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the pawns decide
Compiled by trh6upsz

a series of games in which a pawn or multiple pawns dominate a position and tip the scales of a decision.

two pawns plus a bishop net in two rooks
J Cervenka vs J Schauer, 1993 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

chessboard magic! it's white's pawns that cannot be stopped!!
G Garcia Gonzalez vs Quinteros, 1982 
(E97) King's Indian, 51 moves, 1-0

en passant mate.
I Korepanova vs A Tishkov, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

another EP mate.
F Rhine vs NN, 2010 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

F Rhine vs NN, 2017 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

the two pawns defeat white's poor rook
A Yegiazarian vs Minasian, 2006 
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

trips on the seventh
Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

en passant war! THREE ep captures in one game!!
Kudrin vs R Douven, 1989 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 51 moves, 1-0

black advances FOUR pawns to the seventh
F J Lee vs H W Shoosmith, 1904 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

two pawns beat a lone queen
Khalifman vs E Ermenkov, 1994 
(A43) Old Benoni, 32 moves, 1-0

queenside pawns win this one-one at a time
E Ermenkov vs V Kovacevic, 1990 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 39 moves, 0-1

black has 5 pawn army in center.
R Nezhmetdinov vs Myagmarsuren, 1965 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

seven pawns to one!!!!!!! !
Caruana vs Giri, 2012 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

triples decide this one
Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

white is five pawns ahead!!
K Sivic vs J Behrmann, 2001 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 1-0

two inside passed pawns win this one
A Gomila Pons vs A Belezky, 1998 
(C02) French, Advance, 42 moves, 0-1

oops,missed the en passant capture!
A Markov vs P Vinogradov, 1916 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 1-0

Land HO!!
C Land vs D Datta, 2006 
(B50) Sicilian, 57 moves, 1-0

the Machine and thirteen pawns-unlucky to face
Capablanca vs A G Conde, 1919 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 46 moves, 1-0

Karpov's pawn army marches through
Karpov vs C Hansen, 1992 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

pawn triplets create open files
Timman vs Smeets, 2006 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

pawns march to Pretoria-or at least the eighth rank
Wojtkiewicz vs D Filipovich, 2001 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

see a pin-pick it up-all the day you'll have good luck
Morozevich vs A Volokitin, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 85 moves, 1-0

two center pawns prove STRONGER than a rook
Smagin vs S Salov, 1984 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 31 moves, 1-0

b-pawn plays the part of the wanderer
Speelman vs Miles, 1975 
(A10) English, 37 moves, 1-0

black's pawn goes down the stairs to force draw.
Marshall vs Alekhine, 1924 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

lone pawn at f2-a real menace for the TALL-MAN
B Tallman vs Gordon, 1986 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

a2-a8 in five moves!
Milov vs O Renet, 2002 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 39 moves, 1-0

pawn on d2=a rusty nail in white's knee
Wojtkiewicz vs Yermolinsky, 2000 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

with all the exchanges on the king-side,the sole b pawn wins it
Shen Yang vs E Karavade, 2006 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

promoting pawn unstoppable,due to bright queen sac!
Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

three rook pawns=worthless!
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

March of the pawn-guins
Reti vs P Romanovsky, 1925 
(A15) English, 47 moves, 1-0

a quiet pawn move ends hectic king hunt
W N Watson vs J E Littlewood, 1991 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

forced endgame breakthrough
R G Wade vs Korchnoi, 1960 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Q + SEVEN pawns vs R R B=easy win for the former
S Erenburg vs Fridman, 2005 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

black pawn handcuffs white rook to a1-for 27 moves!
Nyback vs D Howell, 2007 
(A15) English, 50 moves, 0-1

Keres claimed this as his finest.
Fine vs Keres, 1938 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

from e4 to h7 in three captures!
A Fominyh vs Z Rahman, 2004 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

pawn chain:Wall of China or wall of china
J van Oosterom vs G Timmerman, 1996 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 64 moves, 0-1

two pawns ahead-both rook pawns-DRAT!!
J Kraai vs Seirawan, 2002 
(A15) English, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

four pawns ahead! what a slaughter!
E Lin vs N Antonova, 2006 
(B56) Sicilian, 62 moves, 0-1

Black "Marshall" his pawns -l,he doesn't need elbowed off rook
J Esser vs Marshall, 1911 
(C15) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

many advanced pawns prevent the hunt for a single one.
S Zagrebelny vs N McDonald, 2000 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

