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Franco Pellis vs Sasho Nikolov
Nova Gorica Open (2000), Nova Gorica SLO, rd 1, Feb-01
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  0-1



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Jun-12-08  notyetagm: Black to play after 35 ♗d3-e4?

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With his last move 35 ♗d3-e4?, White has just made an instructive blunder.

35 ♗d3-e4? allows Black to play a basic <PINNING> idea, the <EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> tactic with 35 ... ♖e8x♗e4!.

Position after 35 ... ♖e8x♗e4!

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The tactical point of this <EXCHANGING ON THE PINNING SQUARE> idea is revealed after the further moves 36 ♘c5x♖e4 f6-f5.

Position after 36 ♘c5x♖e4 f6-f5

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The <PIN> of the White e4-knight to the White f3-queen by the Black d5-bishop is <REINFORCED> by the Black f5-pawn, allowing Black to capture a second time on e4, winning two pieces for a rook and giving Black the huge advantage of the ♗♗ pair on a relatively open board versus a rook. White survives only 6 more moves before resigning.

Pins, pins, pins, pins, pins. Just like Weteschnik says, <<<Always be on the lookout for ways to create and avoid pins>>>. Damn good advice, which White did not follow when he allowed the 35 ♗d3-e4? ♖e8x♗e4! <EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> trick.

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