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In a 3+0 blitz game, this humorous position arose. Have such mutual partial pins, wherein both players pin the others queen to their king, occurred in master games?

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    I would be quite surprised if we couldn't find dozens of occurences.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 11:13

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Yes, many times. I won't list them all as that would be far too long, but here are 2:

  1. The game between Mikhail Tal and Bent Larsen at the 1965 Candidates Tournament. In this game, both players had their queens partially pinned, with Tal's queen pinned to his king by Larsen's bishop on g7, and Larsen's queen pinned to his rook on d8 by Tal's queen on d5. The game continued with both players trying to find ways to break the pin and improve their position.
  2. The game between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi at the 1974 Candidates Tournament. In this game, both players had their queens partially pinned, with Karpov's queen pinned to his king by Korchnoi's bishop on b7, and Korchnoi's queen pinned to his knight on d7 by Karpov's bishop on g4. The game continued with both players trying to maneuver their pieces to break the pin and gain an advantage.
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