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In-Between Move Tactic-- OTB Examples
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The name in German for this tactic is Zwischenzug. The Italian name is Intermezzo. It could be taken as a surprise move, an unexpected ploy that sends the game in a different direction. In some cases, a player can win material and even checkmate by way of their In-Between Move.

15. ...Nf4+ instead of axb6
NN vs Blackburne, 1871  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

In Between for Black at 15 Bxh7+ and White at 20 Rh3+
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs A Reggio, 1905 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

Salwe vs A Speijer, 1910 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Flohr, 1931 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Euwe, 1936  
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

33. ... Nxe1, not gxf5 and 36. ... Nb3+ instead of Nxf5
G Barcza vs Bronstein, 1949 
(A20) English, 36 moves, 0-1

C Orbaan vs H Kramer, 1950 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs E Nievergelt, 1959 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Ghitescu, 1960 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Sachariev vs Dobrev, 1973 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 12 moves, 1-0

G Govashelishvili vs A Kuindzhy, 1975
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 0-1

24. Rxc8+ (not Rxd6) gives advantage to White
Chiburdanidze vs I Platonov, 1980
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Last move is an In-Between tactic-- instead of Rxd7-- for mate!
E McCormick vs H Rolletschek, 1987 
(C28) Vienna Game, 47 moves, 0-1

If 29. ...Qxc3 then 30. Bxe6+ is an In Between move to win Rook
J Polgar vs S Singh, 1988
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 31 moves, 1-0

Bh7+ (not Qxd3), then Kf8 and Bxf5 are decisive
J Polgar vs I Rogers, 1993 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

30. ...Rxg2 (not retreating the Queen) gives advantage to Black
Timman vs Xie Jun, 1994 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 36 moves, 0-1

17...dxc5 18. Na4 (not bxc5) traps Queen by In-Between tactic
Pavasovic vs B Rogulj, 1998 
(C45) Scotch Game, 17 moves, 1-0

17. ... Nd5! (not retreat of Bishop) gives advantage to Black
P Tregubov vs J Polgar, 2005 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

O Hole vs S Agdestein, 2006
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

G Guseinov vs R Markus, 2012 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

14. ... c3! attacks N directly, R at f1 by Barrage, and more!
Yu Yangyi vs A Zatonskih, 2013 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

N Dzagnidze vs S Guramishvili, 2013 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

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