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A pin can take place along a rank, file, or diagonal occupied simultaneously by three or more units; one aims through two opposing units. A pin occurs when a long range attacker (queen, rook, or bishop) aims through two opposing units, with the less valuable unit threatened with capture in front of the more valuable unit. The less valuable unit is caught in the middle of a pickle between the attacker and it's more valuable teammate. A short range attacker (king, knight, or pawn) in unable to set a pin.

An Absolute Pin of a lesser unit that shields the king cannot move out-of-the-way by rule (the king cannot be exposed to check).

A Relative Pin means the lesser unit in front can move, but should not move else loss of material is the result.

A Terminal Pin is against a checkmate threat, such as a unit pinned to the back rank mating square.

To take advantage of a pin, maintain the pin as long as possible. Don't relieve the pin prematurely by capturing too soon. Force the opponent to make an effort/use a tempo to get out of the pin.

If the opponent remains stuck in the pin, then pile up on the pinned unit with addition attackers, especially attackers of less value such as an advancing pawn. However, in a practical sense, when a bishop sets a pin along the diagonal, the rooks are often used to pile up on the pinned unit to arrange discovered attacks because the rooks can get there quicker than a less valuable unit. This was the case in Paul Morphy's famous Opera House game, where Morphy maintained an Absolute Pin by his bishop and piled up on the pin with rooks after 0-0-0.

English Dbl, Dbl Fio (A04) 0-1 The Heavies are coming!
J Schmitz vs L Christiansen, 1996 
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Agincourt Def (A13) 0-1 Black's Elephant Trap
Werner vs Makhno, 1990 
(A13) English, 9 moves, 0-1

Eng. Anglo-Indian Def. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Var (A18) 1-0 Q trap
G S Perks vs D Dardinger, 1981 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 10 moves, 1-0

Colle's Chess Masterpieces by Fred Reinfeld
Colle vs Olland, 1923 
(A22) English, 24 moves, 1-0

Mexican Defense: General (A50) 0-1 Squeeze, Rob the pin
H Wachtel vs Yermolinsky, 1993
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Budapest Def (A51) 0-1 Pins win a piece
Kuenzler vs D Gedult, 1971 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 9 moves, 0-1

Dutch Leningrad 7...Nc6 Matulovic (A89) 1-0 Tactical Mismatch
Keres vs Korchnoi, 1952 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 22 moves, 1-0

Formation: Hippopotamus (A00) 1-0 23.?
Ljubojevic vs N Padevsky, 1974 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Grob Declined, pseudo NY System (A00)1-0 Q interposes into pin
Grob vs Clausen, 1966
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Dbl Fio (A01) 1-0 Finish it
A Planinc vs R Hartoch, 1973 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: From Gambit. Declined d3(A02) 0-1N robs pin; fork
G Szilagyi vs G Kluger, 1967
(A02) Bird's Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invite (A04) 1-0 Pin makes a crowd
Kosten vs P Mercs, 2013 
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

White Dbl Fio vs Black...d5, Bg4 (A06) 1-0 Bishop pair pins
W Schmidt vs Spiridonov, 1976
(A06) Reti Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Attack e4 vs e5 (A07) 1-0 Raking bishops
Evans vs R Filguth, 1978
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Agincourt Def. Catalan Def Accepted (A13) 1-0
O Brendel vs T Chapman, 2017 
(A13) English, 26 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Agincourt Def. Catalan Def (A13) 1-0 25.?
Wojtkiewicz vs Skembris, 1990 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Anglo-Indian Def. Q's Knight Var (A16) 0-1 Pin
M R Carr vs W J Aramil, 2003 
(A16) English, 40 moves, 0-1

King's English. General (A20) 0-1 Schlechter frees Passed Pawn!
Nimzowitsch vs Schlechter, 1910 
(A20) English, 43 moves, 0-1

Rat Def Qc7 evolves into double fianchetto (A41) 0-1 Pins
G Buckley vs N Davies, 2006 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 0-1

Stonewall Attk vs Indian Be7, Bb7 (A45) 0-1 Pin gets worse
S A Mudrev vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Great move! The Shak demolished the Shok
Mamedyarov vs S Shoker, 2013 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Torre Attack: Classical Def (A46) 1-0 The castled K wins again
D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2014 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Capablanca Var (A47) 1-0 uncastled, f6, pins, etc
Bogoljubov vs Torre, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

King's Indian. Fianchetto Bg2 vs Bg7 (A49) 0-1 Black keeps adv
H Karner vs Ehlvest, 1985
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 27 moves, 0-1

Benoni Defense: Modern Var (A60) 0-1 She didn't move an inch
J Mileika vs Tal, 1953 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

K's English. 2Knts' Smyslov Sys (A22) 1-0Armageddon; So Stunned
Aronian vs So, 2019 
(A22) English, 47 moves, 1-0

Hippopotamus (A00) 1-0 25.? Treat it like a Dragon?
G Quillan vs Dubov, 2018 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Old Benoni (A43) 0-1 Castle while you have the chance
Braun vs O Nedeljkovic, 1932 
(A43) Old Benoni, 25 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Symmetrical. 4 Knights (A35) 1-0 Illusory Pin
Tal vs B Ivanovic, 1988 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

