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Aksel Espeli vs Andersen
"Pinfall Wizard" (game of the day Jan-23-2017)
Oslo (1952), Oslo NOR
Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack (B10)  ·  0-1



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Dec-20-03  rochade18: On the one hand i feel so sorry for Espeli on the other hand i am impressed with the black rook's power. Develop your knights, folks:D
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  kevin86: What a strange final position!!!

White is completely STUCK-with a total of only one active piece for both sides-the entire white army is paralyzed.

Sep-05-07  TheaN: What a position. In order for White to develop he must give at least one piece. d4 is met by Bh6, what intended g6: white can do nothing else but resign, after Bh6, Nf6 and O-O White will fall rapidly.

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  kevin86: Could this game be the subject of a GOTD?: The pun:UNDER ESPELL
Jun-06-08  Nikita Smirnov: I myself play c4 against the Caro-Kann.It is a very dynamic variation.It's fun to play and it is a good line.
Jun-06-08  Nikita Smirnov: Sad that the white player can't play it.He dosen't understand it.The line is about understanding.
Jun-06-08  ezmerin: Can anybody give me a winning line for Black if White try 13. d4? White intends to harass enemy Rook with King: 14. Kd2 Rf1 15. Ke2 Rc1 repeating moves. Black should avoid removing his Rook from back rank, when White simply consolidates by developing Knight. I pondered, pondered, pondered...

a) 13...Bh6 14. g3 Rc2+ (what else?) 15. Kf3 Rxb2 16. Na3 and White is only a pawn down. b) 13...Bg7 14. Kd2 Rxg1 15. Rxg1 Rxg1 16. Bxb2 Nd2 17. Bxa1 Rxa1 is equal c) 13...Bg7 14. Kd2 Bh6+ 15. Ke2 switches to my a) line.

Of course I examined it myself, so there might be improvements. Any suggestions? Anyone?

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  Phony Benoni: <esmerin> Interesting thought. I would change your line a) to <13.d4 Bh6 14.g3 Nf6>, when 15.f4 can be answered by either 15...Ne4 or 15...0-0 and 16...Rfc8, keeping the pressure on.

However, there seems to be a better idea for White: 15.Kf3!?

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White's idea is to play 16.Kg2 and 17.Ne2, chasing Black's rook cff c1 and making sure the other one doesn't get in there.

However, Black can probably win a pawn or two with various ideas in any line, so White's resignation may have been justified. It certainly was an aesthetic moment to concede.

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  Phony Benoni: And, on second thought, line b) could lead to <13.d4 Bg7 14.Kd2 Rf1 15.Ke2 Rxf2+! 16.Kxf2 Bxd4+> and 17...Bxb2, when Black winds up three pawns ahead.
May-20-09  WhiteRook48: Ouch to Espeli!
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  Benzol: The complete blockade of an entire enemy force by a single unit must be very rare in chess. Strange indeed!
Sep-13-09  ycbaywtb: chess never ceases to amaze
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  Benzol: In my previous post I said it was rare for a single unit to tie up the entire enemy force but have a look at this game Feigin vs M Monticelli, 1936 which I think is similar in some ways.
Oct-28-12  The Last Straw: Final position:

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Jan-23-17  dfcx: In the final position, the only active white piece is the king.
Jan-23-17  AlicesKnight: < Benzol: In my previous post I said it was rare for a single unit to tie up the entire enemy force but have a look at this game Feigin vs M Monticelli, 1936 which I think is similar in some ways.> Good example indeed, at move 16. Also Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1923 where White's 19th move does something similar (in what looks a freer position).
Jan-23-17  dunican: <ezmerin> I thought the winning line would be 13. d4 Bh6 14. g3 f6 15. f4 e5 with the idea that after 16. Kd2 exf4! 17. Kxc1 fxg3+ and 18..g2

The point is that now the white King has to go all the way to g2 to be able to activate the Knight and Rook, which gives Black the time to decimate the Queen side.

Jan-23-17  whiteshark: The final position illustrates the meaning of


>>>>>>>> in chess quite vividly.

Jan-23-17  tonim: After 13.d4 maybe even better is 13...Bg7 14.Kd2 (otherwise B:d4, B:b2, B:a1) Bh6+ and black gained tempo compared to 13... Bh6
Jan-23-17  goodevans: <tonim> I quite like that idea. I've been looking at <13.d4 Bg7 14.Kd2 Bh6+ 15.Ke2 e5!?> with the idea that after <16.dxe5 Bf4> white can't stop black invading on the a1-h8 diagonal and winning the Ra1.
Jan-23-17  Ironmanth: I can only echo what another comment opined; chess never ceases to amaze! The magic keeps me coming back after 45 years! Be well everyone.
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  ChessHigherCat: espeling mis-takes
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  kevin86: A great game for black. A four piece trapped!
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  thegoodanarchist: <kevin86: Could this game be the subject of a GOTD?: The pun:UNDER ESPELL>

Yes, it could! And is! Nice prescience, <kevin86>

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  Messiah: Insane game.

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