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Antonio Angel Medina Garcia vs Ulf Andersson
"You Can Hear a Pin Drop" (game of the day Dec-11-2007)
Las Palmas (1974), rd 9
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B25)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: 28...Qc5 looks like an example of a triple cross-pin, which is something you don't see everyday.
Nov-22-07  Aspirador: I can see a triple cross-pin everyday if I look into my handyman collection.
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  WannaBe: I don't hear nothing??
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  al wazir: OK, why did white resign? To show how deep his understanding of the position was?

After 32. Rg2 (for example) Rxd5 33. cxd5 Be4 34. Rd2 Bxd5 35. Qd3 Bxg2+ 36. Rxg2 Qc6 it looks like a win for black. But is that the only possible continuation, and is it really hopeless?

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  WannaBe: <al wazir> according to my silicon, yes, that is the best continuation, and it leaves white with -2.35 eval.
Dec-11-07  Tacticstudent: I'm not much of a fan of Andersson - his style is too much 'dry', his only goal is to block his opponents' pieces activity, yet I have to recognize he's a very strong player. This game is surely one of his finest.
Dec-11-07  drpoundsign: unfunky cole Medina


Dec-11-07  D4n: This is an example of a great bishop pair...
Dec-11-07  lies: Wasn't there another GOTD with the tagline of "You Can Hear a Pin Drop" a while ago?
Dec-11-07  C3r3brum: Hmm... Suspicious...
funky cole Medina
Phony cole Benoni
Premium Chessgames Member <Wasn't there another GOTD with the tagline of "You Can Hear a Pin Drop" a while ago?> Morozevich vs A Volokitin, 2006. Good memory. We've also used "Pins and Needles", "Pin Cushion", "The Pin is Mightier", "Pin Wheel", "Everybody Wang Pin Tonight", and just about every other pin-pun you can think of.
Dec-11-07  zb2cr: <al wazir>, Resignation does look a little premature. The material situation has swung slightly in Black's favor (2 Pawns for the exchange). Black has the Bishop pair and one of his compensating Pawns is passed. So, not an immediately killing advantage, but definitely unpleasant. I wonder if 32. Rd2 would work out any better for White than your suggested 32. Rg2?
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  kevin86: I have seen double pins before-but a triple pin!!!; this is a first for me. Short of fairy chess problems,this is the most unusual set of pins I've ever seen! The only thing that could add more spice to it would be the black bishop at e5. instead of f6.
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  Phony Benoni: <zb2cr> 32.Rd2 just loses a tempo, since after 32...Rxd5 33.cxd5 Be4+ White has to play 34.Rg2 anyway.
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  patzer2: The positional exchange sacrifice 14...Nxe5!? was probably not a forced win, but it gives Black a dangerous initiative which proves sufficient in this game.

The consecutive pins with 27...Bf6! (ordinary pin) and 28...Qc5! (an absolute pin) wins a pawn, but more importantly give Black a clear positional advantage.

After 31. Bd5? Bf5!, White resigns (prehaps a bit prematurely) in the face of the threat 32...Rxd5 33. cxd5 Be4+ to .

Dec-11-07  Dr. J: What happens if 32 Re2?
Dec-11-07  goldenbear: <Dr.J> If Re2, then b5.
Dec-11-07  CapablancaFan: <chessgames> Another pun could be "Good Pinmanship".
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