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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-06
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Slam dunk!
Mar-07-02  bishop: Vallejo Pons should stick to the open Ruy.
Jan-18-03  Sarimanok: Instead of 22...e5? Black should have tried 22...Rc8.
Mar-30-06  notyetagm: <Knights need forking squares!>

The White e4-knight has a <forking square> on f6, where it checks the Black g8-king. This knight forking square is defended by the Black d7-knight and d8-queen. A knight defending a knight forking square is dangerous!. Knight defenders are subject to <removal of the guard>, mainly by <illusory protection>.

After 22 ... e5?, White strikes with 23 ♕x♘!. The point is that after 23 ... ♕x♕, White has removed both defenders of the f6-forking square, the Black d7-knight by <destruction> and the Black d8-queen by <deflection>. Moreover the Black queen has been <decoyed> to d7, into a knight fork with the Black g8-king.

Then after 24 ♘f6+ and 25 ♘x♕, White has regained his piece and is two healthy pawns ahead with the queens already off the board. Black resigned.

Dec-14-14  NikMuhdHaziq: This is not genius
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  plang: In Rodriguez-Darga 1978 Buenos Aires Olympiad Black played 11..Nf8 (11..Qc7 had also been played in two games not included in this database) and White went on to win; 11..g6 was new. 16..Ng7?! worked out poorly; a tougher defense would have been 16..Qc7 17 Nxh7..dxe 18 Nxf8..Rxf8 19 f5..exf 20 Bxf5..Ndf6 21 Bc2..Rfe8 with a defensible position. 22..Nf5 would have been better but White would have had a winning attack after 23 Bc3..Bg7 24 g4..Bxc3 25 Qxc3..Rc8 26 Rd3!.

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