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Artashes Navasardovich Minasian vs Vladimir Malakhov
European Club Cup (2006), Feugen AUT, rd 3, Oct-10
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1
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Sep-01-08  notyetagm: 30 ♕e1-g1??


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White, with a 2592(!) rating, has failed to notice that he would be mated by ... ♕f6-f4+ ♔g3-h3 ♕f4-h4# if it were not for the dark-squared White d2-bishop <DEFENDING> the 2-attackers, 2-defenders <LOOSE> f4-checking square.

Since the White d2-bishop must *absolutely*, *positively* <DEFEND> the f4-square to prevent this mate, it cannot also <DEFEND> the White c3-knight.

30 ... ♖c4x♘c3+! 0-1


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30 ... ♖c4x♘c3+! is a *perfect* example of exploiting an <OVERWORKED> piece. White cannot recapture on c3 because he would be mated after 31 ♗d2x♖c3?? ♕f6-f4+ 32 ♔g3-h3 ♕f4-h4# so he resigned.

(VAR) 31 ♗d2x♖c3?? <deflection from f4> ♕f6-f4+ 32 ♔g3-h3 ♕f4-h4#


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Notice the critical role played in this variation by the Black g5-pawn, a <KILLER PAWN> if ever there was one.

30 ♕e1-g1?? is an *amazing* tactical oversight for a near 2600-rated GM to make. And note in particular how careful White should have been with his <KING SAFETY>, with that ridiculous <EXPOSED> position of the White g3-king without any <PAWN SHIELD>.

May-21-16  tigreton: I think the reason for this mistake is that White is losing anyway and, in this kind of situations, is easy to overlook tactics, simply because there's no good move. Black played masterfully, taking control of the dark squares, especially e5, with the nice 21 ... g5!! This move takes advantage of the great number of weaknesses around the White King (e5, f4, g4, f3, etc.)
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