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Li Wu vs Zahar Efimenko
"Pitching Wu" (game of the day May-03-2005)
Hastings (2004), Hastings, England, rd 1, Dec-28
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. General (E91)  ·  1-0



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May-03-05  schnarre: Loved White's use of the Bishops!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Around move 17, I began to wonder if the Black Knights would accomplish anything useful for their owner. They didn't really, did they? That's the rub with the c4,d5 vs. c5,d6 pawn formations; if Black can't find some use for the Knights and the light-squared Bishop, life can get miserable. Meanwhile, White usually has good squares available for his Bishops--a lot of good squares in this game.
May-03-05  ajile: I agree. Black wasted too much time with his cute Knight moves. Also this is a transposition into a double dutch formation with the idea of Black playing the benoni type b5 to open the Qside. But 18...b5 was premature and black should have played a6 and Rb8 first to prepare it. If White tries a4 to block this then Black has a nice outpost on B4 for a Knight.
May-03-05  Saph: Everybody gets silly once in a while.
May-03-05  Runemaster: White sacrificed the exchange twice in this game - on the same square. That must be rare.
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  offramp: I don't get the pun.
May-03-05  soberknight: Neither do I. I thought it could have been "pitching woe," like in baseball, but Wu won.
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  Richard Taylor: <Saph> I'm a 57 year old bludger - I also have seen the Shawhank Redemption!! About three times!!
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  Richard Taylor: I think 14..Re8 is better and then b5 at the right time...
May-03-05  northernsoul: the pun is 'pitching woo', a quaint term for what also used to be quaintly called 'making love' - ie, amorous acts between consenting adults
May-03-05  ughaibu: PaulLovricsMother: I look forward to further entertaining posts from you.
May-03-05  Castle In The Sky: The phrase "pitching woo" is used in Merle Haggard's (American country and western singing legend) song "Okie from Muskogee" which is a paen to being a hillbilly.
May-03-05  checkpat: difficult english for a frog like me!
May-03-05  checkpat: two bishops dominate a rook
two pawns on the 6th dominate a rook

Therefore both dominate *two* rooks


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  kevin86: White is down the double exchange--but the pawns are king!!!

Pitching Woo? a Chinese baseball star-an old M*A*S*H joke.

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  tpstar: White was very proud of this fine win, and so was the entire Wu-Tang Clan.
May-03-05  supertimchan: ajile, not really. If white plays a4, and in order for black to capture the empty b4 square, he must play a5. So his knight can move to b4 from a6. But the a5 move also weaken the b5 square. Conclusion: not easy to occupy the b4 square after white's a4.
May-04-05  schnarre: <tpstar> A "family pride" game then?
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  WannaBe: The Dancing Wu Li Masters?
May-04-05  ajile: supertimchan- Well Black still has the simple plan of forcing b5 after careful preparation. After the exchanges black has the better attacking possibilities on the Q-Side. Then it is up to White to prove that his chances in the center and on the K-side are superior.
May-07-05  schnarre: True!
Jul-20-07  watergun7: I was really pleased with this win... :)
Jul-20-07  ChesterTheJester: Li, well done against Middlesex btw! : Can you now apply for the FIDE Master title? (will you?)
Aug-16-07  watergun7: Thank you! I really don't want to pay fide for my FM title... Hopefully I can be an IM in the future.
Sep-11-07  s4life: <Runemaster: White sacrificed the exchange twice in this game - on the same square. That must be rare.>

Topalov-Aronian in Corus 2006 comes to mind. <Watergun7> this was a very beautiful game.

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