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Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Crafty Queen

  • GM Gserper
  • | Nov 3, 2013
  • | 18182 views
  • | 91 comments

The pattern of the Crafty Queen requires Qh3, Ne5 and a bishop on the diagonal b1-h7 (usually Bd3) for White, and the black king should be castled to the kingside. Superficially it looks like the white queen is only looking at a good opportunity to checkmate the black king by Qxh7#, but in reality, she is also looking towards a different path!  Here is one of the oldest games where this pattern occurred:

As you could see, the crafty white queen was hitting the enemy's pieces in both directions: h3-h7 and h3-d7. 

Here is a slightly more complicated example from a game between two famous Russian grandmasters:

Was it too easy? OK, here is even more complex combo:

Finally, let me present the most recent case of this typical pattern:

Since the pattern is very distinctive, I am sure you'll never miss it in your games!


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  • 11 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    2 nd game 

    1. Nd7  Qxd7 2. Bxh7+ Kh8 3. Bf5 black looses the Queen. 

    Same patteren as first puzzle. 

  • 11 months ago

    insides

    is this pattern called crafty queen? i need more tactical patterns, please!!

  • 11 months ago

    khashayarr

    very nice ...

  • 11 months ago

    zrahman

    Top stuff! Thanks

  • 11 months ago

    CapAnson

    You would think I would never miss it in my games now.. but I bet I will.. 

  • 11 months ago

    DrFrank124c

    Real neat Queen trick, I've never seen that one b4! Can you show me more examples? Does anyone out there have more example games?

  • 11 months ago

    Newba

    GREAT!

    I'll try it out with my new game.

  • 11 months ago

    srimech

    I think I'll remember that pattern

  • 11 months ago

    SuperConstellation

    Thank you.

  • 11 months ago

    bolter41

    Great stuff, thanks for sharing!

  • 11 months ago

    Aspicientis

    As a Queen's gambit player, this leson has been invaluble, thank you!

  • 11 months ago

    SaiKrishna_K

    good

  • 11 months ago

    HiguyAFSgt

    I always wanted to learn how to carry out this attack properly, thank you!

  • 11 months ago

    Ragus2013

    Excellent articles!

  • 11 months ago

    DillsGambitLive

    One of the best articles i've read in sometime!

  • 11 months ago

    revanthp

    very creative

  • 11 months ago

    yackery

    r0bsp: "I don't understand what's wrong with nxb for black?"

    It loses black's queen (QxQ) as the knight is no longer in position to defend it.

     
  • 11 months ago

    brindle

    this has been a fantastic series

  • 11 months ago

    richie_and_oprah

    overload on the f6 knight is how i see it

  • 11 months ago

    americhess

    Great series GMSerper

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