Game 104 inThe Hypermodern Game of Chess by Savielly Tartakower
Kostic vs E Steiner, 1921 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1-0

Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Var (A84) 1-0 Greco's # w/a pin
Pomar Salamanca vs L Gallegos, 1944 
(A84) Dutch, 16 moves, 1-0

Game 55 in Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games by Igor Stohl
Kasparov vs Salov, 1989 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Torre Attack: Classical Def (A46) 1-0 Tripled Ps, caught in mid
F Duz-Khotimirsky vs Lisitsin, 1942 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Dutch Def: Rubinstein Var (A84) 1-0 Less common than Greco's #
Swiderski vs D Bleijkmans, 1905 
(A84) Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

KIA 7.Na3 & 17.N2a3 vs Botvinnik System (A07) 0-1 Sac attack!
L Karlsson vs H Olafsson, 1979 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense (A41) 0-1 No admission
V Akobian vs Nakamura, 2019 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 47 moves, 0-1

English, Anglo-Indian Def. K's Knight Var (A15) 1-0 Batteries
Karpov vs M Schauwecker, 1973 
(A15) English, 45 moves, 1-0

English, Agincourt Def. Tarrasch Def (A14) 0-1 Pawn roller
Fridman vs Kosteniuk, 2010 
(A14) English, 37 moves, 1-0

English, Anglo-Indian Def. Romanishin Var (A11) 1-0 26.?
Korchnoi vs Bellon Lopez, 1986 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 36 moves, 1-0

Chess Life and Review magazine, September, 1978 issue
A Lein vs K Regan, 1978 
(A13) English, 28 moves, 1-0

English, Agincourt Def. Wimpy System (A13) 0-1 unmassed action
Taimanov vs Hjartarson, 1997 
(A13) English, 44 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Symmetrical. Duchamp Var (A38) 1-0 B combo
Larsen vs A Davie, 1967 
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 25 moves, 1-0

Anderssen Opening 1.a3 /Reti (A00) 0-1 Rob the pinned pawn
M Huettig vs G Fahnenschmidt, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 11 moves, 0-1

Barry Attack vs Indian Def (A45) 1-0 Dodge exchanges, win w/pin
V Kovalev vs Dlugy, 2015
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Modern Def: Averbakh System. Kotov Var (A42) 1-0 lateral pin
J H Donner vs C Kottnauer, 1962 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 25 moves, 1-0

Benko Gambit: Accepted. Dlugy Var (A57) 1-0 Qside Benko killer
Dlugy vs D Gurevich, 1988 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Opening: 2.f4 (A00) 1-0 Watch the center dissolve
Suttles vs C Aykroyd, 1965 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04) 1-0 28.?
Beliavsky vs M Cebalo, 1998 
(A04) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Dutch Def: Classical (A84) 0-1 Stockfish notes; 14...?
V Kahn vs R B Estera, 1939 
(A84) Dutch, 18 moves, 0-1

Bird Opening: Dutch Var (A03) 1-0 B&Q sac for a Rook roller
Pribyl vs R Hardarson, 2001 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Bird, From Gambit. Lasker Var (A02) 1-0 Pinned to mating square
A Laun vs O Mueller-Roger, 1963 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 14 moves, 1-0

Photo/ 100 Master Games of Modern Chess by Tartakower & du Mont
Grob vs C Chaude de Silans, 1951 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense: English Rat (A41) 1-0 N Discovered++ and N mate
J A Leonard vs J Leonard, 1861 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 8 moves, 1-0

Benoni Def/Reversed QGA (A43) 1-0 Formidable battery
Hort vs Velimirovic, 1976 
(A43) Old Benoni, 29 moves, 1-0

London System vs KID h6, g5 (A48) 1-0 Nxh6, pin
Harikrishna vs V S Gujrathi, 2016
(A48) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Grob Opening: General (A00) 0-1 Junior intermezzo
J A Ingvaldsen vs C Hanley, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Agincourt Def. K's Knight (A13) 1-0 Edgy
A Ramirez Alvarez vs Mulyar, 2011 
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Benoni Def: Knight's Tour Var (A61) 1-0 Discovery, Cross pin
Petrosian vs Nunn, 1978 
(A61) Benoni, 35 moves, 1-0

English, Anglo-Indian Def. Q's Knight Var (A16) 1-0 P rollers
C Hansen vs Ftacnik, 1991 
(A16) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Budapest Defense: Adler Var (A52) 0-1 Q sac, bold attack!!
M Leskiewicz vs E Kahn, 1999 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 24 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights (A34) 1-0 N Combo
Botvinnik vs Kasparian, 1938 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 14 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Opening: General (A00) 0-1 Central ownership
Keene vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Reti Opening: Anglo-Slav. New York System (A12) 1-0Overworked Q
Bogoljubov vs A Staehelin, 1932 
(A12) English with b3, 25 moves, 1-0

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