I've looked at a few chess games on ChessBase that have a lot of pins, and I am wondering, what is the most number of pins that has occurred in a game, and what is the game?

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The most pins in a real game position that I know is 3 from an extremely famous game nicknamed "On Pins And Needles" by chessgames.com. Agadmator covered in a YouTube video a few years ago.

[Title "Geoff Chandler-Richard Kynoch, Edinburgh Club Championship, Scotland, 1981"]
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1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. g4 Bg6 6. Nge2 c5 7. Be3 Nc6 8. dxc5 Nxe5 9. Nd4 Rc8 10. Bb5+ Nc6 11. Qe2 Nf612. O-O-O Be7 13. h4 h5 14. f3 Nd7 15. gxh5 Rxh5 16. Rhg1 Nxd4 17. Bxd4 Qc7 18. Rxg6 fxg6 19. Qxe6 Rf5 20. Nxd5 Qd8 21. Qxg6+ Rf7 22. Re1 Kf8 23. Qh7 Ke8 24. Qg8+ Rf8 25. Qxg7 Rf7 26. Qg8+ Rf8 27. Nf6#
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    And that is why, ladies and gentleman, you should castle :) May 3, 2021 at 12:01

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