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Michal Krasenkow vs Emil Sutovsky
Torneo de Pamplona 9th (1998), rd 4, Dec-30
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses (E90)  ·  1-0


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  notyetagm: 24 h5!! is one of my favorite tactical shots.

The Black f6-knight must <BREAK THE ALIGNEMENT> between the Black e5-queen and the Black h8-king, else ♗e3-d4 <PINS> and wins the Black queen, so it cannot also <DEFEND> the h5-square.

The Black g6-bishop must <BLOCK> the g-file of the White g3-queen, g1-rook battery, else White mates with ♕g3-g7#, so it too cannot also <DEFEND> the h5-square.

That leaves the Black e5-queen as a possible defender of h5. But 24 ... ♕xh5 allows White to seize the h-file with <TEMPO> with 25 ♖h1. Then 25 ... ♕f5 to <DEFEND> the Black g6-bishop runs into 25 ♘d4!, winning.

24 h5!! exploits the fact that although three Black pieces -appear- to <DEFEND> the h5-square (Black e5-queen, f6-knight, g6-bishop), none of them really do.

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  notyetagm: Position after 24 h4-h5!!:

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  notyetagm: This game is an *outstanding* win by Krasenkow in the h2-h3 KID, in which Krasenkow is the world's leading expert.
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  notyetagm: Just checkout Krasenkow's *incredible* record on the White side of this system in the position arising after 6 h2-h3.

6 h2-h3

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The database shows Krasenow scoring an astoundung 79%(!) from this White position, including winning 72%(!!!) of the time.

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