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Nigel Short vs Sergei Azarov
36th Olympiad (2004)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  0-1
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  notyetagm: Hard to believe that Nigel missed the simple 58 ... ♖a1!, a <decoy into a skewer>. The simple point is 59 ♕xa1 ♕h1+ 60 ♔e2 ♕xa1, winning queen for rook.

<Whenever your opponents pieces are lined up you should be thinking pin/skewer.> Here the alignment of the White queen and king along the first rank just screams out for a pin or skewer.

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  notyetagm: Szabo vs Bronstein, 1953 is another game where Black (Bronstein!) misses the exact same tactic that beats Nigel in this game. Here the <decoy into a skewer> is accomplished by 39 ♖d8! ♕xd8 40 ♕h8+ ♔f7 41 ♕xd8, winning queen for rook.
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  notyetagm: Now solve this position with White to play:

4Q3/8/pkr1p1p1/1q1pPn1p/3P3P/3R1NP1/5PK1/8 w - - 0 33

Solution: Another decoy into a skewer! Black's last move was the horrible 32 ... ♕b5?? which allowed White (Vallejo Pons) to win in style with 33 ♖b3!.

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