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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu vs Vlastimil Babula
European Championship (2005), Zegrze POL, rd 4, Jun-21
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Matanovic Attack (B82)  ·  1-0

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Jul-03-05  polloniusone: Stupendous vision and tactics by Nisipeanu . I'm impressed .
Apr-10-06  notyetagm: This tactical finish is one of the best examples of the <killer pawn> that I have ever seen. After the crushing 27 ♖xh7+! Black is mated:

27 ... ♔xh7 28 ♕h5+ ♔g8 29 ♕g6+ ♔h8 30 ♕g7#
27 ... ♔g8 28 ♖g7+ ♔h8 29 ♕h5#

In the first variation the <killer f6-pawn> gives the White queen support for 30 ♕g7#. In the second variation the <killer f6-pawn> protects the White rook for 28 ♖g7+, which traps the Black h8-king on the newly opened h-file.

Kasparov said that pawns count as pieces when they are involved in the attack on the enemy king. It is hard to imagine a better example than this. Black is mated mainly because the <killer f6-pawn> controls the g7-square and Black defends this critical square next to his king with only his king.

Apr-11-06  notyetagm: Using Kasparov's idea that pawns count as pieces when they help attack the enemy king, the mating combination played by White is a perfect example of the <Three Piece Rule: you need three pieces to checkmate the enemy king, one to sacrifice and two to deliver mate>.

Here White (Nisipeanu) has a three-piece attack against the Black king with his killer f6-pawn, g5-rook, and f3-queen. He sacrifices one attacking piece, the rook with 27 ♖xh7+!, so as to give mate with the remaining two attacking pieces, the pawn and the queen.

Mar-23-09  popescuag: What if black plays 25....Bxd5? Rxg7 doesn't seem possible anymore.
Mar-23-09  kellmano: <popescuag: What if black plays 25....Bxd5? Rxg7 doesn't seem possible anymore. > Rook or Queen can take the bishop on d5.

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