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Mico Boskan vs Rene Gralla
Blitz casual (2006) (blitz), Hamburg, Germany; Serbian Cultural Centre, Dec-23
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1

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Aug-07-11
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  Nightsurfer: This funny little game here <M Boskan vs R Gralla, Hamburg 2006> is a sample case for the books: That miniature demonstrates the power of Black Bishop b7 that controls the diagonal a8/h1 - and that supports a Black assault unit of Cavalry (Ne4) and Hovercraft-Battlestar (Queen) - , thus enabling the Commander-in-Chief of Black army to sacrifice his best unit, the Queen, for the sake of finishing-off White King by a cavalry unit that rushes to h3.

It is interesting to note that in case that Black army can occupy h3 by cavalry - while Black Bishop b7 controls the vital diagonal a8/h1 - this combined force can be deadly for White King, please compare A Huss vs Kosteniuk, 2003 and E Pavlidou vs M Kessler, 2009 !

Dec-13-12
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  Nightsurfer: As our parents have always said: it pays off to study hard!

I have always been impressed by the <"snap mate"> - as it has been dubbed (and demonstrated) by John M Emms on page 46 of his great book <"Easy Guide To The Nimzo-Indian", Cadogan, London 1998> - , a finish that can occur as a follow-up of the position as follows ...


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... namely after White eventually kicking Black Queen with <11.g3? ...> and Black cockily ignoring that threat with <11. ... Ng5!>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... and please compare page 46 in John M Emms 's <"Easy Guide To The Nimzo-Indian">.

Since I love to play the Nimzo-Indian, I have hoped for getting the chance to execute that snap mate one day too. Therefore I have memorized that trap - with the eventual consequence <12.gxh4?? Nh3#>, herewith the corresponding diagram ...


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... - over and over again, and one day before <Christmas 2006> that learning by heart nicely paid off, by a crazy 2nd coming on the board of John M Emms 's snap mate as follows, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... as being the result of the moves <13.gxh4?? Nh3#> of this game here M Boskan vs R Gralla, 2006 !

Kids, you should listen to your Mom and Pop: It pays off to study hard!

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