Here are some chess puzzles featuring the pin tactic
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Ernesto Inarkiev vs Abhijeet Gupta, Sharjah, 2019
3r3k/4bp1p/r3pp2/1q6/3BRP2/PB2Q2P/1PP3P1/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bc4 if 1...Qxc4 2.Bxf6+ ]

b)
Pawel Jaracz vs David Kanovsky, Czech Republic, 2019
4r3/1pbq1p1k/p3rBpp/8/1n1pB1QP/1PP5/1P3PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.h5 if 1...Rg8 2.Bxg6+ ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Zhongyi Tan vs Xiaowen Zhang, Jiangsu Wuxi, 4/14/2012
2b1k3/p2q4/3PnQ2/Pp1B4/1P3P2/6PP/7K/8 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6 ]

d)
Igor Kurnosov vs Sergio Estremera Panos, Abudhabi, 2013
r7/1p1qnQpk/1pp5/3pP1B1/3P2b1/7P/PP6/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf6 Ng8 Qg6+ Kh8 Rf7 ]

e)
Ni vs Yaroslav Zherebukh, Chennai, 2011
5r1k/6qp/p5p1/nb2N3/4pN2/2Q5/B4PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6 if Qf6 Nxf8 Nc4 Bxc4 Bxc4 Nfd7 ]

Pinning tactics (5/28/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Sipke Ernst vs Simon Elgersma, Groningen, 2019
3r2k1/2qn1p1p/4p1pB/4P2P/7Q/3R4/1r3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qf6 if 1...Nxf6 2.Rxd8+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Karol Jaroch vs Oskar Wieczorek, Chorzow, 2019
4rr1k/1p4p1/p1pp3p/2P5/Q3B3/PPP3Pb/5q1P/R3R2K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Bg2+ 2.Bxg2 Rxe1+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Endre Csiki vs Jaime Santos Latasa, Skopje, 2019
4rrk1/p5q1/1P1p4/1PpP3p/2P3p1/1N1P3n/2Q1p1PP/R3R2K b - - 0 1
[ 1...Qxa1 2.Nxa1 Rf1+ ]

d)
Igor Zaitsev vs Boris Voronkov, Moscow, 1966
r1b1q1k1/2p2ppp/pnnp1b2/1p6/3Pr3/1B2BN1P/PPQ2PP1/R3RNK1 w - - 1 0
[ d5 Nb4 Qxe4 Qxe4 Bxb6 ]

e)
Nigel Short vs Stephen Moran, Bunratty, 2019
5rk1/2pbqppp/1r3n2/p2p2BN/1p1P2PP/1P1B1P2/P1PQ4/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Bxf6 if 1...gxf6 2.Qh6 or if 1...Rxf6 2.Qg5 ]

Pinning tactics (5/27/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jorden Van Foreest vs Philippe Brochet, Brest, 2019
3rk2r/1q2bpp1/2p2n1p/1p3Q2/3P1B2/5N2/1P3PPP/R3R1K1 w k - 1 0
[ 1.Rxe7+ if 1...Kxe7 2.Qc5+ mates or if 1...Qxe7 2.Re1 ]

b)
Maxim Rodshtein vs Bassem Amin, Brest, 2019
5r1k/p3R2p/5p2/3npB2/8/1P4P1/3r3P/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ 1.Rxh7+ Kg8 2.Rd7 Kh8 3.Be6 ]

c)
Antoaneta Stefanova vs Mariya Muzychuk, Hengshui, 2019
1n6/1p6/2k1q1p1/1p2n1Pp/2p4P/2Q2P2/PPP5/2KR4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Re1 Nbd7 2.f4 ]

d)
Jaan Ehlvest vs Margeir Petursson, Rhodes, 2019
r1b3k1/p1q2r1p/2p1p2Q/5p1p/2B5/2N2P2/PPP5/1K1R4 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qg5+ if 1...Kh8 2.Rd8+ or if 1...Rg7 2.Rd8+ Kf7 3.Qxf5+ mates ]

e)
Mateusz Bartel vs Krystian Kuzmicz, Chorzow, 2019
5rk1/1p1rnqpp/p1pb1p2/P3p3/4P3/1PQNB3/1P3PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nc5 ]

Pinning tactics (5/26/20)
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Matej Jusup vs Gergely Kantor, Hungary, 2019
7r/p5p1/7k/2Np3p/3P4/2P2Q2/Pr5q/R4K2 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Rf8 ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Diego Flores vs Jose Martinez Alcantara, Antofagasta, 2019
6k1/p4Np1/1p1qrn1Q/3b1p2/3P3P/1B4R1/PP3PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ 1...Re1+ 2.Kh2 Ng4+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Levente Vajda vs Milos Roganovic, Hungary, 2019
6k1/p1p2rb1/4Q2R/5p2/2N4P/1P1qP1P1/PB5K/8 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qe8+ Rf8 2.Rh8+ ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Aleksandar Tomic vs Dejan Nestorovic, Djenovici, 2019
3qn1k1/2r1r1bN/1pp3Q1/p2pPN2/P2P4/1P4P1/5PK1/7R w - - 1 0
[ 1.Nh6+ Kh8 2.Ng5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Vladimir Malakhov vs Igor Efimov, Brest, 2019
4rrk1/pbqn1p1p/1p1b2p1/2pp2N1/2P4P/1P4P1/PB2QP2/1B1R1RK1 w - - 1 0
[ 1.Qh5 ]


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