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Li Shilong vs Yue Wang
Chinese Championship (2006), Wuxi CHN, rd 9, Jul-04
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Mar-21-13  mira94: It was pretty easy for today, the pin wins: 1.b3 axb3 2.Nd8 and Rxc6
Mar-21-13  lost in space: what a nice puzzle!

33...b3!! is closing the a4-c2 diagonal

After 33. axb3 Nd8 there is no defence for white, he will lose material as the defence Ba4 is not any longer defending c2.


Mar-21-13  Moonwalker: I looked at 33...b3 (for the wrong reasons) then looked at Nd8. Too bad I didn't consider the two moves in consort as I failed to see the simple defence 34.Ba4.

I hope that, at least, while 33...Nd8 doesn't win, it doesn't lose either!

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  FSR: Looks pretty simple unless I'm missing something. 33...b3! 34.axb3 Nd8 wins, since White can no longer play Ba4. If 35.Rc5, 35...Nxc6 defends both of the attacked pawns.
Mar-21-13  morfishine: Black would like to pin the White Bishop, but after 33...Nd8 White has 34.Ba4 and the rook is protected; Whats needed is to block the d1-a4 diagonal, interrupting the communication between a4 & c2

<33...b3> Black calls on his foot soldier (the b-pawn) to launch a frontal attack <34.axb3> White must surrender a piece no matter what; <34...Nd8> Winning a piece and holding onto his pawns after 35.Rc5 Nxc6

Mar-21-13  amaurobius: <lost in space: what a nice puzzle!>

I entirely agree. 33...b3 is not that hard to find but very attractive.

Mar-21-13  zb2cr: Found this one. My thoughts are pretty much along the lines given in detail by <notyetagm>, <Phony Benoni>, <Bartimeus>, <Patriot>, <Abdel Irada>, and others.
Mar-21-13  awfulhangover: Easiest thursday ever!
Mar-21-13  morfishine: <Moonwalker> On this comment <...I hope that, at least, while 33...Nd8 doesn't win, it doesn't lose either!> 33...Nd8 shouldn't lose, but White holds the draw with 34.Ba4
Mar-21-13  mistreaver: Thursday. Black to play. Medium. 33?
White has problems on the c-file. However there is the saving move Ba4 if black goes for Nd8 immediatelly. However
33... b3!!
Not that hard to spot. Idea is to block the a4-d1 diagonal. White can resign. A)
34 axb3 Nd8 wins a piece
B) 34 Rc4 bxa2 and black gets a new queen. Time to check. -----------
Yep, simple and straightforward. 4/4
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  NM JRousselle: Does anybody know if White was in time trouble? The minor piece ending certainly did not favor White, but after b3!, it's over.
Mar-21-13  Ezzy: 'Shilong's for Yue.'
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  Oxspawn: Like <Moonwalker>. I thought Nd8 was a killer and never even saw Ba4, let alone the rebuttal. Not much consolation, but I assume that if the rooks swapped off, black could play largely on the dark squares and leave the white bishop out of the game?
Mar-21-13  Herma48852: Okay, Black threatens 33...Nd8 attacking the pinned Bishop again. However, this can be defended with 34. Ba4. So the 33...b3! blocks the a4-d1 diagonal. Of course if White does not capture the P/b3, then Black will take on a2 and queen. So White must play 34. axb3 and 34...Nd8 and the Bishop is lost.
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  doubledrooks: I voted for 33...b3, after which the White bishop cannot be saved. For example, 34. axb3 Nd8 35. Rd2 Nxc6.
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  kevin86: Black throws in an intermezzo b3!!

After the white pawn takes,the bishop can no longer guard the rook by Ba4,so the clergy must be lost.

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  chrisowen: Ok be cuff in engine hold for the 33.b3 locks,

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Mar-21-13  master of defence: Poor Li Shilong. The correct move was 33.Ba4! 33.Kf2? loses to b3! 34.axb3 Nd8 and the c6-bishop can't be saved.
Mar-21-13  Alex56171: I didn't see 33.b4, but anyway it is an useless move.
Mar-21-13  Abdel Irada: <Ezzy: 'Shilong's for Yue.'>

Yue is pronounced ~"y-weh"; otherwise, not a bad pun.

Mar-21-13  TheTamale: <M.Hassan>, thanks for your comment. It clarified things for me immediately.
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  radtop: Why not 33.Ba4?
Mar-21-13  harish22: not sure why white was putting himself in pins. 33. Kf2 seems to have been a mistake. Ba4 was fine. Simply a blunder
Mar-22-13  John Abraham: Not a difficult puzzle but it is kind of counter-intuitive to conceptualize pawns as having obstructive powers. Pawns are probably the most dynamic and interesting pieces in chess; a slight alteration in pawn structure can drastically alter the result of a game
Jan-13-14  clement41: The final blow idea is very similar to that in Prohorovich-Pavinsky, 1958
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