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Ding Liren vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Biel (2013), Biel SUI, rd 4, Jul-25
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0



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Jul-25-13  hellopolgar: revenge is a female dog they say:

M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013

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  Check It Out: 8...e6 is the first new move in the chessgames database.
Jul-25-13  Naniwazu: What a powerful display by Ding Liren. Totally knocked Vachier off the board! The move 11. b4 deserves an exclamation mark.
Jul-25-13  parisattack: Ding likes to hit the wings even when the center does not seem particularly stable. Double-edged sword.
Jul-25-13  MrSpock: The maneuver 18. ... Ng4 followed by 19. ... Nxh6 is the reason of blacks loss.
Jul-25-13  notyetagm: Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013

20 ... ?

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The Black h6-knight is threatened with capture by the White e3-queen. It has no <NO RETREAT!> and cannot be <DEFENDED> by <PROTECTING> it. How to meet the threat?

20 ... g6-g5 <<e3->h6@g5+e7>

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By <INTERPOSING>, of course!

Jul-25-13  notyetagm: Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013

Game Collection: INTERPOSE TO DEFEND. DEFEND BY INTERPOSING. 20 ... g6-g5 e3->h6@g5+e7 shields Black h6-knight from e3-queen

Jul-25-13  notyetagm: Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013

Game Collection: INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! 20 ... g6-g5 e3->h6@g5+e7 shields Black h6-knight from e3-queen

Jul-25-13  Everett: A fianchetto king position without the N is always ripe for a rook-pawn push. Some concessions must be made.
Jul-25-13  parisattack: First 'Ding' game with that special look, creativity I've seen from him in a couple months. Keep it up, Ding, I've been on your horse for four years and want to see you win-win-win.
Jul-25-13  PhilFeeley: <notyetagm> How did you manage to double post this? I always get a warning from <CG> whenever I make that mistake.

Besides, it's not the full story. The interposition in this case doesn't work.

(And why did you put the game link in the actual game? That makes no sense.)

Jul-25-13  hellopolgar: "It has no <NO RETREAT!>" so it has retreat? :p
Jul-26-13  FamilyTree: That mouse slip-looking 11.b4 made my day.
Jul-26-13  sambo: Holy smokes! Someone above described this game as "powerful" and I entirely agree. Just full steam ahead all day long. Ding Liren is such an exciting player!
Jul-26-13  Ulhumbrus: 4 g3 allows Black to take the initiative by 4...d5

7 h4? begins an attack in a position where White has little or no advantage. The attack is unsound and can be forecast to fail against the right play

8 h5? persists with the unsound attack. Now Black may have the advantage after 8...e5 but 8....e6 may be sufficient as well.

11 b4 looks at first sight like a ridiculous offer of a pawn. It is not. It clears the square b2 with tempo and what is less obvious is that this makes possible Rc1 and Nc5.

On 12 Bb2 0-0 13 Rc1 it is too late for Black to play ...b6 to keep the N on e4 out of c5.

On 11...Nd5xb4 12 Bb2 0-0 13 Ne5 Nxe5 14 Bxe5 threatens Nf6+ and the bishop on e5 keeps Black's queen's rook out of b8

On 11..Nd5xb4 12 Bb2 suppose that instead of 12..0-0 Black tries 12...f6 to obstruct the long diagonal. Then 13 Rc1 b6 does not leave the N on c6 en prise, and White can't play 14 Ne5. However the N on b5 can be chased away by 14 a3 and on 14...Nb4-d5 the c5 pawn is pinned and invites the attack 15 d4

Black can delay the capture of the pawn by 11...Bf6 12 Nxf6+ Qxf6 but then 13 Rb1 supports the skewer Bb2.

An alternative to all this is for Black to offer a pawn instead of taking it by 11...f5. On 12 Nxc5 0-0. This seems worth looking at further. The pawn sacrifice on c5 brings to mind the game Polugaevsky vs Bronstein, 1971

19...Nxh6? looks like the losing mistake because the knight gets trapped on h6. Instead of this 19...f5 enables the rook on f8 to cover the move ...Bf6

20 Qe3! forces Black to expose his king side by 20...g5 and White goes on to win.

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  perfidious: <Ulhumbrus: 4 g3 allows Black to take the initiative by 4...d5....>

Must be why it is more popular than even 4.d4, another quite playable move: Opening Explorer

The above poster should really be playing in top-level events instead of wasting his time here at CG, posting nuggets of enlightenment for the unwashed masses.

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