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Alexei Kornev vs Peter Heine Nielsen
6th European Individual Championship (2005), Warsaw POL, rd 8, Jun-26
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation Marshall Gambit (C48)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: Kornev prepares a winning pin against Nielsen with 27. Bd3! Note that after 27...Re3 White can still play the pinning 28. Bc4!, since 28...Rxf3 29. Bxf7+ Kxf7 30. Rxf3 wins a piece.

In the final position, after the key deflection 36. g5+!, play could continue 36...Kf7 37. Bd6! Bd8 38. Re5! when Black is in Zugzwang.

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[Position (Black in zugzwang to move and lose) after <36.g5+!> Kf7 37. Bd6! Bd8 38. Re5!]

Zugzwang is the german term for compulsion to move, referring to a position where a player is not menanced until he is forced to take his turn and move (i.e. would prefer to pass and not move if it were legal in order to avoid damaging his position). Continuing from the line above, after 38. Re5! b6 39. h3 c5 40. h4 h5 41. Kg2 Black, who would prefer not to move if it were legal, must now take his turn and is compelled to make an abvious losing move

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[Position (Black in Zugzwang to move and lose) after <36. g5+!> Kf7 37. Bd6! Bd8 38. Re5! b6 39. h3 c5 40. h4 h5 41. Kg2 ]

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