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Promotion Tactic-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

Whenever a Pawn reaches the other side of the board, it must be upgraded, becoming a full piece, not just a chessman. The formal name for this change of powers, shape and function is PROMOTION. This is not an optional entitlement, but is required. A Pawn cannot remain as it is and it cannot become a King.

No other chessman can earn Promotion. This privilege of ennoblement or dramatic elevation only applies to the Pawn. Therefore, "Pawn Promotion" is unnecessarily precise in chess literature.

Upgrading to a Queen is so commonly expected that the term UNDERPROMOTION is used for the other three cases-- Rook, Knight or Bishop upliftment. In fact, a separate game collection is being prepared for Underpromotion.

This game collection is a project in progress. Games are listed in date order, not in order of importance.

Ancient example of (Pending) Promotion
G Atwood vs Philidor, 1794 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 40 moves, 0-1

Pawn Race has Promotion for both sides (68...h1 and 69 c1)
Szabo vs Bronstein, 1950 
(A90) Dutch, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

If 40. ... f4! Black wins; play White from end to win
N Weinstein vs Rohde, 1977 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 48 moves, 1-0

Bishop makes check and is sacrificed to ensure Promotion!
M Trosman vs S A Salov, 1978 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

TACTIC--Pending Promotion with Absolute Pin
V Malaniuk vs J Ivanov, 1989 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

Pending Promotion at end causes immediate resignation.
Smirin vs Grischuk, 2000 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 0-1

X-Ray Tactic at end allows (Pending) Promotion
Grischuk vs Fressinet, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

After 40 ...Rxb8 41 Qxb8 the Pawn will Promote
Hebden vs C Hanley, 2002
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Promotion is pending after shepherding by King next move
Mamedyarov vs I Sokolov, 2006 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 60 moves, 1-0

After 59. ... Be6, Bishop can't protect g2, so Promotion looms
T Polak vs V Laznicka, 2006
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 0-1

Promotion at move 77, then all the way to checkmate!
G Halvax vs A D Ivanova, 2012 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 85 moves, 1-0

Pending Promotion by Pawn Link in continuation, then mate!
J Xiong vs W So, 2017 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 31 moves, 0-1

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