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Bader Al-Hajiri vs Manish Hamal
Tromso Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 9, Aug-11
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen-Haakert Variation (B04)  ·  1-0



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  Sally Simpson: Nice combination here in a position Alekhine players have nightmare about.

White to play his 11th move..

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He had to see his 15th move before embarking on the Knight sac. Not too easy but well within the bounds of your average player if they keep looking past the f5 and Rf6 (hitting the g6 Bishop) defence.

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  fredthebear: Nicely done!

White had a choice of sixth moves: 6.Be3, 6.Nc3, 6.exd6, and the bone-in-the-throat 6.e6 as played here.

6...Bxe6 allows the pawn fork 7.d5 that will take a minor piece.

6...fxe6 yields active bishops for White, while Black's doubled e-pawns hamper the development of his bishops, which delays castling. However, there doesn't appear to be a quick mating attack for White.

6...f6 was actually played. It could have been met by 7.d5 as well.

10...0-0 was a mistake, but Black's prospects are dim at that point. His pawn shield dissolves. 15...RxBg6 is met by robbing the pinned Bg7 with 16.Qh8#. See diagram.

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Black is mated thanks to the pin on the flank.

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