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Erik B H Bang vs Mikhail Markovich Umansky
Massow mem-A corr9599 (1995) (correspondence), Germany
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1-0



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Jul-10-12  Poisonpawns: 20.Bxh6! A piece for 4 pawns and an irresistible attack
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  FSR: Bang! You're Dead.
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  whiteshark: Here Bang takes revenge for his loss to Umansky, which decided the top two places in the13th World Championship a few years earlier. E Bang vs M Umansky, 1989 On that occasion an almost imperceptible strategic error by Bang in the opening was punished.

This time it is Umansky who makes the slight but fatal error...

Nov-01-15  Poisonpawns: Does anyone know of any writing or perhaps anecdotal stories on the subject of when it is proper to play the move h6/h3 ?I have always thought that if you are aiding a piece to develop;such as occurs with Be3 in many openings or you are launching an attack(i.e h3-g4 etc); it is proper to play such a weakening move.The other reasons stated often is to make "luft" for the King or to break a pin by "questioning" the bishop,or kicking away an annoying Ng5. I find these latter reasons the most dangerous of the lot, as the circumstances involving when to play those moves seem hardest to judge.No one wants to be mated on the back rank!and the pin can be disconcerting. So we play h3,h6 many times when it is not needed I am sure. Thoughts and book references would be appreciated.
Nov-01-15  Shams: <Poisonpawns> Sounds to me like you know the pros and cons of the move pretty well and just need to practice calculation. I'm in the same boat.
Nov-01-15  zanzibar: Specifically the h-pawns alone? What about the a-pawns?
Nov-01-15  Poisonpawns: <zanzibar> Yeah.Just the move h3/h6 specifically.When to play and when not to play it seem to still baffle even the GM`s. I remember the game in a Petroff Naiditch vs Kramnik. Where h6 was good for Kramnik but h3 was a bad move for Naiditch in that game as Kramnik wind up playing Bxh3!
Nov-02-15  zanzibar: Well <Poisonpawn> I assume you're asking about the h3/h6 move specifically during opening play.

Being a bit of the student of the game, your question prompted me to think about how to examine your question...

One idea is to look at various openings, e.g. where White plays h3 and when. Such lines can be dug out of opening books (e.g., and the positions and possible transpositions studied in depth in an attempt to understand exactly what factors determine when to deploy (or not) the move.

I started looking at a few lines in the Pirc, Alekhine, Caro-Kann and Ruy Lopez - but it appears to be a question that could eat up a lot of time.

It also looks like a project that could quite likely teach one a lot about the game (and opening play).

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  whiteshark: More <Bang> for the buck

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