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Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Crafty Queen

  • GM Gserper
  • | Nov 3, 2013
  • | 18170 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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Comments


  • 11 months ago

    JohnGkafra

    its perfect!

  • 11 months ago

    AaronOscarWilde

    That's only half the lesson though. What should black do? Presumably NOT take the knight, and let the rook fall?

  • 11 months ago

    Rixo

    great

  • 11 months ago

    GM David_Klein

    Nice stuff, I knew only the last example, didn't know it was quite a ''regular'' trick!

  • 11 months ago

    showkat

    superb

  • 11 months ago

    Skillups

    Great article! Thank you so much :) 

  • 11 months ago

    Somebodysson

    so helpful! After missing the first one I got the next ones. Thanks for instilling this pattern in me. 

  • 11 months ago

    Ferdinand_B

    Thank you! From now on this combination is on my radar :)

  • 11 months ago

    chesscrave1

    Thanks!

  • 11 months ago

    apostolis1

    Great article and this pattern appears in a lot of games !

  • 11 months ago

    claridad93

    Excelent! thank you a lot!

  • 11 months ago

    Mojkhazaei

    thank you very very much!!

  • 11 months ago

    Zweb

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  • 11 months ago

    salimovic

    beautiful

  • 11 months ago

    pa_kamini

    beautiful GM Serper I will be looking for next articles of ur's. 

  • 11 months ago

    pa_kamini

    nice

  • 11 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    Game 1. 

    1. Nxd7 Qxd7 (if 1....bxc3 then 2. Nxf6)  2. Bxh7 ( If 2....Nxh7 Qxd7 ) Kh8  3. Bf5+ and Black's  Queen is gone in thin air.   

  • 11 months ago

    rise512

    this is very useful

  • 11 months ago

    solskytz

    Wonderful! I was not familiar with the pattern - but it's clever and very useful in many structures. 

    A great idea, which will surely start featuring in my future games - and blitzes first and foremost. 

    Thanks!! :-)

  • 11 months ago

    GarryAlekhine

    easy.thank you

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