Spassky gets schooled in the sport of pawn hockey
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

three black pawns cost white rook and queen
B Colias vs E Friedman, 1985  
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 47 moves, 0-1

the pawns come marching-helped by a skewering bishop
M Trosman vs S Salov, 1978 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

final pawn threats are that of an atom bomb.
D Bubalovic vs V Malakhov, 1996 
(B27) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

a pawn push turns black's game into a house of cards
Tiviakov vs V Arbakov, 1989 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 64 moves, 1-0

R+N,perfect ushers for a passed pawn
Andersson vs B E Horberg, 1969 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 1-0

pawns:as show,support,and on their own
V Mladenovic vs A Brkic, 2001 
(A48) King's Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

four connected passed pawns is a real Dutch treat
Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2007 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 60 moves, 1-0

a Roach in the penthouse
W S Roach vs A D Penman, 1992 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 36 moves, 1-0

after the kingside is cleared,only 2.5 white pawns remain
Clapham vs S Pride, 1987 
(A05) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

two unmoved q-side pawns win this one
A Casellato vs S Alma, 1969 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 39 moves, 1-0

pawns-three files apart-defend each other
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

a pawn starts it...and a pawn ends it
K Burger vs P Keglevic, 1977 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

pawn aided strongly by sacrificial rook...
R Bertholee vs Polgar, 1990 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 0-1

ignore capture of queen to mate with a pawn!
L Schmid vs K Gumprich, 1950 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 30 moves, 1-0

Maroczy can bind like five pounds of cheese
Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Adrian's wall is two pawns....and they tumble on black's Q
A Mikhalchishin vs D Pavasovic, 1999  
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

black's pawn array cost white two rooks,but white's solo wins
A Nickel vs J van Oosterom, 2005 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

black's 3 pawns win! white's are blocked by single one!!
G Timmerman vs M Umansky, 2005  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

queen is sacrificed-so pawn can mate.
G Burgess vs W N Watson, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

two connectors are enough for a lethal attack-ALONE
Sax vs Larsen, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

pawn gobbled up pieces like dog biscuits.
B Warnock vs C Hertan, 1988 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 52 moves, 0-1

three ushered pawns can buffalo a knight
A Planinc vs Tarjan, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

white has a P on the 7th-black has THREE
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Morphy puts trips on the 7th
Morphy vs S Boden, 1858 
(C45) Scotch Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Anand's pawn decides this one!!
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 0-1

Fischer masses five pawns vs Spassky's rook
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

piece goes down as pawns goes up...
S M Shyam vs Sengupta, 2008 
(C10) French, 55 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury uses three passed pawns as a battering ram
G Marco vs Pillsbury, 1896 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

mean passed pawns decide this queen vs rook game
Dreev vs Shirov, 1996 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 56 moves, 1-0

two pawns force back king-one helps in the mate
Lipschutz vs Gossip, 1889 
(C28) Vienna Game, 72 moves, 0-1

the underdog pawn at a2 would a variation
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

breakaway! The c-pawn cannot be stopped!
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz Aguado, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

the three amigos
Dominguez Perez vs Radjabov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

the pawns are mightier than the sword
Goldin vs Geller, 1989 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

two queenside pawns win this 4 white
N Starr vs J Trottier, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 38 moves, 1-0

a weird one:knight and cadry of pawns beat Q
F Apaydin vs D Rombaldoni, 2008 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 91 moves, 0-1

white's trio of three paws leads to win
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

coy pawn advance sets up a leter mate in two!
J Schulten vs E Rousseau, 1841 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 0-1

Torre's triplets triumph!
Torre vs M A Schapiro, 1924 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

black pawn chains wipe out white
Yudasin vs D Monokroussos, 2002 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

connectors on q side-decide it
Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 0-1

four pawns harass black like beetles (or beatles)
A Timofeev vs Khismatullin, 2009 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

double pawns-different results.
O W Hartvig vs V Havik, 2010 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 50 moves, 0-1

black engaged in "whichcraft" which pawn will beat him.
Larsen vs Laursen, 1950 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

three pawns have the power of freight trains.
Geller vs Averbakh, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

bishop sac sets up commectors vs rook
A Alexikov vs A Bets, 2001 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 58 moves, 1-0

