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Pulling attacks!
Compiled by nasmichael

Like Tai Chi, which is noted for using your opponent's energy against them, these tactics vacate spaces instead of filling them, pull opponents into place instead of pushing, and submit instead of aggress. I am intrigued by players who use this--the moves seem counterintuitive to some, but it is a more subtle way of playing. Basic principles, like discovered attacks, forks, and advancing by retreating, used by Korchnoi, Flear, Lalic, Tate, and others are still basic, but are not spoken of in this way--so I will make a humble attempt to do that here. Just examples, maybe these games will bring attention to this sophisticated style of play. Maybe the Shatranj masters who preceded this age of play focused on this technique more than we.

Pull the pawn(65..Rxf3) and the queen also becomes yours.
G Flear vs D B Pritchard, 1978 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 65 moves, 1-0

If Matt Murdock played chess, this would be him. Fearless.
D Rajkovic vs Z Jeraj, 1989 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Only this powerful piece could pull the door open for his team.
Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

Lilienthal vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1951 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 28 moves, 0-1

P A Bex vs G Flear, 1990 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 0-1

Koltanowski vs A Engleman, 1946 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

king gets mated in the middle! The old guard delivers.
Lputian vs D Norwood, 1986 
(A66) Benoni, 27 moves, 1-0

What are some immediate consequences? Play it through.
B Lalic vs D J Ledger, 2005 
(A04) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Mecking vs Panno, 1966 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 51 moves, 1-0

In this endgame, a push by pawn and a "pull" by king wins.
N Davies vs R Chakvetadze, 1993 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 75 moves, 1-0

Attack both the squares, and every sick buffalo you can!
A Sharevich vs J Andric, 2006 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

Wild. Imagine living with this position for weeks.
I Pataky vs S Polgar, 1978 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

Aggressive play from both sides.
D Floor vs A van den Berg, 2000
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 41 moves, 0-1

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