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Xu Jun vs Wang Yaoyao
Beijing ST Lee cup (1997), CHN, rd 3, Aug-25
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation. Modern Defense (E73)  ·  0-1



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Oct-29-06  Sibahi: a bishop and knight mate .. how difficult !!
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  fredthebear: The final position shown is a mate in two.

Let's back-up a bit:

77...Bc4 does not appear to do anything. However, it's an important "waiting move" to pass the turn to Black. This causes the Black king to change square color, which sets up the mating pattern. Otherwise, 77...Nd2?? or 77...Na3?? is a Stalemate.

71...Bh4 was also a waiting move to pass the turn to White. The White king is already caught in a mating net at this point; it's just a matter of a few more final steps.

The White king is to be mated in the corner, on the same color square as the bishop. Thus, the White king cannot be mated in the light-squared corners which do not match the bishop.

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