A blocked,doubled pawn comes to life!
Van der Sterren vs P Gelpke, 1985 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

after white's 59th,NINE passed pawns!
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 0-1

a race and white winz
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Fischer's king side pawns are irrestable
A Saidy vs Fischer, 1965 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

white's pawn gobbles up the game.
J Rubinetti vs S Imbert, 2001 
(B20) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

doubled pawns vs connected pawns
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

doughboy wins pawn pushin' war.
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

three on one-one wins!!
Scorpio vs Junior, 2007 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 89 moves, 1-0

encore! one pawn defeats three!
S Macgilchrist vs G Solomon, 2006 
(B07) Pirc, 51 moves, 1-0

queen sac-queen fork sets up an array of pawns.
F Borges vs A Sandrin, 1954 
(B50) Sicilian, 58 moves, 0-1

triples trap king and allow bishop to mate.
Nakamura vs McShane, 2009 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 55 moves, 0-1

queen sac allows h-pawn breakaway
A Mikhalchishin vs Shirov, 1988 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 25 moves, 1-0

the connectors ace this one.
A Spiller vs J Acers, 1968 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 0-1

entourage of pawns swamp knight.
G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 
(C01) French, Exchange, 78 moves, 0-1

pawns decide it for black! big!
Kotronias vs Bologan, 2007 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 55 moves, 0-1

A Pokorny vs K Kullberg, 1930 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

2 connectors dominate this one.
E Tranmer vs M Karff, 1949 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 54 moves, 1-0

little pawn is the final nail!
J Wyss vs B Bellahcene, 2012 
(B32) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

eight pawns win this one!
T Todorov vs A Kovacevic, 1998 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 19 moves, 1-0

give up a queen to enable a fatal pawn fork!
I Ivanov vs J Bonin, 1983 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 24 moves, 1-0

pawn entourage makes up for two pieces...and more!
E Formanek vs A Lein, 1977 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

muzio marathon-black's pawns win it all!
Anderssen vs G Neumann, 1866 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 81 moves, 0-1

white has P+R vs Q,but will soon be a Queen ahead!
Zvjaginsev vs Bologan, 2010 
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 1-0

two pawns lead the way!
Keres vs F Kuijpers, 1963 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 31 moves, 1-0

five connectors on the 7th-but there is a catch.
M Matto vs A Mossiaguine, 2008 
(C46) Three Knights, 88 moves, 1-0

black sacs FOUR pieces and mates with a pawn!
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

seven pawns vs two bishops and a knight
N Sulava vs I Rogers, 1988 
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 0-1

pawn on the seventh clinches this one.
Ljubojevic vs R Calvo, 1973 
(B83) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

breakaway pawn!!!
Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

a second queen in the offing OR else.
R Figares vs K McDonald, 1996 
(A80) Dutch, 45 moves, 0-1

triple pawns CAN win!
D Yang vs I Krush, 2010 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

three pawn CAN help themselves wit king absent.
W Sahlmann vs K Junge, 1941 
(B32) Sicilian, 65 moves, 0-1

black's pawns go for the gut.
L Gutman vs M Schurade, 2004 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

trips on c-file 4 black.
Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2014 
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

two pawns overcome lone cavalier.
Chuprov vs A Polschikov, 2011 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 43 moves, 0-1

queen gives up her life for a MATING pawn!
T Cagasik vs J Brooke, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 23 moves, 1-0

RPPPP defeats QPP--ok, 2 on 7th!
P Dubinin vs Aronin, 1947 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

quadrupled pawn couldn't even win!
G M Kovacs vs R Barth, 1994 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

five black pawns drive a bishop crazy!
Duda vs Y Yu, 2014 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 58 moves, 0-1

FIVE pawns on the queenide win it!
M Mchedlishvili vs R Sangma, 2014 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

the pawns make black beg for mercy!
Carlsen vs C Li, 2015 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

two passed pawn win this g2 and h2!
W Hook vs J C Fernandez, 1999 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

two 7th row connectors beat black's pieces.
Landa vs Vocaturo, 2010 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 65 moves, 1-0

watch solo pawn steal the show.
R A James vs G Wall, 2006 
(C25) Vienna, 25 moves, 0-1

both sides attack with pawns, but white wins!
A Tietjen vs A Curnock, 1891 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 34 moves, 1-0

both black's rooks will be taken by white pawns.
Duda vs I Beradze, 2014 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

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