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Yasser Seirawan vs Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky
USA-ch (1994), Key West, FL USA, rd 5, Oct-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Noteboom. Stonewall Variation Portisch Gambit (D31)  ·  1-0
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Apr-12-04  Everett: Final position, white threatens Qxe5, removing one and deflecting another defender. Nice.
Apr-12-04  Kenkaku: I think it's safe to say that black should not have castled in this one. The idea behind the g pawn bayonet thrust here was great, a useful idea to implement into one's own play (though this move has become quite common in many openings).
May-10-06  notyetagm: <Everett: Final position, white threatens Qxe5, removing one and deflecting another defender. Nice.>

Yes, I say that <Capturing removes the guard twice, one by destruction, one by deflection>.

In the final position, White threatens 18 ♘f7#. This threat is met by two Black pieces that defend the f7-mating focal point, the Black e5-knight and c7-queen.

By playing 17 ♕g3!, White threatens to <REMOVE THE GUARD> of both of these important defenders, by playing 18 ♕X♘! ♕x♕ 19 ♘f7#. The first capture (18 ♕x♘!) <destroys> the Black e5-knight which defends f7. The recapture 18 ... ♕x♕ <deflects> the other defender from f7.

With both defenders taken care of, White is free to play 19 ♘f7#, a smothered mate.

May-10-06  Marcelo Adaes: What is wrong with 17. ... Nfg4 ?
May-11-06  Cyphelium: <Marcelo Adaes> After 17.- ♘fg4, 18. ♗c3 wins a piece; 18.- ♗b8 19. ♗xe5 ♘xe5 20. ♕xe5 and if 20.- ♕xe5 then 21. ♘f7 mate. 18.- ♖f8 19. ♗e2 doesn't help either.
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