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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Alexander Moiseenko
Biel (Playoffs) (2013), Biel SUI, rd 2, Aug-02
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0
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Aug-02-13
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  bright1: White to play and win on move 22
Aug-07-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013

<bright1: White to play and win on move 22>

Holy criminy MVL is good at <TACTICS>!

Aug-07-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013

G*ddamn! 22 ♗d4xa7!! and if Black captures with 22 ... ♖a8x♗a7? then MVL plays 23 ♖d1-d7!, putting the Black e7-bishop <EN PRISE>.

If the Black e7-bishop moves, the MVL wins picks up <THE EXCHANGE> with 24 ♖d7-d8+, a <SKEWER> against the <UNPROTECTED> Black h8-rook.

If the Black e7-bishop does not move, then MVL recaptures with 24 ♖e1x♗e7 and has wicked <PIGS ON THE SEVENTH>.

Wow, what a move, 22 ♗d4xa7!!.

Aug-07-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013

Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- HEISMAN 23 Ba7-c5! 1-0, 23 Rd1-d7! MVL's clinic on removing the guard

Aug-08-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013

22 ?


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Q. Black has just made an extremely subtle mistake by playing 21 ... f7-f6?. Why is this move a <BLUNDER>.

Hint: Houdini 3 recommends 21 ... b7-b6! as the best way to <PREVENT> the extremely-well hidden threat in the position.

22 ♗d4xa7!! <overloaded: a7-sq & d8-sq>


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A bolt from the blue(!!) by the incredible French tactician M. Vachier-Lagrave!

The tactical point behind this *incredible* move is that Black has a major tactical liability in his position: the <UNPROTECTED> Black h8-rook <ALIGNED> with the Black f8-king, turning the d8-sq into a <SKEWERING> square that must be <DEFENDED> somehow. The White d1-rook on the <OPEN FILE> d-file threatens to play ♖d1-d8+, winning a whole rook with this <SKEWER>. Of course, right now this d8-<SKEWERING> square is doubly <PROTECTED>, by both the Black a8-rook and the Black e7-bishop.

Aug-08-13  notyetagm: (CONTINUED FROM ABOVE KIBITZ)

M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013

In the game Moiseenko playing Black actually avoided the re-capture on a7 by playing another <BLUNDER>, 22 ... ♖a8-d8?. So what happens if Black grabs the White a7-bishop?

(VARIATION)
22 ... ♖a8x♗a7 <deflection: d8-sq>


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MVL was planning to play <THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> shot 23 ♖d1-d7!.

23 ♖d1-d7! <attack defender: d8-sq>


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The point: the Black a8-rook <DEFENDER> of the crucial d8-<SKEWERING> square has been <DEFLECTED>, leaving only the Black e7-bishop to <PROTECT> this important square. 23 ♖d1-d7! <ATTACKS THE DEFENDER>, also putting the Black e7-bishop <EN PRISE>.

If the Black e7-bishop does not move, then White will regain his piece with 24 ♖e1x♗e7, with a crushing advantage. And if the Black e7-bishop moves, say to the c5-sq, then comes that dreaded <SKEWER> on the d8-sq.

23 ... ♗e7-c5 <left behind: d8-sq>


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24 ♖d7-d8+ <skewer>


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24 ♗d4xa7!!, a genius move by the <SUPER TACTICIAN> M. Vachier-Lagrave that was *completely* overlooked by his near 2700-strength (2699) rated opponent.

One of my favorite <TACTICAL SHOTS OF 2013>, 24 ♗d4xa7!! by M. Vachier-Lagrave.

Aug-08-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013


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22 ... ♖a8-d8?


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Shocked by MVL's incredible 22 ♗d4xa7!!, Moiseenko playing Black immediately blunders with 22 ... ♖a8-d8?, making this rook <LOOSE> on a square from which its <DEFENDED CAN BE ATTACKED>.

Q. How does White force instant resignation.

Hint: the Black e7-bishop <DEFENDER> of the <LOOSE> Black d8-rook can be <ATTACKED>.

A. By <REMOVING THE GUARD!>.

23 ♗a7-c5! 1-0


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Black resigns because he will run into <THE EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> tactic if he tries to <PROTECT> his e7-bishop with 23 ... ♖d8-e8.

(CONTINUATION)
23 ... ♖e8-d8 24 ♖e1x♗e7!


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24 ... ♖e8x♖e7 25 ♖d1-e1 <pin against king>


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Aug-08-13  notyetagm: M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Moiseenko, 2013

Game Collection: MVL TEACHES TACTICS 22 Bd4xa7!!, 23 Ba7-c5! 1-0, 23 Rd1-d7!, 24 Re1xBe7! tactical tour de force by MVL in a simplified(!) position

Aug-08-13  falso contacto: So we can conclude this guy's kinda good; if I understood properly.
Aug-08-13  notyetagm: <falso contacto: So we can conclude this guy's kinda good; if I understood properly.>

Un peu.

:-)

Aug-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Seems to me they can both play a little.
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