APs set up the checkmate
D Perez vs J Jackova, 2008 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

39. Rxh5+ allowed due to Absolute Pin
G O'Toole vs R Haria, 2009 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

AP Allows Mate
A Hugaert vs B Gundavaa, 2009 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 50 moves, 0-1

25 Bg5 and 31 Qxh6+ work due to Absolute Pins (other tactics!)
D Yuffa vs Bologan, 2015 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Self-Pins/APs at 23. ... B6 and 30. ... Rf7 win material.
A Goganov vs Jobava, 2016 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

24. gxh5 makes an AP on g7-Pawn; R Sacr means mate soon.
Y Krupenski vs Gelfand, 2016 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

AP makes the White Queen fearless and supports mating net
O Brendel vs T Chapman, 2017 
(A13) English, 26 moves, 1-0

AP wins the White Knight (at the end/resignation)
Naiditsch vs Caruana, 2017 
(C28) Vienna Game, 40 moves, 0-1

AP allows Back Rank Mate threat for the win
L McLaren vs A Ismail, 2017 
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1-0

AP allows Back Rank Mate (or 39. Kh1 Qxf1# Back Rank Mate also)
S Maroroa vs A Diamant, 2018 
(B30) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

38 games

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