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Robert Graham Wade vs Erwin L'Ami
Staunton Memorial (2008), London ENG, rd 11, Aug-18
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3 Variation (B20)  ·  0-1

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Aug-19-08  notyetagm: White has just played 31 d3-d4.

Black to play: 31 ... ?


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<Here, L'Ami clinched the game by 31...Qxf2+! 32.Qxf2 Rxf2, when 33.Kxf2 is impossible because of 33...b2, when the pawn queens.>

Position after 31 ... ♕f6xf2+! 32 ♕b2x♕f2 ♖f8x♕f2


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And now the whole point of Black's play is that 33 ♔g1x♖f2?? allows 33 ... b3-b2 and the passed b-pawn queens.

(VAR) Position after 33 ♔g1x♖f2?? b3-b2


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So l'Ami (Black) was able to win a pawn and get his rook onto the 7th rank because he was tactically alert enough to spot the <PASSED PAWN VERSUS ROOK TRICK>, the Black b3-passer versus the White a7-rook on the adjacent a-file.

Note how the doubled Black b4-pawn here serves the valuable purpose of <SHIELDING> the front b-file passer so that the maneuvre ♖a7-b7 does not threaten the front doubled passed pawn.

Aug-20-08  Bob726: Wade 0-11 HA!
Nov-24-08  newzild: Give the guy a break - he's 87 years old, or something like that, and has made an enormous contribution to chess.

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31 ... Qf6xf2+! based on Black b3-passer versus White a7-rook
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