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Zhong Zhang vs Arkadij Naiditsch
"ZZ Top" (game of the day Dec-13-12)
Wijk aan Zee (2003)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0
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  Phony Benoni: Yup. Straight to the bottom of the Pun Index.

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Dec-13-12  PaulLovric: second
Dec-13-12  Snehalshekatkar: I didn't understand why black resigned..
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  Abdel Irada: < Snehalshekatkar: I didn't understand why black resigned..>

Black resigned because he will have to return the exchange and be left two pawns down; further, the white queenside majority is becoming dangerous.

Dec-13-12  Acak: Yep. I think the continuation would be like this..

56. ... Rcf6
57. Nxf6 Rxf6
58. Re7 Rf7
59. Rxf7 Qxf7
60. bxa6

And White has a passed pawn.

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  iking: 33. Rxf7! Arkadi Naiditsch may not expected that herculean move ....
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  kevin86: the rook is trapped.
Dec-13-12  talisman: i tried to call this guy once but every time i zanged i got the zong number.
Dec-13-12  master of defence: What happens if 33...Kxf7?
Dec-13-12  dfcx: <master of defence: What happens if 33...Kxf7?>

34. Qd5+ Kf8/Re6,

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  Gilmoy: <master of defence: 33...Kxf7> 34.Qd5+ <skewers the retreat square g8, a typical K-hunt pattern cue> Kf8 <Re6 35.Rf1+ and the fork collects the Rc8> 35.Rf1+ and White's attack is matish, hence clearly worth any sac: 35..Bf6 36.Rxf6+ Kg7 37.Qf7+ Kh8 38.Rxg6 <mate fork, Bf6 or Rh6>, and White has strong-enough back rank: 38..(Qc1,Re1)+ 39.Nf1.

Numerous sacs on f7/f2 are based on the skewered-retreat idea, e.g. Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007, Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968. A Kinghunt sometimes justifies any sacs, because your pawns all become mate threats (which replaces your lost firepower), plus his pieces are too far away to defend.

Dec-13-12  dumbgai: Usually when a player sacrifices material, a tactical melee ensues. But here Zhang Zhong shows great patience in converting his positional advantage.
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  Check It Out: "Jesus just left Chicago, and he's bound for New Orleans"

What a patient attack.

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  Jambow: Not too sure about the game but drove the ZZ Tops Eliminator coupe in 1986 ;o]
Dec-16-12  rwbean: Houdini 1.5a chose 33. Qd5 after 31 ply (+1.36, 33. Qd1-d5 Rc8-c7 34. Ng3-e4 Re8-e5 35. Qd5-d3 f7-f5 36. Ne4-f6+ Kg8-f7 37. Nf6-g4 etc) as further along, 35... Rc7 scores only +0.24 for White (28 ply).

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