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Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Crafty Queen

  • GM Gserper
  • | Nov 3, 2013
  • | 18201 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

    spikestars

    wow

  • 11 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    suberb. 

  • 11 months ago

    yackery

    Study the Colle System as a good way to arrive at the Crafty Q tactical pattern.  Thanks, Master Gserper, for the insight in a wonderful system that I first encountered (to my knowledge) in IA Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld's Fireside Chess Library book, _How to Think Ahead in Chess_.  This Crafty Q is icing on the cake!

  • 11 months ago

    mattisks

    nearly happened in one of my games in QG. I was aware of that so I did some moves just to stop that working :)

  • 11 months ago

    kingaseem

    Laughing

  • 11 months ago

    shakespeare123

    cool! never saw this - easy to remember

  • 11 months ago

    mattisks

    +1

    we all go Qh3 from now on. Qh5 is no longer needed ^^ 

  • 11 months ago

    mingo2

    nice pattern, now i understand why white's  light bishop is on d3, dark on g5, and knight om e5

  • 11 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    Thanks GM Gserper, this is great.  Keep it coming!

  • 11 months ago

    Genghis_McCann

    Thanks. And all from d4 openings, where it's much easier to get a knight on e5.

  • 11 months ago

    mark422

    I noticed that they all started with 1.d4. I take it would still be possible with 1.e4... would that be a bad presumption?

  • 11 months ago

    CrimsonKnight7

    For being a simple tactic/attack, it is hard to see. A very beautiful pattern to know. Thank you for sharing it.

  • 11 months ago

    sebas4life

    beautiful

  • 11 months ago

    thegreatauk

    thanks for the intresting article

  • 11 months ago

    RoiFaust

    Very nice pattern. This is really good stuff - keep them coming!

    Thanks GM Gserper

  • 11 months ago

    CM steinitz_attack

    Nice combo!

  • 11 months ago

    NM JMB2010

    I guess I'll have to switch to 1.d4...

  • 11 months ago

    JRC_96

    Great tactic...Black looks solid in each problem but Nd7 is tactically neat...

  • 11 months ago

    RowdyRoddy

    Terrific tip!

  • 11 months ago

    edderiofer

    I second mistermax's opinion.

    By the way, are there no harder positions for this particular pattern?

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