Except for a famous match between Tigran Petrosian and Bobby fischer, I don't know of any famous chess match between top notch players which had some climactic pawn promotions . Could anyone here suggest a few more of matches of that kind?

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    Which Petrosian-Fisher game are you thinking about? The one with four queens? Sep 11 '15 at 18:08
  • I, too, don't know which game OP is talking about. @Ozy Could you please post the FEN either in your question or as an answer to this question? Sep 11 '15 at 22:18

A game between McDonnell and De La Bourdonnais is very famous. Although no promotion was executed on the board, it is definitely the theme of the game.

      [FEN ""]
      [Event "London m4 ;HCL 18"]
      [Site "16"]
      [Date "1834.??.??"]
      [EventDate "?"]
      [Round "62"]
      [Result "0-1"]
      [White "Alexander McDonnell"]
      [Black "Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais"]
      [ECO "B32"]
      [WhiteElo "?"]
      [BlackElo "?"]
      [PlyCount "74"]
      [StartPly "74"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bc4 Nf6
7.Bg5 Be7 8.Qe2 d5 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Bb3 O-O 11.O-O a5 12.exd5
cxd5 13.Rd1 d4 14.c4 Qb6 15.Bc2 Bb7 16.Nd2 Rae8 17.Ne4 Bd8
18.c5 Qc6 19.f3 Be7 20.Rac1 f5 21.Qc4+ Kh8 22.Ba4 Qh6 23.Bxe8
fxe4 24.c6 exf3 25.Rc2 Qe3+ 26.Kh1 Bc8 27.Bd7 f2 28.Rf1 d3
29.Rc3 Bxd7 30.cxd7 e4 31.Qc8 Bd8 32.Qc4 Qe1 33.Rc1 d2 34.Qc5
Rg8 35.Rd1 e3 36.Qc3 Qxd1 37.Rxd1 e2 0-1


There is also a famous miniature between Spassky and Larsen, that ends with a pawn promotion:

      [FEN ""]
[Event "USSR vs. Rest of the World"]
[Site "Belgrade SRB"]
[Date "1970.03.31"]
[EventDate "1970.03.29"]
[Round "2.1"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Bent Larsen"]
[Black "Boris Spassky"]
[ECO "A01"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "34"]

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 Bc5 6. Nxc6
dxc6 7. e3 Bf5 8. Qc2 Qe7 9. Be2 O-O-O 10. f4 Ng4 11. g3 h5
12. h3 h4 13. hxg4 hxg3 14. Rg1 Rh1 15. Rxh1 g2 16. Rf1 Qh4+
17. Kd1 gxf1=Q+ 0-1

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