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Deflection/Undermining Tactics-- OTB Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark
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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.

Black Rook at c8 needs to protect against checkmate, but can't!
Marciano vs E Prie, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1-0

Deflection tactic wins the game for Black-- checkmates pending!
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1998 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 47 moves, 0-1

Black sacrifices his second Bishop and wins this game.
Landa vs I Ibragimov, 1998 
(C45) Scotch Game, 22 moves, 0-1

White Knight at c3 must stop mate, so 48. ...Na2! is decisive
G Kacheishvili vs Fedorowicz, 1999
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 49 moves, 0-1

Black could have won by using deflection: 25...Bxc4 26 Qxc4 Rd1
Z Kozul vs Nisipeanu, 1999
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

At 14 ... Nd2!, Knight is safe because N on f3 stops checkmate.
A Bykov vs Nikolenko, 1999
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 30 moves, 0-1

25. Rxd6! deflects the Black Queen and wins the game.
D Pedzich vs P Murdzia, 1999
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Deflection at end allows for mate in two moves.
D Mehmeti vs J M Weber, 2001
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 0-1

Deflection at end (or is it a Fork?) wins material.
D Jacimovic vs V Trkaljanov, 2001 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

43. b3! is a Deflection against the Queen
S Barbeau vs P Charbonneau, 2001
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

27. a6+! wins a Rook by deflecting the King from its protection
P Cramling vs J Barkhagen, 2001 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Deflection at end allows pending mate at g8.
Vladimirov vs N Murshed, 2001
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Continuation is either checkmate or material loss by deflection
Van Wely vs Acs, 2002 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 18 moves, 0-1

Deflection at end allows for mate in two moves.
Nisipeanu vs P Soln, 2002 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

Deflection at end either wins a Rook or the Queen!
V Bui vs H Frey Perez, 2002 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 0-1

30. Bxg7+ wins Rook because Knight can't move.
S Kriventsov vs O Sagalchik, 2002
(B56) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

16. ...Bxh3! wins a Pawn as Bishop can't move; wins game later.
Van Wely vs Grischuk, 2002 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 0-1

Bishop at f3 must stop Ng4#, but Queen move allows Bxg2 Ng4#
E Akhmylovskaia-Donaldson vs Wang Pin, 2002 
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Last move deflects Queen from guarding d3 by Sacrifice.
Motylev vs Polgar, 2002 
(B32) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Rook Sacrifice tactic is also Deflection and wins the game.
Dreev vs Svidler, 2002 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 26 moves, 1-0

Game ends with Rook Sacrifice as Decoy/Lure to win Queen
M Yilmaz vs J Jirka, 2003 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

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