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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. Too many times it can make the difference between a win and a loss; at best a win and a draw.

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.

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

Promotion stalemates but Under-Promote to N to win instantly!
P Ware vs J S Ryan, 1880 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 81 moves, 0-1

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

Game ends with Under-Promotion (Knight) Capture Mate!
A H Robbins vs Showalter, 1890 
(C59) Two Knights, 22 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 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 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

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

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.
V 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 Wagner vs Kosteniuk, 2018 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 117 moves, 0-1

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