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Wesley So vs Fredrik Palmqvist
Reykjavik Open (2013), Reykjavik ISL, rd 1, Feb-19
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Advance Variation (B29)  ·  1-0


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  Sularus: nice one, wes!
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  iking: the pawn will march forward unless, the B will swallow it .... SAPSAP teeth is not that sharp
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  beenthere240: This is how masters play amateurs -- no drama. It was like a simul.
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  Jim Bartle: After 12 moves all white's remaining pieces are on their original squares, except he's castled. Yet he won easily.
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  Gilmoy: An elegant composition-like reversal of the <B stalemates N> endgame pattern (upper left).

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N.B. (heh) "stalemates" implies (derives from) an intersection between opposing pieces' lines of force. That means it's symmetric: whoever moves first, loses. So really they stalemate each other. But we almost never see it as <N stalemates B>, because the B's longer range gives it more squares than an N can cover.

Conversely, if the B is self-blocked by its own P (or K), then it's happy to just form the protected pair and offer a trade. We could compose a position where a B is self-blocked by its own N (above, lower right).

Here, White constrains the B not by (self)blocking it, but by obligating it to see-a8. Then White's N + pawns control all of the reachable squares on the long diagonal.

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