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Nico Schouten vs Philip Du Chattel
NED-ch (1975), Leeuwarden NED, rd 8, Apr-15
Queen Pawn Opening: General (A40)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
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  fredthebear: This opening approach is not to be recommended for Black, but it's an even game for awhile. Eventually, White produces a passed pawn on each side of the board. The passed b-pawn is sacrificed while piling on the pin to gain Black's last bishop for a material advantage to White.

White cannot afford to trade rook-for-rook in this particular endgame because he has "the wrong colored bishop." The promotion square in the corner is a dark square, so White needs a dark squared bishop to promote an outside passer on the h-file. Thus, White avoids the exchange of rooks because it would be a forced draw, unless the exchange allows the h-pawn to recapture onto the g-file. White has an easily forced win w/an extra piece and the pawn on the g-file. Not so w/the pawn on the h-file.

Without a rook and the passed pawn still on the h-file, the lone Black king would simply occupy the promotion square in the corner to block the h-pawn. Then the lone Black king would shuffle back-and-forth in and out of the corner until stalemate occurs when he couldn't make a legal move. Or, Black could allow the h-pawn to promote and then capture it because "the wrong colored bishop" cannot protect on a dark square.

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  fredthebear: It's interesting to note that after 18...e5 Black had actually gained more space than White! However, Black is not able to achieve permanent penetration. The Black pieces barely cross the dividing frontier line in this game. It's White's penetration that produces the win.
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  perfidious: <fredthebear....However, Black is not able to achieve permanent penetration....>

Most regrettable.

<....The Black pieces barely cross the dividing frontier line in this game. It's White's penetration that produces the win.>

Serves them right.

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