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Under-Promotion Tactic-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

Specific examples from real games where it was necessary to promote to a piece other than the Queen.

One must look and think before you move!

Do not let an "automatic" move bring you into a disadvantage.

U-P capture to Knight for mate
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

U-P to Knight with En Garde
Ujtumen vs N Gaprindashvili, 1971 
(B40) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

61. a8=B avoids stalemate
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0

32. gxf8=N leads to mate next
Stanishevsky vs Nikonov, 1981 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Game ends with U-P to Rook so no stalemate
J Garcia Padron vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1990 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

U-P capture to Bishop so no stalemate
D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993 
(B83) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

U-P capture ends and wins this game
S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

U-P to Knight ends and wins this game
P Cramling vs A M Galliamova, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

U-P to Rook, so no stalemate, but a win. Beautiful Pawn ending!
E Torre vs Gufeld, 1994 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 66 moves, 1-0

78. dxc8=N avoids stalemate to win soon
I Khamrakulova vs E Ubiennykh, 2001 
(C45) Scotch Game, 80 moves, 1-0

U-P to Knight avoids stalemate and wins this game at end.
Akopian vs Karjakin, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 71 moves, 1-0

Under-Promotion to N wins Q
R Polzin vs P Tzouganakis, 2012
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 1-0

116. ... f1=R is sneaky
D Dordzhieva vs Kosteniuk, 2018 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 117 moves, 0-1

Game ends with mate by Under-Promotion to Knight!
W Strum vs J McManus, 1997 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 40 moves, 1-0

Game ends with mate by Under-Promotion to Knight!
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

Game ends with mate by Under-Promotion to Knight!
W Potter vs Matthews, 1868 
(C21) Center Game, 13 moves, 1-0

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