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Aksel Espeli vs Andersen
Oslo Norway (1952)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack (B10)  ·  0-1
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Dec-20-03  rochade18: On the one hand i feel so sorry for Espeli on the other hand i am impressed with the black rook's power. Develop your knights, folks:D
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  kevin86: What a strange final position!!!

White is completely STUCK-with a total of only one active piece for both sides-the entire white army is paralyzed.

Sep-05-07  TheaN: What a position. In order for White to develop he must give at least one piece. d4 is met by Bh6, what intended g6: white can do nothing else but resign, after Bh6, Nf6 and O-O White will fall rapidly.

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  kevin86: Could this game be the subject of a GOTD?: The pun:UNDER ESPELL
Jun-06-08  Nikita Smirnov: I myself play c4 against the Caro-Kann.It is a very dynamic variation.It's fun to play and it is a good line.
Jun-06-08  Nikita Smirnov: Sad that the white player can't play it.He dosen't understand it.The line is about understanding.
Jun-06-08  ezmerin: Can anybody give me a winning line for Black if White try 13. d4? White intends to harass enemy Rook with King: 14. Kd2 Rf1 15. Ke2 Rc1 repeating moves. Black should avoid removing his Rook from back rank, when White simply consolidates by developing Knight. I pondered, pondered, pondered...

a) 13...Bh6 14. g3 Rc2+ (what else?) 15. Kf3 Rxb2 16. Na3 and White is only a pawn down. b) 13...Bg7 14. Kd2 Rxg1 15. Rxg1 Rxg1 16. Bxb2 Nd2 17. Bxa1 Rxa1 is equal c) 13...Bg7 14. Kd2 Bh6+ 15. Ke2 switches to my a) line.

Of course I examined it myself, so there might be improvements. Any suggestions? Anyone?

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  Phony Benoni: <esmerin> Interesting thought. I would change your line a) to <13.d4 Bh6 14.g3 Nf6>, when 15.f4 can be answered by either 15...Ne4 or 15...0-0 and 16...Rfc8, keeping the pressure on.

However, there seems to be a better idea for White: 15.Kf3!?

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White's idea is to play 16.Kg2 and 17.Ne2, chasing Black's rook cff c1 and making sure the other one doesn't get in there.

However, Black can probably win a pawn or two with various ideas in any line, so White's resignation may have been justified. It certainly was an aesthetic moment to concede.

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  Phony Benoni: And, on second thought, line b) could lead to <13.d4 Bg7 14.Kd2 Rf1 15.Ke2 Rxf2+! 16.Kxf2 Bxd4+> and 17...Bxb2, when Black winds up three pawns ahead.
May-20-09  WhiteRook48: Ouch to Espeli!
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  Benzol: The complete blockade of an entire enemy force by a single unit must be very rare in chess. Strange indeed!
Sep-13-09  ycbaywtb: chess never ceases to amaze
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  Benzol: In my previous post I said it was rare for a single unit to tie up the entire enemy force but have a look at this game Feigin vs M Monticelli, 1936 which I think is similar in some ways.
Oct-28-12  The Last Straw: Final position:

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