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Clearance Tactic-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

One of the most useful thought exercises for a chess player is "What If?" Once a chain of plies has been seen that can be accomplished when a chessman or two is out of the way, the Clearance tactic will be used to do just that job. Now a material advantage or even checkmate is available.

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

40. Bc7 is a Clearance tactic for an open file to wreak havoc
Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1956 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

22. Nxd5 is Clearance to effect the threat of a Back Rank Mate
Hort vs R Nicevski, 1970 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

Queen Sacrifice is Clearance for capture mate by Rook at end
Hector vs Barbero, 1991 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

13. ... Nb6 is Clearance-- allows Queen to protect Bishop on e7
Keene vs Briant, 1988 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

Ends with Clearance for mating attack by Queen and other Bishop
Karjakin vs V Komliakov, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 52 moves, 1-0

43. Bf7+ is Clearance of friendly piece to allow for checkmate!
M Huizer vs J S Macrae, 2007 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 44 moves, 1-0

Ends with Clearance of friendly Knight for mating net by Q & B
N Zwirs vs P V Nandhidhaa, 2016 
(B40) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

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