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Dimitri Markovich Tyomkin vs Manuel Hidalgo Rios
XV Carlos Torre (2002), Merida MEX, rd 1, Dec-13
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0


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Apr-05-07  AlfieNoakes: I didn't like 7...c5 here anyway, e5 would surely have been stronger? The pawn on c6 gives black a strong support for centre control, while e5 saves the tempo lost fianchettoing the black bishop to g7.
Mar-26-08  mistreaver: What is the finish here?
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  fredthebear: <mistreaver: What is the finish here?>

This game is a resignation, not a checkmate. Black is going to lose a piece and White's position is safe and sound.

It's Black to move in the final position. Black must recapture the White Nf6 to keep the material balanced.

If Black recaptures 15...RxNf6 then 16.BxRf6 wins the exchange. This is one possible solution that is better for White.

If Black recaptures 15...BxNf6 or 15...exNf6, do NOT move the White bishop. Instead, find a fork on the light squares.

Forks are a common tactic in chess because every unit from king to pawn can fork two opposing units at the same time. Forks are more common if two units are close together on the same color of square. In this position, the fork on the light squares occurs with two Black pieces on opposite sides of the board.

The queen is a devasting piece when positioned in the middle of the board. If given open lines, the queen can attack upto 27 different squares from the sweet center.

Did you find it? 16.Qd5+ forks the Black king and the unprotected rook in the corner. Black must get out of check, so 17.QxRa8 gains a piece.

Black saw he would soon lose a rook, and White's position was safe and sound, so he resigned.

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  fredthebear: FYI: FTB has blocked out some readers comments from appearing because certain readers have a history of insulting, obscene, or abusing language toward others. Why waste time on their drivel?

Perhaps someone has already given the solution above since 10 years have passed between comments. Such an interim comment might not appear on FTB's radar because that blogger has been blocked out from FTB's view. As far as FTB can tell, no solution response is listed in the time lapse.

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  fredthebear: 15...exNf6 16.Qd5+ Be6 (interposing against the check) saves the Ra8 but allows 17.QxBe6+ etc. and White remains a full piece ahead.
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