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Alexey Shirov vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
14th Amber Tournament: Blindfold (2005) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 3, Mar-21
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  0-1

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Oct-03-07  notyetagm: White has just blundered with 49 ♘c3-e2?.


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With his last move (48 ... ♘b4-d3), Black (Ivanchuk) created a tactical threat that 49 ♘c3-e2? does not meet.

What is that threat? Well, the <UNDEFENDED> White d2-queen lined up with the Black d8-queen just screams <PIN>. And so Ivanchuk executes his threat with 49 ... ♘d3xe5!.

Position after 49 ... ♘d3xe5!:


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A particularly difficult-to-see tactic in a blindfold(!) game. Black wins a pawn for free.

Jun-16-15  solskytz: In addition to the e5 pawn, also the d4 pawn and the c3 knight were attacked.

The truth is that black played a superb pressuring game pretty much from the get-go, obtaining a Benko-gambit-style Q-side pressuring position without sacrificing a pawn, until the weaknesses (d4, notably) cost white the game, after long manoeuvres.

Not being a great theoretician in the French, I would think that white should look for errors earlier in the game - maybe even as early as Be2 in the opening... this isn't the kind of situation you want to get out of the opening when you're playing white.

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