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Joseph G Gallagher vs Simon Kim Williams
4NCL (2001), Birmingham ENG, rd 4, Nov-25
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C17)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: Acceptance of the Greek Gift 17...KxBh7 18.Rd3 threatens an unstoppable mate on the open h-file.

In the final position shown, capturing the bishop fails Black again after 22...KxBg6 23.Qh8+ Kf7 24.Rh7+ Rg7 25.RxRg7#.

So, the Black king must make a run for safety, but drops material after 22...Kf8 23.Qh8+ Ke7 24.QxRg7+ etc. White keeps his bishop, too.

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  fredthebear: Black suffers a similar fate if he plays RxB on moves 19..., 20..., or 21... The White queen will recapture with check, leaving the Black king exposed to checkmate.

White's light-squared bishop is simply immune from capture!

Dec-17-19  Granny O Doul: Maybe Black needed to play 15...Rxf6. White might try 16. Ne4, but after ...Rh6 Black seems still in contention.
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  fredthebear: Yes <GOD>. 15...RxBf6 (the dark-squared bishop) keeps the g-file closed, and improves the rook for attack purposes.

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