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Peter Svidler vs Ruslan Ponomariov
28th European Club Cup (2012)  ·  English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0
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Oct-15-12
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  HeMateMe: Wow, Svid lit up Pono with an interesting pawn attack.
Oct-16-12
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  King Sacrificer: 34. Bd5!
Oct-16-12
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  whiteshark: <Excelsior on the Board>

Peter svidler comments: http://chess-news.ru/node/9770

Dec-28-12  jhelix70: GOTD pun suggestion: "Fools Ruslan" (fools rush in)

A nice final combo by Svidler.

Dec-28-12  Dionysius1: Can anyone clarify for me why it's an excelsior position please? I know there's a Loyd problem called an excelsior and that's to do with the least likely piece being used to deliver mate. But I can't see the precise relevance! Many thanks
Jun-24-14
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  offramp: <Dionysius1: Can anyone clarify for me why it's an excelsior position please? I know there's a Loyd problem called an excelsior and that's to do with the least likely piece being used to deliver mate. But I can't see the precise relevance! Many thanks.>

My belief was that an Excelsior pawn was a pawn which travelled from its initial square to a queening square in successive moves.


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Pal Benkö
Magyar Sakkelet 08/1968
Helpmate in 6

However, at that page linked to by <whiteshark> a different meaning is clearly meant - they even give a history:


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Sam Loyd, London Era, 1861
White to move and mate in five with the "least likely piece or pawn".

But I agree with wikipedia:
"Any problem which features a pawn moving from its starting square to promotion in the course of the solution is now said to demonstrate the Excelsior theme. Nowadays it is most usually shown in helpmates and seriesmovers."

So I would not call this game, this Svidler game, an Excelsior game.

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