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William Lombardy vs Elliott C Winslow
77th US Open (1976), Fairfax, VA USA, rd 9, Aug-24
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: This game finishes with some important tactical concepts to understand.

21...Bf5 is generally a good developing move which threatens to capture a more important piece. (However, it's a bit late to be developing a bishop on the 21st move. This should have happened sooner.) Such development also helps protect the Black rooks by connecting them together. Rooks like to guard each other.

White ignores the threat to his rook after 21...Bf5 to Make A Greater Threat of his own with 22.Ng5. If allowed, 23.Qxh7+ and 24.Qxf7#. This means there is not enough time for the Black bishop to capture the en prise White rook.

King safety is paramount! 22...h5 prevents the White queen's checkmate in two moves. The threat of checkmate must not be ignored.

23.Qc4! is a double attack by the White queen upon two different targets. White renews the threat of checkmate in two moves by aiming at f7. White is also aiming at the invading Black knight. By adding an extra attacker, White now outnumbers the knight's defender 2-to-1. Black cannot deal with both threats simultaneously and resigned.

In this finish, White made good use of the concept of attacking a unit already under attack a second time - outnumbering. White also made good use of the concept of twice attacking a pawn defended only by the opposing king. The queen can fork multiple targets like no other unit.

Mar-11-19  RookFile: Black's play was really quite good and he just needed to play 21....Nxe2+ and 22....Nd4 to have a fully equal position.
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  fredthebear: <RookFile> Agreed. Captures with check come in handy!

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