I've always been told that Q and N are very strong in attacking K. Could someone show me some real GM games where Q+N attack decides the game? (where at the end of the aggression, the attacking side gets decisive advantage)

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    This seems very subjective and opinion based to me: "very strong", compared to what? Also what do you mean by "decides the game". At GM level, if there is an attack going on, there are usually quite a few more pieces involved. It is unlikely that you just move Q+N close to the enemy king and win a game. Or do you mean that the mate is delivered by Q+N only? A famous (though probably not common at GM level) example for the latter is smothered mate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smothered_mate But overall I don't think there is anything special about Q+N attacks. – user1583209 Mar 28 '17 at 18:35
  • I suspect the OP is thinking of the fact that Q+N is known to be better than Q+B in the endgame with just those plus pawns, along with the fact that the path the victory for the Q+N goes via attacking the King. I've seen plenty of constructed puzzle examples where the Q+N wins via tactics, as well as examples taken from master games, but I can't remember any in enough detail to give an example from opening through to endgame; the OP is entirely correct in saying that finding one of these is of importance. – Chessanator Apr 1 '17 at 22:53
  • U need to be specific @jf328 with a particular position . As for theory Q+N is good in attacking because Queen can copy the moves of both Bishops & Rook . – Seth Projnabrata Apr 4 '17 at 8:38

The best classical game of Q+N vs king is The game of Fischer vs Panno (1970),

[FEN ""]
[White "Fischer"]
[Black "Panno"]
[StartPly "71"]
[Result "1-0"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 Nc6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O Nge7 7. Re1 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. d4 cxd4 10. cxd4 d5 11. e5 Bd7 12. Nc3 Rc8 13. Bf4 Na5 14. Rc1 b5 15. b3 b4 16. Ne2 Bb5 17. Qd2 Nac6 18. g4 a5 19. Ng3 Qb6 20. h4 Nb8 21. Bh6 Nd7 22. Qg5 Rxc1 23. Rxc1 Bxh6 24. Qxh6 Rc8 25. Rxc8 Nxc8 26. h5 Qd8 27. Ng5 Nf8 28. Be4 Qe7 29. Nxh7 Nxh7 30. hxg6 fxg6 31. Bxg6 Ng5 32. Nh5 Nf3 33. Kg2 Nh4 34. Kg3 Ng6 35. Nf6 Kf7 36. Qh7 1-0

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