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Li Shilong vs Ding Liren
"Cha-Ching for Ding" (game of the day May-15-2011)
Chinese Championship (2011), Xinghua Jiangsu CHN, rd 6, Apr-04
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh. Benoni Defense Advance Variation (E75)  ·  0-1



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Apr-08-11  rangek: 56. Kf4 g5+ 57. Kf5 g4+ wins the queen I think! Go Ding Liren! Go KID!
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  Phony Benoni:

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Even better, it's mate in 4: 56.Kf4 g5+ 57.Kf5 Qxf3+ 58.Kxg5 Bxf6+ 59.Kh6 Qh1#

I love the way Black's Benoni Bishop keeps recycling back to d4.

Apr-18-11  rangek: <Phony benoni> THanks. As Lasker said, "If you see a good move, STOP! Find a better one!" :D
May-15-11  Oceanlake: Nimzowitsch would be proud.
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  Phony Benoni: This is not a true Modern Benoni, but it shares many of the same characteristics. Foremost is how Black is able to play over the entire board, shifting his pieces through the interior lines created by White's central pawn structure.

The domination by Black's queen and DSB at the finish reminds me a bit of this game:

Alekhine vs Yates, 1923

May-15-11  newzild: An interesting game for me, as I once suffered a crushing defeat as Black in the Averbakh. White's two bishops on e2 and e3, not blocked by a knight on f3, can help him launch a violent pawn-storm with g4, h4, h5, etc.
May-15-11  AGOJ: Gee, Black managed to play b5, open and control a queenside file, exchange White's dark squared bishop, while keeping its own dark squared bishop, then prevent White's e5. White did well not to collapse quickly.
May-15-11  rilkefan: This looks badly played to me - white lets black do what he wants in the opening, black then gives up the white-squared bishop he could use in case he pushes on the king-side, white doesn't rip the KID bishop when he can, then in a defensible endgame trades b3 (which is holding up the black qside pawns) for the uncritical d6, and then maneuvers his king into a mating trap and allows the black queen in with f5. But no doubt there are good reasons (locally if not globally) for most or all of the above that are well beyond a tyro.
May-15-11  KingV93: I use the KID whenever possible and my OTB friend likes to play the Avarbakh; pinning the ♘f6 to kill off the possibility of the usual KID strategy of closing the game and storming the kingside pawns forward. Interesting to see Ding Liren use ♙c5 as a response and the game starts to look more like a Benoni.

I think Whites error is not hacking off Blacks DS♗ at move 28. That piece play seems to play a crucial role in any variation and as a strategic objective White should attempt to eliminate it. I know it generally ruins my game as Black when I'm trying to play these defenses.

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  scormus: Nicely executed by B. Benoni pawn expansion on Qside plus the power of the KID DSB all along the a1-h8 diagonal. Perfect!

<KingV93, rilkefan> absolutely. The B DSB was crucial, and if it gets a controlling position on the central squares d4, e5 then B has effectively won.

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  eternaloptimist: Sweet! My pun got picked! This definitely wasn't the most accurate game in the world, but it was very entertaining. I noticed that Ding's game against Bu got picked as the game of the day a while back, so I had to pick a different game for the pun. I figured that this was his 2nd best game from the Chinese Championship, so I chose it.
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  kevin86: Wouldn't it have been ironic if chess,instead of ping-pong were used by the USA and China to promote peace?

Just think:peace promoted by a war game...

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