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Valery Salov vs Jesus Maria De La Villa Garcia
Szirak Interzonal (1987), Szirak HUN, rd 16, Aug-08
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1-0
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Aug-22-08  notyetagm: Black has just played 14 ... ♕d5-d7.

White to play: 15 ?


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Notice the <ALIGNMENT/CONFIGURATION> of the Black heavy pieces and king: Black a8-rook, Black d7-queen, and Black e8-king.

White would -love- to place his light-squared White f3-bishop safely on the c6-square, where it would <FORK> the Black a8-rook and d7-queen as well as <PIN> the Black d7-queen to the e8-king.

In Weteschnik's outstanding "Understanding Chess Tactics", page 77,:

<But here is a little trick for you: it helps a lot to be on the lookout for squares you wish to place your pieces on, even if your wish doesn't seem possible. The dream square might become reality by moving another(!) piece to that square first, paving the way for you to occupy it once more; this time with the piece you initially envisioned for that glorious square.>

So to occupy the c6-square with the White f3-bishop, Salov (White) first occupies this square with his White d4-knight: 15 ♘d4-c6!! (Burgess).

Position after 15 ♘d4-c6!!


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15 ♘d4-c6!! is a perfect example of the <RELOADER> concept.

Aug-30-08  TheaN: Good analysis and theme listing <notyetagm> (as always), but I think that in this example, White does not win purely from 15.Nc6. Might be White's best move as it pretty much forces a kingside castle which is surely in Black's disadvantage, but decisive after 15.Nc6 I believe not.

Actually, Fritz's verdict is that Nc6 and Qe2 are alike on move 15, leading to the same tactic in a different move order. And they are both only ~0.3 better than the simple h3: do take note that this move, and most others below, DO use the Nc6 tactic, which is then probably the only move to make real progress, but it's NOT decisive.

Valery Salov - Jesus De La Villa Garcia, Izt Szirak 1987


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Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. (0.78): 15.Qe2 0-0 16.Nc6 f5 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.e4 e5 19.Nc4 Nc5 20.exf5 Bxf5 21.Nxe5 Rfd8 22.Rfe1 Nd3 23.Nxd3 Qxe2 24.Rxe2

2. (0.78): 15.Nc6 0-0 16.Qe2 f5 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.e4 e5 19.Nc4 Nc5 20.exf5 Bxf5 21.Nxe5 Rfd8 22.Rfe1 Nd3 23.Nxd3 Qxe2

3. (0.49): 15.h3 0-0 16.Nc6 f5 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Nc4 e5 19.Qd6 Qxd6 20.Nxd6 e4 21.Bh5 Be6 22.Nxb7 Bxa2 23.Nd6 Be6

4. (0.46): 15.Rc4 f5 16.e4 Bf6 17.N2b3 0-0 18.Qe2 Qd6 19.Re1 Qe5 20.g3 b5 21.Nc6 Qd6 22.e5

5. (0.41): 15.g3 0-0 16.Nc6 f5 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Nc4 e5 19.Qd6 Qxd6 20.Nxd6 e4 21.Bh5 Be6 22.Nxb7 Bxa2 23.Nd6 Be6

6. (0.41): 15.Be4 Nc5 16.Qg4 Kf8 17.Qh5 f5 18.Qh6+ Kg8 19.Bc2 b6 20.N2f3 Bb7 21.Rfd1 Qc7 22.Nb5 Qc6 23.Ba4

7. (0.26): 15.a4 e5 16.Nc6 0-0 17.Qe2 Bc5 18.Ne4 Qxc6 19.Nxc5 Bg4 20.Bxc6 Bxe2 21.Bxb7 Bxf1 22.Bxa8 Nxc5 23.Rxc5

8. (0.26): 15.N2b3 e5 16.Nc6 Ba3 17.Rc3 0-0 18.Nba5 Qxd1 19.Rxd1 Bc5 20.Nb3 Ba3 21.Nba5

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