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Evgeny Postny vs Anthony Wirig
"The Postny Always Rings Twice" (game of the day Mar-10-2010)
8th Nancy Festival (2010), Nancy FRA, rd 9, Feb-28
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0
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Mar-10-10
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  Phony Benoni: Looks more like a case of faulty Wirig.
Mar-10-10  somitra: The pun was not immediately clear to me. Google helped with these : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Po... and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082934/ .
Mar-10-10  Jamboree: I'm confused why the final position is considered to be so bad that it's immediately resignable. I mean, it looks like Black is going to lose a pawn and/or an exchange and be in a more passive position, but why resign over that? Plus, Black still has a few possible cheapos up his sleeve if White gets overconfident -- like (starting from final position) 29. ... Rxb7, 30. axb7 Ne4!? and now White has to be very careful due to various sacs on g3 or f2 that could lead to perpetual check if White goes astray. Sure, with correct play White should win, but at least make him prove it! Always give your opponent a chance to blunder.
Mar-10-10  Shams: <Jamboree> 29...Rxb7 30.axb7 Ne4 31.Bxc5 looks like curtains.
Mar-10-10  goodevans: <Phony Benoni: Looks more like a case of faulty Wirig.>

A much better pun than the one chosen!

Mar-10-10  kellmano: I'd've thought 'the postny always wirigs twice would be an acceptable pun. Nice game as well. The geometry from move 26 to the end is very nice.
Mar-10-10  RandomVisitor: 13...e5 might be the last chance to achieve counterplay.
Mar-10-10
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  kevin86: The pressure keeps reversing!
Mar-10-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: Liked 29 Bxc5 Bxc5 30 Qc3 better than the text.


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It wins the exchange and 30...Qxg3+ is not playable.

Mar-10-10  MarbleSkull: I like 26. Bb4 a lot, as it severely limits the black queen. I think it leads to something like: 26. ... Qc7 27. b3 Qb6 28. Qxb6 axb6 29. Rxc4 Game? Or am I missing something? I'm usually missing something =D
Mar-10-10
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  Once: What a lot of pins!

22...Rfc8 - only possible because the white Bb7 is pinned

26. Re1 pins the black Be5

27. Qb4 pins the Rc5

28. Be3 pins the Rc5 against the unprotected a7 pawn.

But surely the star of the show has to be the "dark matter" fianchettoed bishop on b7. A bishop so much in control of the long diagonal that is can fianchetto in either corner at will.

Mar-10-10
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  patzer2: With 25. dxe5! White sets up the final three decisive pins described above by <once>.
Mar-10-10
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  patzer2: Of course one can rightly argue that the pinning combination actually begins with 24. h3! (forcing 24...Nf6 and allowing 25. dxe5!).
Mar-10-10
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  benveniste: It too think the resignation is a bit premature. After 29. ... ♘d5, does white have anything better than 30. Bxd5, swapping the monster white bishop but winning the c-pawn?
Mar-10-10  drpoundsign: how about all the chess that's fit to print?

postny-

OK OK he's not TimesNY but what about poetic license?!

Mar-10-10  WhiteRook48: what stops 29 Bxc5
Mar-10-10
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  patzer2: Of course 23...e5? is the immediately decisive blunder, as 23...Qf6 24. Be1 threatening and countering mate-in-two keeps up the resistance for Black.
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