Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Crafty Queen

  • GM Gserper
  • | Nov 3, 2013

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!



  • 2 years ago


    One of the BEST yet! Helps out a great deal!

  • 2 years ago



    If black knight takes bishop, white queen takes undefended black queen

  • 2 years ago


    @r0bsp: The knight can't take the bishop, because then white's queen can take the black queen which the knight was protecting.

  • 2 years ago


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

  • 2 years ago


    New pattern for me. Thanks!

  • 2 years ago


    Too easy

  • 2 years ago

    CM Swarajan

    Thanks , nice pattern. I will definately put this in my mind while playing.

  • 2 years ago


    Thank you for that !!

  • 2 years ago


    That was great.  I worked through all the examples.  Ironically, the first one was the hardest and I missfired on a couple of moves, but the next three were easy once I saw the pattern.  Thanks GM Gserper.

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