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Relative Pin Tactic-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

The Pin is one of the most fundamental chess tactics and the Relative Pin is one of the two most common kinds of Pin (the Absolute Pin being the other).

The Relative Pin has one chessman attacking two on the same line, but the first being attacked is more valuable than the chessman behind the first target. That second target must not be the King, since in that case, it would be an Absolute Pin.

Piling On, another tactic in itself, is very effective in conjunction with either an Absolute Pin or a Relative Pin. However, look at these games for other examples where someone takes advantage of the Relative Pin, maybe even for checkmate!

ChessCoachClark (CCC) originated this game collection and he updates it on occasion. This project is a work in progress, culling games from various sources, including several chess training books and personal research. The games are ordered by date (oldest first), not by importance.

Be well.
Be safe.

Rook makes a Relative Pin to keep Bishop safe-- 16. Rd1
J F Malta vs Bird, 1880 
(A80) Dutch, 28 moves, 0-1

Last move puts Relative Pin against Rook to h-File, else mate!
Chigorin vs H Caro, 1898 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Last move is a Relative Pin against Knight and Rook
F Bohatirchuk vs V Nenarokov, 1924 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 38 moves, 1-0

Last move is Discovered Attack on Rook, pinned to back rank.
Capablanca vs Rossolimo, 1938 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

32. Rc1 puts Relative Pin against Black Bishop and c8 square
Golombek vs D V Hooper, 1951 
(A06) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

55. Qxd4+ is safe because of Relative Pin on other Queen
Fischer vs B Zuckerman, 1965 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 56 moves, 1-0

White Knight is Lost by Relative Pin then Piling On by Pawns
Bobotsov vs Larsen, 1969 
(A17) English, 15 moves, 0-1

28. Qxf8 makes Relative Pin against Bishop and Rook, plus more!
Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970 
(B57) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

26. ...Qh7 makes Relative Pin on Rook effective; Pawn Fork soon
Browne vs H van Riemsdijk, 1979
(A43) Old Benoni, 27 moves, 1-0

36. Qc8+ also Relative Pin on Knight, Queen; Knight falls soon
Gulko vs Csom, 1986 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Last move is an In-Between Move (instead of Rxe7) for mate!
E McCormick vs H Rolletschek, 1987 
(C28) Vienna Game, 47 moves, 0-1

21. Qxc4 is safe due to Relative Pin against Pawn and Queen
M Gurevich vs P Wolff, 1989 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

The piece is safe by a Relative Pin on Queen at 13. Bc4
Nisipeanu vs A Florean, 1995 
(C13) French, 19 moves, 1-0

28. ... Re6 is a Relative Pin on the Pawn and Queen.
Sadvakasov vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999 
(B30) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

22. Rac1 made Relative Pin on Black Queen, then Knight fell
E Handoko vs C Chon, 2001
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 23 moves, 1-0

Black Queen captures Pawn, but White Queen is pinned to rank!
I Bender vs J Pavic, 2007
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 31 moves, 0-1

Relative Pin at 23. Rad1; 26. Qe5 is RP against Back Rank Mate
Aronian vs Gelfand, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

13. ... Bb5 makes a Relative Pin against N and Q by Discovery
Y Yu vs A Zatonskih, 2013 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

29 ...Qxe5+ and Queen pinned on a1-h8 diagonal to prevent mate
D Yuffa vs Bologan, 2015 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

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