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Peter Leko vs Joachim Sieglen
"Vice Squad" (game of the day Mar-01-2011)
Bundesliga2-West (1993/94), GER
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: A workmanlike game that Black was undoubtedly happy with, especially as years passed and Leko developed into one of the world's top players.

It's an odd sort of middle game, with no pawns from the b- to the e-files. A Master friend of mine used to refer to such positions contemptuously as "full of air", and prone to exchanges and dull play. Sieglen finds enough activity to keep things interesting and win a pawn.

Leko eventually gets it back, but after 47...f5 finds his king awkwardly placed. He gets out of the mating net at the price of a couple of pawns, but his other pieces are too far away to stop Black's pawns.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Any notion as to the meaning of the game's title? As for the game itself, I found it interesting how Black was able to push White back from moves 21-26 without the aid of any pawns.
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  HeMateMe: I think the title refers to white being trapped in a vise (the sealing rook on the e file and the Knight and pawns on the other side (Vise-squad).
Mar-01-11  goodevans: Would 48 Kg5 have fared better? White was certainly in a bind after 48 f3 Kh6!
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  The HeavenSmile: A fantastic example of how a single pawn can make all the difference, even when you have no intention of queening it. White is forced to waste time eliminating the lowly pawn leaving his knight stranded on the wrong side of the board and giving black all the time in the world to attack. The black knight spending the last 13 moves of the game on the 1st row is particularly delicious
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  Phony Benoni: <goodevans: Would 48 Kg5 have fared better? White was certainly in a bind after 48 f3 Kh6!>

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Black plays 48...Nf3+ 49.Kf4 Ng1! The threat is 50...Re4+, and either 51.Kg5 or 51.f3 are answered by 51...Nh3#.

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  chrisowen: Dark horses slowly gets the upper hand in Peter - Joachim shouldnt have let the a pawn go. Good clearance connecting route gpawn. Just because I felt in the mood:

(Em) Pawns (C/G) riding
(G) Knight (D) flying
(Em) Kids (c/G) crying
(G) For you to get (D) home
(Em) Mother (C/G) Earth
(G) Give me a

(A bar) Sign (C# bar) shaker
(A bar) Let me (C# bar) unwind
(A bar) Sign (C# bar) shaker
(A bar) Open your (C# bar) mind

and tweedledee
cracked their heads
on empathy
digging fate

King out of line
Looking suppine

Can you show me
Whats in store
I'd like a little
But I dont want more
Date height
Two and one

Door tower
It fixing my mind
Door tower
Garden in shine

Pawns riding
Knight flying
(Em) (c/G) (G) (D)

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  kevin86: It looked like the a-pawn would decide this one,but it was the decoying of white's king and capture of the KINGside pawns that won it.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Any notion as to the meaning of the game's title? ***>

I assumed it was a reference to the manner in which the White position was subjected to a vice-like squeeze, a different sort of "vice squad" to the usual reference of that term to the section of the police department that enforces laws against gambling, prostitution, etc.

Premium Chessgames Member <I assumed it was a reference to the manner in which the White position was subjected to a vice-like squeeze> That is exactly correct. Not our greatest pun, but a great game.
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  Phony Benoni: The meaning of the title wasn't clear to me either. If the "squeeze" meaning was intended, then "Vise Squad" should have been used.

But it's not really a squeeze in the sense of, say, Samisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923. More a minimalist version of <No Exit>.

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  Jimfromprovidence: Leko got what he wanted beginning with 50 h5??, forcing doubled passed pawns.

What happened in this case, however, is that by doing that he created an unstoppable pawn (position after 51...fxg4).

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Mar-01-11  Grilo: This reminds me of a basic rule of chess, but essential to all developing players: don't immediatly recapture! Explore the options, forcing moves and subtleties of the position before recapturing that simple pawn.

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So here, at move 20, White has just captured Black's d5 pawn. No biggie, we just take it back with 20...♘xd5, right?... NO, we search for checks and other big threats, then we go for the obvious move.

20...♖xe1+ is a well thought move - beginning troll now shouts at me: "so what, it is check, Black recaptures and end of the line!" - it allows Black to take over the e-file with 21.♕xe1 ♖e8 22.♕f1, and achieve that very slight advantage which won the game.

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Why open files are so important, you ask? Well, why don't you check today's puzzle M Kraemer vs J B Campos-Moreno, 2010 and I'll tell you why...

Mar-01-11  haydn20: I've just returned to the game after 20 years' absence, so I'm not very good. I thought maybe 24. N2f3 might be better than 24. N4f3. In any case, White seems to go astray somewhere betw. 19-26, and I couldn't find anything else. Grilo's remarks seem right on.
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March 1: Vice Squad
from Game of the Day 2011 by Phony Benoni

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