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Deflection/Undermining Tactics-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

Black Rook at c8 needs to protect against checkmate, but can't!
D Marciano vs E Prie, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1-0

Deflection tactic wins the game for Black-- checkmates pending!
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1998 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 47 moves, 0-1

Black sacrifices his second Bishop and wins this game.
Landa vs I R Ibragimov, 1998 
(C45) Scotch Game, 22 moves, 0-1

White Knight at c3 must stop mate, so 48. ...Na2! is decisive
G Kacheishvili vs Fedorowicz, 1999
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 49 moves, 0-1

Black could have won by using deflection: 25...Bxc4 26 Qxc4 Rd1
Z Kozul vs Nisipeanu, 1999
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

At 14 ... Nd2!, Knight is safe because N on f3 stops checkmate.
A Bykov vs O V Nikolenko, 1999
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 30 moves, 0-1

25. Rxd6! deflects the Black Queen and wins the game.
D Pedzich vs P Murdzia, 1999
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Deflection at end allows for mate in two moves.
D Mehmeti vs J M Weber, 2001
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 0-1

Deflection at end (or is it a Fork?) wins material.
D Jacimovic vs V Trkaljanov, 2001 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

43. b3! is a Deflection against the Queen
S Barbeau vs P Charbonneau, 2001
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

27. a6+! wins a Rook by deflecting the King from its protection
P Cramling vs J Barkhagen, 2001 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Deflection at end allows pending mate at g8.
E Vladimirov vs N Murshed, 2001
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Continuation is either checkmate or material loss by deflection
Van Wely vs Acs, 2002 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 18 moves, 0-1

Deflection at end allows for mate in two moves.
Nisipeanu vs P Soln, 2002 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

Deflection at end either wins a Rook or the Queen!
V Bui vs H Frey Perez, 2002 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 0-1

30. Bxg7+ wins Rook because Knight can't move.
S Kriventsov vs O Sagalchik, 2002
(B56) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

16. ...Bxh3! wins a Pawn as Bishop can't move; wins game later.
Van Wely vs Grischuk, 2002 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 0-1

Bishop at f3 must stop Ng4#, but Queen move allows Bxg2 Ng4#
E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Wang Pin, 2002 
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Last move deflects Queen from guarding d3 by Sacrifice.
Motylev vs Judit Polgar, 2002 
(B32) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Rook Sacrifice tactic is also Deflection and wins the game.
A Dreev vs Svidler, 2002 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 26 moves, 1-0

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