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Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Stripunsky
ch-USA Rapid Playoff (2004) (rapid), San Diego USA, rd 2, Dec-05
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0

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Dec-08-04  aragorn69: 26.c4! is a cutie. It apparently gives Black a chance to get rid of his weak b-pawn. However, it's a trap : 26.-bxc 27.Qxh7+!! and mate in three. What makes it hard to see is the simultaneous removal of two pawns on the fourth rank by the en-passant grab...
Dec-08-04  unsound: Where's the mate in 3?
Dec-08-04  nosh: What makes the mate hard to see is that it's not there...
Dec-08-04  unsound: Well, exactly--it was a rhetorical question.
Dec-09-04  aragorn69: Oops... Very sorry: optical illusion. It was too nice to be true ;-((
Dec-09-04  nosh: No problem... unless it happens to you in a game. (Does me sometimes...)

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