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Kramnik vs Aronian, 2007

This upcoming tactical shot by Kramnik is one of my all-time favorite <PETITE COMBINAISON>.

White to play: 28 ?

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Here Kramnik (White) played the magnificent 28 ♗b3xe6+!, a 2700-level version of the old <EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> idea.

Position after 28 ♗b3xe6+!

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And then there follow 28 ... ♕g4x♗e6 29 ♕c2-b3!, <PINNING> the Black e6-queen to the Black g8-king (<PINS AGAINST THE KING>) and revealing exactly why Kramnik played 26 ♕e2-c2! in the first place.

Position after 28 ... ♕g4x♗e6 29 ♕c2-b3!

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Kramnik's brilliant tactical point is that the <COMPLETELY PINNED> Black e6-queen can <DEFEND> neither the Black h3-knight nor the Black d6-bishop. <<<So both of Black's minor pieces are hanging (<EN PRISE>)!!!>>> This tactical nuance allows Kramnik to regain his sacrificed bishop, gaining a pawn in the process.

A -TREMENDOUS- example of tactical play by Kramnik.

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